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American Council on Exercise (ACE) Studies Impact of Boot Camp-Style Workouts
Date:10/14/2008

Fitness Industry Leader Releases Benefits of Popular Boot Camp-Style

Workouts with University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America's leading authority on fitness and one of the largest fitness certification, education and training organizations in the world, today announced key findings from an exclusive study conducted at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse through its exercise and health program on the benefits of boot camp workouts. Results concluded that a typical boot camp-style workout will enhance aerobic capacity and promote significant calorie burning while also improving muscle fitness.

"From a cardiovascular and calorie-burning standpoint, the boot camp-style workout evaluated in this study compared favorably to traditional aerobic activities like group cycling, aerobic dancing, and cardio-kickboxing," says ACE's Chief Science Officer Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D. "During a boot camp workout, you can burn up to 600 calories per hour, which is obviously going to help with weight loss. But in addition to a great cardiovascular workout, you are also getting the muscular fitness benefit from exercises such as pushups, squats and lunges that you wouldn't get from a typical aerobic exercise."

The study tested men and women between the ages of 19-29 years old and was led by John Porcari, Ph.D.; Karel Schmidt, B.S.; and Kirsten Hendrickson, a graduate student in exercise and sports science at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Researchers used a 40-minute video to measure the effects of boot camp-style workouts called The Method: Cardio Boot Camp with Tracy Mallett, which incorporated a balance of aerobic exercise and strength training.

The study concluded the average exerciser burns approximately 9.8 calories per minute during a typical boot camp-style work out. This equates to about 400 calories during a 40-minute video or 600 calories per
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