I wanted to see what bootcamp was like, so I went into a relatively new gym called Club Metro in Phillipsburg, NJ which I stumbled upon the other day. The class is 45 minutes long, and when they say bootcamp, they aren’t messing around with that term.
The instructor was a bit older, but she could kick my ass into next week. This is impressive, but also slightly embarrassing. More so impressive, let me make that clear. She really did “bark” out orders, and tell the class to do this and that very authoritatively. It is called bootcamp for a reason, and I truly didn’t know what I was expecting.
I found the class very fast paced, not much in between time, and intense. It was quite different than the class I had on Saturday with Ollie Thomas, which I personally prefer. The classes were different, but not at the same time. At this gym, it was less personal. For two reasons, there were a lot less people in my class on Saturday, and just the style of teaching was different. Saturday he really focused on my form and making sure I got the movement right. Today, she said to do the form, but was not really instructing how except for a few times. This could be because we were all doing it correctly, but I sincerely doubt that. We were doing some not exactly intuitive moves and weight training in particular exercises. There were a few times, I couldn’t see exactly what she was doing, and had to sit up to see. This is not necessarily a criticism, just my personal observation, which is obviously subjective.
I personally don’t learn well by orders being barked at me, which while I’m sure well-intentioned and effective, are just not my preference. The nice thing about this gym is there is a three day free pass, and the class was only $5. I thought it was well worth the money. I got a very effective, whole body, intense workout in under an hour. The exercises were more intense than last Saturday, and I would prefer a hybrid of the two. I don’t know yet. As I continue doing this, and experiencing more gyms, I am narrowing down what I like and what I don’t.