A strong man wrestles you to the ground to show off; a stronger man boosts your self-esteem and then accidentally breaks three of your ribs with a supportive hug. Learn the tenets of both strength and community with today's militantly muscled Groupon: for $35, you get one month of unlimited boot-camp sessions at Edmond Bootcamp, located within Evolution Personal Training (a $299 value).
Edmond Bootcamp serves up one-hour sweat sessions throughout the week to fit nearly any schedule. During the course of the month, fitness coveters can drop in on boot-camp classes whenever they want, prepared for extensively trained trainers and haikus about belt notches to push and inspire them toward a state of anti-flabbery. During each sweat-a-thon, instructors keep students on their newly sculpted toes by leading a hodgepodge of exercises that might include running, weightlifting, jumping, and crunching. Although Edmond Bootcamp sometimes holds classes outside, most sessions take place in a large, air-conditioned building, ensuring a safe haven from falling iPods. The gym provides all necessary equipment including mats, towels, weights, and water, and staff recommends calling ahead to reserve preferred time slots.
Ryan Dobbs began resculpting bodies 11 years ago, when he first acquired his personal-trainer certification. As his career progressed, he logged more than 13,000 hours of training experience, helping hundreds of students punch through the walls barring them from their fitness goals. Eventually, with the aid of his wife Amanda, he opened Evolution Personal Training, a 10,000-square-foot private gym that he now uses to house his Edmond Bootcamp classes.
The dynamic training duo outfit their gym with constantly updated machines, kettlebells, and stability balls, replacing worn-out equipment and upgrading to equipment they've judged more effective. Every new exerciser begins with waist measurements and receives a dietary plan that limits calories and maximizes nutrition. Attendees also get Ryan and Amanda's personal numbers for 24/7 access to coaching, motivation, and counseling on how to maintain a healthy relationship with their dumbbells.