Boot Camp: Getting Fit Without Heading To The Gym

If, like me, you find your typical gym boring and just plain tedious, then check out my list of outdoor boot camps that’ll have you breaking a sweat and getting into tip-top shape in no time.

An outdoor fitness class in support of good health.

Urban Fitness Outdoor SA

Urban Fitness Outdoor SA offers a range of health and fitness services that will help you get ready for summer and reach your goal of obtaining that dream body you’ve always wanted. The best part is that all the training, boot camps and workouts are done outside where you can enjoy the fresh air and take in the sunshine! Classes are hosted at various venues around Joburg, so get in contact to find your nearest one. The first class is free, so book your trial today.

For more info, visit their website.


To help you get into the groove of living a healthier lifestyle and getting fit, TransformHERS boot camp offers a four-week outdoor fitness programme that will motivate and encourage you to complete your goals. And, not only will you be getting in shape, but TransformHERS is also a great place to meet and mingle with new people. Ladies of all sizes, fitness levels and ages are welcome.

For more info, visit their website.

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Adventure Boot Camp

Ladies, if you’re looking for a boot camp to kick start your fitness journey, be sure to join Adventure Boot Camp for Women. This four-week outdoor exercise programme offers everything you need to get into shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle, including fitness instruction, nutritional counselling and motivational training. The next boot camp starts on 22 September, so hurry up and register now! Contact them to find one near you.

For more info, visit their website.

Fitness From Africa

For a safe, scientific and seriously fun way to get into shape, make sure you book your spot at the Fitness From Africa Boot Camp. These heart-pumping sweat sessions include outdoor circuit training, high-intensity workouts and, of course, dumbbells, elastics, medicine balls, body weight exercises and much more. All you have to do is sign up and pick your boot camp location. if you’re looking to train and participate in one of those big runs (think Comrades or Two Oceans), FFA also offers a running club and coaching to get you ready for the big race.

For more info, visit their website.

Free Get Fit Bootcamp

If you’re done with the same old overcrowded gym and looking for something fresh, consider signing up for Free Get Fit Bootcamp! Their boot camp training offers a unique way to get fit with a variety of different exercises that focus on flexibility, cardio, strength and endurance in an invigorating outdoor environment. Exercises include stretching, walking, running, aerobics, body weight-focused exercise, timed runs or walks and loads of socialising! The boot camp caters for all ages and fitness levels.

For more info, visit their website.

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OCT South

OCT South are known for their obstacle courses and obstacle training, but did you know they also offer a fit camp? The whole idea of the camp is to ensure diversity, as well as intensity in your workouts, so expect crawling, running, climbing and pushing of your limits. Go on, challenge yourself!

For more info, visit their website.

Or Just Head To Any Outdoor Gym

Best part about this alternative is the fact that it’s outdoors, out in the fresh air, and has much more space to move around, so no bumping into fellow gym members while doing those burpees, jumping jacks and lunges. There are a few parks around the city that offer outdoor equipment if you’re looking to do more than body weight workouts. Click here to see where you can sweat up a storm outdoors.

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Have you tried any of these alternatives? Rate and review your experience below!

By Kim Brown

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