Make The Outdoors Your Personal Bootcamp

Bootcamp workouts evolved from the military and typically involve body-weight movements and calisthenics outdoors. Exercises like squats, pushups, pullups, burpees, running and jumping are common in a Bootcamp workout. This type of workout can be highly effective providing an intense interval workout that combines cardiovascular training, resistance training, and sports conditioning training that is physically challenging, inspiring and a ton of fun.

The workouts are generally high-impact, high-intensity and best suited for physically fit individuals. With that said, they are very popular amongst people who want to lose weight because the workouts burn so many calories.

If you are currently not-exercising, deconditioned and/or obese, Bootcamp workouts may still be an option for you but will require many modifications to assure you don’t get injured. Feel free to:

  • Walk versus run
  • Eliminate the jumps on the impact movements
  • Take breaks when you need

If you’re the type of person who will feel pressured to do as many reps and the same movements as everyone else, you might want to wait to try Bootcamp workouts until you have improved your general conditioning. If you’re ok with doing modified movements and not keeping up with everyone else, then go for it. Just pace yourself and listen to your body!

Outdoor Bootcamps can:

  • Improve your overall physical and mental fitness
  • The group comradery can help with your consistency and results.
  • The fresh air and vitamin D can boost your immune system
  • Increase your energy
  • Make you feel amazing!

So look around you and see how you can make the outdoors your gym:


If you’re looking for a high intensity workout, look no further than a set of stairs. You’ll work your cardiovascular system and condition your legs. You can run or walk the stairs and either way, you’ll be huffing and puffing right out of the starting gates.


Find a short hill and do repeats for an incredible cardio workout.


Any community park is a fabulous location for a full body workout. You can use the monkey bars for chin-ups. A bench or step is great for performing step ups or box jumps. You can climb or jump your way to a fitter you.


You can use a curb to perform stepups, running up and down or modified burpees.


Heavy rocks can be lifted overhead or pressed for upper body strength.


Sand running or performing walking lunges or squats in the sand can develop leg and ankle strength and stability.


Rather than just sitting on it, try some Tricep Dips, Bicycles or Stepups.


You can stand on it on one leg to condition your balance system or try stepping up and down onto it or hold a V-position for your core.


FREE Sunday Bootcamps: If you’re looking for something structured so you don’t have to think about it, we offer a FREE Community Bootcamp class every Sunday at 9am starting June 9th -August 25th. This workout will take place outdoors utilizing many of the local parks in downtown Vancouver including the Columbia River waterfront, Fort Vancouver and more!

Yours in Health & Fitness,
Sherri McMillan

Note: As an avid Columbian reader, you can redeem a 2 week pass at her world-class training studio to help get you started.  Contact 360.574.7292 for more details. 

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Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan, holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for more than 33 years. She has received numerous industry awards including 2010 CanFitPro International Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year, 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, 1998 CanFitPro Fitness Presenter of the Year and 2005/2006 ACE Fitness Educator of the Year - Runner up. She is a fitness trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers, author of five books and manuals including "Go For Fit - the Winning Way to Fat Loss" and "Fit over Forty" and the featured presenter in various fitness DVDs. She has presented hundreds of workshops to thousands of fitness leaders throughout Canada, Australia, Mexico, Jamaica, New Zealand, Germany, England, Spain, South America, Asia and the U.S. She is the owner of Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver, the founder of WHY Racing Events & WHY Community, participates in various community fundraisers and can be found running, biking, or hiking around the community. Find more information at

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