I really enjoyed every day of Boot Camp! Coach Catherine did a great job of consistently pushing me to give it my all. Those 3 weeks really made a difference in my energy levels, overall strength and endurance. Thanks coaches, I appreciate it!!

- K.A.

I have taken a few of the free sessions in the past, this was my first 3wk boot camp. MABC has been and continues to be the most challenging (in a good way) workout program I have done!

- L.K.

Just a quick note of thanks for all you did in our last week of camp to push us through. You are one of the most inspiring people I have worked with and I truly admire the passion you bring to the field daily. We all pushed harder because we knew how much you cared about our success; the encouragement on the stairs, the correction to our form and the extra push every day! When someone calls you by name, tells you to keep moving, you just don't want to let them down.

You are a difference maker and have an incredible gift. You are correct, I can hold the plank a lot longer than I did yesterday but need to set my mental goal higher. I plan to redeem myself:) in the July camp and at that time, prior to assessment, I will seek you out to establish my mental goals. Once I put something in my head, I quit as soon as soon as I reach it....so it looks like I need loftier goals.

- L.M.

Just want to let you know I am feeling MUCH better (knees especially!) and I/m sure camp has a lot to do with it. Before I started I didn't think I could run and even though I'm not running a lot, it's more than I have for the past 6-8 years. It feels like the activities are getting easier but I assume that's because my strength and endurance are increasing, so I just need to continue to push and make it harder. You guys have been doing a great job and I like the way you have been mixing it up and incorporating the partners and teams into the workouts this session. Keep up the good work! I'm really getting into the routine and don't like it when I have to miss one of my days (but I do like the flexibility of the 4/day a week camp so I can have one day a week to "sleep in"!)

Thanks again for your inspiration and I'm really glad I made the decision to join up. It's really making a difference!
- N.M.

My feedback.... I LOVE bootcamp! I can definately see the results and
find it a great way to start the day.

- K.B.

Ok, I am a silent blog watcher but today is my day to change that. When I started this boot camp adventure 4 weeks ago I thought I was way out of my element and that I was allergic to exercise. Just to give you a bit of insight into my experience the first day I changed my diet, stopped drinking caffeinated drinks and got up at 4:15 to get to Bradford Beach by 5:30. I watched previous campers run circles around me and thought I am so not at their level. It was ok because they all encouraged me and I made it through. So thought... by noon that day I had the worst migraine headache I had ever had in my life. I drove home from work only to stop 8 times on a ten-mile trip to get physically sick. I was happy to spend the remainder of the day flat out on the couch. I thought I was going to die!!!! Then Tuesday came, yes before I knew what was all involved I had signed up for the 4-day camp. I found myself at the public for the mega leg workout. Yes I was sore. After Wednesday's GEWN's class on LEGS!!!!! I was unable to walk, sit down to use the bathroom or climb the stairs to my second story bedroom. Then came the fitness test.... I don't think I have run any distance since I was in 4th grade in 1970. I walked more than I ran but finished in 14:18, pushups: 21 sit-ups 38 and the dreaded plank hold 45 seconds (the first of the GE women to drop that day). Everyday I would call my sister on the way home and laugh about how sore I was and she would say she was proud of me for doing this. At the end of week one my goal for camp was just to make it through the four weeks alive, nothing more.

Monday of week two began by me thinking what could be worse than week one. That was the day that I got introduced to St. Mary's hill and what the power of encouragement from your fellow campmates could do. As I was scaling the stairs for the second time and out severely out of breathe I began to hear other campers encouraging me. On that final decent I looked up and saw all of the other campers already finished and heard "You are doing great", "You’re almost there", and "You can do it". From that moment on I new I would make it to the end of camp and grow stronger as a result. By the end of week two my husband was laughing with me and was in disbelief when I said " I am kind of said I don't have camp on Friday".

