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

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