With shark-fighting season coming up before you know it, today’s Groupon gets you back in shape to deliver the old gill/eye one-two knockout. For $35, you get four weeks of boot-camp classes at Kick It Up Boot Camp. This is a special four-week session set up just for Groupies. You can schedule three days a week ($199 value) or five days ($299 value). Each day’s session consists of one hour of motivated ship-shaping. Choose your number of days based on your superhero-battling agenda, the stage of the moon, and your body’s limits. Just call the number on your Groupon to set up a schedule that works for you and your instructor.
The woman leading your charge is fitness guru Marilyn Moss. She has developed her program over the years through comparative study of the boot camps of the world and a master’s in exercise physiology. Her exercises are well suited for both men and women of all ages. Boot camp begins with an in-depth assessment to determine your current fitness level and future goals. Don’t expect a crack-of-dawn wakeup call via bugle to the face while an angry Marilyn barks at you to get down and give her 20 with a milk carton full of ball bearings on the small of your back. This is a supportive program intended to achieve goals and push limits with a friendly nudge, not a cliffy shove.
During the course of your program, Marilyn will stay in touch with her budding athletes by offering phone and email support to keep you going when the going gets tough. If you decide to skip a class, don’t be surprised if you get a phone call to make sure you’re still on track. With each day of boot camp comes a new challenge. You’ll do lots of strengthening and stretching, as well as a heart-healthy dose of cardiovascular exercise. Pilates and other forms of core training will also be making an appearance in your routine. The list of possibilities is lengthy, as are the results achieved in just a few short weeks.
At the end of your 12 to 20 boot-camp classes, there is a post-assessment conducted to compare to your initial state of being. Don’t be surprised if you literally lose a part of yourself while gaining so much more. Go down a size and up two skill points of endurance and energy. The healthy habits formed in a few short weeks will hopefully stick around much longer than those picked up at flip-flop camp, which often fade after a few days and a particularly enticing Oreos commercial.
Kick It Up Boot Camp was featured in the St. Petersburg Times, giving some insight into the exercises you can expect.
- Even before you enroll in boot camp, you’ll fill out a questionnaire about your goals and concerns. Leader Marilyn Moss will call your doctor to discuss your concerns; she’s also been known to give clients a wake-up call so they don’t miss their workout. Each hourlong session starts with aerobic training such as walking, knee lifts and light squats. Next comes stretching, then interval training using a variety of hand weights, bands and your own body for resistance. Then campers play fitness games like tag, followed by ab and oblique exercises, balance work and, finally, more stretching. – St. Petersburg Times
Kick It Up: 24/7
The trainers at Kick It Up are brimming with advice on how to kick up your fitness regime, but it doesn't have to stop there. What are some other opportunities to kick things up in daily life?
- If you're enjoying a piping-hot grilled-cheese sandwich…Kick it up! Spicey up that cheesy treat by adding a buttery live lobster and then battle your way to satisfaction.
- If an attractive stranger is smiling at you flirtatiously from across the train…Kick it up! Whip your shirt off and flex in such a way that your Tasmanian Devil Tattoo appears to be winking.
- If your umbrella turns inside out in a powerful gale and you experience a moment of brief weather-induced frustration…Kick it up! Throw the umbrella into the grill of a passing bus and then begin grabbing everyone's umbrellas and doing the same. As the rain-soaked crowd begins to huddle in wet confusion, call out to them, "Is this what our lives have become? Was man truly meant to live this way?" Together, begin shedding the self-imposed prison of clothing as humanity is reborn in the thunderous baptism of the storm.
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