I joined Brown’s Boot Camp July 2012 knowing I was way over weight and way out of shape. Now, July 2013 I am 100 scale pounds lighter and way healthier. I still have a ways to go on my journey to fitness, but “WOW”, what a journey it has been. In the past year my life has changed immensely. The only thing that has remained constant has been my quest for a healthier way of life. I say this not to point out the good or bad, but to point out the fact that amongst the chaos life throws at you, fitness and health helps you to deal with it so much better. In this year I have graduated from college, watched my husband’s health decline to where he has been prematurely placed on medical disability, became the primary provider for my family, became a school teacher, lost my mother, and accomplished my first Spartan Run with my 17 year old son. These are the things that immediately come to mind, but if I thought hard I could find a hurdle I jumped every month. Brown’s Boot Camp and the family they create have given me the synergy every month to make it through everything life has thrown at me. Every Mon, Wed, and Fri my instructor Helen Williamson Thoenes leads me and a group of training partners through workouts which help me forget about life for that hour and focus on training. The workouts have given me physical and mental strength to deal with everything life has thrown at me.
One of the most amazing things to me is the faith my instructor Helen and the team have had for me when I did not have the faith in myself. It never ceases to amaze me how we have all learned to pull together as a team and help each other through workouts and life. The cool thing is that Brown’s Boot Camp goes beyond the workout. Helen will take your call during the day if you are having a question or concern and my team mates post on my Facebook wall all the time when they see things they think will interest me. We have become a family in and out of Brown’s Boot Camp. It’s amazing what a person can do when they surround themselves with people who have common goals. We have become a family and help each other in and out of the boot camp environment. You’ll never see that at a gym.
My personal quest started in July 2012. I was exercising and counting calories, but not really losing. Helen told me to keep a food journal and show her. I was staying under 1200 calories, but she told me I needed more protein. I needed to switch carb calories for protein based calories. It wasn’ t really as easy as calories in/calories out. I switched what she recommended and saw better results in August. Sept came and my life was crazy. I opted not to do boot camp and train for something else. Helen called me during this month and asked why I dropped. The accountability was amazing. I blamed it on cash flow, but really – just didn’t know if it was for me. Later that month she called and asked me if I would represent Brown’s Boot Camp in a fitness challenge (Tucson’s Greatest Loser). I don’t know what she saw, but she had faith I could do this. Randy agreed with her recommendation and the two placed me in this competition as their rep. The support I got from the entire team during this six weeks amazed me beyond belief. Their nutritionist taught me how to eat a Paleo life style, all their instructors supported me and offered encouragement. I posted everything I was doing on Facebook as an accountability to the program and it amazed me how many boot camp folks were following me and encouraging. These were people I had never even met! My boot camp buddies were phenomenal in helping me too. Everyone seemed to have faith in me, except myself. It was really an odd thing. I wanted to do the El Tour De Tucson short course (42 mile) ‘cause I didn’t think I could do more than that. This had nothing to do with boot camp, yet my instructor worked it into our workouts and even rode it with me. More amazing is that instructors I didn’t know and the owner of Brown’s Boot Camp were there at the end of the El Tour to congratulate us. This blew my mind. Why would people who really didn’t know me come to see me finish something that meant nothing to them? It was simple; they wanted to support my efforts. Again, they had faith when I didn’t. I blew away the six week challenge and with the help of a damn good instructor and the entire boot camp team, I won by losing 43.4 scale pounds. This was really just the start. Since then, I set a new goal and reached it. I kept doing this every month – setting a goal and attaining it. Some goals have been mental, some have been weight loss, some have been fitness. No matter what they are, my instructor asks and helps push towards it. I’m no one special, Helen does this with every member in our boot camp and I’m fairly confident so does every other instructor. I have gone to other classes and seen the same camaraderie. I see it posted on line through instructors and boot camp members. Every 4 weeks we start a new cycle, and every 4 weeks I keep coming back as so many others do too. It’s an awesome synergy that is created as everyone helps everyone. I don’t know if I’ll ever wrap my head around everything that has happened in the past year, or if I’ll ever get where I want to be, but I know I have improved my chances with the best opportunities by being in Brown’s Boot Camp. I know I will reach physical and mental goals, I know I will have continued success in fitness and if I don’t have continued weight loss, I will redefine the weight I have and get a more fit body. Brown’s Boot Camp works – I’m proof of it, and I will keep coming back because now I can help others help themselves, just as so many others have done for me.
