Many of the people who visit a weight loss retreat for a few weeks haven’t spent much time exercising at all. This is not meant to be a harsh judgment, just a simple fact. Many of the boot camp programs are focused on intensive weight loss, which means equally intensive workouts. For those who aren’t used to performing such regular and strenuous physical activity, there is always the risk of hurting yourself. Luckily, trainers at "Fat Farms" generally plan routines in an effort to minimize the risk of muscles strain among the participants.
However, if you are putting together your own exercise routine in your own home, you’re more likely to end up with muscles strain than those working out at California fat camps under professional supervision. Part of the issue stems from people being a touch too enthusiastic about their new lifestyle and pushing themselves beyond their limits. After all, if you haven’t been exercising much, you might not be fully aware of what your limits actually are. And if you are working out with the mantra "no pain, no gain" in mind, you might end up ignoring your body’s warnings that you’re pushing yourself too hard.
The best way to avoid muscle strain is to make sure that you vary your workouts. Don’t spend too long focused on one area of your body.