Trainer Mark Stainthorpe designed the fitness programs at Elkins Park Boot Camp to challenge those who work out regularly as well as less-active participants trying to get back into shape. The intensive indoor and outdoor workouts boost metabolism and tone musculature for slimmer, more chiseled edifices. Each session combines both cardio and strength training, using 30 pieces of functional training equipment such as TRX suspension, workout ropes, sand bags, kettlebells, spin bikes, and agility poles to draw together the primal movement patterns—such as squats, crunches, lunges, and gait-enhancing strides—that hark back to when humans were amoebic ninjas splashing in primordial soup. An ever-changing routine keeps workouts from getting stale, and a recess-inspired game at the end of each session adds a dose of fun to the fitness program.
Campers who attend sessions three to five days a week torch calories, oust body fat, and usher in lean, toned muscle. Expert fitness gurus encourage clients to work at their own pace, allowing even the most out-of-shape or octagon-shaped person to break a sweat without feeling the heat of competition. To stay on track, participants take part in monthly fitness-performance testing and weekly weigh-ins tracked by software that lets them check their progress any time of the day or night.