Getting into shape typically requires a significant lifestyle change, something Gwinnett County Adventure Boot Camp's owner Montrell Wallace knows all about. He had been working as an electrical engineer for nearly four years when he decided to become a fitness instructor. His degree and years of schooling surely made the decision difficult, but he was committed to his passion, ultimately becoming an NSCA-certified personal trainer and an NESTA-certified adventure boot-camp trainer with specialties such as women's weight loss.
At Gwinnett County Adventure Boot Camp, he and his team of supportive coaches secure a fun and noncompetitive environment where students can make significant lifestyle changes of their own. Wallace and company's outdoor boot camps blend core exercises, sprints, jump roping, hiking, and obstacle courses into one constantly changing workout that is designed for all fitness levels. In addition to toning torsos and turning abs into tic-tac-toe boards, they also offer nutritional counseling.
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Personal trainers are also available to work with those who prefer an individualized work out regimen.
Strengthen your body with the rigorous regimen of cross fit.
These kickboxing classes bring fitness to a whole new level, leaving you feeling and looking your best.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
What you will note from the moment you begin your workout is that I am not in the quick-fix business. It takes time to change...change from the inside-out. We will work on your self-image, your eating habits, as well as your physical habits or lack thereof.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
Motivation comes from real examples. We workout together. I am not one of those coaches that stand over you telling you what to do...I workout with you. If they see me doing the exercises, then they know I am in it with them.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I cannot remember a time in my life that I did not do some form of exercise. As I got older I found myself putting on those extra pounds after marriage. Therefore, I started a free workout group to help others achieve their goals and they encouraged me to start my own business. So, here I am.
What do you love most about your job?
I love watching people transform. I love it when they understand why--it is important to be healthy. When you don't feel good, you lack the motivation to do anything. When a client shares with me the slightest change in their body, that makes me happy.
Offbeat exercise gear, a group of friends, and the great outdoors. These are key ingredients in Sweat Atlanta's always-changing, always-challenging boot camp, named Atlanta's best outdoor fitness class in Jezebel Magazine's Best of 2014 issue. Classes incorporate equipment as diverse as weighted sleds, speed parachutes, tires, and combat ropes. Trainer and ubiquitous local fitness personality Nicholas Jacobs is certified in both personal training and group training, letting him fold disciplines such as kickboxing, Pilates, yoga, dance, and circuit training into a high-intensity interval-training format that's adaptable to all fitness levels. "By the end of the workout, you'll have toned all your major muscle groups," Jacobs told the hosts of local TV show The A-List. Aside from boot camps, Sweat Atlanta also offers safe, considerate personal training and fun, high-energy group classes such as Dance Jam.
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