Camper of the Month

April 2017 Renee P.

We are happy to announce our APRIL CAMPER OF THE MONTH is Renee in Palo Alto. Renee has been attending boot camp since the middle of September and has made amazing progress. The winter months can be the hardest on our newer campers, especially with all the rain we had this year! But that didn't stop Renee from coming out to class and getting her workout in. She is one tough cookie! Renee always has a smile on her face and is ready to take on any challenge that's thrown her way. Our 5:30am crew wouldn't be the same without her. Congrats Renee on a well deserved recognition!

March 2017 Debbie Thomas

Debbie was selected as the San Mateo 6:30am COTM because she never gives up, no matter what! She has been dealing with plantar fasciitis for the past few months but she has not let that stop her from coming to class 4-5 days a week! Debbie has worked through her injury by doing low impact and I've provided her with modifications for exercises she cannot do until her foot is healed.

Most people would have stopped coming to class and let a frustrating injury like this defeat them, but not this lady!

Check out what Debbie loves so much about EmpowerFIT and why she's been a camper for almost a decade! This should inspire you to never give up and to find a tribe to be a part of that will motivate you through life's ups and downs.

"I started EmpowerFIT 10 years ago this June (back then it was Bay Area Boot Camp). I just turned 50 and I joined to get stronger physically, lose some weight and just be healthy as I got older. I had done another boot camps before and I love working out outside — so much better than the gym.

I love the people the best. Kelly Scott is the best coach I could ever ask for. She and I started at about the same time and I know that she is the reason that I have stayed with boot camp for 10 years. Her workouts are challenging and always different. I have never been bored!! I love the variety of the equipment (except for the gliding discs — lol) and types of exercises that we do. It is great to know that I can get cardio and strength training every day at boot camp. She is also a great motivator and gives good instruction on proper form throughout the class. I also love all of the friends I've made. Some days when it is hard to get motivated, I still come just because I want to see them. Some of them have been coming as long, or longer, than me. They are great people and a wonderful support group.

I have lost weight several times during boot camp and sometimes gained it back because of work stress. But boot camp always helps me with weight loss when I am eating healthy. I am definitely stronger because of boot camp. I was never a good runner and during my years in class I have been able to get up to running distances of about 8 miles! I could never have done that without EmpowerFIT. Maybe one day I will run a half marathon ;-)

My advice for any newcomers is DON'T GIVE UP!! It seems very hard at first and you are very sore, but give it at least a month for your body to adjust and for you to get addicted to it. You will never regret it!

EmpowerFIT boot camp, Coach Kelly and my fellow campers have been a very important part of my life for the past 10 years. Boot camp has really been a constant throughout that time for me as I have gone through job changes, and happy and sad times in my personal life. I also love how we celebrate life events (weddings, babies, birthdays) with our tribe — and help each other through the hard times. It is more than an exercise class — it is family.

10 years later, I am still doing boot camp most days of the week and I feel good. This is especially important to me because my job has been very stressful for the last 5 years, and I know boot camp has helped me to deal with the stress in a more positive way and still maintain some healthy behaviors."

February 2017 Peggy Prendergast

​Congrats to Peggy, our San Carlos February camper of the month!

Peggy started back up with boot camp a little over a month ago in the San Carlos 6:30am class. We are so excited that she has decided to add EmpowerFIT into her workout regimen!

Here is a little bit about why Coach Janel Halteh picked Peggy:

"I have had the pleasure of knowing Peggy for a couple months now. Although our time together was short, I knew we were going to bond right away. Peggy is someone who brings that competitive and hardworking edge to the 6:30am in San Carlos. No matter what we are transitioning from, she makes sure she's constantly moving, which keeps the others accountable. Her smile and funny sense of humor fits right in with the other campers. She is a great addition and asset to this camp."

January 2017 Amy Wagman

Congratulations to our Palo Alto camper Amy Wagman for being awarded camper of the month for January!