I first came to Brown’s Boot Camp looking for guidance to help me with my goal of losing weight. I received much more. Not only did I lose weight, I have more confidence and my self-esteem has risen much more than I expected. The motivation given to me by Randy and the whole team is a true blessing. Everyone at Brown’s Boot Camp is truly concerned about each other, strives for excellence in health and nutrition and is always there to help one another. Randy Brown helps you achieve your goals with his tenacious consistently and loyalty to you not normally found from the more expensive gym personal trainers! It was a struggle in the beginning, to get going with the exercise, (running), and to follow the diet plan. It is a life style change that works more effectively than diet alone and medical weight loss programs which prescribe you medication that can be very expensive. The changes within me are not only to my benefit, but to those in my life that mean the most, my family. This program has helped me tremendously in many ways to lose weight and change bad habits. Thank you so much.
I had been into anything active all my life until I graduated from college in Dec 2009. Once I moved back with my family, I had lost the motivation to stay healthy and workout. When I did the first workout, I thought I was going to die. I didn’t realize how out of shape I was until I did that first workout. I knew that I couldn’t give up though. As the months went by, I started to feel that not only my body was transforming, but also my mind. Inside I could feel my confidence building and my mind getting stronger. Passing the mental obstacle is the hard part. Once you have that down, the workouts get easier. After 4 months with Brown’s Boot Camp, I have lost 30lbs of body fat and 2.75 inches off my waist. I recommend this program to everyone I meet. Brown’s Boot Camp has changed my life completely.
Don’t think twice about taking your power back. Just do it!
I am a 62 year old retired airline pilot. With a job career like this, it is easy to gain weight because it’s difficult to find time to exercise and eat the right nutrition while on the job. After I retired in December 2011, one of my best friends insisted that I attend Brown’s Boot camp with him. At first, I was skeptical whether I needed a boot camp or just needed to get to the gym more often, but thanks to Rick, I thought I would try it out. I began the 3rd week of January 2012, and after my first day of working out, I was sore and felt like quitting, but I was determined to stay with the program and achieve my goal . I made a commitment to Randy that I would give him 100% effort at each class. Some days were tougher than others, but I stayed the course each week. After 4 weeks, I started seeing results at my weigh-ins. As a 5′ 9″ tall male, I weighed 190 lbs, had 30% body fat, 31% muscle, and a 39″ waistline. What I immediately noticed at the boot camp was the camaraderie and support that everyone in the group had for each other, even for me as the newcomer in the group. Together we worked out hard and supported each other in order to accomplish our own personal goals.
Randy Brown is a qualified, knowledgeable instructor who runs a tight boot camp. You are expected to be there at class on time each and every time, and you are expected to give 100% effort in order to accomplish your personal goal. Randy will let you know if you are doing the exercises wrong, but will also recognize you when you are doing it right. He, along with the other members in the group, will push you to be successful. This is a total TEAM effort, which actually makes accomplishing your personal goal easier. We work out hard, we work out together, and we support each other in the process.
After 10 months of boot camp and with the support of Randy and my team, I am currently down to 160 lbs, 17% body fat, nearly 38% muscle, and I have finally achieved (once again) a 32″ waist line. The last time I had a 32″waist line, I was 25 years old. Oh, by the way, during my fitness test, I was able to run a 7:01 minute mile. If you follow with the proper nutrition and show up each and every time for training, you too can accomplish your own personal goal. If I can accomplish mine at age 61, you certainly can too. This program works. If you want to lose the fat, look better and feel your best, this is the program that will help you get there. The choice is yours. If you decide to join us, all it takes is for YOU to eat the right nutrition, and commit to working out 100% three days a week. Your team will be there to support you all the way. One word of caution: losing weight, looking better, and feeling your very best can be addictive.
