Boot camp fitness: Let's Go! Let's Go! Let's Go!

Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:57pm EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - You may not be in the army now, but if your workout lacks inspiration, maybe what you need is a drill sergeant barking orders in your ear.

Boot camp-style group fitness classes are typically relentless and noisy, but they will whip you into fighting shape.

At Warrior Fitness Boot Camp in Manhattan, shouting is as much a part of the regimen as squat thrusts and push-ups and the challenge is to "train like a marine with real marines."

"We pack so much into one hour that you get the most intense total body workout," said drill instructor Alex Fell. "We took our experience as former marine sergeants and melded it with more traditional-type workouts."

He combines a military-type obstacle course and calisthenics with workouts found in a gym, such as free weights, upper body exercises and sprinting up the stairs.

Fell co-owns the gym, which is decorated with recruitment posters and military memorabilia, with Ruben Belliard. Both are certified fitness instructors as well as veterans of the corps.

Fell said his clients range from 18 to 65.

"We have all fitness levels, from people who've never worked out before to people who run triathlons and marathons."   Continued...

<p>A Boot camp class does jumping jacks at Warrior Fitness Boot Camp in New York City in this 2008 handout photograph released to Reuters March 22, 2010. REUTERS/Warrior Fitness Boot Camp/Handout</p>