Comparing fitness programs in Lake Shore East Park

If getting into shape is a goal this summer, then success could be right at your doorstep. Lake Shore East Park is home to two major exercise programs: Magellan Outdoor Summer Fitness Se- ries, powered by Unicus, and Five Star Fitness’ Signature Boot Camps.

Magellan Outdoor Summer Fit- ness Series, powered by Unicus ($85 for an 8-week session; $15 for à-la-carte classes)

Now in its second year, Unicus’s Sum- mer Fitness Series offers the chance to burn calories on a budget. For $85, neighbors can access five classes per week, for eight weeks until September 2. Class sizes average between 10 and 20 people.

“It’s not Simon Says . . . and it’s not a competition like CrossFit or boot camp,” says Unicus Fitness owner Frank Nunez. “It’s more inclusive. We don’t want to make it for an elite few or crazy few or anyone like that.”

“We keep [people] moving forward. No matter what, no matter how small, it’s still success,” says Nunez. A University of Michigan kinesiology graduate, Nunez discovered an early knack for movement. “It was like a fish to water,” Nunez says.

Evening circuit classes include Monday night’s “Beach Body Emergency Ex- press” and Wednesday’s “Butts and Guts” class. “The name says it all,” says Nunez.

About 100 people signed up for the program last summer, Nunez says, although participation dwindled as “summer happened.”

Program runs until Sept. 5. To register visit, www.unicusfitness.com/wcs3_loca- tion/lakeshore-east-fitness.

Five Star Fitness Signature Boot Camps ($249 per six-week ses- sion; $25 per à-la-carte class) Founded in 2004, Five Star Fitness Boot Camps bills its six-week programs

as a “boutique boot camp.” Owner Scott McLain justifies the program’s higher cost with the personalized at- tention participants receive.

“We base our program on results,” says McLain, easily recognizable on the eastern edge of Lake Shore East Park as he zigzags among students in his gray T-shirt and sweats. A personal trainer and graduate of Ohio State’s Sport Management program, McLain brought his boot camps to Lake Shore East Park 10 years ago.

Boot camps kick off with challenge days, where McLain records his students’ time in drills like laps around the park and push-ups. As the program progresses, McLain checks his students’ numbers.

The pressure to perform seemed to be a positive motivator for Columbus Plaza resident Ana Lucia, a boot camp first-timer. She says although the work- out was “tough,” she “really liked it.”

“I don’t do anything by myself—I prefer to be in a team,” says Lucia, adding that she much prefers exercising outside.

McLain, who knows each student by name, emphasizes the team aspect with two Team Challenge drills each class, including relay runs and push-up mar- athons. Classes also include “Strength and Core” and “Power Alley” modules, where McLain runs drills with names like “Ab Grinder” and “Hell’s Gate.” Classes conclude with a team one- hand-in, “1-2-3, boot camp!” cheer.

“Absolutely, people get to know each other,” says McLain, who has taught more than 1,000 New Eastsiders since 2007. According to McLain, the higher price helps keep class sizes small.

6-week session begins August 7; prorated rates available for session beginning June 26.

www.fivestarfitnessbootcamps.com; 15% off with promo code NEWEASTSIDE

— Tricia Parker, Staff Writer

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