Unlike muscle cars, muscle bodies don't need to emit black fumes or dress in flames to get noticed on the street. Grab attention with today's Groupon: for $49, you get four weeks of fitness boot camp at Lake Oswego Adventure Boot Camp (a $229 value). Classes take place at Millennium Plaza Park. This Groupon is valid for the three-day-per-week, women-only program held at 5:30 a.m., 7 a.m., or 8:30 a.m.
Lake Oswego Adventure Boot Camp owner and certified personal trainer Katie Maclaskey sculpts bodies by leading rigorous workouts that increase stamina and tone the backside, thighs, and stomach. The outdoor fitness program takes participants through a varying workout of core conditioning, short-distance running, circuit training, Pilates, and other body-boosting regimens that increase in intensity and demand spandex each day. The boot camp claims that its workouts can force midsections to drop 3–5% of body fat and convince 5–12 pounds to pack up and leave, and measures this by taking stock of weight and body fat pre- and post-camp. The instructors also encourage further weight loss with free nutrition tips. All participants are asked to bring an exercise mat, small hand weights (3–8 lb.), running shoes, and a water bottle to replenish lost fluids or extinguish grass fires started by irresponsible barbecuing ants.
Adventure Boot Camp
Though they didn't always know it, Katie Maclaskey and Noelle Bertram have been complementing each other's fitness interests for much of their lives. As children, they sharpened their motor skills on the slopes and by the surf, respectively: Katie tackled snow sports while Noelle jogged, rollerbladed, and steered soccerballs across California's beaches. Their families owned neighboring restaurants, yet the girls didn't personally connect until they met on a run and realized their shared enthusiasm for exercise. When they both moved to Portland years later, they decided to combine their knowledge and drive to lead other women toward better physical health.
As certified personal trainers and owners of Adventure Boot Camp, Katie and Noelle invent their own workouts within the renowned franchise. They might craft obstacle courses, cardio circuits, or core-tightening drills for their students, but the encouraging spirit of their lessons never varies—the Lake Oswego Review lauds the "atmosphere of enjoyment and achievement" that pervades every camp session. In their leadership roles, the girls also continue to play off of each other's strengths for their clients' benefit. Katie has earned her ISSA certification as a nutritional consultant, and Noelle is a Sivananda-certified yoga instructor, which means they can show students how to simultaneously cook and balance atop a head of cabbage.