Boot camps apply military concepts to daily life, as do dance parties set to Morse code and tanks converted into school buses. Declassify your abs with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a four-week fitness boot camp from XLR8 Fitness, LLC (a $180 value). Boot-camp sessions are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Guests can register for outdoor sessions in Johnny Bright Playground or West End Park, indoor sessions at Anytime Fitness, or outdoor stroller boot camp in City Park.
With a master's in health and exercise science and a knack for reshaping clients' physiques, XLR8 Fitness founder Emily Eoff designs morning boot-camp programs whose one-hour regimens have been lauded on ABC 26. Supportive, certified trainers lead groups through fast-paced reps both indoors and out. As participants perspire through a 10-minute warm-up, a 40-minute workout, and a 10-minute cooldown, instructors shoot out suggestions for exercise modifications that suit individual body types and fitness levels. Strength training sets limbs burning with dumbbells and body bars, and medicine-ball maneuvers strengthen cores while reinforcing the catching skills needed to survive a meteor shower. To keep hearts fit, exercisers run through cardio drills, jumping hurdles, leaping through plyometric movements, and lunging across obstacle courses. Guests should bring their own dumbbells (5–10 pounds or heavier, depending on strength), water, and a thick mat, loaded into a gym bag or on the back of a sweatband-wearing pack mule.
In the spring, stroller boot camp teaches parents to "push off the pounds" by wheeling their progeny through City Park. A series of energizing routines can tone figures as patrons spend quality time with their children, imparting such valuable lessons as the joy of playing outdoors or the satisfaction of beating a team of squirrels in pick-up basketball.