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From boot camp to beach bodies

Published:Monday | June 24, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Instructor Damion Christian demonstrates the ab crunch.
Instructor Damion Christian demonstrates the ab crunch.

Latoya Grindley, Staff Reporter

Having a beach body for the summer is high on the fitness agenda for many women. But men are not to be left out, as they too want to flaunt their well-toned bodies, especially during the summer when less is more as it relates to mode of dress.

With beach parties in abundance, men too have become conscious of their bodies. They want to look good, without having to worry about any unsightly bulges.

Just in time for the summer, many fitness bootcamps have seen an increase in enrolment.

According to Andrew Khan, assistant manager at Gymkhana, men tend to view boot camps as something female-oriented.

"They don't think it is challenging enough and think that a man should engage in something rough."

According to Khan, this perception is wrong as exercises and routines done in boot camps are not specific to women.

Noting that for Gymkhana's boot camp, which is already in its third week, there are a few men participating. The reasons men sign up, he said, normally revolve around three factors.

"When men sign up they normally do so to become fit, were fit and want to get back to that level or have been out of commission and want to warm up their bodies."

According to Khan, weight loss and an increase in fitness levels should be the end result of the four-week boot camp. And this is without the use of weights.

"They really just work with their own body weight and learn to manipulate and control their bodies through plyometric circuits. We don't use weights in our classes. If they don't see a difference, they should at least feel a difference."

General problem areas for men include the abdomen, biceps and chest. Dealing with this issue will require cardio, eating right and weight training.

For the average man who is new to the gym and wants to shed a few pounds and tone without the assistance of a personal trainer, Khan suggests this.

"Warm up with cardio like on a treadmill for 20 minutes or on a stair climber for 10 minutes. Cycling is also good. Instead of using free weights like dumbbells, use machines with weights and increase as you go along."

The time to get in shape for the summer is now! Don't delay.