lifestyle

Tokyo fitness expert launches English personal training services

20 Comments

English language fitness services in Tokyo just got a lot more accessible as Tokyo Bootcamp has just launched its flagship bootcamp program. With details of the program recently released on their website, there are no more excuses for Tokyoites, be it stay-at-home mothers or working professions, to be out of shape, especially with summer fast approaching, says Sam Law, the founder of Tokyo Bootcamp, and a certified personal trainer and sports conditioning coach.

"The purpose of the bootcamp program is to motivate and empower clients to reach their fitness goals, and have them feeling great in the process," Law says.

Featuring a constantly-changing program that incorporates full-body exercises and interval training, each workout balances the principles of exercise science with the needs of the clients. "We are not going to leave you gasping for breath,” reassures Law, “but your muscles will feel it, and that’s a good thing.”

Among the top reasons people fail to achieve their fitness goals are a lack of motivation and poor exercise selection. At Tokyo Bootcamp, experienced professional trainers will essentially take clients by the hand, and guide them step-by-step through the workouts, while encouraging them every step of the way. With this expert guidance, clients will avoid what Law refers to as the “cardio trap” a lot of gym goers fall into.

He states, “I cannot imagine a bigger waste of time than going to the gym every day to run on a treadmill; this is why you see the same people there day after day, year after year—because it simply does not work.”

Tokyo Bootcamp aims to change the way people look and feel about fitness. Their program begins the week of May 22 in Ebisu, Tokyo.

© Japan Today

©2022 GPlusMedia Inc.

20 Comments
Login to comment

Sounds good, I might check it out.

“I cannot imagine a bigger waste of time than going to the gym every day to run on a treadmill; this is why you see the same people there day after day, year after year—because it simply does not work.”

Treadmill has been the best form of exercise for me. Nothing else really comes close. Thats probably why people are there day after day, because it is working for them.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Yes, on treadmill or wherever, the daily hour of "cardio" has proven efficiency over the last 5000 years. It is surely a big part of what is needed to maintain lifelong health. But they can't take much money (if any) from people for something so basic. Also, so many want to hear that they need to spend only 3 hours a week the bum up from the couch.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

He lost all credibility with the treadmill comment. Jogging, whether on a treadmill or street, is extremely effective. Has worked for me for the past few years.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Gone are the days of ineffective, slow boring cardio workouts requiring you to spend hours on the treadmill, or pounding on the pavement early each morning, or late every night. Studies have indicated that this is largely pointless for the majority of sports, and in many cases detrimental to your overall physical health. Such training can very quickly cause repetitive strain injuries, structural health problems, specifically ankle, knee, and hip joint problems as well as being an influencing factor in back pain. What's more, this type of training has been shown to be less effective for fat burning than other methods that take a fraction of your time. So, what can you do in a short period of time that will be effective for your sporting as well as health related goals? The exercises to focus on working the large muscle groups, use movement patterns that reflect your sport and work to massively boost your metabolism. I'm talking about Squats, Lunges, Deadlifts, row, and pushups. Learning to do each of these fundamental exercises will massively reduce your time in the gym give you a really effective workout for fat burning and improving your sporting ability. Busy professionals don't waste too much time on the treadmill. Therefore, you can see that there is really no need to waste time doing all the long slow cardio workouts. Just go to the gym and try the basic ones.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Tokyo Fitness has been offering bootcamps for quite a while in Hiroo. Not sure how this is news.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

“I cannot imagine a bigger waste of time than going to the gym every day to run on a treadmill; this is why you see the same people there day after day, year after year—because it simply does not work.”

Maybe that's why you see restaurants and cafes full of people every day - eating simply does not work. Also why people turn up at the office every day - working simply does not work.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Excellent comment there, cleo. But why waste your time and money like that when a simple jump rope with some tabata exercices do the same job?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Best and cheapest way to keep in shape: Find a gym about three miles from home, walk there every morning and then jog back. Don't go inside.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

“I cannot imagine a bigger waste of time than going to the gym every day to run on a treadmill; this is why you see the same people there day after day, year after year—because it simply does not work.”

This is where the article turned from interesting science into nothing more than a blatent promotion exercise.

The gym works for me - I am fit, healthy and a size 0 after 3 kids. I agree you need to know a tiny bit about what you are doing, but beyond that you don`t need to pay a fitness expert x yen an hour to tell you common sense.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

If you have to drag yourself to the gym, hate every minute you spend on the treadmill and see it all as a waste of time, then of course it isn't going to do you much good, mainly because you're not going to keep it up. If on the other hand you enjoy it, then why not go?

