Getting in shape, much like speed-reading Russian literature, requires concentration and the strength to forge ahead through complicated, protracted inner monologues. Forge ahead toward fitness with today’s Groupon to Boot Camp LA. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get two weeks of boot-camp classes (a $147.50 value).
- For $59, you get one month of boot-camp classes (a $295 value).
Boot-camp classes are held at George C. Page Museum Park, located just steps from the La Brea Tar Pits and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Helmed by Jay and Marcella Kerwin, seasoned personal trainers who have been featured in the Los Angeles Times and 9 On the Town, Boot Camp LA propels participants toward fitness goals during outdoor workouts. Structured around a backbone of weightlifting, running drills, and obstacle courses, each one-hour class builds enough strength, agility, and endurance to wrestle a bananaphone from a teenage gorilla. Calories melt and muscles ripple as recruits of all skill levels perform calisthenics such as pushups, sit-ups, and lunges. With encouraging words and a hint of humor, the Kerwins animate a friendly style of leadership during each session, instead of shouting at the group or projecting students’ most embarrassing photos onto low-hanging clouds. The Kerwins also call participants at home, if desired, to share nutrition advice and personalized exercise tips; consult the camp schedule for class times and the FAQ for a list of items to bring to class. Groupon buyers are not required to wait for the beginning of a new session to begin attending classes.
In addition to leading boot camps, Jay joined inspirational guru Deepak Chopra to co-author Stepping Stones to Success, a book designed to foster healthy lifestyle changes. Fitness magazine has also tapped Jay's motivational expertise by publishing a playlist of songs he uses to energize boot campers and lure butterflies out of their cocoons.
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Jay Kerwin knows a thing or two about making it through a tough regimen. A certified skydiver, scuba diver, pilot, and EMT, he was also one of only seven to graduate from the Air Force’s Pararescue Special Operations Indoctrination program––a course that begins with about 500 candidates. Now known as “the Major,” he helps build confidence and stronger bodies at Boot Camp LA, instilling his students with the same kind of motivation and work ethic that led him to win several national bodybuilding competitions and open pickle jars with ease.
Atop the plush grass and unforgiving concrete surrounding the La Brea Tar Pits and George C. Page Museum park, new and experienced recruits tone muscles as sneakered feet beat the ground during military-style drills that include running, strength workouts, and circuit training. Classes are lead by Jay and his wife Marcella, an athlete since age 10 and fondly referred to as “the Lieutenant.” Together, they work with men and women of all ages and fitness levels, developing workouts and offering nutrition advice. Recruits can train before the sun rises with classes ending before 10 a.m., or shake off sweat and workplace stress as the sun sets during an evening class. Aside from helping students lose weight, the Major and Lieutenant help them start or end each day with positive reinforcement, staying away from the yelling, belittling, and mama insulting often associated with traditional military-style boot camps.