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 $39, you get a four-week boot camp at Edge Fitness Club in Oxnard (a $189 value).
Views of the tranquil Channel Islands Harbor and Santa Monica Mountains markedly contrast with the frantic, heart-pumping boot camps held in Edge Fitness Club’s workout rooms, where campers shed calories under the auspices of certified instructors. During two one-hour boot-camp classes per week, campers of all skill levels huff and puff through a total-body workout that draws inspiration from the gym’s expansive collection of free weights and machines. Speakers blast upbeat music and recorded taunts from middle-school bullies to amplify campers’ resolve as they build muscles through intense cardio and interval training. Classes on early Monday and Tuesday mornings and early evening on Tuesday and Thursday accommodate schedules of all types, and the boot camp’s electrifying workout environment will have campers jolting the hair of anyone they encounter from a down 'do to an updo.
After calling ahead to schedule, all boot-camp attendees should remember to bring water and a towel to each class to ensure proper hydration and an ample supply of makeshift whips for reminding stragglers that no one will be harmed by a whip. The staff recommends that women arm themselves with 5- and 7-pound dumbbells, and men should bring along 7- and 10-pound dumbbells.
Edge Fitness Club
Edge Fitness Club's members make their way into the gym—nestled beside the Channel Islands Harbor—followed by the sounds of lapping waves and squawks of seagulls. The peaceful ocean vibe is reflected throughout the club, as walls of picture windows open up views of distant sailboats and a horizon that rolls over the ridges of the Santa Monica Mountains. Enthusiastic trainers make their way through the pristine facility, demonstrating proper form to clients heaving free weights or toning up on weight machines. The cardio theater is stocked with treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, and rowing machines illuminated by multiple flat-screen TVs and stunning sea-monster lookout points. Beyond the main workout floor, the group studios host sessions of spin, Pilates, yoga, tai chi, boot camp, and TRX classes. The gatherings periodically make their way outdoors in the form of members-only activities including kayaking classes, beach runs, and group hikes on the Channel Islands.