Muscle definition is challenging fitness goal, achievable only through months of regimented strength training or one afternoon of bench-pressing a dictionary. Define your fitness goals with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get two weeks of boot-camp classes at START Fitness, valid at the Bush Street location for the 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. session running Monday–Friday (a $160 value).
Launched by six-time Soldier of the Year and master fitness trainer Ken Weichert, START Fitness sends recruits through military-training-inspired routines combining cardio and strength training to help participants burn up to 800 calories an hour. Outside, fresh air fuels an early-morning mix of endurance runs, interval training, and tempo runs up and down San Francisco's high-grade hills. Indoors, instructors crank the upbeat music to motivate students through push-ups, flutter kicks, vertical leg crunches, partner-assisted exercises, and endurance tap dancing. Throughout the weekly schedule, varying exercise itineraries keep the body guessing with unique challenges from obstacle courses to rice counting.
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.