The important thing is to do something you enjoy; that way it isn't an effort, you'll stick at it and eventually see results. There is no one-way-fits-all.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Treadmill has been the best form of exercise for me. Nothing else really comes close. Thats probably why people are there day after day, because it is working for them

Define "working" though.

If you take it to mean weight loss, then spending hours on a treadmill will "work", but you'll be losing both fat and muscle. Look at the bodies of middle distance and long distance runners. They are scrawny. One such reason is because excessive running is degenerative to muscle tissue. Especially on the legs. Running for hours a week is also over-training. The body simply doesn't get enough rest to recover and repair muscle. The overall effect is reduced lean muscle mass which in turn leads to a slower metabolism which can lead to greater fat gain. People who go to the gym and do hours of cardio really are in a cardio-trap. Add in the long term effects of jogging such as joint, ankle and foot problems and massive amounts of cardio probably end up doing more harm than good. A lot of people do it because they think they are burning calories. They are but you'd have to run for four hours just to burn off the muffin you ate for morning-tea. It's easier to just not eat crap in the first place and work-out properly.

The Bootcamp guy is right. Huge amounts of cardio work is a waste of time. Improving your lean muscle mass with short but intense resistance exercises dramatically improves your lean muscle mass and in turn your lipid profile. Dunno if I'd pay to do these bootcamp lessons though. High intensity training is nothing new and is all over the internet for free.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

“I cannot imagine a bigger waste of time than going to the gym

Sorry to break the news to you, Mr. Law - but it works for me. Been a size 33 jeans for 6 years...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

He's just saying what most personal trainers and people selling programs are saying these days. The theory falls down though because there really aren't people who jog or run on treadmills "day in day out" who are in terrible shape.

It's standard advertising these days.

And the irony is that even most of the pro bodybuilders and fitness models do plenty of simple old cardio.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

I think I'd like being a personal trainer. Being paid to stay in shape and keep others in shape would be fun.

I might look into this, in fact.

Taka

0 ( +0 / -0 )

what Leeroy says above is right to an extent - which is why you have to know a little bit about what you are doing. But most people understand the concept of overtraining.

A muffin by the way is about 350 calories. Running for 1 hour burns off roughly that amount (obviously depending on several variables but roughly speaking) so 4 hours is a slight exaggeration. I agree best not to eat it in the first place but honestly, without muffins what would be the point in living anyway??!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

He states, “I cannot imagine a bigger waste of time than going to the gym every day to run on a treadmill; this is why you see the same people there day after day, year after year—because it simply does not work.”

Credibility fail! First, there are many examples of "a bigger waste of time" -- this boot camp leading the list from the sound of it. Second, cardio is an extremely effective activity not only for fat-burning but also for cardiovascular health. Third, the people who go there and don't achieve results are the ones that don't put enough effort and wouldn't do well in any type of regiment.

External Link: tokyobootcamp.com

I might be alone here but I work in a very conservative J-company and the half shirtless guy is borderline NSFW.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

the sheriff, you must be conservative. Obviously, most girls only go to the gym to have a handsome peronal trainer, why else would you go there? Plus, as my friend told me who went to a ritzy gym in Roppongi Hills, you go there to mingle with celebs. Still, after 6 months, she lost 5kg. So, those gyms really must work. The motivation comes with the handsome personal trainer.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I might be alone here but I work in a very conservative J-company and the half shirtless guy is borderline NSFW.

LOL - the shirtless guy is borderline mincing! Chicks may be sucked in by him though, good ploy. Agree with foxie that members of the opposite sex CAN inspire us to superhuman efforts in the gym!

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Maybe that's why you see restaurants and cafes full of people every day - eating simply does not work. Also why people turn up at the office every day - working simply does not work.

I've wondered about this - been working and eating for years - where is my result? I think I'll go have a bagel and ponder this some more.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I am in total agreement "never a greater waste of fitness building energy than long sessions on a treadmill". At a gym there only function is to pace the number of people using the expensive and more complex workout hardware. Treadmill running as by any measure except the slooooooow burnoff of deep fat reserves is ineffectual and boring. What do I mean? Simply put if you're grossly obese and or cardiac impaired then the 35 minute plus daily grind of the treadmill will keep you safe and steadily making weight loss gains. Or at least alive. 35 MINUTES MINIMUM GUYS most gyms limit treadmill time to between 20 and 30 minutes per person. Get the point. Good luck with your efforts and I hope you succeed with your gym. MJL, RN, MS, CSCS

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites