Bootcamp Workout: Bringing the War Home


When you’ve worked in gyms as long as I have, you become numb to the fitness-as-military-worship motif. For example: Bootcamps, civilian-military combines, Navy Seals this or that, and the ever-ubiquitous “Train Like a Soldier!”

This approach not only normalizes the dangerous “soldier as hero” myth but also has the potential to turn something healthy like exercise into a dysfunctional obsession. With this in mind, I allowed myself to imagine what it would look like if I were asked to create a “realistic” Marine bootcamp fitness class and make sure my students ended up on the “winning side.”

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