Here is a little bit about why Coach Larissa picked Amy:

"I am proud to say that Amy has been with boot camp longer than I have been coaching (over 5 years). She is an amazing asset to our 6:30am class and it wouldn't be the same without her. Amy always pushes through the toughest workouts and does so with a smile. I remember when I first started coaching how Amy would just be in the zone doing her workout. Now she is a total chatterbox and I have loved seeing her progress over the years. She also just completed an amazing challenge! In 2016 she did 15,000 burpees! Definitely one more reason why she deserves to be recognized as camper of the month!"

December 2016 Debbi Becker

Congratulations to our San Mateo 5:30am camper Debbi Becker for being awarded camper of the month for December! Debbi has been an EmpowerFIT camper for over 5 years! She always shows up with a smile on her face and a positive attitude, yes even at 5:25am! I'm always impressed because Debbi drives from Mountain View to make it to class in San Mateo (that's about a 20 minute drive). You can find Debbi in class 4-5 days a week and if she's not there, I always know who because she keeps herself accountable :)

Check out what Debbi has to say about why she loves boot camp and what's kept her motivated for all this time:

"There are a few reasons why I love boot camp: 1. Coach Kelly is the first and most important reason. Her workouts are hard and although she pushes you to do more than you ever realized you could, she is very encouraging and supportive. All of the coaches are! 2. Every workout is different. I've been doing boot camp for years and we have NEVER repeated a workout. Every day is challenging and keeps you on your toes. As well as being outside. There is nothing better than being outside every day, rain or shine. 3. My fellow boot campers are awesome! We laugh and smile, moan and groan, and get through the workouts together. We hold one another accountable and miss one another when we miss boot camp."

November 2016 Yael Campbell

Congratulations to Yael Campbell from our 5:30am class in San Carlos for being selected Camper of the Month! She is also our very own spartan! She participated in a Super Spartan Race this year and killed it.

Yael Campbell is a great addition to our San Carlos camp and no stranger to our program. Yael been a member since 2012, that's some impressive long term dedication to waking up and w orking at at 5:30am! She is someone who is always accepting any challenge thrown at her and won't step away until it's done. Not only does her hard work ethic motivate others around her to push themselves, her contagious laughter keeps us all going through the class. She is very consistent with her attendance and is always the first person to stretch and take care of her body. We are lucky to have someone who brings so much drive and positivity to our camp.

Here are some words from Yael about her experience with EmpowerFIT:

"I love working out outside and watching the sun come up. Even when it rains, it just makes me feel more badass. I also love the people I work out with. We laugh a lot. I'm in the best shape ever right now. I could never have done the Super Spartan race without my training. Coach Janel Halteh is awesome. She pushes hard but also caters to injuries. Our coaches make sure the workouts are always different and they're never boring."

October 2016 Jennifer Cuthill

Coach Larissa selected Jen to win this award in Palo Alto out of over 20 campers! Here is why Larissa felt Jen was the perfect person for this title in October.

"Congratulations to Jen who was awarded Camper of the Month in Palo Alto for her hard work and incredible dedication to boot camp. Since Jen became a camper she has lost 20 lbs, 2 pant sizes and has maintained that weight loss!

Jen has been nothing but a pleasure to have in class. She is always beyond motivated and I know I will see her rain or shine. The dedication that she has to working out is an inspiration to other campers! We all know that 5:30am is not the easiest hour to get that workout in and Jen always show up to class with a smile and gives it her all. The Palo Alto 5:30am class wouldn't be the same without you, Jen!" — Coach Larissa

Here is a little note from Jen on her experience over the last year and a half.

