Don't let the name "Bootcamp" scare you. We've designed our workouts to be customizable to ALL levels of fitness. Even if you're a total noob! We recognize that everybody starts somewhere. And we intend to show you how fitness actually can be, dare I say it... FUN! Come groove to the music, burn some calories, make some new friends, and work with caring trainers who will teach you proper form to ensure your safety. We look forward to meeting you! Will 2016 finally be your year?... You decide!
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“My life is sooooo different! I've lost 56 pounds. I'm more in charge of my life now... I'm not stuck anymore!”
“I used to never be a morning person... Now it's my habit, it's my way of life, and something I look forward to every day!”
“I finally realized that I didn't gain the weight overnight... So I shouldn't expect to lose it overnight.”
My life is soooooo different! I've lost 56 pounds. I'm more content. I'm more grateful. I take myself a little less seriously. I've got a better view of life in general in terms of it being more of what I'm making it. I feel like less of a victim of circumstance and I'm not stuck anymore.
...I went to my doctor yesterday and he couldn’t believe it. ‘You’re just sooo… Healthy!’ he said. And I was like, “YES!!!”
[To anybody just getting started…] Little changes lead to bigger changes. I didn’t do anything that I didn’t think I could keep doing.”
I've been going to St. Louis Fitness Boot camp for OVER 3 YEARS! Before that, I had been working out "on & off" for years, but never saw results and would ultimately give up. This was the first workout I've stuck with...I've been going 5-6 days a week for over 3 years, and I absolutely love it. I've lost over 30 pounds, went down several dress/jeans sizes, built muscle (which I've NEVER had before in my life!!), increased my endurance & metabolism, get better sleep, and my Husband says that I'm not crabby (apparently I used to be??~LOL)!
The workouts are a combination of strength training & cardio and they change everyday; so you are never bored. You can choose from the "easy" or "hard" exercise at each station, depending on your fitness level. CJ is extremely motivating, knowledgeable in fitness & nutrition, and truly cares about everyone and their goals. He loves to hear about the Bootcamper's latest accomplishments. CJ creates an awesome workout environment with his words of encouragement, rock'n variety of music, and I can't forget to mention his fabulous TABATA !
St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp is not just a "place to workout", it's a FAMILY! A lot of the people I met there are now my life-long friends, and I met them at St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp!"
I started at a size 10 and I have been a size 8 or 10 my entire life. And now I’m a size 4! It’s been awesome! But even better is how much healthier I feel and how much more energy I have. One of things I like the most about Bootcamp is going in the morning and starting your day with that. It makes you so much more inspired to eat healthy, to be active throughout the rest of the day, and it’s just awesome! I really like that we focus on functional movements because it’s helped me to do other activities in my life. I’ve started playing tennis, running, volleyball… and a lot of what we do in Bootcamp helps translate over to those other things.
Prior to coming to STL Fitness Bootcamp I was working out at a club under the guidance of a personal trainer. I experienced success but it was expensive. I was searching for something as a next step to continue my training. I knew that I needed help with proper form/technique. I talked with a friend at a party who told me about the bootcamp. I was not sure I could handle the 5:30a class. After a couple of weeks though my time clock adjusted to getting up earlier. I never thought that would happen!
I have been amazed with how much personal attention each bootcamper receives from the trainer (Derek). He manages to help everyone with form. Yes, he runs from station to station in order to provide guidance. He creates a fun environment and it is a great group of people. The format with the stations and move choices works for all level of fitness. This is a class for everyone. It is helping me to continue improving my fitness level at an affordable price.
CJ- Great [email] message this week. Although I think they are all great!
I believe my son embodies a champion. We celebrated his 5 year milestone last week. 5 years ago on 5/12 is when he was diagnosed with leukemia. As you may know, 5 years in the cancer world is significant since it means cancer is less likely to return.
You will appreciate his quote when he was first diagnosed and going through awful treatment "You can do anything you put your mind to as long as you step up to it... just like me..I'm stepping up to my cancer. Just need to keep going". Ben was 6 when he said that.
When I think about him and that quote, I know I can just keep going on my fitness and health. Just step up. Take one more step. Do one more push up. Make another good decision for my health. Make one more choice to help other people. We can all step up.
Thanks for all you do.
Hi CJ, Thanks so much for this message. It means a lot to me. I have struggled with body image and with hating my body for as long as I can remember, and it has been a real step forward for me to be able to view the body as a vehicle for progress, a partner in the journey of growth, rather than as a hindrance to it--and it is bootcamp that has made that happen for me. Although it is always at the back of my mind, the original goal I had to lose weight had taken a back seat to eating more healthfully (thank you food camp!!), getting stronger, improving balance, accomplishing things I couldn't do before. So it was an unexpected and wonderful surprise to try on the swimsuit and see the progress reflected physically in the the mirror. It had been awhile since I had paid attention to what I looked like, I was so focused on the other things going on. And that in itself, is huge progress! So thank you so much for your support and for being someone to share this with. Bootcamp is the best thing to happen to me in a long time, and you are the main reason it makes such a difference for so many of us.
