Unlike many boot camps, the instructors at Make It Count Bootcamp are genuine military veterans, using their expertise from the service to create high-intensity workouts for visitors of all fitness levels. Participants take part in cardiovascular drills that challenge each individual to do their personal best, cheered on to success by their fellow group members.
When meeting Frank Tatulinski for the first time, most people probably wouldn't peg him as a Zumba enthusiast. His muscles bespeak a grittier story, encompassing 30 years of martial-arts experience and 14 years of service in the army. As a competitive bodybuilder and powerlifter, he broke multiple world records for his division—but he needed a workout to keep his body active during the off-season, when barbells return to their racks to hibernate. After his first few Zumba classes, he was hooked.
Frank founded BFFitness to motivate student groups of all ages and backgrounds with the celebratory dance workouts he loves. The BFF in his company's name stands for Bernie (his wife) and Frank, and also for Best Friends Forever, a nod to the communal atmosphere he fosters during each session.
Frank Tatulinski wears many hats?he's a personal trainer, licensed Zumba fitness instructor, and certified Swedish-massage practitioner. Frank worked purely in the fitness realm for a long time where he saw many clients struggle with postworkout soreness. Then, his wife was diagnosed with lupus, and he wanted to help her deal with the resulting pain. The answer to both issues was massage therapy. Today, Frank puts his skills to work relieving clients' pain and stress. However, he still teaches fitness classes. He offers a wide range of Zumba classes, including the traditional dance-inspired classes, Zumba for kids, and Aqua Zumba, which takes place a pool to the tune of Latin oceans.