Fitness boot camps apply military concepts to workout routines, challenging participants with high-intensity regimens and rounds of tug-of-war with a tank. Declassify your abs with today's Groupon: for $40, you get four weeks of boot-camp classes at Lake County Boot Camps in Lakemoor, Grayslake, and Vernon Hills (a $227 value). At a new location opening on April 9, Lakemoor's classes will be offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Saturday at 9 a.m. 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 8 a.m. Vernon Hill's sessions kick off Monday–Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m, and Saturday at 8 a.m.
Lake County Boot Camps' inspirational instructors raise their voices only to offer praise and motivation—rather than barking insults and orders—to participants sweating through each 45-minute total-body workout. The boot-camp classes eschew the doldrums of traditional workouts by constantly changing exercises and only using barbells for group juggling routines. Each session torches calories, stokes metabolism, whittles cores, and tones muscles. To comfortably challenge each exerciser, Lake County Boot Camps houses myriad fitness-forging paraphernalia, including battling ropes, suspension trainers, and a joint-friendly foam floor. Unlike many boot camps, Lake County Boot Camps' exercises take place indoors, letting clients shape up without having to fend off rain, sleet, and squirrels' putdowns.