Former army physical training instructor Gary Kerr, who has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, says he has seen a huge increase in people looking to get out of the gym and exercise outside.
“We get a lot of feedback from people coming from gyms who say they are bored and don’t get the motivation they need,” said Gary, who became a British Military Training, BMF, instructor in 2007 and now manages classes across the West Midlands.
“People try us out and are pleasantly surprised. We’re not a boot camp - the classes are about positive instruction, not just people shouting at them.”
BMF in Malvern and Brueton Park has classes for fitness beginners, to intermediate and advanced.
“We get members from all walks of life, from 16 to 60,” added the instructor. “Generally it’s people wanting to get fitter, with a 50:50 male, female mix, but we’ve had some people losing five or six stone.
“We try to link closely with military careers offices too and we have quite a lot of young guys and girls go to us before the army to make sure they’re in shape.”
Typical training sessions include interval, circuit and resistance training alongside fun team games.
Gary’s three secrets to slimming success are:
l Set yourself some goals. Whether it’s to drop a dress size, or get fit for a race, it will give you something to focus on.
l Work hard. Fitness is like a bank, the more you put in the more you get out.
l Enjoy it! It’s so important that exercise motivates and encourages you to do more.
Military fitness classes begin at Malvern and Brueton Park at 9am on Saturdays, 6.30pm on Fridays from 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For more information, visit www.britmilfit.com.