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 $25, you get six sessions and a complimentary fitness assessment at any of the six LA-area Extreme Boot Camps (a $120 value). Once you take your first session, the remaining five must be completed within one month. See the sidebar for a complete list of participating camps.
The certified personal trainers and former military machos of Extreme Boot Camp are half drill sergeant, half high-school football coach, half mathematician, but all expert. They want you to go tactical on flab but not without realistic encouragement and support. First, these legionaries of lean will uncritically assess your level of fitness. They'll take down your measurements, weight, and body-fat percentage so you'll be able to tangibly record your progress. Then you'll be drafted into a squad of equally athletic peers who you'll bond with through muscle burn and un-ironic high-fives.
In Extreme Boot Camp, the enemy is predictability. Each day, your instructors will throw down a fresh guerrilla-ambush worth of challenges for your muscles and your brain, fueling constant gains and keeping you engaged. Over the course of the one-hour session, you'll run, jump, lift weights, slam out push-ups and chin-ups, chase chickens, punch slabs of beef, and end with a live-crocodile wrestle. In the heat of your workout, you'll sweat out weakness, fear, and monosodium glutamate while beginning to gain the functional, unsurpassed strength of a body in fluid, powerful motion.
After your six-session sampling of boot camp, you may aspire to be so ripped and ripply that the ocean will want to surf you and you'll be able to uproot pesky redwoods and boulders from your yard. Extreme Boot Camps take place in the morning through the evening, with the initial camp orientation typically taking place on the Saturday before each six-week session. Extreme Boot Camp will always accept new campers and issue a fitness assessment at any point during a six-week session, even if you are unable to come to the orientation. The camp requests that you bring 5-pound to 10-pound dumbbells, an exercise mat (not a yoga mat), running shoes, a jump rope, water, and a killer extreme workout face.
Extreme Boot Camp LA was featured on Good Morning America; view the video here.
Extreme Boot Camp
Founder Linda Taix has one mission: to help clients achieve the ultimate positive change in body, health, and spirit––without half- hearted crunches. Employing a team of certified personal trainers and former military personnel, Linda's civilian-style fitness boot camp was featured on Good Morning America. Linda modeled her six-week boot-camp sessions after a real military boot camp, with an enlistment phase to gauge fitness levels and one- hour classes that blend military exercise drills, resistance training, and plyometrics with cardio activities such as obstacle courses and double-dutch jump-rope contests against local youths.
Cutting out traditional boot-camp yelling and huffing, the team fosters a supportive and motivating environment for students of all skill levels. Furthermore, Extreme employs nutritionist and fourth-degree black belt Jake Nelson to guide clients with diet advice and personal consultations on how best to break a board with a honey-glazed ham.