FedEx Pilot, Retired
I am a mother of four who is always busy and on the go. For the last fifteen years, I have always put myself last on my very long list of priorities. I felt guilty if I took time for something that was just for me. In October of 2010, I decided to make a fitness goal to “get in shape” once again. I have tried everything under the sun; gyms, women only gyms, infomercials and I even bought my own treadmill for my house. I stuck with none of it! I always made excuses, “I’m too busy”, “my kids need to come first”, or “I’m too out of shape” ….etc.
I went to the doctors and told her I wanted to lose weight and get into shape. She suggested a gym. I had tried so many things and had failed every time. Then a friend of mine told me about Randy, and Brown’s Boot Camp. I was skeptical. I felt so out of shape that I thought, “what did I get myself into!” We had to run (which I had never done), and do sit ups and pushups. I thought that I was going to die! I have never been “in shape” and have struggled with my weight since I was a young teen. I was always the “bigger girl”.
I stuck with it though, and I made it through one class and then another and another. After each class I felt empowered; motivated. I told myself that I was going to do whatever it took, I was going to finish. I was becoming a much stronger person inside and out. I couldn’t believe how much happier I was. I had a positive attitude, even on those mornings when I would rather stay in bed. I was taking control of my fitness goals and believing in myself for the first time in my life. I had finished something that I started and it felt great! I went back to my doctors and she was so impressed with the progress I made, she went and joined that same day!
To date I have lost almost 70 lbs, dropped 8” off my waist, and went from 43% body fat to 25.3%. I am wearing sizes that I haven’t worn in 20 years! I still have long term goals and I am working on them every day. It is awesome to be part of this “family” and supporting each other.
In January, 2010, I took it upon myself to make a change and called Brown’s Boot Camp, not knowing whether or not I could even participate. I explained to Randy that I didn’t know if I could do it due to my health history, but I really wanted to try. I had severe asthma since childhood and was diagnosed several years before with a rare autoimmune disorder, polymyositis. I was put on massive doses of steroids over a two-year period which caused massive weight gain and other nasty side effects. When I finally went into remission, I was not only overweight, but also told by physicians that my muscle tissue may never be the same and I would need to be careful to not over-exert myself. I took this advice to heart because every time I did participate in any type of physical activity, I was not only weak, but in pain. I did lose some of the weight I had put on, but was still 50 lbs heavier. Over the years, I tried different diets, but nothing worked for me.
I remember the very first bootcamp session which was a fit test of 2 mins of push-ups, sit-ups and a mile run. I had never run a mile in my entire life and was terrified. I ran a tenth of a mile, and had to walk the rest of the way. My time was a miserable 18:06. I was embarrassed and felt defeated, but one of the girls in my class walked with me on my last lap around the track and told me, “I know you don’t believe this now, but I promise you, stick with it, and you will see a difference.” I didn’t believe her, of course, but because she took the time to encourage me, I was determined to keep trying. With each fit test, the class would run with me on that last lap encouraging me to finish. By the end of the first month, I actually ran my first mile without stopping and was so happy, I cried tears of joy on my way home!
I also paid attention to the diet, which has become a way of life for me. My results were gradual over time, but I went from a size 14 to a size 0 pant size and have lost 50 lbs of body fat. Also, my best fit test mile is a 9:15 to-date, and because of Brown’s Boot Camp, I fell in love with running! I trained on my own and competed in my first race in July of 2010. Since then, I have competed in 10 races of which 2 were half-marathons. I’m currently training for another half-marathon this summer and plan to train for my first full-marathon by the end of this year.
Brown’s Boot Camp gave me the ability to believe in myself again and realize that the sky is the limit – anything is possible. Mindy has been my trainer since January 2010, and she continues to challenge and inspire me to go above and beyond what I thought I could do. I’m so honored to not only have her as my trainer, but also someone I consider a true friend. What I also love about Brown’s Boot Camp is the team approach – we are there to support and encourage each other in our journey. One of my greatest joys is seeing the success others in my class have achieved, and I can’t tell you what it means to be able to run that last lap with my teammates and telling them, “I know you don’t believe this now, but I promise you, stick with it and you will see a difference.”
Hi…my name is Helen and I’m a Fatty McFat Fat. (Hi Helen…)
For me, being fat is just one symptom of being an addict. Alcoholism is another symptom. I am proud to say that I have 6 and a half years of sobriety. It took me three tries to figure out how to work a program of recovery from alcoholism. My fat-ism has taken much the same path as my alcoholism only with many more repetitions of trying and failing, of repeatedly doing the same thing and expecting a different result. It has been my experience that the only difference between overeating and over-drinking is the substance being abused.
