Boot camps are a quick way to get in shape for upcoming marathons or adrenaline-pumping prison escapes. Jump the fence with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two weeks (six classes) of boot camp and an optional nutritional seminar at Firm Body Boot Camps, redeemable at seven Birmingham Metro locations. With a staff of fitness trainers and former American soldiers, Firm Body's muscle magicians will make fat cells dissolve in mid-air via vigorous exercise routines and a wide range of strength-training equipment. Two weeks of boot camp (a $120 value) will render soft bodies into chiseled granite and the optional nutritional seminar (a $39 value) will make it impossible for bacon-encrusted bacon to skulk its way onto dinner plates.
Squad Fitness blasts apart repetitive gym routines and packs the fissures with functional strength training and a blend of fun and no-nonsense equipment. During indoor and outdoor camps, clients may swing kettlebells to crank up triceps, wrestle with battle ropes, toss medicine balls, or use their own body weight to build muscle on suspension equipment. The 45-minute routines kick-start heart rates with cardio drills, and team-based exercises breed camaraderie among campers and ensure backup should the exercise equipment rise up against its masters. Because its maneuvers are fully modifiable, there's ample room at the fitness table for guests of every experience level, including those who have never set foot in a gym.
Supplementary dietary plans and progress-tracking tools collaborate to keep metabolism racing outside of class. To date, Squad Fitness has helped more than 13 individuals lose 100 pounds each, the weight equivalent of a compact car that refuses to exercise.