Today’s Groupon will turn you into Snake Eyes—or, at least help you achieve a similar goal that was tragically abandoned after third grade. For $69, you get six body-blasting sessions at the military-inspired, nationally recognized athletic training center Pure Power Boot Camp (a $285 value). The Groupon is valid at both the NYC (Gramercy-Flatiron) and Jericho locations. The Camp welcomes people of all fitness levels and insists that you need not be in shape to enlist. You will be required to purchase a $12 T-shirt (normally $25) at Pure Power Boot Camp.
Training at PPBC is the closest you can get to achieving a soldier’s sculpted physique without running the risk of free college tuition. The fitness program mimics U.S. military training and gives its “recruits” the confidence to overcome obstacles and push themselves further past their comfort zones than they thought possible—all while getting super-ripped. PPBC’s program centers on the nation’s only indoor obstacle course. However, in addition to a relative absence of exploding objects, PPBC offers a kinder, gentler military experience than the real thing. While you will get yelled at, the Camp forbids insults or abuse, and any pies that strike you will be harmless shaving foam. The program emphasizes positive reinforcement and teamwork—each recruit joins a platoon of 10–16 comrades in soon-to-be-toned arms. Customized goal setting ensures that everybody succeeds.
Instructors are all current or former military personnel—except for owner, founder and “Commanding Officer,” Lauren Brenner, whose full-throttle life mirrors the obstacle course she oversees. After playing Division I tennis in college, Brenner worked six years as a trader and broker in Wall Street’s trenches before acting in an off-Broadway play and founding Pure Power Boot Camp. Success has continued to obey Commander Brenner’s every order. (She recently served as fitness contributor on the Today Show for seven months.) With this level of instruction, you’ll have no excuse to not look amazing in fatigues, ninja pajamas, or casual toga.
Pure Power Boot Campers must purchase a PPBC shirt to be worn during sessions, which is discounted to $12 when you use your Groupon. All recruits are trained in military-style in a positive setting. Just like library books and genies, all six sessions must be used within a two-week period.
- Pure Power Rocks! I cannot say enough good things about this place. I was sold from day one when I took my first class. – sallyaya, Citysearch
- PPBC is amazing. I have never worked out so hard in my life. I’ve gone to the gym, had a personal trainer and the results were okay. But with PPBC you come out of class feeling amazing. This boot camp is far from boring and always challenges you. – jtormo, Citysearch
- Best exercise I’ve ever had!! They push you and you get to see the results! It’s the best! – vfarag, CityVoter
Pure Power Boot Camp
Clad in fatigues and soaking in sweat, the denizens of Pure Power Boot Camp lift logs, climb walls, and navigate obstacle courses. If it sounds like military boot camp, that's no accident; each of the drill instructors are current or former military members. Presided over by Lauren Brenner—who became a personal trainer at 16 before playing Division I tennis and working as a trainer for the Syracuse men's basketball team—each instructor leads a platoon that trains together multiple times per week. Pure Power Boot Camp's boot-camp training is ideal for adventure races like Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, or Warrior Dash as it incorporates real obstacles and situations. After their initial training, members can enroll in maintenance courses that help them keep their new bodies in shape and offer an excuse to see the climbing wall with which they fell in love.