When you think of boot camps, the image of a drill sergeant shouting in a new recruit's ear while sitting behind this poor fellow's back always comes to mind. It conveys terror and competition. That's because military boot camps are like that. You can't blame them. After all, they're in the business of training future soldiers.

But there's another kind of boot camp training workout in Manahawkin, NJ, one that's fun, fast, and effective in getting rid of those extra pounds. And it's taking the fitness world by storm. These are boot camp workouts. Boot camp workouts are intensive exercise sessions that give your body a full workout.

Involving little or no rest in between the varied forms of exercise that includes push ups, jumping jacks and calisthenics, among others, bootcamp routines are not only aerobic but muscle toning workouts as well.

Boot camps are the new rage in the fitness world because the challenging workouts are not only varied and fun to do, they are done in far less time than traditional exercise regimens but give better results. A study conducted by the American Council on Exercise found that a typical 40-minute boot camp session burns 400 calories.

It further reveals that boot camp style exercises increase the heart rate from 77% to as high as 91%, making it "cyclical" in nature where the high-intensity kicking and punching interspersed with low-intensity lifting serve as both good aerobic and a muscle strengthening workouts.