Boot camps with a purpose

May 14, 2009 2:54:57 PM PDT
The workout is bootcamp fitness. It's designed to help people of all fitness levels get in shape. "You can definitely expect to lose a few pounds with the bootcamp class and a few inches," said instructor Erika Camm of Subversion Fitness.

But it's not just about getting fit; By working out, you also help others.

The founder of 'Boot Camps with a Purpose' Matt Sgro said each class costs fifteen dollars and all the money is donated to a local charity. "It's just a win, win, win," he said. "Everybody involved wins."

There's dozens of different locations participating in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware and the instructor picks the charity.

"If you like animals go to Wilmington, Delaware, Alex's Lemonade stand, if that's something you feel strongly about, go to West Chester and see Brian and Bo," said Sgro. His gym in Exton is supporting the Lord's Pantry, a local food bank.

Erika's bootcamp at the Sports Club in Mount Laurel, New Jersey benefits the families of local fallen police officers.

"There's a lot of wives that are left behind, single moms from officers that were killed in the line of duty so it's definitely a great cause to help them out," Erika said.

Participants, such as Candace Carlin, of Moorestown, N.J. said they enjoy both the workout and the fact that they're supporting people in need.

For a list of participating locations and the charities they support,

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