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 $10, you get a boot-camp package (up to a $159 total value) at Firm Body Boot Camps, redeemable at the Jasper, Birmingham, or Homewood locations. The package includes:
- Six boot-camp sessions over two weeks (a $20 value each)
- Optional nutrition seminar (a $39 value)
Firm Body Boot Camps, named Birmingham Magazine’s 2011 Best Fitness Program, and its trainer Romen McDonald, named the magazine’s Best Personal Trainer, help fit-seekers of all levels vanquish unwelcome fat through a 45-minute circuit of cardio workouts and light weight training. Participants first undergo a test that determines their fitness level and arithmetic knowledge before entering the appropriate sweat session. The sessions start off with more conventional exercises, such as lunges and push-ups, and move to more intensive routines, such as medicine-ball work and tire flipping. Excercisers who find the routines too difficult can also take part in beginner classes. A free fat-loss report charts clients’ waist-shrinking progress, and the optional nutrition seminar arms pupils with the knowledge of how to pair fitness regimens with healthy food choices. Boot camp typically meets outdoors, though each venue has an indoor option in the event of bad weather or a frog plague.
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.