Boot camp is hot, Pilates is not, according to a new survey forecasting fitness trends for 2011. In fact, so precipitous was the fall of Pilates, once a fitness staple, that Dr Walter Thompson, lead author of an annual poll conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine, now calls it a fad.
"Fads are here today, gone tomorrow," Thompson said. "Pilates has been very strong since 2008. But for 2011, it fell off the list completely." Meanwhile, the boot camp workout is coming on strong, according to the survey, which for five years has alerted fitness experts and consumers alike to future trends.
While Mumbai has already jumped on to the boot camp bandwagon — Bodyholics Fitness run by trainer Abbas Ali who also trains actor Shahid Kapoor, holds extensive boot camps in the city — Delhi, too, is on its way to getting addicted to it. "There have been inquiries about fitness boot camps, and even workshops which last 1 to 2 days. And I only see the popularity of such boot camps increasing, because besides instant results, these also provide people with a lot of knowledge that they can put to use well after the camp is over," says Rahul Kharbanda, owner of Athena Fitness in Delhi.
Even high-end fitness chains have plans to join in. "We don’t just limit boot camps to a studio set up. We take it outdoors, too. We go to places such as Lodhi Garden and similar public settings. And, of course, we stringently screen the fitness level of the participants beforehand . Boot camps are very demanding on your cardiovascular fitness, so you need to be at a certain level to participate in one," says Sumaya Dalmia, founder of Crème Body Works.
But not everyone in the city is a fan of these camps yet. “Though they claim to up your fitness in a matter of just three or four days, they also put undue strain on your body. You can’t expect a housewife to do 1500 sit-ups in a matter of hou rs! There needs to be a specific participation for such camps; they should be focussed on fitness professionals and limited it to minor workshops for regular folks,” says Rajiv Khati, a Delhi-based fitness enthusiast and certified health trainer. “I don’t think this works for me. Fitness needs to be a regular lifestyle choice, and not something you limit to an exhaustive few days,” says Vikas Malhotra, a Delhi-based entrepreneur. But debates aside, the trend is sure catching on.
(with inputs by reuters life!)