A strong man wrestles you to the ground to show off, a stronger man boosts your self-esteem then accidentally breaks three of your ribs with a supportive hug. Learn the tenets of both strength and teamwork with today's militantly muscled Groupon: $30 for two weeks of unlimited body camp sessions for new clients (or members who have been inactive for the past year) at Original SEAL Physical Training Course (a $147.50 value). Body Camp sessions take place in Memorial Park by the softball fields Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. This Groupon can also be used for four weeks of the new class P.E. in the Park (a $59 value). You can join at any time; your two consecutive weeks begin after your first session, though your memories are contractually guaranteed to last a lifetime.
The former military machos of Original SEAL PT have developed the four-week body camp as a less strenuous but still sweaty alternative to traditional boot camp, ideal for those with little or no fitness experience, athletes recovering from injuries, or a master shipwright yearning to leave the confines of the desk. They're half drill sergeant, half high school football coach, and half mathematician, but all expert. They want you to deflab flab using a fitness philosophy based on discipline, motivation, and camaraderie. When you sign up you'll be drafted into a squad of equally athletic peers whom you'll bond with through burn and un-ironic high fives interspersed between ironic high fives.
In the SEAL's body camp, the enemy is the predictable. Each day your instructors will throw down a fresh guerilla ambush's worth of challenges for your muscles and your mind, fueling constant gains and quashing boredom. Over the course of the one-hour session you'll run, jump, squat, slam out push-ups and crunches, and punch slabs of beef. In the heat of your workout you'll sweat out weakness, fear, and monosodium glutamate while gaining the functional, unsurpassed strength of a body in fluid, powerful motion. At the end of your body camp, you'll be so ripped and ripply, the ocean will want to surf you. You'll be able to clear your yard of stray boulders and knock down skyscrapers standing in between you and the grocery store.
This Groupon requires the two weeks to be used consecutively.
- Once I get home, I tally up the vital statistics. I'm four pounds lighter and have lost an inch around my waist, a half inch in the hips, and a half inch in each thigh. Even I am impressed with results like these in just two weeks, with no calorie restriction. – Stephanie Young, More
Though there are few online reviews, Citysearchers give SEAL Physical Training a perfect five stars:
- This program gets RESULTS!!! People who never thought they could do a push up in their life can hammer out more than 30-60/ per min. by the end of the first month. Size or shape doesn't matter. – hennypenny, Citysearch
Original SEAL PT Course
John "Jack" Walston spent almost a decade as a US Navy SEAL, and even when he left the military, he didn't leave behind military workouts. Instead, in 1997, he started Original SEAL PT Course, bringing the training techniques he'd learned in the army to the public—and the fitness enterprise is still thriving 15 years later.
Walston and his team specialize in military-style boot camp workouts, which they run in Memorial Park five mornings per week. The 90-minute sweat sessions start at 5 a.m., and rotate daily; some focus on building endurance, while others tone the upper body with moves such as push-ups and extra-long waves. The coaches host workouts in more relaxed styles, too—some, like the JackFit BaseCamp, cater to people who already work out rigorously, while P.E. in the Park consists of a casual, yelling-free hour of calisthenics, open to all levels.