Adventure Fitness Boot Camp Testimonials

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“Twenty Days….that’s all it is. I can do anything for twenty days!”

When I started boot camp in June, I was looking for a way to jump-start my fitness for the summer. My commitment to exercise had been lacking. I was distracted by the commitments of life and I couldn’t find a place for exercise. Boot Camp sounded interesting but I had a huge obstacle to overcome. I am NOT a “morning person.” My husband and friends know better than to even look at me until I have had my coffee!! I was a bit worried that 5:30 and I would not get along, but I decided to just try it anyway. It was a twenty-day proposition….I committed to just twenty days.

Well twenty days passed….and then another another twenty day camp, and now as I start my THIRD camp, I thought I’d write you and let you know what has kept this non-“morning person” coming back!

  1. This is the most EFFICIENT work-out I’ve found. Upper body/lower body and cardio all in one shot. No excuses here. You can’t get more done in this short of a time.
  2. The work-out is SAFE. I come home sore, but not injured. The work-out is well designed from day to day to work opposing muscle groups, and we’re encouraged to listen to our bodies and go at our own pace. As a doctor, this is crucial to me. I love that there are alternatives and modifications for participants of all body types or for those who might be recovering from injury. I could safely recommend this program to others.
  3. The results are FAST. I am stronger, leaner, and faster. I saw results in twenty days. My body is far from perfect, but I am better than I was, and I continue to see improvements! I am using weights I never thought I would.
  4. The pace is great and it’s FUN– we move quickly from one thing to the next. My mind remains focused inward on what my body is doing. I feel centered by the end of the hour, and all those nagging life-issues have been put away for a while.
  5. After a week off for vacationing, I now recognize that I FEEL better on the days when I exercise than when I don’t!

I am a busy mom to four small children, and I am a family physician. I know how important exercise is to a healthy lifestyle. Thank you for helping me to put my knowledge into action. Thank you for motivating me with your positive spirit, your humor, and your encouragement.

We are strong women – we can make it happen! Here’s to another twenty days!!

God Bless,

Dr. Rita Girard, MD

“I am in my second session of boot camp at the Blue Ash location. I have to admit that when I signed up for this class I had some serious doubts about it. I have struggled with my weight since I was a senior in high school when I broke my leg and wasn’t able to be as active anymore. To me though, signing up for this wasn’t just about losing weight. It was about getting healthy and active. I am the mother of three small children and I want to set a good example for them, and I was not doing that living the way I was before.

My doubts about boot camp were quickly pushed away after my first class. It was the best thing I have ever done for myself. The class was motivating, fun, challenging, everything I needed to get my life back on track. We have the best trainer in the world, Alicia Spencer! There are not enough great words to describe what she has done for me personally. She not only pushes me to my full potential in exercising, but she is helping me get my eating back in order. She has become more than just a personal trainer to me. She has become a friend I can count on to motivate me when I want to give up. She is Awesome, Awesome!

I am starting to see the results that I was promised would come. I didn’t think that day would ever come for me. I am forever grateful for what the boot camp experience has done for me and for the friends I have made there along the way. I would like to thank Brian for bringing this wonderful program to our city and giving the women in this area the opportunity to get active and healthy in a way that actually works. I want to thank Alicia for everything she does for us at our location in Blue Ash. I look forward to seeing you in class bright and early Monday morning!

Thanks for all you do!” Kelly (aka-KK)


Just wanted to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed Adventure Boot Camp! Thanks for taking on the Blue Ash group. This is my 4th – soon to be 5th – Boot Camp – and I can honestly say I’ve felt a difference with each session. Signing up for my first Boot Camp was a last minute decision, but the best thing I’ve done for myself in a long time. Originally I thought that I’d complete one session to help “kick start” me into working out on a regular basis. As the end of the first session approached, I knew I didn’t want to lose everything that I had gained – increased strength, speed, muscle tone, energy level; eating more consciously and nutritiously. I also didn’t want to gain back everything I had lost – inches, weight and a challenging morning exercise routine I truly enjoyed – which fits into my lifestyle. I also realized that, quite likely, I wouldn’t get up early to workout on my own. Sooooo…I signed up for a 2nd session. At the completion of my 2nd session – in December – I had to buy a smaller size pair of jeans – during the Holidays!!! Boot Camp has been a positive lifestyle change!

