BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – There is a new boot camp in town, and it doesn’t include a muscular man blowing his whistle, screaming “Drop and give me 50!” Kate Klaers, MAc, a 2008 Northwestern Health Sciences University graduate, runs a boot camp that offers the same extreme results – without using intimidating tactics.

Klaers keeps her clients’ spirits high through motivation. “I always encourage participants, use their names, exercise with them, correct form, and give personal attention,” she says. “Many of my boot camp workouts model after CrossFit training which caters to Navy Seals, military, fire and police forces,” says Klaers. “All of the workouts are then scaled back in order to cater to each individual’s level.” The exercises implemented require full-body movement while the varied classes prevent muscle adaptation.

As a graduate of the Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Klaers also intertwines holistic practices with her workouts. “Nutrition is a passion of mine and I educate my clients as much as possible about what to eat,” she says.

Klaers knows her boot camp is hitting home with clients, because her classes fill up quickly and her clients see results. “Results range from serious weight-loss to major improvements on competitive race times outside of boot camp,” she says. “I absolutely love watching people go beyond what they think they can do,” says Klaers. “It’s an honor to be a catalyst for recruits to make lifestyle changes and fitness goals. I am grateful to my clients for inspiring me just as much as I hope to inspire them.”

“Exercise, holistic medicine, quality food, proper sleep and less stress are ‘health insurance’ for the future,” says Klaers. “Everyone is welcome to join.”

The Athlete Lab, LLC, offers fitness boot camps for adults in six-week increments. Classes are held at Midwest Gymnastics in Little Canada, Minn., and at local parks in Vadnais Heights during the summer months. Sessions range from $120 to $180, and are $15 per drop-in session. Check out to register or e-mail Klaers at for more information.

Northwestern Health Sciences University offers a wide array of choices in natural health care education including chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and human biology. The University has nearly 900 students on a 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minnesota.