Boot camp provides total body workout

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST - They say variety is the spice of life and nothing can beat workout boredom better than a bit of variety.
Roger Dorrington, who runs the Boot Camp at the YMCA on Thursday mornings, provides that variety.
"If anybody wants to get a total body workout, this is the class for them," Dorrington said. "People can just come and check it out and, if they want, just watch what we do."
The Boot Camp incorporates steppers and a few light weights but for the most part, participants use their own body weight to attack the muscles.
"We aren't going to push you. We're not about to tell a person to do fifty push-ups," Dorrington added, "Everyone can go at their own pace. If they feel tired they can step down for a few minutes."
Dorrington, who also teaches boxing at the Amherst Boxing Club, incorporates shadow boxing and skipping into the workout and several plyo-metric routines that help with agility and balance.
Presently the Thursday morning camp has eight to ten participants but Dorrington said he could easily handle 20 people during a session.
If enough people sign up, he hopes to extend it to Monday night.
"We're hoping to get about 12 people to sign up for Monday night," Dorrington said.
The Boot Camp is free to all YMCA members.
The Thursday morning class runs from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Organizations: YMCA, Amherst Boxing Club

Geographic location: AMHERST

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