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June 14, 2018 06:17 PM

Bootcamp Style Fitness

Group fitness classes can be a great way to hold yourself accountable and stay motivated.

Those are the types of qualities you'll want before stepping into bootcamp.

Nicole Pankonen has been active her entire life, and for the last five months has been taking part in this bootcamp style fitness class.

"I just really like the variety. I've been a runner like most of my life, and this like high intensity bootcamp workout is just kind of a nice change of pace for me," Pankonen said. 

In addition to meeting new people, Pankonen says since joining the class she's noticed a better endurance level in her running. 

"I kind of just get bored running all the time. So just the up and down, the burpees, and the push-ups and stuff like that," Pankonen said. 

Instructor Charissa Covey says the class is a full body workout, and tends to include more body weight exercises. 

"It's different every week. The members come in not knowing what to expect, and in a way they like that. It's almost better not to know what's coming," Covey said. 

Covey says high intensity workouts like this should only be done 2 to 3 times per week, while doing strength training or light exercise on other days. 

Instructors say while this class is high impact, it invites all levels of fitness. 

"The members do what works for them. There's a lot of different ways and levels you can do the same exercise," Covey said. 

Covey also says to expect to burn a fair amount of calories.  

"Group exercise, I feel you burn more calories because it is somewhat competitive. You are racing the person next to you, you're trying to outdue the person next to you, and you just get more energy from the people around you," Covey said. 

Pankonen agrees. 

"My favorite part is probably just like meeting different women in this class and seeing different intensity levels," Pankonen said. 

For a schedule of bootcamp classes offered at Avera Fitness Center, click here.

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