The best fitness boot camp in Nouméa
If you’d told me a year ago, as I was meeting a young-woman named Monique in Paris, that she would one day be my personal trainer in the South Pacific, I would have said, “Really? So do you have any vacation plans this year?”
Indeed. If you have not yet heard of Monique and her boot camps, you either are a faraway reader or are under a rock somewhere. For Monique is being talked about in the English-speaking community and referred to as “my lovely personal trainer aka torture queen” (not my name for her, may I hasten to add).
I first met Monique when she contacted me via my first blog on New Caledonia, “Sojourn in the South Pacific“. She and her fiancé were considering moving to New Caledonia at the same time we were, and were keen to pick our brains. Our French husbands were thrilled to speak French that first dinner, and Monique and I rattled on in English.
A few months after our arrival here, Monique arrived with her new husband, enthusiastic and braced for the trials and tribulations of setting up house in a new country. Things were not easy. Things were uphill, challenging, surprising and patience-trying. But she’s managed – and now has her own business. So what does she do, exactly? Boot camps! Personal training. Swimming lessons!
Not sure what boot camps are? I hate to admit it, but I didn’t, not until I tried it. According to Wikipedia, “a fitness boot camp is a type of group physical training programme conducted by gyms, personal trainers, and former military personnel. These programmes are designed to build strength and fitness through a variety of intense group intervals over a 1-hour period of time.”
Monique runs the Run.Squat.Lunge boot camp, an outdoors-based group fitness programme with an Australian touch. A qualified personal coach, she applies a dynamic, functional and intensive style of workout (which is different every week). Her purpose it to push your body to the next level with the use of basic, full-body exercises. Each 1-hour session (and there are 2 hours offered per week) involves variations of squats, lunges and push-ups, keeping your heart rate high, burning calories. A core strengthening workout is also included at the end, ensuring that your body is strong and balanced from the inside out.
This workout will make you sweat and gasp for breath (guaranteed – I’ve done it twice); the essential results of any effective workout. You do not need to have a high level of fitness as she can always offer alternative exercises if the session gets too hard. But you must be ready to work for an hour. Monique’s French may be limited, but this does not alter the effectiveness of her boot camp.
The boot camp meets every Monday at 8am and Wednesday at 5.30pm in the carpark at the beginning of the promenade on Pierre Vernier (first carpark after the roundabout). For those of you who do not know the palm-lined Promenade Pierre Vernier, you won’t believe the backdrop for your boot camps.
How much will it cost you? Each session is 2,500 CFP. But Monique sometimes offers a discount for those who purchase at least 5 sessions in advance (so it’s worth enquiring).
Monique also offers personal training one-on-one, if you prefer. I work with her in a gym, but she is also fully equipped and prepared to work with you outside. So far, she’s put me on 2 different programmes (this last one more advanced than the first), and I can attest: you get results!
She can also work with children in groups or individually. She teaches swimming, for example. Calm, supportive, encouraging and kind, Monique gets in the water with children to teach them how to swim (relatively rare in France and New Caledonia). She taught our son the crawl in under 10 lessons.
To connect with Monique on Facebook (the best and easiest option), go to: https://www.facebook.com/runsquatlunge You won’t regret it!