What Clothes Should You Wear For A Fitness Boot Camp?
18 April 2019
If you’ve stuck to your New Year’s resolution of getting fitter - congratulations! Whether you’re a gym novice or a newbie, you may be unsure what to wear to a fitness camp. Just don’t let the term "boot camp" put you off... Still, we can’t promise that boot camp workouts won’t have you panting on the floor with sweat dripping out of every pore, or wrestling with battle ropes and swinging from TRX stations. You’re also probably going to have a fight or two with a dumbbell, so you need to wear clothing that’s not going to restrict your movement.
Vests are a great shout, as your arms will have full range of movement, whether you need to engage in push-ups, jabbing punch bags or medicine ball rolling. If you do wish to wear a shirt with sleeves, you need to make sure that those sleeves aren’t too tight on your arms - and you can test whether they are by lifting your arms above your head. If you struggle to do so, it’s recommended that you find a looser shirt.
A warm hoody or jacket isn’t going to last long, but it can be a sensible addition for that short trip from the car into the gym, or on a cold morning. It can also be a welcome choice during the warm-up before you take it off for when the real workout commences. Still, some people do choose to wear their hoody throughout the entire workout in order to produce more sweat in a bid to reduce their water weight.
Under Armour layers and “skins”, i.e. skin-tight Lycra, are ideal for cold mornings as they help to trap heat. The compression kind of layers are also advisable, as they can aid recovery post-workout by helping with blood flow. Also, they can be very flattering - so, if you’re feeling a little self-conscious about attending a fitness camp, you need not be.
Your bottoms need to be stretchy around the waist, while it’d be handy if they are stretchy around the legs, too, as this will help you to squat and shuffle as much as your muscles will allow. With exercises ranging from sumo squats to burpees, the discomfort will be nil… until your DOMS kicks in, but we don’t need to worry about that just yet.
It’s also important that you can adequately stretch your legs, as stiff or tight legs will lead to injury. Leggings, yoga pants or even shorts (if it’s warm enough) will offer the necessary leg flexibility for you to nail all of your workouts.
We’ve all experienced the inconvenience of uncomfortable footwear at least once in our lifetime. Poor footwear is actually one of the most common causes of foot injuries; the wrong shoes can cause significant injury, from broken ankles to busted knees to some serious blusters.
Running shoes have strong soles and are perfect for the gym and fitness camps - as, instead of slipping and tensing your feet to hold grip, you’ll be able to pivot and move with ease. It’s also important that the shoes fit comfortably and there’s minimal room at the front. Your workout shoes should also be sufficiently light to enable you to move around with ease.