I am so very excited to share with you this week’s ‘Transformation Tuesday’ story.
I would call this woman one of my heroes. She inspires me weekly not only because of her 100% commitment to each and every workout and transformation challenge. She gives that in life, too. Not only has she had an incredible physical transformation, I’ve seen her become more confident and empowered through changing her lifestyle. Please welcome Gail and read about her story.. in her own words.
My life before boot camp was pretty sedentary. I spent a lot of time at home taking care of our special needs son, and he was getting bigger and stronger and I was getting weaker. I also struggled with anxiety.
I was at Tropical Smoothie one day and saw Laura’s card. I decided to try boot camp because I realized it was time to get strong and in shape. Since the first week was free (click here for your free trial week), what did I have to lose?!!! Well, I will tell you…… a total of 25 pounds and 12+% body fat.
After my initial free week, Laura was doing a 21 day challenge, which included a meal plan and unlimited boot camp. I knew I could commit 3 weeks, so I signed up. Well I ended up losing 11 pounds which was awesome, but the biggest difference I noticed was the way I felt. I had less stomach issues and much more energy. I was hooked. Since then I try to make it to boot camp at least 4 times a week and have done every challenge that Laura has had. I have learned so much about fueling my body with the right foods and how important it is to take care of myself in order to take care of others.
I love my new lifestyle because not only do I feel better physically, but mentally as well. Obviously losing weight and getting in shape are great benefits, but I have much less anxiety. After seeing my results, it inspired my husband and daughter to start boot camp. Also, the support and encouragement from not only Laura but other boot campers as well is worth more than words can say. A great group of people led by an awesome trainer.
My advice for others would be that it’s never too late. I didn’t start boot camp until I was almost 45, and I am in the best shape of my life.
You ROCK Gail!!! Please leave a note of encouragement below and congratulate Gail on her awesome success so far. If you want to try us for our one week free trial special, click here and start tomorrow!
Dominique credits boot camp for refueling her passion for exercising and transforming her body in ways that running and hot yoga fell short. I love her motto of “nothing ventured, nothing gained” and how she continues to challenge herself week over week. She will sometimes even come two times in one day.. which motivates me to continue to write more and more creative workouts! She wrote her story to inspire you. Here it is, in Dominique’s words.
My life “pre – boot camp” – I was always active and enjoyed running, yoga and other fitness activities. I stopped running because it began to feel like a chore and I wasn’t looking forward to my running routine. I lost my motivation. I practiced yoga at least 3 – 4 times a week; however, I wasn’t seeing results like I thought I should given the amount of times I was going and I was getting bored. I don’t believe my heart rate was reaching the level it should, especially since I was practicing “hot yoga” and the room was 104 degrees.
Why’d I sign up? I wasn’t finding any activities motivating. I wasn’t exactly unhappy with my body but I wasn’t being challenged. A friend of mine told me about Bay View Boot Camp and asked me to join him. The first day I went I loved it. I enjoyed the music and how we were constantly changing the exercises. Every time I went back it was different and unpredictable. That kept it challenging and interesting. After 50 minutes of a work out I was exhausted. Within two weeks I could see results.
What do I love most about my new lifestyle? I have a lot more energy. Having never been a morning person I am surprised at how I have changed and attend the 6:00 am classes. Often times I attend both the 6:00 am and the 6:00 pm classes (click here for full schedule).
I feel a great deal stronger and I love doing exercises I used to hate; such as full sit ups. I run faster now and I can do full pushups – 20 easily, whereas before I could barely do one. I also sleep a lot better and feel fully rested in the morning.
I look forward to boot camp and attend at least 5 days a week. It is a stress reliever and has increased my patience.
My advice for others who in a similar situation to myself? I tell all my friends about boot camp and tell them to try it for at least a week. It’s changed the way I feel about exercising and how I feel physically. Always challenge yourself and try something new. This has transformed my body and it’s a 50 minute class! Nothing ventured nothing gained.
We are SO proud of you Dominique. If Dominique’s story has inspired you in some way, please leave her a note below and thank her for sharing.
Also – if you want to take Dominique’s advice with challenging yourself and trying something new, join us for a 5 for $5 week trial and see what ‘boot camp’ is all about!
Wishing a Happy One-Year Boot Camp Anniversary to Joni Reese!! We are SO proud of her and her incredible success this past year. I’ve had the pleasure of training Joni 3 times a week – she comes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6 AM boot camp. Her story is totally relatable and very inspiring.. which is why we wanted to share it with you.
Q: What was your life like pre – Bay View Boot Camp?
I’ve always been active my entire life (softball, volleyball, biking, sailing) but never had any desire to, nor did any formal exercise or went to the gym.
I was experiencing some changes to my body as I’ve gotten older, and although I had quit smoking 1-1/2 years prior to joining Bay View Boot Camp, which was a huge improvement, I still had a huge lack of energy, and was just feeling weak.
Q: What made you decide to sign up?
I had been complaining for several weeks (maybe months) about my lack of energy and strength – particularly one day while sailing our sailboat. Sailing being our passion, I realized I had to do something. Gail put an invite under my nose to join the Little Black Dress Project so I decided to try it.
Q: What do you love most about your new lifestyle?
The ENERGY I have back! The strength I’ve regained! And the weight that I’ve lost!
Q: What has been your results/experiences from boot camp/eating better?
I never expected to experience what I’ve have over the last year:
I used hardly ever cook. We ate out A LOT! I didn’t really know how to cook anything except potatoes, onions with cheese in a foil pouch on a grill, or pizza, or pasta, or rice. I HATED making salads (which my husband loves). Too many ingredients to chop up – ugh.
