I lived in California for 25 years. Most of it in the Bay area, but I did spend five years working in West Hollywood. Lots of folks poo-poo Hollyweird, but I’m a little weird myself, so I actually enjoyed living there. I know five years isn’t a lifetime, but I think it qualifies me to say confidently, that underneath the Hollywood sign belief systems about fitness and healthy living might fall a bit left of center.
As proof, I offer up this online article from Monday’s L.A. Times:
“When the New Year’s resolution calls for getting in shape fast, joining a gym and pushing yourself hard every day probably won’t happen. What will work? Having someone scream, “Drop and give me 20!”
I love when someone screams at me, don’t you? More importantly, who’s going to pick me back up after I drop?
“Fitness boot camps may be one of the fastest ways to go from zero to fit.”
Hey, who are you calling a zero?! Probably not the 0.1% of Hollywood who are already fit, yet shame spiral at the sign of a love handle.
“For people willing to put in the work, boot camps enable exercisers to see results quickly, the better to stay motivated.”
Unfortunately, 37 years working with over 25,000 weight-struggling women does not support this quick-fix scenario. In fact, when women (and I’m sure men) discover they cannot sustain a punishing, weight loss boot camp work-out regimen, they resume old, all-or-nothing behaviors which often lead to total inactivity. I mean, if you can no longer work out at a manic pace for 2 hours straight, seven days a week – why bother?
Boot camps and fat camps are quite the rage now because of the popularity of The Biggest Loser . So much so, that resorts are popping up all over offering fitness boot camp programs for those that want to get their weight off fast.
Green Mountain at Fox Run pioneered a weight management lifestyle program which proves time and again that diets and quick fix exercise programs simply don’t work. I would suggest that boot camps and fat camps fall under the latter tired model. They do not deal with sustainability. You have to develop real behavioral strategies to support any long-term, meaningful lifestyle change.
Sorry, City of Angels.