Don't show up to Common Fitness expecting to see rows of treadmills under fluorescent lights—the company considers that far too boring. Instead, exercisers work out outdoors on the Waltham Common, hauling tires, lifting kettlebells, and forming the poses of Vinyasa Flow yoga under the guidance of certified trainers. The idea is to create a less monotonous workout and also to set a friendly, social tone that in turn makes classes more fun.
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.
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.
Tailored to each client, Deanna Flibbert's personal-training sessions are personalized to help participants meet their goals, whether they're trying to lose two pant sizes or get a more toned physique. Since April 2010, she's helmed KYA Boot Camp and Personal Training, where she leads group classes, boot camps, and metabolic conditioning. Group classes are all high-intensity, but also allow participants to move at their own pace during kickboxing, power yoga, or kettlebell classes that tone the core to the envy of apples everywhere.
Led by fitness guru and certified trainer Jen Brickey, Fusion Workouts offers intense fitness regimens for students that want to work hard, have fun, and achieve bodaciously ripped bodies. The kettlebell training studio uses kettlebells, suspension training, ropes, slide boards, and more to put clients on the iron-clad path to strengthened cores, increased flexibility, and coworker-bench-pressing power. Different kettlebell sizes and weights create constantly changing full-body challenges and intense core workouts, effectively trimming fat and building strength for common tasks such as jogging backwards to New York and juggling barges. Included in this deal is a 30-minute orientation to the world of kettlebells prior to beginning the month of classes.
Warrior Nation's intense boot-camp workouts challenge participants to get fit, shed weight, and finally learn how to properly apply warpaint. The dynamic workouts are held in parks and include everything from interval training to plyometrics. The focus on functional exercise?plus the outdoor location?hammers home the fact that you don't need a gym to get in great shape.