Boot camps were developed as a way to keep troops fit, disciplined, and looking good in a regulation bikini. March to the beach with today’s Groupon to The Sweatshop, located at Multisport Athletix Training Center in Buffalo Grove. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get 5 boot-camp sessions (an $87.50 value).
- For $59, you get 10 boot-camp sessions (a $175 value).
Matt Kuhlman, a jack-of-all-sports, runs playful, high-energy boot camps every Saturday morning from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. During the one-hour sessions, waist-whittlers hoist kettlebells, medicine balls, and replica Statues of Liberty into the air. In addition to mass-moving exercises, fast-paced cardio workouts abound, and the boot camp also incorporates choreographed dance fitness routines. The encouraging environment is fostered by the lighthearted competition in Matt’s challenges, a hall of fame for top accomplishers, and counseling sessions for newly discarded pants.
Matt Kuhlman, a fitness instructor and owner of The Sweatshop, likes to maintain a fun atmosphere. For starters, he keeps a list of lighthearted rules for his employees, one of which is “all employees must be able to dance, sing off key, and change into a bunny suit in less than 10 seconds.” Yet for all the gym’s silly workouts, its group fitness and boot-camp classes are no joke, combining a hearty mix of body-weight and plyometric exercises to keep exercisers engaged and help them lose weight without just moving to the moon.