So here we are the end of week four. I am stronger physically and mentally. I feel GREAT. My final tests showed more improvement than I thought possible. I improved. 3.05 mins in the mile (running more than I walked), 15 sit ups, 14 push-ups and 3.13 mins in the plank hold. I couldn’t have done this without all of your encouragement. I have been inspired enough to sign up for the next boot camp... who would have thought that 4 weeks ago. I owe the GE Women a huge debit of gratitude. So from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!

- F.A. (Corporate Camp)

My wife has really enjoyed her first session of boot camp. I've been active in running and biking for quite some time. Your program really seemed to get her excited about both the exercise and the eating and mental aspect of a health lifestyle vs. something that is just done 1 hour in the morning. Glad to see programs out there that support this! We are both pharmacists and often times see more of what happens when a healthy lifestyle is abandoned. I'm for putting Adventure BootCamp on our National Healthcare Plan! lol

- D.G.

I just wanted to let you all know what a great job Amy is doing with us at the MWF 8:45 class. This camp is the best thing I am doing right now. He class is challenging, she is hard on us, but just a giant dose of positive energy!! I can tell she really puts a lot of time in class preparation. I leave each class with such a great amount of energy and feeling quite good about myself:) So many people (including my previous fitness instructor) have asked me why I like this camp? What do I like about it? How is it different? It is so hard to explain unless you go, but one thing I do know is that the group support makes a huge difference. You guys have a great thing going on and although we miss Coach Catherine, Amy has been just amazing - we all love her!
- M.P.

I just wanted to give you guys a great big thank you! I really love boot camp. It has become an addiction for my husband and I, and probably one of the best things that has happened for us. It is so great that it is a workout that my husband and I can do together. It’s a special combination of motivational instruction that you guys provide that make it such a positive experience for both of us.
- K.A.


I have just finished my first Boot Camp. I started Boot Camp with a lot of trepidation and concern. How would I an out-of-shape 60 year old adapt to something called “Boot Camp”? Would I have a heart attack? Would I fit in or are there only nubile little nymphs sweating in out?

It has been amazing, I have connected with a dozen like-minded women, who have welcomed and encouraged me within my first Boot Camp. Amy, our instructor, has challenged me, encouraged me and assisted in building my confidence. In 3 short weeks, I have lost 5 ½ pounds, 2 inches off my hips and a dozen new friends to help me with my fitness journey. If you are thinking of joining, we would all welcome you with open arms and kindness. Be prepared to sweat a bit, challenge yourself, and to make new friends.

My journey has just begun; I have more pounds and a few more inches to remove before I will feel fit. I am on the road to a healthier and fit me along with my fellow campers."

- L.B.

"Hi Coaches!, 
I would like to let you know how much I have enjoyed this (my 2nd) session of bootcamp. The use of biomechanics and circuits have proven to be the most beneficial of workouts (for MY body).

At the beginning of this session (the first week, I wasn't quite sure where we were going with the daily camps; I wasn't having as much pain or feeling that individual sessions were particularly challenging in comparison to the 1st session). But I noticed immediate results??! How does this happen...BIOMECHANICS poured into the mix!

All this to say, that the variety of challenges/workouts and the combination of cardio and muscle use has been fabulous. I am fitting jeans (straight from the dryer) that I have been unable to wear in a couple years. And I have balance! Most people may take their balance for granted, but my balance was so off 10 weeks ago that the bottom of my left foot was in constant pain and my ankle was swollen.

Thank you BIOMECHANICS. And thank you Coach Catherine and Coach Julie."

- B.J.

"This was my first boot camp and I will definitely be a repeat camper! The entire program was fantastic. I appreciate your professionalism and organization. Your positive attitude is contagious! Thank you again for a great fitness month!"

- M.H.

"Thanks SO much for a wonderful bootcamp experience the last few months and for the consult, grocery tour and plan...My life has changed for the better due to ALL of this!!!"

- K.S.

"I just wanted to thank you all again for this past four weeks. I have never done anything like this before...never thought I could.I have to just say a few things to you all because I think it is important for you to know what an affect you have had on my life! A week into boot camp I split with my partner of 8 years. I felt like I wanted to curl up in a ball and sleep my life away.....wallow in my self pity. Although, I have had no official place to call home for the last 3 weeks I still came to boot camp every day! In so many ways it is what kept me from wallowing and feeling sorry for myself. Not only did it keep me from feeling sorry for myself but it actually helped me pick myself up and keep on going.....exceeding my expectations and making me feel like "I can do anything".

