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Lots of popular New York City trainers run their own personal boot camps that meet in parks and on piers. These one-woman or one-man roving gyms have become a serious fitness force, providing a compelling reason to leave the gym.
Holly Rilinger is one of the elite few who’s turned hers into a veritable brand called Training Camp. (Maybe you’ve seen the t-shirts?) Rilinger, if you’ve never taken one of her packed Flywheel classes, is a 5’4″ former professional basketball player who’s now a Nike master trainer when she’s not volunteering in the Congo to teacher African girls physical education. She’s a hard-bodied mensch with Hollywood charisma.
Training Camp runs in month-long, ten-class blocks—the next one begins September 20. Rilinger’s modeled her hour-long sessions after the preseason training that got her into game shape when she was a professional athlete.
The recent session I attended in the Hamptons included speed work around an outdoor track, body weight resistance exercises in a sand pit, lots of core work, and some relay and partner drills. There was also lots of clapping, dancing, high-fiving, and laughing. I couldn’t help but think if my high-school gym teacher had been anything like Rilinger, my commitment to fitness would have come much earlier in life.
The hour-long workout left me sore two days later and ready for more. Rilinger gives 110 percent and so did I. —Alexia Brue
Who’s it for: Outdoor boot camp enthusiasts who want to take it to the next level. Those who like camaraderie with their result-oriented workouts.
Book it or skip it: Book it.
A one-month session is $450 (begins September 20). Visit www.HollyRilinger.com for locations and details.
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