Like a good horror movie, a good exercise regimen shocks the body out of its lethargy, which is why so many personal trainers chase their clients on treadmills while brandishing anacondas. Get in less terrified shape with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get one month of kettlebell and boot-camp classes at The Edge Team Performance Center and Kettlebell Club (a $90 value).
Eschewing archaic cardio equipment and workout tropes, the trainers at The Edge renovate outdated musculature with high-intensity sessions and nontraditional techniques. In the 3,000-square-foot gymnasium, participants sweat out the pounds with battle ropes, sandbags, and games of kettlebell marbles, or hustle through boot camp’s body-weight resistance exercises and TRX suspension training. Each student undergoes a functional-movement screening prior to swinging their first kettlebell, and instructors season their own experience with Russian Kettlebell Challenge–training's rigorous classes and training dummies made from repurposed Soviet statues. Days brimming with classes populate The Edge's calendar so that a busy schedule need not be an obstacle to an airbrush-free six-pack.
The individual attention of personal training and the camaraderie of team workouts converge at The Edge, a 3,000-square-foot kettlebell gym inside Personally Fit’s workout studio. Here, certified personal trainers lead three types of functional fitness classes that use tools such as weighted sleds and suspension-training harnesses to increase strength, burn calories, and gear up for Santa’s annual reindeer tryouts. During the studio’s signature kettlebell classes, students sculpt limbs and cores using cast-iron weights shaped like small cannonballs. To help to prevent injuries and reap each motion’s benefits, a Russian Kettlebell–certified instructor stresses proper form throughout the workout. The earth’s gravitational pull powers TRX classes, which help up to 10 students to master body-weight exercises using suspension-training straps. Since each movement can be tailored to a variety of skill sets, these workouts suit the needs of new exercisers and seasoned athletes alike. Built around a circuit of cardio and strength stations, boot camps boost fitness levels with sandbags and battling ropes, not piggyback rides from Richard Simmons.