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Apollo Boot camp

Boot camp Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Sports by Dallas Barnes and Sam Casselman (From GayCalgary® Magazine, February 2011, page 47)
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Are you ready to brush up on your hardcore military techniques? What about sending your kids to tough-love wilderness camps celebrated by Maury Povich’s television show? Not your cup of tea? Well, read on because this is a boot camp that is meant to be fun, and doesn’t involve a stint on daytime television.

Fitness boot camp has received a bad rap. Stories of exhaustion, aches, pains, and sweating your butt off tend to describe this group fitness regime. These stories are all true, but usually left out are the rewards. Boot camp is an invigorating class of interval training that involves running, weight training, strength training, push-ups, sit-ups, and any other exercise that can benefit participants.

Apollo, Friends in Sport, Calgary’s only GLBT athletic group is offering a boot camp class two days a week.

Apollo’s Fun Boot Camp offers a supportive environment for people to get healthy and fit. There is no minimum fitness level required in order to to attend. In fact, all body types are welcome and encouraged to come.

Platoon FX, a brand new training facility for indoor and outdoor boot camps will host Apollo’s Fun Bootcamp. Described as an "adult playground," Platoon FX describes themselves as, "rather than being littered with a bunch of machines that no one uses, or does half the work out for you, our facility is only outfitted with the best functional equipment to help you reach your fitness goals."

Platoon FX also offers top of the line fitness equipment and training, nutritional and health related counseling, mixed martial arts, a fitness retail outlet, and a café. Apollo members who sign up for boot camp receive exclusive access to all of these.

Dakota Hart will be the instructor for Apollo’s Fun Bootcamp. Hart is the University of Calgary’s Head Coach of aerobic gymnastics, World Sportaerobic Silver Medalist in 2004, Group X City Director of World Health Club Edmonton, and Canadian National Gymnastic Sportaerobic Champion.

A current member of the boot camp offers nothing but praise for this class. "I thought boot camp was going to be sort of a military training. But after the first day I realized two things: the facility has an amazing amount of equipment such that we end up doing so many different things and, Dakota is an extremely good trainer. Both make it a fun way to improve shape and fitness.

Registration for boot camp can happen in a number of ways. You must be a member of Apollo

to take part in this class. Membership is $20.00 and can be purchased along with your class registration, or online at Apollo’s website.

To get a 10 visit punch card it will cost you $122.00. Each visit entitles you to attend Platoon FX and use any of their facilities.

If you are willing to take the plunge and commit to a whole month, it will only cost $82 per month. This will allow you to have full access to the facility and all it has to offer, as well as admission to Apollo Fun Boot camp.

Many New Year’s resolutions focus on weight loss and fitness training. It is already February. How far have you come with your resolution? Why not take part in a workout guaranteed to keep your New Year’s promise?(GC)



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