success stories2014-10-07T20:24:27+00:00
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Alexandra Milavsky

When I started I began with smaller goals, such as 20 lbs, 15lbs. But then I realized that I needed to have a different type of goal. Though I still would like to lose my last 10lbs, I want to train my body and make it just over all healthier. I want to keep a healthy heart, strong bones, and high stamina.

There are so many things I love about ABC. John is an amazing trainer and though he pushes you, he always demonstrates how much he cares about you. He has helped me find my true strength and determination which in turn made me build a new self-confidence, something I didn’t have for a long time.

I also love working out. I have a hard time working out alone. Having the other ladies around inspires me, some of their stories are amazing and just keep me going.

Before I started ABC I was worried about not losing the 20lbs and failing, yet again, to prove myself to my doctor. After losing just over 80lbs I don’t have those fears anymore. I proved it to her, and more importantly I proved it to myself. I now know, with help from this program (and John) that I can do just about anything. I have shocked myself even with how far I have come.

What surprised me most would probably be how much fun it is! I NEVER liked working out when I was young. In my elementary school days they turned me off of it when they would send us out to P.E. RIGHT after eating lunch in the heat of the day. With this program you find yourself smiling as you do it, it is amazing. I would recommend it to anyone who, like me, never felt comfortable working out.

Most people would think results or accomplishments I would be most proud of would be the weight I lost. Honestly, though, I believe I am most proud of the confidence and strength I have found.

Two years ago I never would have thought that today I would love the woman I am. A testament to that I think will happen in just over two months (right after my 21st Birthday). I am going to be in a very big performance, doing something I never thought I would do, belly dance. 300 plus people are going, and I am proud to be a part of it.

If you want a fun way to get active, lose weight, or just become healthier you should come! It was the best decision of my life to join John in ABC. There is no judging and all love when you show up since most of the women have been in the same places. So come out and join! I would love to meet you and get to know your story.

“It was the best decision of my life to join John in ABC”
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Tammy Carr

I lost 100 Pounds” now I do triathlons! It all started at North Pinellas Adventure Boot Camp for Women!

My concerns before I started were a real fear of failure and that brought on feelings of hopelessness that I had let myself go too far, too long, and too much weight had to be lost to make a difference……

I felt that I may be too old to do exercises with younger women…I felt most strongly that I would not be able to do it and that was where the fellow campers and John made it work…the “no man left behind” theory helped me not be ashamed of being the worst as everyone knew we were all not athletes or we wouldn’t be there!

The constant attention to be sure I pushed myself but not so much that I would be hurt made me know I could do it. I also to this day don’t know how, with so many people there in the camps, John knew when I had done something before and therefore encouraged me to do a bit more….The attention and encouragement helped to reduce those fears.

If you love to be outside, want to be a better you, surround yourself with positive motivated people and have the best trainer ever…this camp is for you! Also, this is what worked for me: Align yourself with someone who has your same fitness level, no matter their size, age or weight. Then, as you get stronger, align yourself with new people. Don’t feel bad if you’re at camp to improve yourself. You can just stay at the same spot, never pushing yourself. Just remember, “a better you” is first, “new friendships” a bonus. If you do this and push yourself you will always see change and it feels so good!!

I was so surprised with how much care was given individually, to make me feel comfortable and understand what was needed to succeed beyond moving my body, how much care was taken to make me feel important and how I can be “unstoppable”….

I lost 100+ pounds, but I am most proud of finding the person I was 15 years ago that loved life, being outside, and challenging myself to be the best I can be in many ways physically, intellectually, and emotionally.

I could absolutely feel yourself being stronger every week and being able to run longer or faster….or in my case walk less…

I honestly believe the mix of exercises and the ongoing information and advice that this is more than just a step it is a lifestyle change, does deliver results all around. It is about commitment because no matter how good ABC is, you can cheat yourself by doing minimal effort at camp as easily as you can convince yourself those French fries can be worked off……………………. Boot camp helps you find a better self and certainly a skinny-er one!

