At a time of day when many people are still in bed, a group of women make their way to Brooklyn Center, pushing themselves through a series of workouts. Each woman is on a mission to achieve a personal fitness goal.
"It could be losing weight, it could be gaining some muscle, toning up, tightening up your muscles," said Cassie Staubus, a fitness coach with the Academy Fitness Bootcamp for Women
. "It could be just a change of lifestyle."
Every day, Staubus puts class the participants through a different workout.
"Because we want people to look forward to coming in and hanging out with the group of girls that they work out with and go home saying, 'that was a really good, hard workout, but I also had a lot of fun,'" Staubus said.
The fun can be attributed to the camaraderie and the variety.
"Variety is the spice of life, to be honest," said Zan Angoli of Minneapolis.
Angoli is one of the women pushing through this 6 a.m. workout. She started the program a year ago to get back in shape, and so far, she says she's lost 30 pounds.
"It's been like a whole body change with me, and it's been a lifestyle change, which has been really nice," she said. "It makes me excited to come in every day."
The agenda on this Tuesday morning consists of a few exercises to get the heart rate going, followed by a total body workout with the weights and capped off with a variety of workouts for the core. The entire class lasts 45 minutes.
"They definitely drive you to the point of exhaustion, but it's never to the point where you want to give up," Angoli said.
They don't give up because they stress a team concept that creates a fun atmosphere.
"And when you're having fun, it becomes a little bit easier, even though you think you're exhausted, you still have enough energy to laugh and have a good time and push your teammates," Staubus said.
It's a program that's certainly worked for Angoli.
"You're among family, you're among friends, and you're never gonna feel like you can't do something," Angoli said.
Coaches recommend that class participants come at least three times a week. Any woman interested in the boot camp can get a week-long free trial to see if it's right for them.
Sept. 19, 2017