Today's side deal pumps you up like a skyscraper-toppling monster getting in the zone and knocking 'em like dominos. For $50, you get a two-week co-ed mini boot camp from Windy City Adventure Boot Camp for Women (a $100 value). Camps start April 26, May 10, and May 24; all are held outdoors in Lincoln Park from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Early risers can instead opt for May 24 to June 3 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at Montrose Beach. All camps meet three days a week: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. These co-ed boot camps are for Groupon buyers only, assuring that you'll be in the company of other witty, incomparably attractive people.
Windy City's legion of lean, experienced instructors will run you through the gauntlet of your own body and turn your internal volume up to 11, pushing you with the gentle steam shovel of encouragement while you bust out push-ups, sit-ups, runs, jumps, and basic resistance-band exercises. You'll use the environment to your advantage, transforming park benches and picnic tables into strength machines. All sizes, shapes, dimensions, and levels of experience are welcome. The only requirements are grit and the willingness to drop inches, pounds, and self-consciousness—aside from 5- to 8-pound hand weights, an exercise mat, water, and spiffy workout clothes and running shoes.
Four Yelpers give this boot camp a perfect five-star rating:
- Every class is something different...And I feel different, definitely much healthier...everyone there has a goal and works out to the best of their abilities. It doesn't matter what your fitness level is, you can still do this camp. – Vanessa M.
- She keeps your heart rate up for the whole time and it feels great. This is a nice change from the regualr [sic] gym machines. – Elleb K.
Windy City Boot Camp
When certified trainer Camille Finklea isn't demonstrating practical exercises, she's leading phalanxes of women on fitness forays throughout Lakeview. Like athletes in the off-season, campers lunge across open fields, blast through plateaus while jumping rope, or speed up progress with a time-altering montage. Sessions cycle through a constantly changing roster of exercises to keep muscles confused, and because routines are gender specific, they can focus on workouts specifically designed for women. The non-competitive classes foster a supportive environment, and nutritional advice keeps campers on the straight and narrow between meetings.