Monday, December 11, 2023

New Williamsburg-area gym offers speedy workouts for busy women

Women who are pressed for time now can reach their fitness goals in under an hour a day.

Burn Boot Camp in the Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center opens early each weekday, with camps beginning at 5 a.m.

The 30- to 45-minute camps are the core of the Burn Boot Camp model. Members gather on the gym’s raised and padded workout floor and are led through exercises by a trainer, such as manager Jason Maravich.

Unlike other gyms, “you are working out with people as opposed to working out next to people,” Maravich said. “It builds a community of people that support you. Everyone here will be looking out for you.”

In addition to the 5 a.m. camp, classes are offered daily at 5:30, 6:30, 8:30, and 9:30 a.m., and at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Each class, except the 5 a.m. “speed camp,” are 45 minutes long, and with eight each day, Maravich said he thinks busy people will be able to find a time to fit in a workout.

The routines in each class vary from day to day and week to week, so members will get a different workout each time. For example, Wednesday morning’s camps challenged gym-goers with pull-ups, rope jumping and planking. Thursday’s workout will be based on core conditioning, and Friday’s will build lower body strength.

Maravich said every day’s workout is designed so gym members can come back the next day without feeling too sore, and the 45-minute camps focus on efficiency.

Memberships will include admission to unlimited camps, said Maravich. Fees will be determined in early May.

In the meantime, those who wish to attend camps Burn Boot Camp can pay $30 for the first 30 days.

The camp offered at 9 a.m. Saturdays is free to the public, Maravich said.

The Raleigh, North Carolina, company has more than 70 locations nationally, with gyms in Fredericksburg, Richmond and Virginia Beach, according to a James City County press release.

While the gym is open to everyone, Burn Boot Camp aims to improve the health and wellness of the community by “empowering women to maximize the quality of their lives,” according to their Facebook page.

One way they try to accomplish this is by offering free child care at the gym. Before their workouts, members can drop their children off at BurnBoot Camp’s 800-square-foot playroom, which is stocked with toys and supervised by a manager.

Co-ed camps also are offered at 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. each day.

Maravich said the gym also offers focus meetings with members, where they can discuss items such as their goals and nutrition with Burn Boot Camp trainers.

Maravich, who has an 8-month-old daughter, said he is looking forward to introducing her to the women of the Burn Boot Camp community.

“I’m excited to raise her around a lot of great role models,” Maravich said.

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