Stop using elaborate stage-makeup shading to create the illusion of muscles. Develop your own sinuously cabled biceps with today's Groupon to Urban Athlete: $75 gets you one month of unlimited Fitness Boot Camp Classes (a $167 value), plus unlimited Fight Club and kettlebell classes. Plus, as a reward for your first two sweaty weeks of hardcore workouts, you can practice what you’ve learned in class with access to Urban Athlete's open gym hours for the remainder of your month. Classes are offered throughout the day to meet your needs, ensuring that your harried work schedule doesn’t deprive you of the body you deserve. Check out Urban Athlete's schedule for class times and open gym hours.
Take a tip from the X-Men and reap the benefits of group training: working out with others motivates you to push yourself harder, helps you stick to a regimen, and gives you the opportunity to bond with new friends over tales of general sweatiness and mutual plans to beat up the ocean. Urban Athlete is a supportive community of members and teachers who all want each other to meet their goals. Forget feeling as if you're in competition with the guy next door and work at a pace that suits your fitness level and goals. Each boot camp class is a 45-minute, high-intensity smorgasbord of exercise, utilizing functional movement, bodyweight, speed and agility, dumbbells, kettlebells, and more to consistently challenge you with new moves that will keep you from falling into a boring routine. Whether you're already in great shape and want to push it to the next level, or you've dusted off your old Smurfs onesie and you're looking to make fitness a new priority, the motivational instructors and camaraderie at Urban Athlete will help you meet your goals.
Having a place to go and workout instead of crunching, lifting, and squatting at home keeps your living room from smelling like sweaty towels, easing tensions with your roommate, who won’t move his Rock Band peripherals so you could work out anyway. Unlike average gyms crowded with sterile rows of elliptical machines and treadmills, Urban Athlete is an old-school outlet for serious workouts—you won’t feel out of place using kettlebells, dumbbells, barbells, and dinner bells alongside medicine balls, sandbags, resistance bands, agility ladders, gymnastic rings, and power ropes.
With such simple, effective training equipment, you can't trick yourself into thinking you’ve exercised after going on a leisurely treadmill stroll with headphones and the latest issue of O magazine. Leave your reading material at home and utilize the spacious gym for bodyweight exercises and the kind of intense conditioning utilized by police academies, grizzly bears, and Soviet athletes.
Formerly called CrossFit Philly, this hardcore training facility was one of MyFoxPhilly's top five gyms in 2008 and was number one in 2007. It was featured in Daily Candy, and CityVoters rave about the results:
- ... the workouts blend body weight exercise, speed and agility training, kettle bells, and more. – Daily Candy
- The work outs are varied and challanging [sic]. After every class you feel like you accomplished a step towards your goal. The atmosphere and members are great. Excellent support team. – JOHNSONCY, CityVoter
- The trainers are genuinely passionate and dedicated about what they do. – Ann1972, CityVoter
Letters from Boot Camp
Boot camps are fitness regimens designed to train and condition your physique; they are not actual sleep-away camps for fashion-conscious children to learn to craft and model boots, a mistake unfortunately made by the parents of 8-year-old Henry Duggins, who dropped him and his suitcase off at a boot camp last week, before leaving on their three-week cruise. Here’s a letter Henry wrote them for when they get back.
- Dear Mom and Dad: Boot camp is confusing. There are no boots here, and everyone is always exercizing [sic]. They are very strong. Every day, we get up early to do exercizes [sic] and it is hard but fun. When people ask me where my parents are, I tell them about your boat cruise and they look conserned [sic]. There are no beds here also and at night I sleep on a gym mat. I think I might hate you. Love, Henry.
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