With the return of summer, layers are coming off and people want to look fit before showing too much skin. There are plenty of alternatives to just going to the gym. High-intensity training is an option for those who are highly motivated to stay in shape. And with milder weather comes boot camp season.
What does a boot camp usually consist of? It is a fitness approach that promotes fat loss and teamwork, based on simple military training and practiced outdoors. Montreal has its fair share of boot camps around the city and its off-shores.
Located on Saint-Laurent Blvd., MissFit is a Crossfit-style studio that offers 45-minutes training sessions geared specifically towards women. From May 19 to 21, you can attend a free boot camp class through the Open Day Week. If you enjoy the class, you can subscribe for 1 session, 10 sessions or for the entire summer (4 months)
http://www.missfitmontreal.ca/fr/ (French only)
Better Body BootCamp
Better Body BootCamp offers group and individual training around the island. BootCamp 2.0 is a 6-week training with the combination of fitness and nutrition. Everyone follows a workshop before the actual training to get an idea of what to expect and do. Better Body offers a free trial class.
ComeandTrain (CAT) focuses mostly on obstacle courses and trains pro-elite Canadian athletes. CAT offers boot camp sessions all-year-long even if it’s -43 degrees. A class has never been cancelled, not even due to bad weather. You can try the first session for free to see if you enjoy it before subscribing.
http://www.comeandtrain.com/ (French only)
Be Training offers outdoors classes in some of Montreal’s major parks during the summer. The regular boot camp session lasts 60 minutes. A boot camp stroller edition is available for mothers and their children. The session focuses on restoring the pre-pregnancy body shape, boosting weight loss and meeting other new mothers.
McCurdy offers various boot camp classes during the summer from Mondays to Saturdays. Her outdoor boot camp is a 60-minute class at Mount-Royal Park. The group meets by the statue and the program consists of doing a circuit at various points on the mountain ($10). McCurdy offers an indoor class at a studio near McGill University and through the MAA Club as well.
Le Labb -Bartendaz Montreal
Regiment PSEM (Physical Self Empowerment Movement), also known as Bartendaz, is a functional training class where the natural use of the body is enhanced with exercises to develop strength, endurance and coordination. The session is 60 minutes and done outdoors at Jean Brillant park in Côte-des-Neiges during the summer.
http://lelabb.com/bartendaz-montreal (French only)
The 30-minute Booty Tune Up boot camp is intense. ($5) Wheeler designed it for young professionals who don’t necessarily have the time to spend an hour at the gym to stay fit. The classes are done outdoors but in case of rain they are moved to the Victoria Park Health Club, where Wheeler is a fitness coordinator. She is working on a fitness plan to show her clients how they can train when she is not around.