WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Where to start? Josh Vela changed my life. After hearing lots of chatter about how much fun “Josh’s Boot Camp” was I decided to give it a try. My weight has varied as much as 40 pounds and I definitely was not into exercise. It was time to make a change. I started Josh’s boot camp, and the journey began. I had never run a mile or even tried to do pushups, but with Josh’s motivation it made this hard work seem like fun. Believe it or not, I found myself looking forward to class even at 5:30am. Josh is a wonderful motivator, coach, trainer and friend. He helped me with nutrition and gave me the motivation to keep going. What I expected to be a four week exercise class turned into a six months that I will never forget. I totally transformed my body, starting at a size 10 and now maintaining at a size 4, dropping my Body Fat by 15%. I ran my first 5K, 10K and in a couple weeks my first 10 mile race. I have become more confident than ever. Thank you Josh Vela.
- Sandy Madre
I am currently participating in my 10th camp. I thought I was signing up for four weeks and look at me now! I’ve lost 20+ lbs, over 27 inches, and 12% body fat. I’ve gained confidence, energy, enthusiasm and cardiovascular and muscular strength and endurance. I’ve learned so much about nutrition and how to fuel my body. My “relationship” with food has changed from a love/hate to very positive. I have some physical obstacles due to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, but Josh has helped me to modify when necessary. Before joining boot camp I had not exercised regularly or participated in athletic events for years. I have completed two 5k races this year and look forward to many more. I truly believe that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to, and that is a result of the confidence built through my San Bruno Adventure Boot Camp journey. My advice for fellow boot campers is to realize that you made a great decision to make a healthy lifestyle a priority. It is important to be consistent, persistent and insistent. Apply these to your nutrition and your workouts, and you will be extremely proud of your accomplishments.
- Tami Bebee
I started boot camp with the thought I needed to exercise. The first month was a killer. I saw good results that month, so I decided to do another camp. It was nice to be in a group and working out outside was different. About the fourth camp, I decided to try Josh's nutrition guidelines. That is when I really saw results. Josh set up a friendly competition and supported us all. Could talk a little and started to get to know some of the ladies. I felt better and stronger. I started thinking "O.k. I THINK I can make it through an hour now". By February I was starting to feel really good. I was thinking "I KNOW I can make it through the hour". I realized I was starting to set and reach my goals. I also realized we campers were really starting to support each other to reach our goals. Josh was there all the way, encouraging us to set new goals. I still struggled and fought the nutritional guidelines and every time I followed them I noticed I was much more successful at camp. Now, sometimes I think "wow, that hour was FUN!"
The values I am learning in boot camp I am working on applying in my daily life. I would not be where I am today if Josh had not come into my life. I have made some wonderful friendships from class. The support of Josh and the women I have met have irrevocably changed the path of my life and I love it.
- Suzie Debar
When I began camp, I’d never run a mile in my life, I could barely do pushups or lunges and although I was thin, my body was not in good shape. I began camp the last week of October and by the beginning of February, I ran 2 miles straight for the first time ever and it felt great. In March, I participated in a 5K for the first time in my life and was able to run the whole way. My most recent accomplishment is running 5 mi in the Women’s Run. Now I can do pushups on my toes and 100 lunges on each leg during a 100 rep workout. These are things I thought I would never be able to do.
- Tanya Doke
Although an active ranch kid growing up and an athlete in high school and college, I can say that I took being fit and trim for granted and quickly saw it all disappear as I focused the bulk of my energy on my career.
My boot camp endeavor is the result of seeing how taking health for granted has impacted close friends and family members. Thus, my initial goals were health oriented - lower cholesterol levels, lose weight, improve body composition. Seeing improvements in all those areas, I've now started tackling other goals - ran my first mile, then ran two, now I'm going for my first 5k next month. I was excited to be able to do my first "toes" pushup....now I'm aiming for 40. I used my 5lb weights all the time in the beginning. Now, they stay in my bag a lot and I'm ready to go shop for 15's.
It was easy at first to say I'm already trying as hard as I can - I can't do the more challenging version of things. WRONG! :-) I've learned that I can do more than I've ever thought possible and all it takes is trying and BELIEVING. The mind is an incredibly powerful muscle - exercise it with positive and optimistic thoughts - replace any negative! It's amazing what you can do when you tell yourself "I can" or that you'll least try - instead of "I can't", or not even trying.
- Lisa Jensen
When I joined the first camp, I was weak and had no energy. I learned that my eating habits were completely wrong and discovered that I was not eating enough and was eating the wrong foods. When I realized that there was no such thing as a magic diet pill and committed to making the necessary changes to my diet, I could see drastic changes to my body. My strength improved significantly and I put on solid muscle that I had not had before. I did not become too bulky by any means, but I became lean and more defined. My overall attitude improved as well.
- Darci Krug