We’re all familiar with the scene. A red-faced, mouth-frothing drill sergeant screaming “drop down and give me 20” at a line of petrified new army recruits to the response of “Sir, yes sir!”
If this is the image you associate with the words “military fitness” then it’s time to think again! Because British Military Fitness, the way we do it, might just be your new best friend.
British Military Fitness workouts were developed as a version of physical exercise, or “phys”, to keep some of the fittest individuals on the planet in top shape. The workouts were so good, in fact, we thought it was selfish to keep this secret all to ourselves. So we developed and deployed the “civilian friendly” version you’ll find at a BMF class.
While a military style of training is what sets this training apart, and will always be at our core, we’ve taken away the intimidation factor and the scary, shouty bits that make you want to cry and ramped up the motivation, camaraderie and fun factors.
Come rain or shine our classes continue. Many believe there's nothing better than breathing in the smell of freshly mown grass whilst working out on a warm spring evening.
But, perhaps surprisingly, many actually claim to prefer that sense of pride and achievement you feel once you're home and showered after a particularly muddy, wet Saturday morning session when you'd otherwise rarely venture beyond your front door.
To this extent, we have something for everyone and will never cancel a class due to a little bit of rain.
The weather and temperature adds variety to the class, and our instructors will ensure that if it's a particularly hot day you spend plenty of time in the shade and have extra water breaks. Conversely if it's cold or wet you will spend more time on your feet and be kept moving to keep your body temperature up.
We often get asked - am I fit enough to do a BMF class? The answer is YES.
We understand that our classes are only effective and fun if you’re exercising at the right ability level for you. This is why we divide all class participants into three main ability groups:
Whichever group you join at a British Military Fitness class – you’ll be guaranteed an effective workout with people of a similar level of fitness. Every week, you’ll work hard, have fun and make tangible progress that you’ll be able to see and feel.
Just like the military, we do workouts using what’s available – benches, tyres, ropes, own body weight and partner body weight - nothing over-technical or complex. We’re here to get fit, not to sit our GCSE’s after all.
Yes, it’s important to maintain great technique, which your instructor will always keep an eye on, but don’t expect to find scary Olympic barbells or weight plates.
You’ll be doing things like squats, push-ups, sit ups, and high-knee sprints. They’re mostly body weight exercises and if done correctly, they really pack a punch.
Variety might be the spice of life but it’s also the key to great fitness results.
The only way to create change is to force your body to adapt by throwing new challenges at it.
That’s why our instructors are continually changing things up in the BMF classes.
Every session is different to the last because: