Like a good horror movie, a good exercise regimen shocks the body out of its lethargy, which is why so many personal trainers chase their clients on treadmills while brandishing anacondas. Get in less terrified shape with today’s Groupon: for $59, you get ten boot camp classes from Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp (a $160 value), taking place at the Brooklyn Bridge, starting in Manhattan, Central Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge, starting in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp's founder Ariane Hundt, whose classes have frequented the media, runs courses centered around simple-yet-effective moves geared toward challenging camp neophytes and gym buffs alike. All width-whittlers can expect classes to combine cardio-pumping jogs with strength sessions as Ariane and her staff of certified personal trainers turn unassuming benches, fences, and naturally occurring ThighMasters into accompaniments for toning moves that use body weight and other instruments for resistance. Each one-hour workout torches up to 800 calories, and most bodies appear noticeably slenderized after a quintet of classes.
Classes cap at 15 participants on the bridge and 20 in the park, and a generous weekly schedule affords both early risers and night owls the chance to exercise at their most physically capable hour. Stints across the bridge start on the Manhattan side, and Central Park sweat-outs kick off on Columbus Circle before students visit the Mall and attempt to uproot Cleopatra's Needle. Though not included in this Groupon, Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp's DVD can help customers continue these types of exercises after classes are finished.
Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp
Most boot camps give fitness seekers a view of another person's back during class, so when certified trainer Ariane Hundt started her boot camp, she chose her favorite sightseeing spots in the city. Students make a round trip across the Brooklyn bridge, with unmatched views of the city along the way. But it's not your eyes that get the main workout. Self magazine named Ariane's class one of the hottest boot camps in the country because participants also challenge themselves using bridge structures and benches as exercise props. Ariane's stable of trainers lead other outdoor boot camps with scenic views as well, including one that begins and ends in Central Park. Each is a small-group session capped at 15–20 students that challenges people of virtually any fitness level, making it easy for students to join at any time. They can also get support in reaching their fitness goals with the company's nutrition and weight-loss programs.