Like early cavemen, humans exercise best in groups to ensure saber-toothed stationary bikes don't pick off the stragglers. Bulk up pack mentalities with today's Groupon: for $29, you get one month of unlimited outdoor boot-camp sessions from Orange Shoe Personal Fitness in Welles Park (a $120 value). Sessions are held from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The certified trainers at Orange Shoe Personal Fitness coerce strength and agility out of unmolded clients through lively outdoor boot-camp sessions. Each one-hour body barrage spurs groups on with cardio training, strength training, and calisthenic exercises that tone core muscles and ready bodies to audition for Breakin' 3: Breakin' with a Vengeance. Supportive coaches inspire campers to test their personal limits and offer individual guidance to make sure every participant is having fun and benefitting from the experience. Instructors use Welles Park's natural environment to enhance the creative workout as participants take advantage of the warm summer months and encourage lazy trees to get back into sapling shape.
Orange Shoe Personal Fitness
The techniques that Lauren Birkel imparts to her trainers are the same ones she used on herself while preparing for and completing the rigorous Ironman World Championships in 2005 and 2011, as well as the France-held International Triathlon Union Long Course World Championships in 2007. With this history of achieving difficult goals, Birkel knows how to inspire students without commissioning a band of rabid coyotes to chase them while they run.
She and her many cotrainers use these thoroughly tested methods of motivation to push students toward healthier lives in one-on-one, small-group, and large-group training sessions. She decks out her indoor studios with all the necessary equipment for personal-training sessions and isn't afraid to lead all-outdoor boot-camp academies in the heat or rain.
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