A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series endorses an extreme fitness program designed to help brides-to-be lose weight quickly. It doesn't offer long-term advice about weight loss, health, and nutrition.
Positive Role Models
Despite their methods, the trainers appear to care about the women and want to help them succeed. But they do also refer to the women as "girls."
Violence & Scariness
The workouts are designed to look like military training camp drills. One episode features fake bombs being thrown and Conde riding in on a tank. Trainers yell, scream, and hurl insults as a way of motivating participants. Frustrated participants sometimes argue with each other. Women are shown throwing up, collapsing, and being taken away to the hospital.
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Words like "crap" and "bitch" are audible; those like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The series is a promotional vehicle for Conde's fitness regime, her book Bridal Bootcamp, and her new gym.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this elimination series -- in which brides-to-be participate in extreme military-style workouts and team competitions designed to help them lose weight and win wedding-related prizes -- endorses a quick-fix weight-loss "plan" without touching on long-term fitness and nutrition issues. Expect some strong language (though the strongest curses, like "s--t" and "f--k," are bleeped) and iffy motivational techniques, like yelling and shouting insults. Arguments sometimes break out among the cast members, and women are shown throwing up and being taken to the hospital during and after workouts.
Is It Any Good?
Like many weight-loss reality shows, Bridal Bootcamp focuses on losing large amounts of weight quickly by participating in workouts -- and fails to educate viewers on some of the consequences of this kind of exercise regime, including gaining a few pounds due to increased muscle mass. As a result, participants are often frustrated by the small amount of weight they lose, and many who are working hard and giving it their all are eliminated.
Some folks, especially brides-to-be, may be motivated by what they see here to become more active and/or lose weight. But ultimately, the series is a promotional vehicle for the pre-wedding fitness regimes that Conde has developed, as well as her book on the subject. It also fails to address women's long-term needs when it comes to losing weight and staying fit after the honeymoon is over.
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