What has St. Louis Fitness Boot Camp done for me?
It’s simple: Being diligent (going to bed early and setting my alarm) and working out 4-5 days per week, in the first six months of boot camp I lost 12 pounds and TWO pant sizes! And the best part is, I am still losing a little at a time which is the best way to lose. My energy level is through the roof and I find myself making better food choices every day. On top of all that, I have made fun, new friends who I look forward to seeing every morning and who I consider to be my “Boot Camp Family”. All of this is in a relaxed, casual and non-judgmental (important) atmosphere with an inspirational trainer and jammin’ music. It’s the best way to start the day and is without a doubt the best part of my day. At 54, I was able to compete and finish both the 2014 Warrior Dash and Crusher Race in respectable times. There is no way I could have done this without SLFBC. It’s a choice, it’s a commitment, it’s a challenge, and it’s a lifestyle. And it’s SO MUCH FUN! Just do it!
I just received my test results from my yearly physical which was done on January 6th. For the last 2+ years I have been struggling with high cholesterol (well over 200, which isn't good) and I have a family history of heart disease. Upon my doctor's recommendation, I have been taking Red Yeast Rice supplement every day now for years which has helped somewhat, but not enough to get me below the 200 mark. Well, as of January 6th my total cholesterol is ... drum roll, please ... 174!!!!! My doctor is very pleased with me and is crediting it mostly to the fact that I have been working out regularly AND eating right (most of the time ... lol). Of course, I owe it ALL to my SLFBC workouts 4-5 days a week since May 5, 2014, in which I have now lost over 12 pounds and two pant sizes. Yeehaaaaa! I'm just so thankful that my health and wellness has improved dramatically, and I thank you for your motivation and encouragement in every single workout. YAY!!!
"I just wanted to thank you for putting together such a great program! I am sure that I am like many who do not enjoy exercising. Even though it was really tough I did find it fun : ) Truthfully, I did consider quitting at the very beginning but everyone made me feel welcome. Derek was so energetic and up beat each morning it was contagious! He was so encouraging it made it easier to make it through each work out. I have lost 12+ lbs and feel so much more energy. I have also been working really hard on eating better. I have learned so much! I can't thank you enough!"
When I began my journey in August/Early September 2014, I was in an unhealthy marriage, living an unhealthy lifestyle, and was in a place where I had kind of lost myself. It was so hard that first week……really hard. I quit drinking soda that week and changed my diet completely. I used the recommendations that you sent to start eating a little “cleaner”. I was tired and sore. But I started feeling better about myself. As the weeks passed I started gaining momentum and decided to sign up for another month, and another month, etc. I started feeling better…….a lot better, stronger….mentally and physically. I started finding “me” again. I know that sounds silly, but it is 100% true. I feel better than I ever have, because of bootcamp. I have made friends in bootcamp, that I love and have helped me in my journey. Bootcamp, my bootcamp friends and you, CJ, have inspired me to WANT to make all these healthy changes in my life. Your inspirational emails have been wonderful and helpful. I can tell that you really put a lot of thought and feeling into them and into your job. You are truly passionate about what you do and your compassion for your bootcampers is astounding. I doubt anyone else has a trainer with as much depth as you! You are not intimidating, and neither is bootcamp, as I was soooooo afraid it would be. You are inspiring. I wish I could do the advanced moves like you!!! You make it look easy!!!! Damnit! Ha ha:)
So now to some really good stuff, I have lost 31lbs and my waist size has gone from a size 14 to a size 8 and went from shirt size XL to Medium! I have had to buy all new clothes and coats…..soooooo fun!!!! I cannot wait to go to my doctor so they can weigh me and compare it to last year (I know, I am weird), ha ha! My “getting ready” time has been cut in half because I don’t hate myself in everything I wear anymore. I actually enjoy working out, and I NEVER thought I would feel that way…..ever! I have tried Weight Watchers a million times and it has never worked long term. I even had a personal trainer and a gym membership in the past and it did nothing for me. I have finally gotten my life back on track and it is seriously all because of bootcamp!!
In short, I feel strong, I feel happy and, most importantly, I am making healthy choices because I WANT to. My family and friends have noticed the changes in my size, of course, but also my attitude and outlook on life. Bootcamp has done an overhaul on my frame of mind and my body……..I could not be more grateful or inspired.
