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When strongmen of the past wanted to show their superhuman brawn, they coddled kettlebells or other, potentially stronger, strongmen. Today’s Groupon—three one-hour fitness sessions for $50 with Cindy Lai Fitness (a fourth one for new students)—beats you into shape by kettlebell on Saturdays or by bootcamp on Tuesdays with seasoned personal trainer Cindy Lai. That’s up to a $180 value (each class is $45). Her hour-long workout sessions incorporate cardio and muscular endurance, plyometrics, calisthenics, and core-strengthening exercises.
The kettlebell classes are Saturdays at 10 a.m. on the West Side, and the bootcamp bouts are Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Central Park (when the creepy bush men have the night off). (Cindy will add more classes if needed.) Cindy doesn’t make you march in step, salute her, shave your head, or do pushups until your arms quake worse than San Francisco in 1906 (the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California’s history). She says you’re not allowed to sign up unless you want to have a good time pushing yourself and your peers to the next level of fitness finesse. Cindy values fun, even though it’s scientifically proven that having a bad time builds more muscle. Burning calories, flexing muscle, and sweating buckets while you’re working on your strength, endurance, balance, coordination, and speed can be fun—and Cindy will add more classes if need be. Email ahead to reserve a spot in a kettlebell class.
This is a new bootcamp, but Cindy Lai has been a personal trainer for years. Some people who took the class left comments on her blog. Here’s what they said: > * This kettle bell bootcamp was kick ass! There is nothing else like it! Cindy is the most motivating person to be around and her bootcamps are so fun, and even better, so effective. Thanks Cindy for what you do! – Veg City Rockers, Cindy Lai Fitness Bootcamp blog > * I am so grateful to Cindy for providing such an amazing bootcamp. These days, I don’t have alot [sic] of time to work out, so I need to give it my all when I can. And Cindy’s bootcamp really gives me the challenge that I need. Thanks!!! – Meagan, Cindy Lai Fitness Bootcamp blog > * I haven’t seen too many other bootcamps where the participants are all smiling! A true testament that Cindy does make it fun - but don’t be fooled, as the workouts will push your limits in the best possible way. A true pro, Cindy is the best! – robro10, Cindy Lai Fitness Bootcamp blog
Disadvantages of Working Out
Much has been reported on all of the wonderful advantages to working out (ability to lift vending machine, ability to throw football then sprint to catch the same football 60 yards downfield, eternal life, etc.), but little is said of its nettlesome hazards. Beware of these dangers when seeking a health-infused lifestyle through working out:
- Feeling compelled to constantly compare physiques with other fitness buffs in any setting.
- Strangers will approach you with a large bag of unshelled walnuts and ask that you crack each one between your pecs.
- Inability to hug another person without causing either slight discomfort or complete loss of life.
Cindy Lai Fitness
Feeling unsatisfied with her role in corporate America, Cindy Lai abandoned her pumps for a pair of sneakers, embracing her true passion by creating Cindy Lai Fitness. Now a certified personal trainer, CrossFit instructor, and kettlebell sport coach, Cindy fills her days with personal-training and boot-camp sessions. Her personal-training clients get one-on-one attention, while boot campers get challenging workouts in a small-group atmosphere. Both types of sessions blend Cindy's personal interests—ranging from Pilates to running—into routines, which she designs to be as fun and engaging as a diamond ring that squirts out champagne.