Boot camp promises diverse exercises

New Fitness Rangers Bootcamp session starts Tuesday at Folsom High School
By: Matt Long
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If variety is the spice of life, then the Fitness Rangers Bootcamp is a habanero chili. The boot camp has a class starting Tuesday at Folsom High School and features a work out that is sure to not only test your physical limits, but also open your eyes to a new array of exercises. “I’ve taken the class and it’s the most interesting way I’ve seen to work out,” Fitness Rangers Bootcamp Manager Dana Fleischman said. “I kind of wanted to go back to the class just to see what exercises I was going to do the next day.” The boot camp isn’t for military personnel and it’s not even run by trainers who served in the military, but it’s a military-style workout where organizers say the instructors provide a positive and encouraging environment where failure is not an option. Mercy Parker-Helget, a 45-year-old Carmichael resident who works at Cal ISO in Folsom, finished a 6-week session of the class last week and loved it. The class was held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 a.m. “The best thing about it is that you never do the same thing,” Parker-Helget said. “There’s such a variety. The class really challenges you and tests your limits. It’s a class where you get what you put into it. It’s a high-intensity workout that you just don’t get from a regular gym workout.” Some of the exercises include push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, lunges, squats, plyometrics and speed, agility and flexibility training among many other things. “We’ve got all kinds of exercises using body bars, dumb bells, medicine balls and many other things and we also have an obstacle course,” Fleischman said. “It’s a circuit-based training where the participants rotate from one station to another over a period of an hour.” Though the program is called Fitness Rangers Bootcamp, Fleischman said that the trainers aren’t in the faces and yelling at the clients. He said the class dynamic (class sizes usually range from 12 to 15 people) pushes everyone to do a little more than they could do on their own. “Classes are divided into three groups, Alpha, Bravo and Charlie, where the Alpha group is the people in really good shape, the Charlie group is the beginners and the Bravo group is the people in between,” Fleischman said. “The class starts with a physical assessment and then at the end of the six-week session we do it again so people can see how much progress they made.” The class, Fleischman said, is for people for all ages, though he encouraged participated to be at least 18-years-old. “We’ve got young people and we’ve had a guy in his 60s who was a triathlete who was looking for a new challenge,” Fleischman said. “Everyone is at a different level but they all benefit from the training.” Parker-Helget joined the class to get physically stronger and she has achieved her goal. “I’ve exceeded my expectations,” Parker-Helget said. “I’ve seen the results and I feel so empowered by them.” For more information on the program or to sign-up for the class, visit