Sweating by oneself in a gym or underground elliptical bunker can cause blinding rage or the common cold. Work out with pals in the sunshine with today's Groupon: for $49, you get 10 boot-camp classes at Gut Check Fitness (a $120 value). Sessions take place at various times and locations Monday through Saturday.
Guinness World Record-holder and fitness fanatic Joe Decker guides Gut Check's workouts, blending whole-body, muscle-toning moves with fun agility exercises to get hearts pumping and waistlines shrinking. During workouts, Gut Check's friendly, energetic trainers motivate participants to test their sweat bands' limits, infusing students with the inspiration needed to lift rocks majestically above their heads, flip tires, and carry each other on their backs up steep inclines simply for the love of exercising. The instructors won't make you march in step, salute them, shave your head, or do pushups until your arms quake worse than San Francisco in 1906, but they will make you sweat buckets and challenge, tone, and trim your body.
- The workouts themselves are imaginative and varied so it's always a new adventure and you really don't know what to expect the next day. – Cherry M, Yelp, 07/02/2010
- I have never had more fun getting my butt kicked in my life. If you are into fitness or want to be into fitness, look no further. – trevor h., Yelp, 05/04/2009
Gut Check Fitness
Joe Decker isn’t your ordinary fitness trainer. He might just be the planet’s fittest human, at least according to Guinness World Records. He earned the title of World’s Fittest Man in 2000 after mastering a 24-hour challenge comprising a 100-mile bike ride, a 10-mile run, 1,100 pushups, and other exhausting feats. Today, his boot camp program, Gut Check Fitness, helps exercisers tackle goals that are just as lofty with outdoor workouts that have won accolades from TrailRunner magazine and the attention of Coca-Cola's fitness programs.
Each ever-changing workout leads participants into the great outdoors, where they discover the true meaning of “gut check,” a military term used to denote a test of courage, character, or determination. With the help of several talented trainers, Joe propels athletes through a gauntlet of fitness drills that torches dozens of calories and fortifies muscles throughout the body. The classes’ main piece of equipment is the earth, which provides hills for climbing, gravity for resistance, and solid ground for sprints and bodyweight exercises. In addition to basking in the trainers’ shouts of encouragement, the group cheers one another toward each milestone, fostering friendships while creating an ongoing incentive to achieve.