Health & Fitness

By Amy O'Connor

Brian Delmonico’s Circuit of Change Mind-Body Boot Camp classes are grueling, but I actually look forward to them because the hard stuff (jumping jacks, mountain climbers, push-ups, squats, high-knee running in place, sit ups and more) is in intervals long enough to get a great workout and short enough to let me catch my breath in between. The class also opens and closes with yoga postures that help to focus the mind while allowing the muscles to warm up or cool down.

These one-hour classes are held in a beautiful, spotless yoga studio on the picturesque block of Perry Street. While the Mind-Body classes blend yoga and boot camp calisthenics, the weekend class is a higher intensity boot camp that is taught outdoors on the West Side Highway near Charles Street in good weather and indoors in a large studio on 14th St. and 6th Ave. from January 22nd through April 15th; semi-private classes for groups of up to 6 can be scheduled as well. Delmonico, a paragon of lean muscularity, is a vegan, has a BA in Exercise Science, trained and competed in gymnastics from grade school through college and later competed in triathlons. He also studied yoga and martial arts in Thailand, which inspired him to blend boot camp with Eastern influences. From his warm greetings, to the African percussion on the stereo to the candle lit yoga portions of the class, Delmonico delivers an integrated mind-body workout that takes you to a Zen place while increasing muscle flexibility and strength not to mention burning through 600 calories or more. He’s a great motivator, encouraging each participant to work at their peak level but with exercise modifications for those who need them. The Mind-Body classes tend to have 6-22 participants, and the web site includes online class registration.

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Originally published March 2011
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