Everyone tries to maximize their time and get the most out of every workout. That's one reason why "Boot-camp" workouts have become so popular over the last few years. They are made up of a combination of exercises like push-ups, lunges, and squats and some sort of high-intensity aerobic movements, but are they effective?

Dr. Edward Laskowski, a professor and co-director of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine and Jonh Porcari, a professor of exercise and sport science at the University of Wisconsin, are both studying boot camp workouts. They found the average person doing one of these workouts will burn approximately 10 calories per minute, which is about the same amount that you'd burn cycling or swimming, but not as much as you'd burn running at a fast pace.

Both doctors agree that 'boot-camp' workouts are an effective way to get in to shape as long as proper form is taught by a qualified instructor.

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