Unlike stiletto camp, boot camp doesn't require you to run through obstacle courses full of aggressive paparazzi and hairspray jet streams while wearing 9-inch heels. Get in fighting form with today's Groupon: for $60, you get a 10-class punch card for boot-camp classes at CrossFit Machine Shop in Sherwood Park (a $150 value).
CrossFit Machine Shop strips workouts of high-tech gadgetry and replaces it with a Spartan intensity low on equipment and high on team support. Today's Groupon applies the principles of CrossFit—a dynamic, routine-eschewing regimen used to whip SWAT teams, MMA fighters, and extreme chefs into shape—to 60-minute outdoor boot-camp classes. Universally scalable exercises quickly snap on to every fitness level, mashing core training, plyometrics, and power lifting with the fast-paced, team-oriented circuits of boot camp.
Machine Shop's frame wranglers have the space and cat-herding experience necessary to handle classes of any size, which are held Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m and Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. through September 30. Check the online schedule often, as class locations will vary and more classes will be added based on demand. Shape shifters will also receive a trial spin class and kickboxing class, letting them try a new fitness approach while nonchalantly flexing newly toned pinky knuckles.
CrossFit Machine Shop
Inside their "no-frills" training facility, CrossFit Machine Shop owners Angie McNally and Dean Eckel merge several fitness certifications with a shared drive to redefine both their own and their clients' physical limits. Their emphasis on functional CrossFit actions rejects complex equipment for a challenging-yet-common-sense mix of core work, plyometrics, power lifting, and circuit training. During these intense workouts—as well as personal-training services and fitness classes—Angie and Dean stress proper form and a disciplined state of mind for sculpting tougher physiques and avoiding deep-fried sticks of butter. They blast music to spur reps onward amid walls bearing colourful graffiti; however, their shop's industrial interior and lack of kettle-bell-shaped whoopee cushions speak to the duo’s no-nonsense methods.
2181 Premier Way
Sherwood Park, Alberta T8H 2V1