It’s nice knowing that each morning you’ll be there, Alicia – wide awake and ready to go! You’ve definitely figured out the indoor-cardio-large-group-workout stuff. You have a way of making it fun, personal and tough! You “mix it up”, give us exercise variations and keep us motivated. I like that the environment is not intimidating. I like the many different music selections – and that you’ll even take requests! The women in our Boot Camp are an assortment of ages and abilities and you accommodate all our various fitness levels! I like that you get to know each person in the class, keeping connected by sending emails. I like the relays and the circuit training stuff. I like that you’re willing to be there 30 minutes earlier because it fits into our schedules – on the “Bonus Wednesday 90 minute Workout Session”. I’ve enjoyed the Indoor Adventure Boot Camp and look forward to the Outdoor Adventure Boot Camp and the mile run in the Spring!

“You get out of it what you put into it!”

Thanks for everything Alicia! Your positive attitude at 5:30am, your enthusiasm and dedication to fitness!

See you in the morning!

Betsy (age 47 and counting backwards)


Your energy, enthusiasm and smiles first thing in the morning really get my days off to a great start! I really feel a big difference in my mood on the days I miss camp. Thanks to Brian and you for helping to make some big changes in my lifestyle. See ya tomorrow. Barb

Hey Brian,

I really am enjoying the boot camp. I was so thrilled today that my run around the building was 40 seconds faster than Monday. A small victory, but a victory none the less! Tomorrow I’ll be even faster. I have already debated signing up for next month. I know from conversations over Crossroads coffee this morning several people love the class, not for the exercises but the great instructor we have. You really know how to motivate me (and so did my body fat number yesterday!)

Hope your having a great Wednesday!

Maribeth Grattan

Hello Brian,

I just had to write you a note to let you know how much I appreciate your program and how much it has meant to me.

About six months ago, I cleaned my closet and packed up clothes that I never thought I would fit into again. I considered donating them to Goodwill or Dress for Success but decided to put them in the attic “just in case” and so that I would not have a constant reminder of how much weight I had gained.

Yesterday, I lead a training session in one of my favorite suits. I had to wear a belt to hold my pants up! This morning, I went to put on another pair of pants and realized that I looked like a clown. They were swimming on me. I went up to my attic and found that my “just in case” clothes fit! They may not be in style anymore – but I could not be more proud to wear these pants.

I am so excited!

Thanks for your help!

Hi Brian.

Just wanted to say that I think you do a great job with all of us. As we near the end of our first week I have noticed a few good things in myself. I could never jog more than a few yards before getting winded and having pain in my legs. The first day was like that for me but I pushed a little past my windedness and discomfort before falling back to a fast walk. The second day I pushed a little more before walking and I tried throwing in a short jog once in a while during my fast walking too. Same thing Wednesday and today. I may never reach the point where I can job continuously but I noticed it is taking longer for me to feel winded now as I mostly walk with little jogs here and there. This pleases me. I am aware of how weak I am in the upper body, especially my arms. But I am happy that I can use the 5-lb. weights more easily with some of the exercises. With the standing dumb-bell kick-backs the 5 lbs. feels like a ton so I will bring my 3-lb. weights just for those types for now. I feel good about how I am doing so far and I am not being too hard on myself. I realize I haven’t exercised in a challenging way for years and I am 53 years old too.

I stopped the Adkins diet the very night of your telephone seminar and I am eating the healthy foods in the quantities and the times that you recommended. It’s easy and probably the way God intended us to eat. I am glad I signed up for your boot camp and it feels good knowing that I am becoming a little stronger and a lot healthier. Thanks again Brian. Have a wonderful day. Michelle Wullkotte

Hi Brian- Thanks for one of the best days of my life. I know it will reflect change. I had a ball at boot camp this morning!


