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.
This women-only local chain of fitness centers is beyond popular, if the numbers mean anything: 15,000 members, 500-plus employees, and four locations (plus two non-profit fitness centers). Over 30 years, clearly Healthworks Fitness Center has figured out what women want in the fitness world. The Back Bay location in Copley Square is steps from the nearby subway station, making it convenient for those coming to work in the area, as well as residents of the Back Bay and the South End. The formula is easy: offer literally hundreds of group classes each week, a team of personal trainers on tap and provide a spa-like atmosphere in the locker rooms, which are stocked with amenities like hair dryers and towels. A wide variety of equipment, plus services like childcare, nutrition counseling, massage therapy and special events and programs, keep things buzzing all day long.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
Certified pole-dance instructor Stacy Hamilton draws on her 10 years as a professional dancer and six years as a pole-dance instructor to teach women of all stripes how to twirl flirty. Using the Boston location's 13 poles and the Providence location's seven poles, she and a team of pole-proficient instructors teach a variety of classes. During the sessions, students of all fitness levels spin and invert their way to increased strength, flexibility, and endurance while learning sensual routines and tricks. Through Stacy?s Polegression method, women of all shapes and sizes master basic grip techniques, terminologies, and moves as they work their way up to the acrobatic acumen needed to swiftly clear neighborhood telephone poles of outdated garage-sale postings.
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.
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.