It’s a LUNA B.O.M.


Give it up for Jill Luna – Our October B.O.M., Boot camper of the month

Jill has been a member with FBBC since 2014. She is a faithful attendee at the 5:00 and 5:30 am classes most every day of the week. And even though she is quiet & shy, she is easy to spot as she always has a big smile on her face and continually works hard. Jill’s sunny demeanor is only exceeded by her incredible work ethic at each and every intense session.

Jill has recently committed to running her second half marathon and has been in regular training alongside her husband and has attended our Saturday morning run club.  Her willingness to go beyond her comfort zone and take on the challenge of a race, coupled with her consistent attendance at FBBC demonstrates her commitment to her health and fitness. This is also inspiring for, not only her family, but others who know Jill and have witnessed her impressive progression in strength and endurance.

Jill is a valued member at FBBC where her positive energy and dedication proves contagious. Thank you Jill for choosing FBBC as your home for health and fitness.

Keep up the great work!


FBBC Changed her life!

Screen Shot 2018-09-08 at 9.18.47 PM.png“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.”

You can get great results too, just like Suzy. Join our 4 week Chisel My Fat Challenge today!

Starts Monday, 9/17



A Blazing B.O.M. for the greater good!

Boot Camper of the month, Gideon Bernstein

September, 2018


Congratulations to Gideon Bernstein for being selected as B.O.M. for September.

Gideon has been attending Trainer Ali’s FBBC since December of 2015. During this time, he has made some remarkable progress in his fitness regiment and approach to nutrition. When Gideon first started attending, he suffered from back pain, and other nagging ailments which could be attributed to a lack of consistent exercise. He also wanted to conquer mountain climbing but suffered from a fear of heights. By staying committed to regular attendance and some tweaks to his nutrition, he started to notice a marked difference in his physical appearance, energy levels and motivation to conquer his fears.

Today, Gideon can be witnessed flying through boot camp exercises with the strength and speed he never experienced before. His transformation has been a thing to both witness and marvel as he gets stronger and leaner.

Because of this amazing progress, Gideon has been able to conquer his goal of mountain climbing and competed in two EPIC series races, where he performed better than average for his age group. In addition, he placed third in the weight loss challenge held at FBBC this past spring, yielding significant results.

Gideon is somewhat of a world traveler having visited various locations within the United States, as well as regions overseas. In each locale, Gideon can be witnessed performing burpees, running, conducting pushups, often with a notorious landmark or historical site in the background, while sporting a Fit Body Boot Camp T-shirt. In other words, Gideon does not allow travel to interfere with his workouts and seizes the opportunity to record these events on social media, sharing these exploits with everyone.

Gideon’s success and transformation have been impressive and inspirational. His unwavering commitment to his health and fitness prove to be an inspiration and an example to others. It’s especially important to note that he used fitness to get through a very difficult time recently after losing his son, Blaze. Instead of allowing anger and bitterness to set in, he stayed true to his health and fitness and started a movement to spread the “Do Good for Blaze” message around the world.

Congratulations, Gideon. We feel privileged to have you as B.O.M. for September.

This B.O.M hit the whole family!

Congratulations to Alicia Peterson

on being selected

B.O.M. (Boot Camper of The Month)

for August!

IMG_6813.PNGAlicia joined our Boot Camp family in January of this year.  Her accomplishments and transformation since have been nothing short of astonishing.  She has lost close to 20lbs but what she is most proud of is the strength she has gained and how she has been successful in toning her physique with her workouts at FBBC.  She is very close to accomplishing her goal of getting back to her “pre-baby” status from nine years ago.  In addition to this, she participated in the Epic Race at Dodger Stadium earlier this year and performed phenomenally, alongside her mother, in her first race.

But this proud mother of three beautiful children will not stop there.  Realizing that nutrition is such an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, she has completely reconstructed her dietary regimen for herself, and her entire family.  This consists of removing all processed foods, refined sugars, dairy and gluten from the household.  In doing this, Alicia has not only seen a significant difference in how she functions, but she also has witnessed this in her children, especially her daughter.  Alicia shares that she notices in her, “an improvement in her demeanor and condition of her skin.”  While these changes to their nutrition are somewhat new, Alicia states that she is “excited” to see what the future might bring with these continued changes.  