“I want to scream it from the mountain tops!! Brian Calkins is the greatest trainer in the world!!! I am wearing a pair of jeans I haven’t worn in 2 years!!! And I am not squished into them. They really fit!!! I am a true believer!!!”

-Sue Burrows – Madeira City Schools

Boot Camp For Women

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What is the Blue Ash / Mason Adventure Boot Camp for Women?
A four-week outdoor program of fitness instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training. You will be inspired and have fun while participating in a fantastic workout led by Adventure Fitness Trainer, Leigh Smith. Each day, camp will be one hour in length starting at 5:30 am.

What if I’m not very physically fit?
NOBODY will be left behind or asked to complete more than they are capable of doing safely. Nor will anybody go home unchallenged! Women of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Each day will slightly increase in intensity. You will inspire and be inspired by others.

Where is the location we will meet?
Please see our calendar page for location information.

How often will we meet?
Participants will meet every Monday through Friday for one hour during the four-week program. All participants will be expected to arrive on time. Camp starts at 5:30 AM.

When does the next Adventure Boot Camp Start?
See our annual calendar.

What do I need to bring?
An exercise mat, small hand weights (5-8 lbs.), water bottle, running shoes, and a sense of adventure. You can purchase hand weights at Exercise & Leisure where Brian has arranged for a 10% discount for boot campers. You will be given details prior to the start of camp.

What can I achieve from camp?
Your body will become more fit and toned, and you will gain more confidence making a dramatic improvement in your physical well-being. The camp program includes exercises designed to firm your butt and thighs, flatten your stomach, reduce body fat and increase stamina. By losing fat and gaining muscle, you’ll lose inches and gain strength while looking and feeling better. Also, you’ll meet great people who share in the same vision of striving to reach their goals for a healthier mind and body. You’ll receive a FREE 90 minute nutrition seminar and Adventure Boot Camp T-Shirt.

Why should I participate?
You will make a dramatic improvement in your physical and mental well-being. In addition, you will meet great people who share your same passion for acquiring a more healthy body and mind. You will be finished with your training before the rest of the world has even gotten started!

What is the cost (investment in myself)?
Each four-week boot camp has a registration fee of $299. That’s twenty hours of instruction! It averages out to just $14.95 per hour. Where else can you get premiere or cutting edge fitness instruction for that incredible price? Brian charges $75 to $110 per hour for personal training services – this is a great opportunity to receive motivating fitness instruction by an award winning certified personal trainer with years of experience, for just a fraction of the cost.

Other options:
You can also choose to come three days per week for a discount of $80. Total cost is just $219. Note: Even greater results occur when you enroll in the full 5-day per week program. We are now accepting pre-registration for the next camp. You will get your pre-camp evaluation by your coach prior to the start of camp. Once we receive your registration you will be notified to make an appointment.

What Blue Ash / Mason Women’s Adventure Boot Camp is Not:
An in your face style & format where you will be humiliated or a competitive environment where you will be pushed beyond your abilities. Rather, this is a friendly, fun environment where everyone works to the best of their ability. Brian has a warm, fun and motivating style and approach that delivers fitness results. You have everything to gain by joining. You deserve to be in the body of your dreams and this program will get you there.

What you can expect:

One hour a day for 4 weeks
Monday through Friday 5:30 AM
Spaces fill quickly for this unique experience!
Registration is just $299. That's only $14.95 per session for a 4 week camp
(or $219 for a three-day-per-week program)

Expected results when you complete camp are:

3-5% reduction in body fat,
greatly improved posture,
better relaxation,
5-12 pounds of weight loss,
1-3 inch decrease in the midsection,
25% improvement in endurance,
25% increase in strength,
and 100% gain in self-confidence.

*Do you need to be held accountable?
*Do you need motivation?
*Would you like to meet fun people?
If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, Boot Camp is for you!


