Boot camp trains muscles to be strong, just as camp camp offers lessons in glitter application and B-movie history. Fit camp into a fit lifestyle with today's Groupon: for $49, you get 10 boot-camp classes at Kristin Walton Boot Camp and Personal Training (a $120 value).
Kristin Walton Boot Camp and Personal Training's boot-camp sessions are run by its eponymous owner, an NASM-certified trainer who inspires clients of all ages and fitness levels to challenge themselves. Kristin doesn't yell at her campers, but she does fill the spacious red-and-white workout room with nonstop energy, aerated wellness, and the back-to-back routines that are her boot camp's signature. Fun, up-tempo pop beats and constantly varied workout routines featuring push-ups, plyometrics, and suspension bands keep guests engaged, unlike traditional gyms, which force members to run on treadmills while reciting their multiplication tables. Kristin teaches proper form and breathing as well as how to push through self-doubt and fitness plateaus. Each class ends with a circuit workout, during which 5–10 different exercises are repeated four times. Though consisting of strength exercises, the circuit session provides cardiovascular benefits and endurance training because there's no break for beer and cheeseburgers between each exercise.
Kristin Walton Boot Camp and Personal Training
During her college years, Kristin Walton—like most students—gave into the lure of alcohol and fast food, which led to the dreaded freshman 15...and then some. With her jeans fitting a bit too snuggly, the former competitive synchronized swimmer knew she needed to make a change. She started with yoga a few times a week, but it wasn’t downward dog that sparked her weight-loss—it was a local boot camp. From there, Kristin cleaned up her diet, enhanced her muscle definition, eventually shed 40 pounds, and gained a NASM personal training certification.
Today, she returns the favor by running her own boot camp and personal training facility, where she coaches students of all ages and athletic abilities through circuit-style training that uses body-weight exercises, kettlebells, and TRX training machines. Unlike traditional boot camps, Kristin trades in a hoarse throat and steam-emitting ears for heart-pumping music and constructive motivation; she never lets a student perform a move incorrectly and always helps less experienced exercisers make adjustments. She also doles out one-on-one advice and motivation during personal training sessions and directs clients to a blog full of healthful recipes.