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More people enrol for boot camps in the outdoors to get fit and trim

More people are doing high- intensity, interval-training exercises at boot camps in the outdoors to get fit and trim

Published on Jul 25, 2014 8:04 PM

At his daughter's first birthday party, Mr Rohit Mehrotra was surprised by the sight of a once-pudgy friend who had shed kilos. Mr Mehrotra, who had been unsuccessfully trying to lose weight, asked for his friend's secret.

The answer - boot camp, a group exercise class which is usually held outdoors and uses a series of cardiovascular, resistance and plyometric (jump) exercises to raise participants' heart beats and metabolism. Through high-intensity, interval- training exercises, the camps help people burn fat and get fit fast.

Mr Mehrotra, 33, who is 1.74m tall and works in investment banking, attended his first FuelFit boot camp class in Punggol in April 2012. He weighed 87kg when he started and within six months, he lost close to 15kg.

He attends three boot camp classes a week and now maintains his weight at 76kg. His results encouraged his wife and a number of his friends to sign up for boot camps.

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“The trainer pushes you when you feel like you can’t do anymore, and I also enjoy the camaraderie I have with the other participants.”

Mr K.C. Cheang, 42, a civil servant on taking part in a boot camp