Two local fitness professionals
have teamed up to create BadASS Girls Bootcamp, with classes held at Defensive
Edge Martial Arts School on Del Carmine Street in Wakefield.
Michele Penta of Wakefield and Rebecca Dinitto Lesaffre of Melrose are both ACSM certified personal trainers who have been working together since Spring. Along with being Personal Trainers, both are also certified with TRX, & YogaFit. Penta's additional certifications include AFAA Group Exercise and MTS (Movement Training Specialist), while LaSaffre is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, Title Boxing Instructor, certified Physical Therapist Aide, weight management coach and a certified fitness nutrition coach.
Both instructors may also be familiar to local Patch readers. Penta is a contributor to the Parent Yap column that returns to Wakefield Patch in its usual Thursday spot in early September, while Lesaffre was the very first blogger ever on Lynnfield Patch when that feature was introduced in 2011. An archive of her fitness columns can be viewed at this link.
In a recent conversation with Wakefield Patch, Penta said that the workouts at BadASS Girls Bootcamp incorporate kickboxing and martial arts, providing an emphasis on building fitness and strength. Penta trained as a kickboxing instructor with Sensei Rick Alford of Defensive Edge, where her son is also a Jr. Blackbelt. She was “very honored and very surprised” to be named instructor of the year at Defensive Edge in 2009.
For the bootcamp workouts, Penta said that many participants prefer the benefits of working out with instruction, as opposed to being on their own in a gym. A good instructor, she added, gets to know their clients the more they train with them. This lets instructors know how to better encourage clients and, since everyone responds differently, whether they tend to be more audio or visual learners.
The new session of classes begins on Wednesday, September 4, running on Wednesday and Fridays for four week sessions. Lesaffre teaches the Wednesday class, while Penta teaches on Fridays. There are also 12-week sessions available, said Penta, adding that the two may also add a third class day during the week if interest is strong enough.
There is also a free bootcamp workout on Monday morning (Labor Day) at 8 a.m. at Defensive Edge. All are welcome, said Penta, adding that participants should bring boxing gloves if they have them. Otherwise, they can be borrowed.
To learn more about the bootcamp or to sign up, visit their website here.