Enlist in Boot Camp

We checked out two outdoor fitness boot camps that promised to whip us back into shape. Here's how they stacked up:

Hawaii Adventure Boot Camp for Women


Camp Bennett

Women who need a kick-start—or a kick somewhere else—to get into shape. WHO GOES A good mix of men and women of all ages and fitness levels, from at-home moms to fighter pilots.
Monday through Friday, 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. (yes, in the morning), Kapiolani Park and Kailua Beach Park. WHEN Tuesdays and Thursdays, around 5 p.m., Kaneohe Marine Corps Base and Kailua Beach.
The sun’s not up yet, and you’re wondering why you are. But you realize it’s better to work out now, before you have time to come up with an excuse. ATMOSPHERE Everyone knows each other. They meet for dinners and weekend workouts. And they’re happy to invite barely-in-shape writers along, too.
After the 5 a.m. alarm, you still have to get through the one-hour class, which includes everything from squats to yoga to kickboxing. DIFFICULTY Depends on how difficult you want it to be. The group does two-mile swims, runs for miles on beaches and works on running techniques.
Dressed in fatigues, personal trainer Kalani Ng looks intimidating, but the former Army medic is more supportive than you’d expect. “This program builds confidence, too,” he says. THE INSTRUCTOR Triathlete Amy Bennett is the most cheerful former Marine drill sergeant you’ll ever meet. Her one flaw? Forgetting to watch the time while the group is suffering in plank position.
$299 for five days a week ($199 for three) over THE COST $170 for twice-weekly sessions over eight weeks.
Surprisingly refreshed and very eager to sit in a comfortable chair for the rest of the day. HOW I FELT AFTER Let’s put it this way, I was still hurting a week later.