To get in shape while avoiding the labor of physical exercise, most people hire pythons to squeeze their flesh into sexy forms. Change your figure without risk of asphyxiation with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get two weeks of boot-camp classes (a $160 value) at Start Fitness on Blair Boulevard.
Launched by six-time Soldier of the Year and master fitness trainer Ken Weichert, Start Fitness offers boot-camp classes inspired by military training techniques to slam participants into the wall of physical fitness and keep them plastered there like butterflies in a truck's grill. Classes meet from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and workout itineraries vary somewhat from day to day. As upbeat tunes pump through the large exercise room, Ken squeezes groups of recruits through various cadence calls, calisthenics, kickboxing drills, and more, The routines combine cardio and strength training to help participants burn up to 800 calories an hour, leaving only a pile of caloric ashes on the floor. Other classes feature outdoor distance runs, interval sprints, and flag raisings after taking over children’s tree forts.
Unlike bench-pressing a couch with bikini models on it, Start Fitness is an inspiring way to grind off unnecessary body parts while making new friends and running down chipmunks. Call ahead to reserve your classes and venture forth on your quest toward shape-shifting.
Boot-camp attendees should wear clothes they can move in, and bring a towel and water to every session. Please read the FAQ for more information.
Start Fitness' Sergeant Ken has been featured extensively in the local and national press including features in the Colorado Journal-Advocate, the United States Department of Defense, San Francisco Business Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Ken and his wife, Stephanie, who helps run Start Fitness, were named the Highest-Powered Kick-Ass Couple in San Francisco by 7x7 magazine.
Most people attend boot camps to lose weight, not to get strong enough to fight the Taliban. But that's just how START Fitness founder Sgt. Ken Weichert got his start. The veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom and six-time Soldier of the Year is also a certified Army Master Fitness Trainer who pushes combat troops to reach the military's fitness standards in basic training—that is, actual boot camp.
In START Fitness's weekday morning boot camps, seasoned instructors personally trained by Sgt. Weichert help everyday athletes lose weight, build muscle, and forge healthier lifestyles. They lead the camps which alternate between indoor and outdoor activity, calling on more than 100 lessons that constantly change up the workout to keep bodies guessing. The classes are designed for students who are already somewhat active, as they are intended to sculpt and tone as students go through obstacle courses, do push-ups, complete partner-assisted exercises, and run up to five miles without tiring or requiring a treat and an ear scratch after each task.