Are you a true BMFer?

BMFing is taking Cape Town by storm r4 chip! Are you trying to get into shape for summer? Well, it may be time to become a BMFer! Don’t worry, this isn’t an insulting acronym – it’s your new exercise programme.

The new craze is aimed at those of you who aren’t fans of traditional gymming and this is why the British Military Fitness (BMF) programme is for you! Its purpose is to whip you into shape by training outdoors – Sea Point promenade in Cape Town is a popular spot.

Chief BMF instructor, Simon Richman, has brought the programme to Cape Town.

“Our goal is to help people improve, not only physically, but also mentally so that they increase their self-confidence and energy levels as well as get fitter and stronger.

“The classes are aimed at all levels of fitness. We split the group into ability groups and tailor the exercises according to what people can achieve in terms of repetitions and exercise difficultly,” he says.

What types of exercises can I expect?

The programme is aimed at improving overall body fitness and includes:

  • Sprints
  • Squats
  • Sit-ups
  • Push-ups
  • Burpees
  • Stretches

“We generally use little to no equipment, but sometimes incorporate boxing, calisthenics (rhythmical movements without using any gym apparatus) and sports equipment,” says Richman.

Dr Russell Thomson comments that being physically fit decreases your risk of high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and strokes; he recommends you have at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.

For maximum results, Richman says that you should attend BMF two to four times a week and you’ll be glad to know that there’s no joining fee! Get in shape for summer, now!

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