"I have been with EmpowerFIT Boot Camp since June of 2015, and it has made such a huge difference for me! After moving to California, I was at an all time high in my weight and looking for a workout that would get out of my rut, and help me get healthy again. EmpowerFIT was exactly what I needed. I can’t say enough about the coaches, especially Coach Larissa Causi Milano , Coach Kelly Scott and Coach Janel Halteh .They have all had a hand in motivating me, challenging me, and making me realize I am stronger than I gave myself credit for (Box jumps! Burpees! Decline push-ups!). The campers are pretty awesome too! They are such a fun group that it makes you want to get up and meet them every day for a 5:30 am workout! EmpowerFIT has helped me drop 20 lbs, and 2 pants sizes, and become a much more motivated, healthier version of myself!"

September 2016 Shari Elia

Coach Kelly selected Shari to win this award in San Mateo out of over 40 campers! Here is why Kelly felt Shari was the perfect person for this title in September.

"Congratulations to Shari who was awarded Camper of the Month in San Mateo for her hard work and incredible dedication to boot camp. Since Shari became a campers she has lost over 50 lbs and has maintained that weight loss!

This month is bitter sweet for Shari because she is leaving boot camp after 12 years! She's moving to Nevada City to her dream home and will be greatly missed. Shari comes to boot camp 4-5x's a week unless she's traveling. She always pushes herself in each class and has been a pleasure to work with since I started coaching 9 years ago! This Friday 15 of the SM campers and I will be going out to dinner to say goodbye to Shari and wish her luck in her new home and life adventures. We will be so sad to see her leave her tribe, class will not be the same without her." — Coach Kelly

August 2016 Cagdas Tulek

Coach Joanne Parr and Janel Halteh agreed that Cagdas was the perfect person for the title of August Camper of the Month. Here's what Head Coach Joanne has to say as to why he was selected:

"I am excited to announce our San Carlos camper Cadgas is EmpowerFIT's camper of the month for August.

I met Cagdas back in January when I first joined the EmpowerFIT staff as San Carlos head coach. He had been with boot camp for about 6 months then, and he struggled with shin splints, back pain, and had low endurance. I recommended that he foam roll and stretch daily at home, and to not let it discourage him.

Over the months Cagdas never complained about the workout, and not being able to do something. Even when he was in pain, he shows up to camp and gave it his all. He always has a positive attitude, and shows up to class ready to workout.

Although he has had set back, it was great to see him improve each week! I could see Cagdas getting stronger, faster, and giving one of our fittest campers a run for their money. He did his homework and utilized the lovely foam roller, helping him help himself to improve his back pain and shin splints.

Cagdas is an absolute pleasure to have as part of our San Carlos boot camp family. He is putting in the effort to help himself live a fit and healthy life. The sky is the limit, and I look forward to seeing Cagdas get even stronger!"

July 2016 Alison Cormack

EmpowerFIT will now start celebrating a camper in either Palo Alto, San Mateo, or San Carlos each month! This person will be selected by our coaching staff who has shown outstanding dedication, hard work, and enthusiasm in class! We are excited to announce our first CAMPER OF THE MONTH FOR JULY, Alison Cormack from our Palo Alto location!

Alison has been with boot camp since May 2015. "I will always remember her telling me how much she hated working out and how she finally found it tolerable. As a coach that is a huge compliment and an even bigger one was watching her flourish and get stronger. She always has a positive attitude about the workouts and is always seeing her progress, even if it is small, which is sometimes the most important thing. I can't imagine not having Alison out in Palo Alto and I can't wait to see what the rest of this year holds for her. Alison, thank you for being an awesome camper and a joy to have in class!!", Coach Larissa Causi Milano

Here is a little more information on how Alison views her experience out in class: "I’ve always hated exercise and mornings, so there was some serious laughter at our kitchen table when I announced I was going to try boot camp. But I love being outdoors, needed more cardio exercise, and wanted to add in resistance training so boot camp seemed like the right choice. I started slowly, two days a week for the first month, and often used the partial credit approach (when the coach says give me 20, it’s OK if you only get 15 done!). I really enjoy the other campers’ enthusiasm and I love having the coach in charge of the workout. Strength was not a goal for me, but I have noticed mine improving and I can now do a more challenging yoga practice, which I use to counter-balance boot camp days."

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