I don’t know what is different about this time, but I am making a concerted effort to figure that out. I don’t want to gain and lose this fifty pounds again. I know it’s not good for my body, but mostly it’s not good for my spirit.
I met Randy Brown at my job. I work for a church and he was making arrangements to use part of our facility to house some of his classes during the frigid Arizona winter months (lol). Something about him spoke to me. Maybe it was what we had in common. Maybe it was what we didn’t have in common. All I knew was I didn’t want to be fat. Randy wasn’t fat. I didn’t want to be out of shape. Randy wasn’t out of shape. I didn’t want to feel ashamed and embarrassed. Randy wasn’t…well, you get the idea.
So, I took the plunge and called Randy. We met. He interviewed me. I showed up for class, and I just kept showing up. That was a year ago. Some months were better than others. My first month I was the biggest loser. My next month, not nearly as good but still going strong. My third month I brought my 17 year old who totally kicked my butt. My fourth month, totally unmemorable. My fifth month, so so for boot camp but I ran a half
marathon. My sixth month I struggled as my job was killing me. My seventh month I got a bit more focused and brought my oldest son with me. My eighth month I brought my best friend and my youngest son and went to boot camp five days a week. I had a big break through that month. My ninth month I only did three weeks but I worked out where I was…a first for being away. My tenth month I was gone a week, still
working out while I was away. My eleventh month I began training for all 109 miles of the El Tour de Tucson. As I am writing this I am beginning to see what might be different about this time. I’m in it for the long haul. It’s about dedication and consistency over time. Doing the right thing over and over and over. Do I always get it right? Uh…NO! I make mistakes. I make excuses. Plenty of both. That’s where Randy comes in. Randy is a great motivator with an incredible story of personal determination and a powerful desire to become something more. Maybe that’s what I saw in him and wanted for myself. And he holds me accountable. (Wow does it suck to get an incoming call at 5:45am that says “Randy Brown”). Brown’s Boot Camp has been life changing. Randy, Mindy and Alicia are awe inspiring. I have a family who I choose to be with every M, W, and F at 5:30am. Not because it’s always fun. Not because I’m a super hero. Not even because Randy is (well, he’s almost one. Have you seen those guns?!?! Now Mindy, I actually believe she might really be a super hero…And Alicia? Well, anyone who lives with Randy is either a super hero OR crazy!) Mostly I keep going because I am becoming something more. And I want to continue. I don’t want to be fat. I don’t want to be lazy. I don’e want to make excuses. I just want to get it done.
If you want that too, let Randy and his big family of followers believe in you until you can believe in yourself again. It’s totally worth all the pain, all the doubt, all the money, all the everything. Totally!
Brown’s Boot Camp Biggest Loser
Certified Personal Trainer
It was August of 2009 and a scheduled doctors appointment brought to light the need to lose weight and get into shape. Over the years, I gained weight and always knew it would catch up with me. I was experiencing the typical symptoms of being overweight, shortness of breath, lack of energy, depressed because clothes fit terribly and list goes on.
I am a very competitive person and felt I could overcome this challenge like every other challenge I have faced and overcome in life. In a nutshell the doctor says, “you must lose at least 30 pounds to avoid serious health issues”. The challenge was on but I didn’t have a plan. I tried to eat a bit better and played some basketball at the park. I lost about 10 pounds on my own but realized that I would not be able to make the progress needed to turn around my health issues on my own.
Randy Brown had spoken to me a few times in the park when I was playing basketball. He pitched his boot camp and the results he could guarantee if I worked the program. Today I tease him about stalking me! I was a prime candidate for his boot camp and he wanted me to lose what looked like a basketball I was carrying under my shirt. My first thought was whether or not I could afford the program and it was obvious I couldn’t afford NOT to sign up. My health and the need to be around for my loved ones who depended on me became a priority. Randy reminds his boot campers that they must take care of themselves before they can take care of anyone else.