“My advice to prospective campers is, make the commitment and understand if you follow the plan and be true to yourself by pushing yourself at every camp, you will succeed!”
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Laurie Williams

My goal was to be healthier and stronger, to lose weight and tone up.

What results am I most proud of? Gosh…a lot – the increase of how far I can run now (well jog), how much more weight I can lift and my overall ability to do the exercises better. I’ve lost 38 lbs.

If you love to be outside, want to be a better you, surround yourself with positive motivated people and have the best trainer ever…this camp is for you! Also, this is what worked for me: Align yourself with someone who has your same fitness level, no matter their size, age or weight. Then, as you get stronger, align yourself with new people. Don’t feel bad if you’re at camp to improve yourself. You can just stay at the same spot, never pushing yourself. Just remember, “a better you” is first, “new friendships” a bonus. If you do this and push yourself you will always see change and it feels so good!

“If you love to be outside, want to be a better you, surround yourself with positive motivated people and have the best trainer ever…this camp is for you!”
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Carolyn Sokol

I’ve done other fitness programs and gym memberships in the past but I’ve never been able to sustain any other program for longer than 3 months. My initial was to lose weight of course.

I was concerned, of course! No one wants to be the biggest one there and it was a risk financially as I couldn’t afford to invest in something that wasn’t going to pay off. Also a big concern was that I’m an introvert by nature so I knew interacting with the other ladies would be challenging for me.

I have lost 51 pounds! It’s pretty exciting that I can do most of the exercises in the badass way! Love this camp!

“I have lost 51 pounds!”
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Tracy Scheffler

John and Adventure Boot Camp have truly changed my life! A few months ago, I was approaching 50 and weighed the most I’d ever weighed in my life.

I was so depressed. I had no energy, no motivation, and slept way too much. I was desperate, so when I saw a magazine ad for the boot camp I decided to try it. The plan was to go for a month, then go back to the gym I hadn’t been to in a year.

By the end of the first week, I knew I was hooked and cancelled the gym. The progress I made in those first 4 weeks was surprising. Not only did I lose body fat, but my strength, endurance, and flexibility improved very quickly, and I was doing things I couldn’t do the first day.

Since then I’ve seen dramatic results. I’ve lost 34 pounds and over 27 inches. I feel amazing and have so much energy. I look forward to going to camp every day. John is very funny, motivating, and provides so much support and encouragement.

Every day is different, never boring, and I absolutely love it. It’s great working out with the other women too. We support each other and have a lot of fun.

Thank you, John, for everything you do and for helping me change my life.

“I’ve lost 34 pounds and over 27 inches. I feel amazing and have so much energy.”
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Jaimie Cole

I signed up for North Pinellas Adventure Boot Camp for Women at the heaviest I had ever been after the birth of my son, Reilly, weighing 265. I initially joined to train for a 15K distance race that I was doing with my sister. My first camp was in January and by the time the race came and went in April I was hooked on North Pinellas

Adventure Boot Camp for Women. The camp has been inspiring and life changing. It
has helped me shed 100 pounds, increase muscle tone everywhere on my body, learn to eat healthier with John’s nutrition help, and I’ve made a lot of great friends in the process.

I feel Adventure Boot Camp with John makes exercise fun and exciting again with something new to try every day of camp. His positive motivation keeps you focused on what you can do and what you are capable of accomplishing. This camp will increase your endurance, flexibility, and strength while you challenge yourself in ways you never would have on your own. It’s been a year since my first camp and I’m looking forward to another year of camp.

“North Pinellas Adventure Boot Camp for Women has helped me shed 100 pounds!”
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Sheryl Johnson

Before I came to I was tired. No energy. Defeated. Like everything you‘ve tried just doesn’t work.

I have gone to the gym and sometimes they give you like apersonal trainer and I think the big difference was that at camp it’s different EVERY DAY! You don’t have to think about what you’re going to do. You just have to show up, listen, pay attention and you’re told so many different things and the fact that you learn how to do things right so you can do them on your own. You’re educated and it’s also the monotony of thinking about it is taken away from you. I’ve been asked “what do you guys do” and I’m like, “I don’t know…so many different things I couldn’t tell you.