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Blue Ash / Mason Adventure Boot Camp Common Questions
What is the sign-up process?
Go to the Registration Page and fill out the form. After filling out the registration form, please follow the payment instructions, we accept cash, check or you can also pay secure online via credit card. Once we’ve received your registration information, we’ll follow up with your welcome email, camp forms and contact you to schedule your pre-camp evaluation.

What is the Pre Camp Evaluation?
The Pre-Camp Evaluation includes the following:
1. We will give you an introduction to Boot Camp and answer any questions you may have. We will also review your medical history.
2. We will take a few simple measurements to see where you are prior to beginning camp. We don’t care what the measurements show. It’s strictly for a post-camp comparison. These numbers and all other information will be held in the strictest confidence.
3. We will record your weight and measure your body fat percentage. Again, the numbers don’t matter. We just want to be able to measure your improvement. Don’t be surprised if you see a 3-8% reduction in your body fat over the four weeks!
4. You will receive your Welcome Packet and Boot Camp T-shirt.
5. See you at camp!

What do I need to bring to camp?
You will need to bring one set of 5-8 lb. hand weights and any type of exercise mat. You will also want to bring water to keep yourself hydrated during camp. Optional items are a towel to dry off with and gloves or mittens in the winter. Dress in a layered fashion…even if it is chilly, you will get warm very fast!

What if I sign up for the three day plan and then want to do more days of the camp?
After starting camp, many women realize how fun and convenient it is so they request to sign up for more days. In addition, they realize that the more days they attend camp the greater the results. In these situations, you will simply be pro-rated from the point you decide to join us for more days.

Will I be sore sometimes?
Most people feel some soreness for the first 2-3 days. After that point, it is slight to moderate. It’s part of the process that lets you improve!

What kinds of people go to camp?
They are people just like you. Someone who needs a little push to jump-start their fitness and wellness program. Some exercise experience is needed to ensure your safety and a better flow of class.

Is there a refund policy?
If you are unable to attend camp due to circumstances out of your control, we can offer you a refund if you notify us prior to your session start date; however we will charge a $50.00 cancellation fee. If we are notified after your session begins, we can only give you a credit towards another boot camp. This credit is nontransferable. There is no cash refund. This is not negotiable.

What is a typical day like at camp?
That’s difficult to say since each day is intentionally different to alleviate boredom. You can expect some light running, weight training, obstacle courses, core training and jumping rope each week. On special days, you will go hiking. It’s always an adventure, and you’ll always have fun! We teach you a great deal about proper form and “core stability,” and nutrition to reach your goals.

I’m not sure I can find the time to make it to boot camp so early in the morning. I have kids, I have to get my spouse off to work, I work till late at night and the list goes on and on. Any advice?
You can give yourself 100 reasons why you can’t make 5:30AM boot camp. The reality is there’s about 1000 reasons why it absolutely CAN be done and why it will be the best thing you’ve EVER done for your mental and physical health. Once you make YOURSELF the first priority on your “to do list” — everything else will fall into place. 

How soon will I see results?
Performance improvement can take place in as little as three days. “Visual Improvement” can take from two to four weeks depending on your effort level. It’s becoming common to see a camper go down 1-2 dresses sizes within the first camp. Remember, everyone is different!

What will I do after camp is over?
You can get re-measured and tested to show your progress and success in the program. Many (up to 80%) of the campers return for a second and even third camp.

Money Back Guarantee – Brian Calkins is so confident that his Adventure Boot Camp delivers results that he offers a 100% money back guarantee. Brian is the only trainer and Adventure Boot Camp is the only camp in Mason to make such an offer. Brian does not want any doubts to stand in the way of becoming your absolute physical best. This program is guaranteed. If you show up for the before and after assessments, all 20 boot camp sessions and follow the nutritional guidelines, yet do not see physical improvements, Brian will cheerfully refund your money, no questions asked. You have nothing to lose except unwanted fat.