“I always say that Fit Body Boot Camp changed my life. That is not an exaggeration.
Back in my 20s, keeping healthy and fit was just a way of life for me. I did cardio and weight lifting and always ate a low-fat diet. I never really had to think about my weight.
Sadly I morphed from a 112 lb, healthy, active 29-year-old to a 140 lb, tired, depressed 43-year-old. There were many reasons for that: eating out too much, paying less attention to what I was eating, dropping weight-lifting from my exercise routine, the negative side effects of fertility drugs, two very rough pregnancies, and raising little ones (including a foster child and a special-needs adopted child). I honestly believe that if I hadn’t started my journey at FBBC, I would still be an overweight, tired and depressed middle-aged woman. Instead, I feel like a new person.
There have been so many benefits of joining FBBC. Obviously, the most visible one has been my physical transformation. Between doing five days of boot camp every week and eating a healthier diet, I lost weight quickly. I was down to 123 lb within six weeks. My weight continued to drop over the next six months and I reached 112 lb again. I gained muscle and became more toned. I felt amazing. I feel amazing. Still, as much as I appreciate being back at my high school weight, there have been so many other benefits that mean way more to me.
I have struggled with depression for years and I can say with certainty that nothing has been as beneficial for my mental state as regular, intense exercise. Part of this is likely due to the endorphins and other “feel-good” neurotransmitters that are released during exercise. Part of it is definitely the outlet that exercise provides for my stress and frustrations. I also think a big part of it is the feeling of accomplishment and well-being that I have at the end of each workout. Regardless, the positive effects of regular exercise have allowed me to actually begin to enjoy and appreciate life again. To me, that is huge!
Another incredible benefit has been my newfound confidence and my willingness to face my fears and take risks. Every single time I accomplish something new or reach a goal, it boosts my confidence and reinforces my (new) belief that I can do just about anything if I work at it long enough and hard enough. I may not get it the first time, but I know that I will succeed at it eventually. Whenever I find myself saying “I can’t do it”, I remind myself to add a “yet”. My fear of heights and falling has always been a big challenge but I’ve found myself climbing ropes, swinging between bars, jumping from a 12’ wall down onto a mat (at a parkour class) and climbing over high obstacles. There is definitely something exciting about conquering old fears. The more I do it, the more I want to do it. I have FBBC to thank for that.
In addition, besides looking a lot better than it used to, my body now performs so much better. I used to think I was relatively in shape. I learned otherwise pretty quickly, lol. I remember feeling so nauseated during my first few workouts at FBBC. To my surprise, my speed, endurance and strength improved rather quickly. I found that I could run faster and longer. I could lift heavier and do more reps. As the months go by, I continue to improve. I may not be the strongest or the fastest one at boot camp but I’m thrilled with my progression.
I’m in competition with myself every time I work out. My goal is always to be faster and stronger than the day before. I may not always succeed, but I certainly give it my all.
Joining FBBC has also allowed me to find new passions. Before I joined boot camp, I had never even heard of Spartan races or obstacle course racing. I had never run more than six miles. I can now say that I’ve completed six Spartan races, as well as Tough Mudder, Muddy Warrior Xperience, Rugged Maniac, Terrain Race and Grit OCR courses. I’ve also run two half marathons. I’m looking forward to taking up mountain biking. Doing all of these activities has given me even more reason to train and to work at my strength, speed and endurance. It has also continued to boost my confidence level and I can’t wait to do even more races and to learn new skills.
One of the other amazing benefits of FBBC has been the camaraderie that I’ve found and the sense of community. We really are a big family. My boot camp friends are such positive role models and such an encouragement to me. I hope that I am the same for them. It’s wonderful to have people in my life who share my passions and my dedication to fitness. I feel truly blessed.
All in all, you could call FBBC my “happy place”. It is the very best way to start my day. By the end of each workout, I am pumped and ready for whatever life may throw at me. I am grateful to Ali and her awesome trainers for pushing me to work hard and for always encouraging me along my journey. I would recommend FBBC to anyone who is ready to make a real change in their life. You will never regret it!
Addendum: I recently joined Trainer Ali’s 60-Day Fitness Challenge. It has been a good reinforcement of the need to eat mindfully (and to meal prep) and of the fun in trying new challenges (and the gratification of succeeding). It has been fantastic to get insight into how other people eat and train and I’ve definitely been inspired to make some positive changes. It’s been a great experience.”
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