Resistance-Band Camp

By Brigid Sweeney | Boston Magazine |

While elite conditioning has long been de rigueur for top high school athletes, until recently their nonjock peers faced limited workout options. (Who wants to languish on an elliptical next to, like, a sweaty old person?) Luckily, area health clubs have recognized a whole new generation willing to pay for visible triceps and are scrambling to offer teen training programs. Though these workouts are billed as fun introductions to fitness, they bear a suspicious resemblance to sadistic PE classes of yore—with decidedly modern price tags.

TEEN BURN, HEALTHWORKS

This 50-minute, girls-only cardio-strength combo moves at an ADD-appropriate pace. Participants scramble through agility ladders, heave medicine balls, and jump on treadmills for high-incline intervals. Bonus: Sessions include a brief nutrition discussion. $160 for five sessions, 1300 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-383-6100, healthworksfitness.com.

TEEN BOOT CAMP, BOSTON ATHLETIC CLUB

Using body weight exercises (e.g., pushups), resistance equipment, and athletic drills, this hourlong program is designed to raise strength, coordination, and endurance to Miley Cyrus–like levels. Teens can choose whether to concentrate on general fitness or sport-specific skills. $180 for 12 sessions, 653 Summer St., Boston, 617-269-4300, bostonathleticclub.com.

IGNITE, BOSTON SPORTS CLUB

It’s never too early to start perfecting those lunges. For kids as young as eight, this training focuses on both general and sport-specific conditioning. Divided up by age and school, “teams” meet for an hour of weights and cardio. Starts at $450 for 12 sessions, 140 Great Plain Ave., Wellesley, 781-263-5800; and other locations; mysportsclubs.com.