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 $40, you get one month of boot-camp classes at Grind Athletix in Hillcrest Park (a $140 value).
Guided by a former boxer who worked with Muhammad Ali's trainer, the boot-camp classes at Grind Athletix forge endurance for fitness seekers of all ages and abilities with high-impact group aerobics. One-month pass holders can energetically stride into two of the 85-minute weekly camps, plus one or two bonus weekend workouts made up of 25 minutes of abdominal conditioning and slam poetry. Encompassing speed training, plyometrics, and cardio exercise, sessions can include up to 40 students but are designed to allow participants to work out at their own pace while relying on the united group vibe for motivation. To ensure versatile training and to keep muscles from growing complacent and losing their ability to learn new square-dancing moves, no two sessions within a six-month period are alike.
At age 18, Hadj Gill was a professional boxer with a 33-1 fight record in North America. He spent nine years in the pro circuit before seguing his boxing experience into a new athletic career: personal training. Gill inspires other athletes with the same motivational techniques that kept him competitive on the circuit, tweaking his boxing workouts to incorporate plyometrics moves that help build fast-twitch muscle. These tweaks have evolved into his signature workout system, Grind, which he teaches at Grind Athletix. Grind workouts focus on speed-training, cardio, or lower-body-toning plyometrics, such as lunges, hops, and other explosive movements that emulate the feeling of leaping away from a snake pit. Gill motivates his charges by working out right next to them and switches routines up in order to stave off workout boredom.