In addition to being devoted to the well being of her family by taking the utmost care of them and herself, Alicia has managed to fully embrace the culture here at FBBC.  Discovering a healthy lifestyle is contagious and Alicia demonstrates this by frequently bringing healthy snacks for fellow Boot Campers and sharing the recipes with them.  Her generosity is only exceeded by her impressive display of dedication and commitment to the health and well being of her entire family, as well as her tireless work at each boot campclass, adding into this a desire to spread her success with the entire FBBC family.  

When given praise for this transformation and progress, Alicia humbly deflects credit by stating “It’s all because of Boot Camp.  It has seriously changed my life.”

Congratulations Alicia for being selected as BOM for August.  It is a distinction well deserved.

The B.O.M. that hit July!

Congratulations to Nilou,

Fit Body Boot Camp’s B.O.M. for the month of July!


Nilou has been a valued member of FBBC since August of 2015.

You can usually spot her on your way to boot camp as she runs from her house to attend early morning sessions. In addition to running & boot camp, Nilou participates in spin classes, yoga and has participated in Fit Body Boot Camp’s hiking club since its inception for the last 3 seasons.

When Nilou is not working out, she stays busy by teaching piano lessons and remodeling rooms in her home, just because …..she can.

And when we say she remodels, we mean……SHE REMODLS, completing all the work HERSELF from demolition to the very end and all the details in between.

Obviously, Nilou likes to keep busy and epitomizes the culture at Fit Body Boot Camp by always exhibiting a sunny and positive demeanor, in addition to her commitment to health and fitness.

Nilou’s motto seems to be exemplified in this quote by Aristotle……….

“Happiness is a state of activity,”  IMG_5812.JPG

Congratulations to Nilou for earning this distinguished award.

If you see her this month, be sure to wish her a very happy birthday and a heartfelt congratulations! Just another year to do more activity. You can probably catch her celebrating burpees with Trainer Ali.

Congratulations Nilou. You are a valued member of our Fit Body Boot Camp family!


Andora, “the BOM,” Bonilla!



Fit Body Boot Camp member of the month!

Andora works out without a sound. She comes in, works hard and always has a smile on her face. She is consistent and committed and is taking her health very seriously. She joined in on one of our boot camp challenges and has tried to adopt better nutrition options, always seeking fitness advice and willing to try new ideas. I have witnessed Andora train at boot camp for the past 2 years and I have seen her abilities and confidence grow immeasurably.

This year she decided to come out of her shell somewhat and compete in her very first Spartan Race. Her very first race EVER. She asked a lot of questions before committing, and did her research. Not wanting to deal with the mud, she opted for a stadium sprint. She registered, showed up with her momma very early to scope out the course to see what she would be dealing with. Then, just like that, she crossed the finish line.

Now that she’s an athlete, she’s ready for more. Join her and our team this August as she races her first ever EPIC RACE in Huntington Beach.

Andora is an example to her family to live a healthy lifestyle and brings her beautiful daughter, Asia, with her to boot camp as well. We are proud to honor her as our June B.O.M., Boot Camper of the month.

Game on, It’s Wesley for BOM!

Our BOM for the month of May is none other than, gamer at heart, Wesley Ruscher. Wesley has been a long time, die hard and dedicated Boot Camper. He burns an insane amount of calories at the 6:45 am class every week & currently holds the record for completing 31 ring pushups.

In addition to attending Boot Camp, Wesley has competed in both Spartan and Epic races and attends our Saturday morning run clubs with other Boot Campers, training for future races.

In the time that he has attended Fit Body Boot Camp, Wesley’s strength and endurance has undergone a remarkable transformation. Wesley is the only person to admit that his “aha” moment was finding a belly form in an old shirt he used to wear prior to starting at Fit Body Boot Camp and realizing his belly no longer filled it in. He is committed to health and fitness and dedicated to Fit Body Boot Camp’s philosophy of working hard to stay hard.  Very inspiring on many fronts.

Congratulations Wesley on being selected for BOM. It’s been a long time coming and you’ve managed to keep your GAME ON no matter what.  GAME NOT OVER!