Choose from Three Options
- $45 for 12 drop-in boot-camp sessions ($400 value)
- $59 for one month of unlimited drop-in boot-camp sessions ($400 value)
- $99 for 8 drop-in boot-camp sessions and 4 one-hour personal-training sessions ($396 value)
Boot camp sessions include a complimentary fitness and nutrition assessment with a custom nutritional program and coaching. Clients receive access to all boot camp classes and series, as well as special offers, daily motivators, a weekly newsletter, and access to special events. In, training packages, clients receive a custom-designed program by a top fitness professional during four one-on-one sessions.
Running burns calories, but adding muscle can help you burn calories even while sitting still. Learn why with Groupon’s guide to the metabolism.
Metabolism: Balancing the Body’s Ledger
To make sense of metabolism, it’s easiest to think of the body as a machine with countless functions and very specific fuel requirements. When we eat, enzymes in our digestive system break food down into its component ingredients: proteins devolve into amino acids, fats into fatty acids, and carbohydrates into sugars such as glucose. These then seep into the blood stream and spread throughout the body, so that thousands of metabolic reactions happen at the same time. Some of the energy from these acids and sugars gets used for specific bodily maintenance functions, such as pumping the heart or yelling to scare away a mean-looking squirrel. Whatever isn’t needed right away will be stored as fat for later use.
To avoid gaining extra fat deposits, we must use all the calories that we ingest. The speed at which energy is burned while at rest is called the Basal Metabolic Rate, or BMR, and it’s affected by a person’s age, sex, and proportion of muscle to fat. The older a person is, the lower their BMR typically is; men generally have a higher BMR than women; and the body burns more calories to maintain muscle than fat. (After all, it would be a rather poor design if the body had to use a great deal of energy just to maintain its energy reserves.) Our BMR adjusts according to our lifestyle, slowing down when food is scarce and speeding up when we have to eat our way out of the wreckage of a popcorn-factory explosion. This is why eating five smaller meals throughout the day can help people lose weight, whereas starvation diets often result in little to no weight loss.
How the body uses its fuel was a perplexing mystery for generations of thinkers. In the 1600s, a man by the name of Santorio Santorio took it upon himself to study body weight. For 30 years he weighed everything that went into his body and everything that came out, often eating, working, and sleeping on a scale. What he found was that his total visible excreta was less than the amount of food he ingested, but the difference couldn’t be accounted for by his weight gain. This led him to come up with the theory of insensible perspiration—the unpalatable idea that we constantly expel waste through our skin.
Unlike many fitness professionals, the personal trainers at Vitality Fitness aren't content with simply waiting for clients to come to them. During their signature in-home sessions, they take their workouts on the road, scheduling personal sessions at residences, offices, and well-lit caves. Of course, they also have a home base capable of holding the students who attend their boot camps. These group sessions embrace the fast-paced workouts of high-intensity interval training; although classes are only 30 minutes long, students test their limits with non-stop circuit training that ranges from kettle bell and jump rope work to functional core exercises. Students can even choose from three different camps depending on their own fitness goals. Burn sessions focus on efficient, effective weight loss, while Sweat classes boost stamina with limit-testing full-body workouts.