A strong man wrestles you to the ground to show off; a stronger man boosts your self-esteem and then accidentally breaks three of your ribs with a supportive hug. Learn the tenets of both strength and community with today's Groupon: for $48, you get an eight-week Revolution program at The Edge Fitness Clubs (a $99 value), with locations in Greenwich, Norwalk, Fairfield, Stratford, Shelton, and Milford.
The Edge's Revolution program is an eight-week body-change contest that fuses nutritional guidance, personal training, and weekly group exercise sessions. Trainers document your metamorphosis with before-and-after measurements and photos, and by meticulously chiseling fitness goals into stone. Start sculpting with one personal-training and Pilates session, then sweat in weekly group workouts that prevent plateaus by pushing boundaries like a gerrymandering student council president. An included nutrition guide with DVD joins body sculptors on fitness sojourns with eating tips to supplement gym work. Revolutionaries also get access to a community that spans from the gym to an online group, providing a resource for advice, support, and camaraderie.
After eight fat-burning weeks, participants celebrate their hard work with a finisher's reception, where all can marvel at newly fit physiques, and the Revolution victor is crowned. Contest winners receive the satisfaction of victory and full-body renovation. Judging is based on visible changes, measurements, and a short final essay about the program.
The Edge's amenities include spawn supervision at Kidz Kare ($5 for first child, $4 for each additional), where colorful furniture, activity tables, and toys keep little creatures occupied so their parents can transform into unrecognizable fitness gurus.