Before exercise was invented, boot camps involved sending galoshes away for the summer to learn how to swim and make friendship anklets. Work off last year’s bug-juice bender with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get one four-week Holiday Fat Blast boot camp at Performance Science Training Institute (a $288 value), with five locations in Foster City, Palo Alto, Redwood City, and San Carlos. Sessions run on the following dates:
- Group 1: Monday, November 28–Monday, December 26
- Group 2: Monday, January 2–Monday, January 30
- Group 3: Monday, February 6–Monday, March 5
- Group 4: Monday, March 12–Monday, April 9<p>
Performance Science Training Institute’s staff of fitness gurus and former NCAA Division I athletes shakes up workout routines and helps trainees lose holiday stuffing. Focusing on cardio to boost heart rates, resistance training to tone muscles, and core exercises to maintain body strength, trainers cram each Holiday Fat Blast session with activities ranging from step aerobics to yoga, speed drills, and hopscotch-offs. Boot campers sweat along with supportive fitness compatriots as they tone up in the plank position, gain panther-like reflexes during fast-paced movement games, and hone rhythm during Bollywood-style musical numbers. Each trainee receives an individual weigh-in before the session starts to help track progress. A nutrition plan guides the diet toward healthy fare and away from heavy meals such as Christmas trees.
Spacious studio rooms with high ceilings pack in plenty of fitness equipment to keep boot campers hopping and hearts pounding with the adrenaline-aided thrill of newly oxygenated blood cells.
Performance Science Training Institute
C.J. Easter understands the value of physical fitness. As a former defensive back who faced some of college football's most fearsome offenses during a four-year stint with the Stanford Cardinal, he could only be as effective as he was lean. With visions of sleek physiques in mind, Easter earned his personal-training certification from the American Council on Exercise, founded Performance Science Training Institute, and set to work devising a fitness system of his own.
The gym's exclusive Metabolic Movement Training (MMT) System is the result of all that hard work. The system is designed to jump-start the metabolism, so it continues working long after the session is complete by helping the body burn fat all day long. After a dynamic warmup to boost flexibility and coordination, trainers lead students through progressive resistance training to strengthen bones and muscles. Next, exciting, short-burst cardio intervals work to condition the heart and lungs and boost endurance, and a final core-training session chisels the midsection. Every exercise includes modifications and progressions to ensure students at every fitness level will glean benefits, and every session ends with a cool-down and stretch to leave bodies feeling better than when they came in.
The institute's team of instructors also augment MMT exercises with counseling on how to make responsible nutritional decisions and set goals that are both challenging and achievable. This all-over approach doesn't simply help people get fitter; it helps them remake their entire lives in a healthier, happier image.