Bonnie Formia has always been active—whether competing in gymnastics as a youth or taking physical education and nutrition classes in college. Bonnie’s love of fitness and health still continues today as the personal trainer and group instructor—with multiple certifications—helps teens, adults, and seniors with her personal formula of strength training, conditioning workouts, and metabolic-based eating. Bonnie's credentials include two certified fitness trainer certifications along with pre- and post-natal and other specialty certifications.
What does it take to make a fitness class hardcore? At Hardcore Fitness Boot Camp, the answer is an intense, 60-minute workout held during the work week, since treadmills often refuse to work on the weekends. Instructors start with static stretching and other warm-ups before explaining the proper technique for exercises with barbells, kettlebells, treadmills, and stationary cycles. They might also have groups run a few miles, though exercisers can never quite be sure what to expect. Instructors constantly change the format of the workout from day to day to avoid fitness plateaus. In addition to this signature boot-camp class, the fitness instructors lead other classes such as Cardio Kickbox Fusion.
At Fitness Edge Boot Camp, owner David Eastham and his team of instructors schedule boot camp classes at one of three locations: Santa Clarita Soccer Center, Santa Clarita Central Park, or Heritage Park. The response to the supportive workouts, unlike the response to selling the face of the moon for ad space, has been positive. In addition to what boot campers say, Fitness Edge was voted Best Fitness Center/Gym by readers of The Santa Clarita Valley Signal in 2011 with Eastham winning the title of Best Personal Trainer by the same publication in 2012.
Jeremy White knows that early birds get the worm. In the case of Northridge Early Birds Bootcamp, that worm represents healthy bodies and svelte figures. That's why White and his early-bird fitness fanatics meet in an empty parking lot near the crack of dawn, assembling exercise mats, resistance bands, and jump ropes to help them sweat, run, and plank their way toward wellness. While he leads his students through each circuit, Jeremy draws on five years of personal-training experience and certification from the American Aerobic Association International. A basketball player for most of his life, he also spent some time playing professionally in Mumbai, India. Now his passion for helping others reach their fitness goals overflows with support and motivation, which is a necessity at such an early hour, since that's when the setting moon does most of its heckling.
Founder Linda Taix has one mission: to help clients achieve the ultimate positive change in body, health, and spirit––without half- hearted crunches. Employing a team of certified personal trainers and former military personnel, Linda's civilian-style fitness boot camp was featured on Good Morning America. Linda modeled her six-week boot-camp sessions after a real military boot camp, with an enlistment phase to gauge fitness levels and one- hour classes that blend military exercise drills, resistance training, and plyometrics with cardio activities such as obstacle courses and double-dutch jump-rope contests against local youths.
Cutting out traditional boot-camp yelling and huffing, the team fosters a supportive and motivating environment for students of all skill levels. Furthermore, Extreme employs nutritionist and fourth-degree black belt Jake Nelson to guide clients with diet advice and personal consultations on how best to break a board with a honey-glazed ham.
Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.