Cofounders Jill Tomich and Peter Lavelle had both been active in the fitness world before they opened Ultimate Bootcamp in 2004. Jill threw her energies into boxing, ballet, yoga, and blogging for a wedding diet-and-fitness website, and Peter, a native Irishman, was a triathlete. In all his pursuits, Peter adhered to the motto "We're not here for a long time?we're here for a good time."
This credo infuses all of the boot-camp programs. Campers from all across the fitness spectrum find accommodation as the workouts meet them close to home. Trainers never push too far, but always challenge. An energetic mix of outdoor-resistance and interval training layers patrons in svelte muscle, builds strength, and burns calories to promote weight loss more effectively than a rice cake's PR agent. Far from the stereotypical idea of a boot camp, encouragement and support roll in from instructors who foster cooperation and camaraderie between fellow boot campers.
Get Tone with Rindone is named for Joe Rindone, a personal trainer, certified Russian Kettlebell Challenge instructor, and golf enthusiast. Like his own fitness-related interests, his boot camps are diverse. The hour-long regimens tone the entire body with activities such as push-ups, sit-ups, and kettlebell routines. Meanwhile, he tailors his personal-training sessions to his clients' fitness goals, incorporating activities from functional strength training to boxing drills.
During afternoons at Together in Motion, children, accompanied by their parents, safely crawl through tunnels, practice somersaults, or explore a Parthenon made completely out of padded building blocks atop a cushioned floor. Evenings, however, turn the tables, allowing grownups to take over the space to fling dodgeballs at opponents or rehearse martial arts strikes in time for their kids' Bring Your Ninja to School Day. Weekend nights find thumping dance soundtracks traveling through the rooms, as black-light parties for teens and tweens celebrate birthdays and raise funds for nonprofits.
Though they admit disparate age groups, these classes and events provide a venue for guests to connect through movement. Together in Motion's facility rents its rooms to independent organizations—Social Boston Sports and Arlington Martial Arts among them—that encourage exercise and camaraderie. From the Latin-inspired beats of adult-centric Zumba classes to the musical motor-skill activities of Movin' Groovin' Tots, all of the programs foster both communal support and a healthy sense of self-confidence.
When Dean Rafferty first began his personal-training career, he was a jack of all trades who helped clients reach goals ranging from sport-specific achievements to fat loss. But this didn't last long. Immediately, he found that he got the most reward out of seeing the look on a weight-loss client's face after stepping on the scale to see it read 30 pounds lighter. That was when he began working exclusively with people seeking to lose weight and get fit.
Today, he leads indoor boot-camp classes designed to do just that. The sessions challenge students to push themselves through fun, fast-paced exercises while motivating each other and fostering a sense of community. Dean pairs these workouts with simple nutrition plans that help students fuel their weight-loss journeys.
Babe’s Bootcamp's founder, Kristine Barry, use her skills as a certified yoga instructor, personal trainer, and group-exercise instructor to whip her students into tip-top shape during one-hour total-body workouts. Medford High School's indoor gym, weight room, and outdoor field serve as participants' stomping grounds on weeknights. As Kristine makes use of a variety of exercise techniques, students should bring a water bottle, towel or yoga mat, and pocket-sized personal cheerleader to each class.
Off the Wall Personal Training and Fitness, which has its own private facility within a dance school, offers a range of creative classes and programs, including heart-pumping boot camps and ab workouts to more attentive personal training. During personal-training programs, the staff helps clients formulate a game plan for healthy eating, balanced exercise, and regular body-fat and weight check-ins to keep participants motivated.