I know now...that I CAN do anything and in fact this confidence is what was lacking in my relationship. My lack of confidence was getting in the way of so many things....things I thought I couldn't do....things that I now know are not half as hard as boot camp was. I have read many books on self esteem and improving confidence but nothing has affected me the way you all have. I hope this doesn't sound too corny because I feel so strongly about what has happened to me. The transformation is intense. It will probably be a bit before I see you all again but I have no doubt that I will be back for more very soon. I plan to check out your new facilities and get busy on my workout plan that I have been putting off for so many year but now I finally have the tools to make it a reality.
Thank you again... my cup runneth over"

- T.B.

"It's amazing how fast a year goes, but what's more amazing is what I have been able to accomplish this past year with your help. I set out in January, hoping to lose a few pounds and get more physically fit. What I got out of this year was far more!

1 - I enjoy running - who knew?
2 - I have a better body now than I had before I had kids - who knew?
3 - I have a new group of friends who enjoy working out as much as I do - who knew?
4 - I've received so many compliments and have been called "skinny" for the first time since I was 14 - seriously, who knew?

I got hooked on BC in January, and I'm still hooked! I truly enjoy camp, you make it fun; I absolutely love the results, and I'm eternally grateful to you!!! You pour your heart into what you do and you are changing lives. You have changed mine for the better and I when I look back at our first pre-camp/post-camp assessment and see how far we have come, I have come, you have come...well, it's been a GREAT year! Thanks for committing to "your passion" in 2010; your commitment helped me fulfill mine!!"

-T. F.

"I just wanted to let you know that I was hoping to take 7 minutes off of my previous half-marathon time today when I ran in Chicago, but I actually took 20 minutes off!!! I finished in 1:47 23!! I really think that my speed and endurance improved so much because of boot camp :) Thank you so much for everything!"


"Thanks for a great workout today! As a first-time Boot Camper, I wasn't sure what to expect, but today's class exceeded my expectations. I have a much clearer sense of my "strengths and weaknesses" (in a very literal sense!!), and I actually was proud of myself for jumping over the hurdles (and liking it) and jumping rope, both of which I haven't done in years. I'm already looking forward to tomorrow's class "

- M.S.

"I really liked all of the coaches – they pushed me and everyone to work, and they all had great/fitting personalities! I liked knowing that I was challenging myself and forcing myself to work-out on a daily basis. I liked the variety of the work-outs and exercises – and learning new exercises/techniques/tips!"

- K.C.

"I have been a rock climber now for 6 months and you use different muscles you don't use every day. I've sadly not climbed for the past month or so and once you stop climbing for a while you lose all your muscle strength and literally have to start all over again. I experienced this last January and it took me two months to get back into it without working out or any daily exercise. But since I've joined your boot camp I am proud to say after a month of no climbing I kicked serious but on the wall! Even my brother, who I climb with, noticed that I have toned my body and am able to grab onto holds that are much crimpier (where you need to use forearm muscles) and my endurance has improved dramatically!

I have read so many workout books and diet books and I never wanted to do any of them because first of all the diet books are all about not eating! and the workout books did not interest me one bit. But the nutrition guidelines and workouts we campers do are fun and push you with a confidence to improve a healthier lifestyle. I completely agree with Catherine that your body doesn't improve with repetitive workouts--you need change and to keep your body guessing everyday with what workout you'll be doing. One day it may be cardio, the next solely working your upper strength, and the next working the abdominals and legs. Also the nutrition packet we follow is amazing. It's all about the portions you eat and especially what you’re eating.

I am doing the 6:45 am boot camp at Bradford Beach and let me tell you I am NOT a morning person and my friends and family know this. But once I started this camp (crazy as it sounds) I love waking up early now. I start the day feeling refreshed and a bit sore, but that's okay because I know then that I worked my muscles and I am one more step ahead to meeting my goals."

