With the New Year and its resolutions looming large, it's time for a gentle nudge — OK, a firm push — in the direction of better health, fitness and well-being.
Motivation is the X factor built into local boot camp-style workout programs. Drill sergeants they're not, but these instructors won't tolerate slacking off, self-defeating dialogue or giving up on one's goal. When their troops think they can't do another push-up, these leaders urge them up off the floor to struggle through one more.
"There are no excuses, and there are no shortcuts," says Tiazza Rose, who operates coed boot camps in Ashland and Medford. "Nobody's ever died doing it."
That's not to say campers don't feel like dying, at least on the first day.