Did you know there was a fitness program in Greenville and Spartanburg that focuses on fitness for moms? It is group exercise, but Burn Boot Camp offers boot-camp style classes designed to help women with families get in shape fast despite the many obstacles motherhood brings.

The 45-minute workout class is old-school and uses equipment like jump ropes, medicine balls and battle ropes. It utilizes what they call Burst training. Burst is Burn’s version of HIIT (high-intensity-interval-training). In HIIT training, you work hard for 20 seconds followed by 20 seconds of active rest. The work phase might consist of sprints, ski jumps, and burps and rest would be a job or shuffle. The workout is challenging, but trainers offer modifications for those who are not as fit, or need to work around injuries. In addition to HIIT training, the class includes strength training and a core workout.

Elissa Farmer, a Concord, North Carolina, boot camp participant decided to make the jump from camp participant to owner. Her Spartanburg location will open this spring in Drayton Mills Marketplace.

Farmer enjoyed the workout, but the camaraderie that she found with other women was the drive to open her own camp.

“It is more than just a gym,” Farmer said. “It is a supportive community of women. The ladies formed strong friendships.”

Farmer said the group goes beyond just workouts. They help women with nutrition too.

“The group I attended in Concord had groups that would get together for meal planning,” she said. “Community is a very important part of Burn Boot Camp.”

Because Burn Boot Camp is a national chain, workouts are the same across the country.

“You can travel to any Burn bootcamp and have the same workout,” Farmer said.

To make attendance easier for moms, most classes offer free childcare. Every location also offers a free Saturday boot camp.

The Upstate has three Burn Boot Camp locations: East Greenville Street in Anderson, and Pelham Road and Woodruff Road in Greenville. The Spartanburg location will open this spring, but will hold free pop-up camps during the month of March.

To find out more about Burn Boot Camp, go to To find out about Spartanburg pop-up camps, follow Burn Boot Camp-Spartanburg on Facebook.

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