Boot camps are a quick way to get in shape for upcoming marathons or adrenaline-pumping prison escapes. Jump the fence with today's deal: for $50, new clients get a four-week unlimited boot-camp package at F.I.R.M. Fitness Camp, a $197 value. Classes take place Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at The Hamptons at Metrowest Basketball Gym. The only thing you need to bring to any boot-camp session is yourself, workout clothes and shoes, and a towel. See the sidebar for all 2010 start dates. This Groupon is not valid at the Lake Mary location.
F.I.R.M. is an indoor fitness program that thumbs its nose at the specter of sunstroke or rain-soaked runs. The camp is held in a private, air-conditioned gym, which protects the already sweaty from sweltering summer weather, mosquitoes, and animated mouse attacks. The workout routines are set to a musical interval-training system that keeps minds and bodies engaged and positive throughout the 45-minute to one-hour workouts. With today's Groupon, you get the unlimited package, which means you can come as many times per week as you like, at whatever time best fits your schedule. In addition to working out with tons of high-quality equipment under the supervision of a skilled trainer, you get an individual health and fitness assessment at the beginning and end of the four-week session, as well as an individual caloric assessment, so you can find out exactly how many calories your body should be taking in each day.
Working out with others motivates you to push yourself harder, helps you stick to a regimen, and gives you the opportunity to bond with new friends over tales of general sweatiness. F.I.R.M.'s customized workouts take place in group settings, though trainer Max Hoyt, who supervises the camps, is extremely attentive, offering plenty of individual attention to everyone involved. Unlike traditional military boot camps and boot camps seen on daytime television talk shows, attendees are not subjected to screaming and bulging neck tendons. Trainers treat all participants, from tender fitness apprentices to hardened old hands, with respect and encouragement. Weekly newsletters and unlimited phone and email coaching are available to keep all your questions in the answer column, while grocery-shopping tours take place every six weeks for further nutritional education. Call ahead to reserve your start date.
Nine Google Mappers give F.I.R.M. Fitness Camp five stars:
- I am not much of an exercise class person, but I love working out in Max's boot camp! I guess because of the name "boot camp" I was expecting a brutal and punishing routine. Instead I got a great and challenging workout tweaked to my needs and abilities that I can duplicate at home with all the positive feedback, instruction, and encouragement that I need. I can't wait to sign up for more! – genapratt
- After looking at his program I decided to give it a shot. Well, I LOVED it!! I was working out in the gym for years and never saw results as fast as this bootcamp delivered! – Miss
- I have been going for about a month and I definitely feel different. I don't run out of energy like I used to. – Henry
F.I.R.M. Fitness Camp
Energizing beats fuel each furious workout at F.I.R.M. Fitness Camp as groups move together to shave off pounds and shape stronger bodies. Certified personal trainers start fresh each day with a new workout that employs dumbbells, jump ropes, and the Lebert Equalizer to keep heart rates pumping while building muscle mass. Unlike other boot camps, the trainers motivate through positive reinforcement rather than by yelling at clients or leaving passive-aggressive post-it notes on their fridges. Additionally, each energy-boosting session is held indoors, so students need not worry about sessions being canceled due to rain.