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.
A certified personal trainer and the owner of Boston?s Bootcamp, Kelsey Raycroft sharpened her competitive spirit as a member of the U.S. synchronized-skating team, later channeling her figure-skating techniques to plan off-the-ice workouts. Her exercise programs have benefited clients from internationally ranked athletes to gym newbies, and at Boston's Bootcamp, she coaches students from all fitness backgrounds.
Boston's Bootcamp classes blend cardio intervals with resistance bands and body-weight moves to keep heart rates humming. From April through autumn, Kelsey leads her one-hour sessions on the greenway for a scenic view of the Boston skyline. Her enthusiasm for the outdoors also fuels training for Mud Run training for Spartan and Tough Mudder races.
If their rippling muscles and lean torsos are any indication, the personal trainers at Back Bay Fitness practically live in the gym. Even so, they appreciate that not all of their students share the same enthusiasm for barbells and medicine balls. That?s why they?ve devised a holistic approach to fitness that starts in the gym, but extends to all aspects of life. When they aren?t pushing students past the brink of exhaustion in Back Bay Sweat, Lengthen and Strengthen, and Kettle Kamp classes, they offer nutritional guidance to help maximize the results of each workout. They also take the time to get to know each of their clients by name, which helps them build meaningful relationships without having to steal glances at each student?s monogrammed sweat rag.
Equipment: Resistance band, medicine ball, hurdles, agility ladder, kettlebell
Students should bring: Water, sneakers, comfortable layers of clothing, and gloves
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Action-packed classes start and end on time rain or shine; arrive a few minutes early to check in.
The success of Zumba, the Latin-inspired dance-fitness program, begged for spinoff workouts. Today eight Zumba variations exist, seven of which are taught by the licensed instructors at The Z Spot. The troupe teaches original Zumba, as well as Zumba Toning, Zumba in the Circuit, Zumba Gold for seniors, Zumba Kids for youngsters, Zumba Sentao for an intense core workout with a chari, and, at an offsite facility, Aqua Zumba. Each workout engages exercisers with a mix of energetic rhythms, continuous motion, and support from other exercisers in the group.
Next Level Fitness has four studio locations throughout the Boston area, but those aren't the only places its trainers do their work. The trainers also travel, showing up at clients' homes, offices, and gyms with equipment and exercise regimens ready. Whether clients are participating in a summer boot camp or a corporate fitness workshop, they can be sure that trainers are leading them in a workout that's appropriate for the group's fitness level.