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Boot Camp

Boot camp is a group physical training program that is typically one hour long and incorporates dynamic movements - such as push-ups, squats, burpees and weightlifting - into high intensity intervals. The exercises are designed to increase one’s overall physical fitness through fat loss, gains in strength, and increased cardiovascular fitness. The explosive movements, which are performed in groups, are designed to encourage the participants to push themselves a bit further than they would on their own. The sessions generally end with a slow stretching period. The style of the exercise routines are often militaristic.

Is this activity known by any other names?

Fitness boot camp

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Boot camp originated in the United States as a military fitness routine, and later became popular in other regions of the world, including Canada, as a recreational excercise system.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

There are numerous boot camp classes across the GTA, and they take place all year in indoor and outdoor settings.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Hourglass Workout; Fit Factory Fitness; Fit Chicks; Fit Body Bootcamp; Best Body Bootcamp; Gordy's Bootcamp Toronto

Cultural Significance


Is there anything else we should know?



Exercise System
  • Hourglass Workout
    475 Queen St W
    Toronto, ON M5V2A9
  • Fit Factory Fitness
    373 King St. West
    Toronto, ON M5V1K1
  • Fit Body Boot Camp
    70 Yorkville Ave.
    Toronto, ON M5R 1B9
  • Best Body Bootcamp.
    7 Station St
    Toronto, ON M5J1C3
  • Eastern Commerce Collegiate
    18 Phin Ave
    Toronto, ON M4J3T2
  • Gordy's Bootcamp Toronto
    66 Gerrard St,
    Unit 305
    Toronto, ON M4B 2B2
  • Christie Pits Park
    750 Bloor St W
    Toronto, ON M6G 3K4
  • University of Toronto Athletic Centre
    University of Toronto
    55 Harbord St
    Toronto, ON M5S 2W6
  • Hart House
    University of Toronto
    7 Hart House Cir
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3

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