Then the recipe book for the LBD project arrived and I was not really looking forward to it, and I told myself I would try it for at least 1 week, and “we’ll see”. Well, 1 week lead to 2, and so on. The food was really, really, delicious. Even my husband loved everything I prepared. And with the meals already planned, and recipes provided it was so easy. I still cook many of those same recipes today.
As for boot camp itself, I was not excited about it before I started the project, so I told myself it is now part of my job. Like getting up and having going to school or go to work – you just have to do it.
But, I LOVE HOW I FEEL ALL DAY LONG, AFTER GOING TO BOOT CAMP! I go 3 days a week, and I’ve lost, and have kept off, 18-20 lbs (depending on the day). I’ve lost an average of 2″, and 10% body fat. My clothes fit great! I now have tons of energy! I love how I feel!
People have notice the changes and ask what I’ve been doing and I tell them about Bay View Boot Camp and how amazing Laura is as an instructor. She’s motivating, super enthusiastic, and supportive. Every class is different, and there are frequently new exercises I’m introduced to, so it keeps it interesting and challenging.
Because of Bay View Boot Camp, and with my new found skills of planning meals, preparing food and actually cooking, I’ve discovered a whole new way of a healthy lifestyle. Thank you Laura Forte!
Q: What is your advice for others who were in a similar situation to yourself?
Most people fear change. But change can be good! I wanted to change how I felt. So, (accidentally or not) I changed what I was doing everyday. And Wow!
Congratulations Joni on your amazing success this past year! If you know Joni and her story has inspired you, please leave her a note below and wish her a Happy 1 Year Anniversary. :)
It’s finally HERE! I’m excited to announce our next transformation challenge on Tuesday, October 1st.
We are incredibly proud of this program and the success our previous Sculpted by Summer Transformation Challenge. Here is our ‘Fall Edition’.
No more excuses. Find out why our previous challenge SOLD OUT in under 4 days and had 82 people just like YOU get the results they wanted.
**Limited spots available! If you hesitate, you might miss out!**
See you over on the ‘Fit by Fall’ Registration page!
P.S – We currently have 70 people registered.. just 10 spots left!!! Registration closes down at midnight on Friday night and program details will go out on Saturday morning.
We are excited to announce that Bay View Boot Camp has been chosen to lead Thursday night’s Hot Run 5k and 10k hosted by the radio station Hot 101.5!
Go to the race early and at 6:35, 6:45, and 6:55 we will be leading a pre-race warm-up and stretch so you are primed and ready to run your BEST race!
Jayde actually featured us Tuesday morning on air and sent us the air clip. Check it out below!
Make sure to stop by our booth before or after the race and pick up your FREE water bottle!
We will also have information about our upcoming Fit by Fall Team Body Transformation Challenge.
Also.. we are raffling away a GRAND PRIZE valued at $400! It includes:
- 2 month UNLIMITED membership to Bay View Boot Camp
- Bay View Boot Camp Water Bottle
- Bay View Boot Camp Sweat Towel
- Exercise Mat
If you want to run the 5k or 10k, registration is STILL open! Sign up here:
Look forward to seeing you there!
You ready to be inspired? I introduce to you a woman about to turn 50, but her body and spirit can do more than most 25 years olds that I know. She has a can-do attitude about life and as she says “in training for living her life”. It is a pleasure to train her every week and celebrate her ever-ongoing victories out on the surfboard or fishing on the boat.
I introduce you to: Sheila… in her own words.
“I grew up in a household where food was really appreciated – foodies before that was a term. However my parents were always dieting and never losing. They tried every fad as it arrived. At the same time women and girls were spending a lot of time and emphasis in their lives on clothing, fashion, looking a certain way…. Behaving a certain way. I really just wanted to play… pretty much any sport outdoors. When I was young, I would watch Jack Lalane and Lilias Yoga and marvel at what their bodies could do (and try to copy them) while waiting for cartoons (there was no cartoon network). I started running in high school. In college I fell in love with scuba diving and fishing and sailing fast high-performance sailboats.
Then came middle age! Now it wasn’t enough to run. I could tell when I was on vacation that I was fatiguing way to early when sailing or rowing or hiking. Exercising was always coming after a long to do list. So, I decided a year ago to up the muscle toning part of my life. Yoga was just not quite enough and running was just not enough. I wanted something more total body and muscle oriented but I could not envision being in a gym. Also lap swimming fills my ears with water and gets tedious. My friend had just joined Bay View Boot Camp so I gave it a try.
I love how I feel after a workout. There are sore muscles and that is what I want. I don’t want to go into the after-middle-age life wondering where those muscles went. I want to hear from them and know I can do whatever I attempt to do. I recently went surfing and popped up on the long board NO PROBLEM! That is huge because in the past I have not had the arm strength to really get paddling fast enough to catch the waves. I sail regularly and we stop sailing because of time now not because of fatigue. I trim the spinnaker without asking for help! I was recently fishing and a man came across the parking lot to help me put my kayak in the back of the truck. By the time he got to me I had already done it. He said, “OH I was coming over to help you” I just laughed and said “I go to boot camp.”
As for eating better, I have always had a good eating lifestyle. And while I still struggle with replacing white things with whole grains I do have a pretty good diet. More veggies on my plate than anything else. I do not own a scale but I think I feel slimmer in the way my clothes fit. In fact I have dropped a size.
What do I love most about this new lifestyle? Basically I am in training for living my life. I know that I can physically do whatever I want. I will not say I am not strong enough.
What do I say to people like me? Use it or lose it. Seriously, I turn 50 in January and I don’t want to go down that path of old age injuries and weaknesses. I want to be able to do anything that comes my way. If I can’t do it now I won’t be able to do it in the future.
How awesome – thank you for sharing Sheila!! Just by reading this I think her ‘can-do attitude’ is contagious.
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