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High Intensity Interval Training and Muscle Confusion Prevail at San Jose's UMC Bootcamp

By Elisha Neubauer

Bobby Bluford was a finance major. With a BS in economics and an MBA in finance, Bluford was on the path to a lucrative career in the financial world. But, while his education was on par, he couldn't quite shake his love for health and fitness, one which had been instilled in him during his days as a college football player.

Bluford believed that health and fitness had a bigger effect on an individual than just the physical aspect. Sure, it benefited your physical health and increased your life expectancy, but it also had other beneficial properties, such as emotional and spiritual health.

UMC stands for Ultimate Muscle Confusion. According to Bluford, Ultimate Muscle Confusion combines two well-known and scientifically proven methods for both building muscle and losing weight: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Muscle Confusion. But, while these are two concepts that are well known and practiced in the fitness industry, Bluford took them one step further.

"The way I use muscle confusion takes it a few steps further," he details. "I try to teach people that fitness is not an all-or-nothing proposition, that it's more like a bank account, where you make deposits and the more often and larger the deposits, the better; obviously." He adds, "But no deposit is too small."

The program runs for 50 minutes each class session and is a full body workout that combines strength training, cardio, and core -- making it one of the most efficient forms of workout possible. When it comes to choosing a boot camp over a regular gym membership, Bluford points out a few of the perks.

"Bootcamps are great," he says. "They provide a group environment where people support and encourage one another."

He strongly believes that individuals can get more out of a group exercise class than just personal training sessions because of the support and encouragement. In addition to the support received from joining these boot camp classes, Bluford likes to ease people into new exercises all the time.

"Once they realize that lifting weights and running and jumping are not 'scary' and that they can do it, they are hooked," he chuckles. "This makes preaching my philosophy 'Better Than Yesterday' (BTY)- easy and fun."


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