RAAF Base Amberley personal trainers Michael Rush and Matt Day will lead a new military-style boot camp at Leichhardt’s Jim Finimore Oval from January 10.
RAAF Base Amberley personal trainers Michael Rush and Matt Day will lead a new military-style boot camp at Leichhardt’s Jim Finimore Oval from January 10.

Toughen up with stint at boot camp

THEY are not quite as mean as they look, but if RAAF veterans Michael Rush and Matt Day do their job properly you will probably hate them.

The two Air Force physical education trainers will be running military-style boot camps in Leichhardt from this month.

So if running while carrying large cartons of water, carrying people on stretchers through creeks, rope and tyre drills and sprinting with heavy bags at 6.30 in the morning sounds appealing, the Air Force men will be glad to make you burn.

Mr Day said the point of the four-week camp was to achieve rapid results in fitness improvement through military- style training.

“There are a lot of people trying to cash in on boot camps these days who do not actually have the right experience to run them,” Mr Day said.

“They are charging large prices without giving people an authentic experience.

“Some of these camps are full of instructors yelling at you like it’s the movies, but that’s not how it actually works in the military and we have the experience to do correct military-style boot camps.”

Mr Day is an RAAF military physical education trainer while Mr Rush spent 24 years at RAAF Base Amberley as a trainer before retiring from service.

The camps are the first of their kind in Ipswich and begin early this month.

“These camps will be of a higher intensity than you would get with a personal trainer,” Mr Rush said.

“We will be running it like they do at Amberley, which involves a lot of teamwork drills, which people usually find a lot more fun and satisfying.”

“This is for all levels of fitness though. You do not have to keep up at the start if you can’t.

“We find it’s more mind over body and we know what level to push people to.”

The classes will be run three times a week for four weeks, and will be conducted at Jim Finimore Oval in Leichhardt starting on January 10.

“It will be a tune-up for 2011 guaranteed to increase all facets of the participants’ fitness levels,” Mr Rush said.

For more information, phone Mr Rush on 0430 961 940.



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