Boot Camp Girl exercises you can do at home [Pictures]
Howard County fitness expert Stephanie Dignan, who developed the Boot Camp Girl program, shares some of her favorite exercises that you can try at home.
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Boot Camp Girl( Sarah Pastrana, Baltimore Sun Media Group / November 29, 2012 )
When Stephanie Dignan left her job as a financial adviser to start her fitness business, she had no idea she was about to change hundreds of lives.
Just four months earlier, the Glenelg High School and University of Maryland, College Park graduate had begun teaching boot camp classes at a local gym. "I thought, 'Why not? I'll do it for fun,'" Dignan says.
But that fun quickly developed into a passion -- one Dignan wanted to pursue full time. In 2008, she launched her solo venture, The Boot Camp Girl, with hopes of bringing her skills and fitness ideas to clients across Howard County.
The Boot Camp Girl program combines workouts with daily accountability. The workouts themselves vary from class to class, but always incorporate cardiovascular conditioning (running or walking, plyometrics), strength training (weights, stability balls, medicine balls, resistance bands), stretching (yoga) and Pilates. "We also really emphasize making long-term healthier eating habits by encouraging food-charting and goal-setting so people can keep track and be responsible for their choices," says Dignan, 40.
Dignan now employs five instructors and teaches classes at four county locations. We asked her to share some of her favorite boot camp drills. Here are some moves to try at home.
-- Allison Eatough, For The Baltimore Sun Media Group