I've been working out at Mission Fit Camp with Gwen (trainer and owner) for 2 years now, and I can honestly say that it has had a HUGE impact on my life by helping me get to a healthy weight and have a healthy and active lifestyle. I started Fit Camp in a tough place: at age 31 and 5'7", I was tipping the scales at over 200# and had been overweight for most of my adult life.
I tried out Fit Camp on a recommendation of friend after saying that I needed a change. I started out a little intimidated since I could barely run a lap, but Gwen quickly put me at ease. She has a lot of energy and passion for what she does and takes the time to talk to you about your personal goals. She truly cares about her clients and has sat down with me on many occasions to talk about my goals, help me set up plans for weight loss, and worked with me to ensure I stayed active through injuries. Her commitment to health is genuine and she takes a balanced approach to diet and exercise to help you make smart decisions and achieve your goals.
Aside from Gwen's attitude and expertise, there are a few unique things about Fit Camp that keep me coming back: the workouts, the schedule, and the people.
Gwen makes exercise and fitness accessible to all levels by giving options for exercises, beginner to advanced, to makes sure everyone is challenged. This helped me ease into the exercises and gave something to strive for as I progressed each week in the 4 week program. She also helps work around injuries and comes up with equally challenging exercises to keep you moving throughout the class. Additionally, Gwen consistently changes the exercises and format so you never get bored and get to learn new moves and patterns. I've noticed that even as my fitness level has progressed over the past few years, I am still challenged during every workout and walk away feeling like I got my money's worth from the class.
The schedule is another part of the equation. I work and travel a lot, which I always used as my big excuse for not working out. Fit Camp runs the same work out 5 times per day during the week. You are not locked in to any time slot, so it makes it easy to fit in before or after work depending on my schedule. It's enough flexibility to allow me to manage my schedule, but has enough rigidity to ensure that I get to the workouts!
Last, but not least, the fellow Fit Campers at the workouts are awesome! It's a fun group of people, who are encouraging and make working out in a group something to look forward to rather than dread. There is a large group of 'regulars' who have been coming to Fit Camp for years, which is a testament to Gwen and the program, that keep the sessions entertaining and helped put me at ease when I first started.
After my first year at Fit Camp, I lost 55 pounds, ran my first half marathon, hiked a couple mountains, and jumped into adventures that I never thought I would be able to do because of my health. With Gwen's continued help, I keep pushing myself to try new things, and take on bigger challenges. Long story short, if you're looking to try something new and make a change, or looking to push yourself in a different way in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, give Mission Fit Camp a try - you won't regret it!