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Boniello-Krout Gives Fitness Buffs the Boot (camp)

When Laura Boniello-Krout says she has a lifelong devotion to physical fitness, she's not kidding. Boniello, who directs Adventure Boot Camp workouts in Norwalk, has been a personal trainer since she was 18, almost two decades ago. "I love movement and fitness, helping people create a fit, strong, healthy body," says Boniello-Krout, who is also licensed in massage therapy and health counseling. "I'm kind of a one-stop fitness advisor," she says.

But her focus is the Adventure Boot Camp, a three-day-a-week program that runs for four-week sessions, with hour-long classes held at 5:30 a.m. at Fox Run School and 9:30 at Cranbury Park. Boniello-Krout went to California, where the boot camp concept originated, to get certified to teach classes here.

"Even though it's group class, I try to provide individual attention, and be aware of the varying fitness levels of the campers," she says. "We have people from athletes to beginners, but everyone feels comfortable, and no one gets left behind. The class environment motivates everyone – when you find someone at a little higher fitness level you'll push yourself a little more."

Boniello-Krout is there to provide outside motivation, or encouragment, when needed, leading the class through exercises that emphasize cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility, and strength. "They're basic techniques, but done in a way that's going to challenge your body, which gets results."

She's clearly found a dedicated audience: the 5:30 class reaches its 40-student limit every session, and she's had some clients who have been with her for five years. "I am grateful to have a pretty strong following," she says, noting that even during the past winter they were outside for at least part of each workout. "It's boot camp, after all."

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