Find boot camps in NYC and learn about the benefits of boot camp

Check out seven of the best boot camps in NYC and get the scoop from the founder of Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp on how boot-camp-style fitness will improve your life.

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  • Ariane Hundt, founder of Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp

  • Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Ariane Hundt, founder of Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp

  • Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Ariane Hundt, founder of Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp

Ariane Hundt, founder of Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp


The pain: Since I had to dust actual cobwebs off my sneaks before boot camp, I wasn’t positive I would survive Ariane’s superlative Slim & Strong boot camp. We opened with 100 jumping jacks; bouncing up and down with my 25 fellow exercisers, I was relieved to see that I wasn’t the lone runt in a flock of ripped amazons—we were of all shapes and sizes. As I alternated between ass-busting cardio moves (running in place, an evil squat–jumping-jack amalgam) and calisthenics that set my muscles ablaze (toe taps, more types of lunges than I knew existed), Ariane motivated me by describing each move’s specific purpose. Those resistance bands around my ankles that made me feel like a waddling duck as I performed squats? “They get rid of saddlebags!” she shouted. Forty-eight hours later, I’m hobbling around on debilitatingly sore calves—and planning to sign up for seconds.

The gain: “We promise a changed body in five sessions, the result of high-intensity interval training and the calories [the body burns] in the 24 to 48 hours after the workout. Boot campers can expect to see defined arms and shoulders, a firm waist and flat abs, a round and lifted butt, a stronger back and leaner legs. The benefits go beyond a lean, toned and defined body; physical fitness equals mental and emotional fitness. My classes take participants out of their comfort zone. They realize that their limits are only self-imposed, and that they can achieve what they put their mind to. Participants report a boost in self-esteem, feeling better in their skin and greater energy. Plus, they make friends with encouraging people who support their desire to become the best person they can be. Physical strength transforms not just your body, but your outlook on life.”—Ariane Hundt, 36, founder of Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp

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