Boot camp grants its participants a total-body workout, unlike slipper camp, where pupils spend the entire day majestically sliding back and forth across hardwood floors in their socks. Get your sweat on with today's Groupon: for $45, you get one month of boot camp from the Basic Training Academy (a $150 value), with classes held at the Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville, Prairie Lakes Park in Des Plaines, or Lake Carina Forest Preserve in Gurnee.
The seasoned instructors of the Basic Training Academy lead exercisers through 60 minutes of challenging outdoor workouts, aiming to increase participants' strength and endurance through ever-changing fitness routines. Beginning-level campers bound through the park thrice weekly to complete basic exercises such as pushups, crunches, and jumping jacks during rain, shine, or solar flare-ups. Every class utilizes the area's terrain, trails, and benches. Although each boot camp meets three times per week, times vary for each location, so be sure to give optic nerves a workout by thoroughly perusing the schedule.
Basic Training Academy
Basic Training Academy programs—captained by personal trainers who have either earned or are completing their NFPT certification—enlist the power of positive reinforcement to keep patrons sprinting toward their fitness goals. The 60- to 90-minute sessions, which trade in the shrill screams and sarcastic parrot sidekicks of a drill sergeant for supportive mantras, focus on flexibility, strength, and conditioning. Three levels of boot-camp classes put physiques through challenging calisthenics, torching fat while attendees hustle through picturesque landscapes and vault over elk in parks and forest preserves.
People who want to augment their training experience can enlist in Basic Training Academy's AZPAC (A-Z Physical Assessment Consultation) program. Personal trainers work one-on-one with clients to assess lifestyle patterns before creating personalized long-term fitness strategies. To cement the bonds of workout camaraderie and give students a chance to bask, the academy also holds an annual retreat to Devil's Lake State Park, where participants escape the noise of the city and learn that Devil's Lake is just like a normal lake, only with more chocolate in it.