The term pumping iron has its roots in a misguided mining practice that yielded little in the way of iron but greatly increased the muscle mass of frustrated miners. Experience an effective above-ground fitness program with today's Groupon: for $50, you get six boot-camp sessions at Boot Camp L.A., located in Miracle Mile (a $147.50 value).
Boot Camp L.A. adds a fun twist to intense group fitness. In George C. Page Park, just steps from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, trainees take to the open air like woolly mammoths lithely dodging death, eschewing the stale air and hamster wheels of indoor gyms. Classes meet in the mornings and evenings, challenging fitness freaks and escalator abusers alike with a variety of exercises ranging from calisthenics to weightlifting to military-style drills and obstacle courses. Lead instructors Jay and Marcella Kerwin are decorated athletes in their own right and have been widely featured in print and on television for their personal accomplishments and boot-camp success. Jay, "the Major," strongly emphasizes nutrition as part of overall fitness and gladly offers advice to keep his trainees focused on the straight-and-narrow diet. For more information about Boot Camp L.A., click here.
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Jay Kerwin knows a thing or two about making it through a tough regimen. A certified skydiver, scuba diver, pilot, and EMT, he was also one of only seven to graduate from the Air Force’s Pararescue Special Operations Indoctrination program––a course that begins with about 500 candidates. Now known as “the Major,” he helps build confidence and stronger bodies at Boot Camp LA, instilling his students with the same kind of motivation and work ethic that led him to win several national bodybuilding competitions and open pickle jars with ease.
Atop the plush grass and unforgiving concrete surrounding the La Brea Tar Pits and George C. Page Museum park, new and experienced recruits tone muscles as sneakered feet beat the ground during military-style drills that include running, strength workouts, and circuit training. Classes are lead by Jay and his wife Marcella, an athlete since age 10 and fondly referred to as “the Lieutenant.” Together, they work with men and women of all ages and fitness levels, developing workouts and offering nutrition advice. Recruits can train before the sun rises with classes ending before 10 a.m., or shake off sweat and workplace stress as the sun sets during an evening class. Aside from helping students lose weight, the Major and Lieutenant help them start or end each day with positive reinforcement, staying away from the yelling, belittling, and mama insulting often associated with traditional military-style boot camps.