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 $35, you get 10 sessions at Energy Boot Camp (a $165 value). This Groupon is valid for Energy's 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. class times; preset booking to reserve a spot.
ACE-certified personal trainer Mike Worden funnels his passion for personal health promotion into each women's-only boot-camp session. Open to exercisers of all levels, classes require only that each student has a basic ability to perform exercise and to work one's growing biceps into everyday conversation. Corralling 12–20 campers for each 45-minute session, Mike slings an unpredictable routine of moves that may include squats, sprints, partner drills, kettlebell squats, push-ups, or sit-ups to boost both strength and endurance. Classes take place outdoors until November, at which point they convene indoors to avoid winter weather and its locomotion-jealous snowmen. For each class, students should don layered athletic apparel, and supply their own towel, exercise mat, and water bottle.
Energy Boot Camp
When Mike Worden of Energy Boot Camp shouts instructions to his campers in any given session, his words carry a little more weight than the average command. That's because, in addition to being an American Council on Exercise–certified personal trainer, he possesses a certification as a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, or the art of phrasing statements to get people to react in a certain way. He uses his skill set to amp up campers' enthusiasm and motivation while presenting them with increasingly harder physical challenges. These can include short sprints followed by classic burpees, a rapid-fire combination of sit-ups, crunches, and pushups, or partner-resistance exercises, such as refusing to blink during a staring contest.