I guess I just never thought exercise would be fun. I never thought it would be enjoyable. I never thought it would be something I look forward to. I never thought it was something I would miss when I didn’t do it. That’s never been me. So, I never thought I would ever run. That’s just something I never even thought about ever doing.

I do things now I never thought I would be able to do. When I first started I couldn’t even walk around the block without being out of breath. I can remember the first time you can actually run and it feels good. You can keep up and go farther and farther. Getting that off the ground. Getting moving. Hula hoops. I see people start and they struggle with it and I’m like keep at it. Jump rope. Things you just never thought you could do, but with practice, you can do them.

I have lost 60 lbs. ! I ran a 5K that I never, ever, ever would have even thought about doing.

I went snowshoeing. I never would have done that before. It was in Northern Michigan and it was a few miles, up hills with snow shoes. And I was the one who suggested to the group we should go! Crazy!

One of the best things about camp that comes to mind with me are the “Habits’.

The thing that really gets me because people stop me and actually ask me, “have you lost weight? How do you do it?” and I’m like “Well, it’s not trying to do everything at once”.

You watch everyone in January get their Lean Cuisines and rice cakes and by the 3rd week, they’re done. You CAN’T change everything at once so for me it was picking each habit one at a time. That was huge for me. Drink more water. And not, worrying about everything else. Fish oil. That’s a habit now. I never would have even bought fish oil.

The whole package. The nutritional habits where you are trying to do everything at once. Forget it. No, it’s just like “come to camp and drink water.

“I lost 60 pounds one “Habit” at a time!”
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Julie Wooten

At Boot Camp, the women encourage one another. We’re each other’s biggest cheerleaders. I’ve met the best people. John sets a positive upbeat tone and is always introducing new exercises. Every day is a great day at Boot Camp.

“John’s Positive, Upbeat Tone”
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Ericka Campbell

John is what makes Boot Camp. He’s so encouraging. He pushes us to do our best, but without yelling. He changes things up every day. He’s a great guy and makes it feel like family.

“Something New Every day”
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Dee Reid

The most fun you can have at 5:30 in the morning! John is an Excellent Motivator and Trainer. 10 months ago when I started I was very apprehensive about going (didn’t think I could do it). But with John’s coaching I did! It has been the best personal decision I have made for myself in a long time. I highly recommend this camp-it’s addicting!

“It has been the best personal decision I have made for myself in a long time.”
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Donna Lipply

I have been a Kevin Carrier boot camper for about 6 years. When I started I could not run a mile, lift weights beyond 5 pounds – let alone exercise for 1 hr – 5 times a week. North Pinellas Boot Camp has been a life changing experience for me and I am happy to be able to leave this review. John is such a great guy and his classes are fun and motivating. Boot Camp is addicting as well and I really miss it when I travel. Being a member of this boot camp has helped me to maintain a healthy weight and feel good. That’s the best part really, I feel great when I am in shape. It’s a very friendly environment with a crazy bunch of ladies that are all like minded and having fun exercising.

“Being a member of this boot camp has helped me to maintain a healthy weight and feel good.”
Deb
When Deb started Boot Camp she could barely move. But with John’s exercise modifications she’s lost 50 pounds and her doctor’s thrilled. She loves it when people say “WOW! You look fabulous.”
Shirley
Shirley had so much fun at Boot Camp that she shed 14 5/8″ off her body.
Aimee
Aimee went from a size 22 to a size 16 in just 3 weeks of Boot Camp.
Debbie
Debbie’s turning 50 and never exercised before. Now she’s lost 2 dress sizes and feels fabulous.
Mona
Mona has so much fun, makes new friends and stays healthy too!
Ronnie
Ronnie reshaped her body and feels great!
Tammy
Tammy loves breathing the fresh air and has more pep and energy!
Meg
Meg’s back pain is gone!
Maran
Maran lost one dress size after one just Boot Camp. Now her mom goes too!
Stephanie
Stephanie hated going to the gym, but at Boot Camp she learned how to get healthy and fit. Plus, she’s made great friends.