Unlike summer camps, boot camps won't require you to put on a fundraising talent show to stop a nefarious computer company from turning Lake Cowabunga into its new industrial-waste depository. Team up to fight unfitness with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a month of unlimited boot-camp classes at Fitlab of San Diego, located at Sunset Point (a $199 value).
Led by certified instructor and personal trainer Matthew Lombardi, Fitlab's boot-camp sessions meld music and structured activity to ambush inactive muscles. The 60-minute sessions employ traditional and team-oriented techniques such as the Circle of Death, a group squatting exercise designed to help shape up bodies of all geometric persuasions.
All classes combine cardio, strength, and flexibility elements, and the calorie-killing schedule spans classes focused on full-body workouts, cardio improvement, and lower- and upper-body toning (classes are at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m.). All events take place outside by the bay and, like televised small-claims court hearings, come enlivened with pop music and friendly encouragement. Classes typically include around 20 students, but attendance varies; call ahead to reserve your spot.
Eighteen Yelpers give Fitlab of San Diego a five-star average:
- I have had a number of personal trainers and have tried many different boot camps ... all of which were pretty much the same ... EXCEPT FITLAB! This boot camp is hands down one of the best! – Jessica H., 2/3/11
- I have cancelled my gym memberships knowing what you should be getting from a maximum calorie burn workout, and could NEVER go back. Fit Lab is dynamic, fun, informative and challenging! – Merlyn Y., 2/19/11
Fitlab of San Diego
When you live in sunny California, going inside to work out just doesn’t make sense. That’s the view of Matthew Lombardi, fitness specialist and owner of Fitlab of San Diego. He designed his outdoor circuit boot camp to burn calories rapidly and cause muscle confusion, preventing participants’ bodies from hitting plateaus during training in the great non-indoors. By combining cardio and strength exercises with interval training, agility movements, and endurance tests, Matthew and his team of experienced instructors work to help clients achieve the ultimate full-body workout. Large portable sound-systems pump out pop music in all classes– helping students maintain a high-energy tone throughout their workout sessions.
Mission Bay Park
Dana Landing Rd.
San Diego, California 92109