- G.A.

"With gratitude I write this testament to Catherine to share with others.  I want to thank her for giving me a new lease on life.  Approximately one year ago, Milwaukee radio station, B93, ran a promotion for Milwaukee Adventure Boot Camp with a grand prize of a one year membership.  As the lucky recipient, I would like to share the benefits of my boot camp workouts. 

Workouts are challenging but never boring and each session allows you to get an aerobic and strength training workout.  During the one hour session, you will burn a substantial number of calories due to the intensity of the workout.

I have found the camp workout to build confidence which has carried over to all aspects of my life. The coaches inspired me with encouragement to go the extra step, without using intimidation tactics.  Fellow campers and coaches have been exhilarating the entire year.  I found it to be well worth venturing out at 5:30am during the bitter cold of January and February knowing my new friends would be there to encourage me. I was never uncomfortable or discouraged by anyone for not being a "runner" - speed walking is not looked down upon and you truly are treated as part of the team.

I encourage all to challenge yourself by taking your mind and body to its limit. As you work, you sweat and, best of all, you burn calories like crazy. If done regularly, results are almost guaranteed. I have observed campers change their bodies dramatically, some in as little as two months.   Their entire shape changes and seeing their new glow is inspiring.

Catherine, from the bottom of my heart I thank you.  It has been a pleasure working with you, Julie, and Amy. You truly do have the BEST program and campers. The workouts are AWESOME.I am grateful for the one year experience of attending the Milwaukee Adventure Boot Camp.

(Now I must get moving - what am I waiting for? If not now, when? Where the mind goes the body will follow.( see I did listen)

- J.S.

“The challenge of doing the best that I can, being motivated, encouraged by others, trying new exercises, learning new exercises, reminders about nutrition, classes were different every day, I never became bored.  I liked learning what certain exercises did for my body.  Klode Park is a great place to hold the camp: the hill, path, stairs… perfect setting.”

- A.K.

"I just wanted to let you know how awesome I thought boot camp was today. It is great to see improvements with each fitness test that passes. I was able to improve on every test that we did. When I see these improvements it gives me the confidence to push myself more. I know that on Monday I'll be using the 10 lbs weights. I like how fast these past few boot camps have flown by. I'm looking forward to the next 3 weeks. "


"I just wanted to jot a quick note to say how great I'm feeling in week 3 of the Bradford Beach Boot Camp. Today's yoga was wonderful and I can feel the glow carrying into my day. I feel great every morning after I have run longer or done more mountain climbers that I think I can do. I may be one of the last ones to finish a running event but I finish. 

I just registered for the August camp and I am looking forward to keeping this positive momentum going. You advised me the other day to just feel the difference in my clothes, rather than focus on the scale or my BMI and I wanted to let you know that I pulled out a pair of pants that have been feeling tight and I am wearing them comfortably today...feels great. I'm really enjoying the experience!"


"I wanted to tell you thank you for the past couple of months. This is the best I have felt in a long time. When I was living in California , I also participated in a Boot Camp there. While I liked the trainer a lot, I have gained more muscle and increased my endurance much more with your camp! So, thank you again!"


"I wanted to take a quick moment to write to you before the end of the camp. It has been a treat to be part of boot camp and a precious time I have shared with my two dear friends... It is a memory of Milwaukee , and a memory of my friendships that I will never forget. With my move ... quickly approaching, I believe much of the reason I have remained calm about the transition is having boot camp under my belt each day to proudly look back on.  

What you give campers is more than just a healthy workout; you have given us each a renewed perspective on life, a confidence to do what we might otherwise find impossible, and an overall sense of calmness to tackle life's challenges. Ironically, I was ...saying... this morning that I attribute the confidence I have in talking to a new love flame and being proud to just be me, is in thanks to boot camp. 

It has been an awesome experience. You truly have a gift for lifting people up and I am thankful for the time I have spent in camp learning from you. I am thankful for all you have given me---which goes far beyond the physical workout."



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