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I loved your Bootcamp! I have been spreading the word about it to everyone I know (even out of state). You provided a great workout. I loved the rotations, it kept it interesting not boring, and before you knew it the time was up and you had a great workout. I really liked having the multiple choices at each center allowing different levels of challenge. VERY motivating but not intimidating allowing for self motivation and gradual increase in ability. Really cannot say enough great things about what you provide!!! Your emails and thoughts are very motivating and inspiring- keep it up love it! You really have found your calling and are making a fantastic difference- I know you did for me!
Kevin and I made the commitment and signed up with Derek yesterday I'm really excited!!! This BootCamp is exactly what I've been looking for. I've struggled with weight my entire life, mainly because of my addiction to sugar - candy, mainly chocolate and ice cream. My doctor wants me to loose at least 70lbs before trying to get pregnant with our 2nd child, that was a reality check. I knew I was heavy but I had no idea that I was so far in the "danger" zone. I could have easily gone to a different gym and paid 1/2 or less of what I'm paying for Bootcamp, but the trainer/client relationship that I've built with Derek is priceless. Because he has invested in me and basically has taught me what to eat I've lost more weight than I could have on my own. I'm down about 7lbs - that's about 5lbs more that what I've been able to do on my own. You have a really special business and I'm really grateful that I found you.
I worked out before bootcamp, just not regular enough or as much as I liked. Walked the dog everyday, but the weights and such just didn’t happen. So when I started I was sore, but I could still move! Anyway, you do a great job with switching around muscles for each area from week to week. I am amazed that after every workout in 6 wks, I was still sore! My legs are still sore from Friday. My arms are already sore from yesterday! Feeling this is great, knowing I am getting another great workout in. I also lost a couple of pounds, which is very encouraging to me. When I want to grab something not so good for me, I try to think about those 2 lbs & how it could be more with working out & eating right. Another positive from bootcamp!
I had a great time at bootcamp! I really enjoy going. You make getting up at 4:30 in the morning worth it! I love the wide variety of music, the energy of the room, and that you have us do several different moves during the hour. I like the feeling of leaving there so sweaty and exhausted and knowing that I just got a great workout. I like that you walk around and let us know how we're doing and how to improve. The feedback is always helpful!!
I have lost 12 pounds so far- I feel really fantastic. I have notable more energy when I get home after work- which ties into the kids and husband commitment! I would like to loose an additional-10lbs. Continuing to eat a lot more veggies....and trying to think of inventive ways to get my husband and kids on the boat here...
I've been very impressed with the overall experience provided by St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp. Derek is great and his enthusiasm for fitness and his job are displayed on a daily basis. I've been getting my butt kicked every morning for the past 6 weeks, but I love the energy level and overall feeling I have the rest of the day because of the class. The varying equipment and exercises keep things new and challenging, so I never feel like it's the same routine. I've told many friends and co-workers about the class and I'm hoping they too will take advantage of it's benefits.
Dear CJ. I really enjoyed my month of boot camp. Your brother does an excellent job and is just the right combination of serious fitness and fun. I am 47 and 40# overweight and was worried about making it through, but I was able to keep up. I was surprised at how much strength I gained in just a few weeks! My friend Jeanne has been going for almost two years now and loves it.
I am thankful for you, your influence and encouragement. I came to BC burned out from myown "routine' and in need of a change. After your class, I feel stronger...I feel fit ... I like the way fit feels. Therefore, I am encouraged to continue. Also, you put a lot of yourself into your emails. I believe this helps to build a community with your clients. Great job!
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YES! Don't let that "Bootcamp" name intimidate you. You can absolutely do this. Our program was designed with the beginner in mind. In fact, the entire hour is customizable and you can take breaks as needed. Seriously, this workout is for ALL levels. Many of our newest peeps haven't touched a dumbbell in years before coming to us. But on the flip side we've got members that have been attending for years who are tackling the advanced options. (We've even prepped Marines in training for military bootcamp!) We're of the opinion that encouragement trumps yelling. And proper form trumps speed. As you grow stronger, the program grows with you. So leave the judgment at the door and save the drama for your mama! Check us out and let us show you how we're putting the FUN back in fitness!
We have TWO locations:
Manchester (150 Enchanted Pkwy 63021) in the Vetta Bldg behind Uncle Bill's
Mon-Fri: 3 Class Times @ 5:30 / 7:00 / 8:30AM
Saturdays @ 7:00AM
St Peters (248 Mid Rivers Center 63376) in the Olympiad Gymnastics Center
Mon-Fri: 1 Class Time @ 5:30AM
Saturdays @ 8:00AM
Each class is 1 hour and includes a warmup, tabata, circuit training, and cool down stretch. We do not currently offer evening classes.
Bring a towel, a water bottle, and a smile. We'll take care of the rest!
No appointments needed. Try to get there 5-10 minutes early your first day so we can get you acquainted with our program and have you fill out one of our waiver forms.
No, we don't have showers. There are bathrooms available for changing.
If after your first week of classes you're not feeling the St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp vibe, let us know and we'll give you a full refund.
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