Boot camps apply military concepts to daily life, as do dance parties set to Morse code and tanks converted into school buses. Declassify your abs with today's Groupon: for $40, you get four weeks of boot-camp classes at Lake County Boot Camps in Grayslake and Vernon Hills (a $227 value). Grayslake's classes take place Monday–Thursday at 5:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Vernon Hill's sessions kick off Monday–Thursday at 5:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
Lake County Boot Camps's inspirational instructors raise their voices only to offer praise and motivation to participants sweating through each 45-minute total-body workout. The boot-camp classes avoid the doldrums of traditional workouts by constantly changing exercises and only using barbells for group juggling routines. Each session torches calories, stokes metabolism, whittles the core, and tones muscles. In order to comfortably challenge each exerciser, gyms house a plenitude of fitness-forging paraphernalia, including battling ropes, suspension trainers, and a joint-friendly foam floor. Unlike many boot camps, Lake County Boot Camps's exercises take place indoors, letting clients shape up without fending off rain, sleet, and the Abominable Snowman's putdowns.