I signed up in September 2009 and have not missed a month since I started. I did reach the 30 pounds of weight that the doctor recommended by November 2009 and he was truly astounded at my transformation. Recently I reached the milestone of 40 pounds of body fat lost. I have transformed the way I look and the way people look at me. I am healthier and more physically fit than I’ve been in over 30 years. What I am most proud of is the example I have set and the impact it has had on my family. Today my wife and my daughter both attend Brown’s Boot camp and they have also experienced the positive effects of the program.
The story does not end here, I still have a way to go to get the level of fitness I want to achieve. Along the way, people who I work with have noticed the positive change in my MIND, BODY and SPIRIT and have joined Brown’s Boot Camp. Randy has touched the lives of many people who I interact with each day and all of them feel and look better.
My only regret is that I didn’t find Brown’s Boot Camp sooner.
Thank You Brown’s Boot Camp!
Fleet Maintenance Manager
I was out of work, out of breath, and out of shape. Randy’s Boot Camp helped me get back some of the confidence I used to have before a devastating layoff, feelings of self doubt, and frequent snacking in front of my computer put me back on the path to obesity faster than a lightning bolt hitting the ground. While frantically job searching in a bad economy, I knew I had to take charge of my life and use my free time productively. I could not just sit in front my computer anymore waiting for life to find me, so I went out and found my life starting with Randy’s Boot Camp. At 275, I was easily the heaviest person in boot camp with the most to lose if I finish, and even more to lose if I didn’t. The physical transformation is amazing and well documented throughout the programs frequent progress reports. But the confidence I gained can’t be measured. I can’t tell you how amazing it was on the last day of boot camp to run a mile under 9 minutes, to lose 5 inches on my waist, and Yes count it, having 3 job interviews on the last week followed up by 3 job offers! The confidence was back and all I needed was a well tailored suit, and million dollar smile and a strong hand shake and my interviews went extremely well. I am now employed, I am now in charge, and I got the swagger back in my step and my life.
One Day I walked to the mailbox at the end of my driveway, and I realized that I was out of breath! How could it be? I’m only 60 years young and I used to be in shape; so what happened? Well, what happened in that, not only did I stop being active years ago, but I had packed on 30 lbs. on my 5’1” body! I felt old and depressed, and I looked it too. I thought about joining a gym, but I’ve been there, done that, and I never followed thought due to lack of discipline. At work, I heard some people talking about joining a boot camp. When they asked me to join, I kind of chuckled at the visual. Well, after a lot of coaxing, I said yes, figuring I could quit anytime I thought the going was too tough. When the instructor told us on the first day, “This isn’t band camp, this is boot camp, and if you want it bad enough, you’ll show up to get it.” I wondered what I had gotten myself into! Well, I pushed myself though sheer will, on the first week. Muscles that I didn’t even know I had hurt, but I wouldn’t give up. My instructor wouldn’t let me break; he kept telling me I could do it! Well to make a long story short, I went from not being able to run, or do much of anything else, the first week. By the 2 week, after the pain lessened I felt stronger. By the 3 and 4 week I was keeping up with the rest of the group and asking about the next boot camp! Yes, I joined again. Not only do I have energy to spare, my self esteem and my confidence have soared, due to a loss of 16.4 lbs. of body fat. I’m halfway through my second boot camp and looking forward to the 3rd!
Brown’s Boot Camp Biggest Loser
Hello! My name is Randy, and I used to weigh 274 pounds with about 44% body fat and had to take two breaths to tie each shoe. Yeah, being unhappy was an understatement. Today, I am 193 pounds with about 7.5% body fat and feel like a million bucks. I made a decision to start caring about myself and haven’t looked back ever since.
If it happened to me, it can happen to you. You see, a friend talked me into joining a fitness boot camp with him, and it literally changed my life. I didn’t want to do it at first, but I did. I went through a total and complete transformation. My instructor taught me how to believe in myself again. With a little hard work, dedication, determination, and consistency I became a new man.
The boot camp made such an impact on my life that I decided to make a profession out of it. Now I am able to give back what was freely given to me and make huge differences in people’s lives. I cannot express in words how good it actually feels to see people’s self esteem and confidence levels skyrocket as a direct result of them letting Brown’s Boot Camp help them. Physical fitness is so crucial in living a better quality life, not to mention longevity. Today, I live life to the fullest and have enough energy to do whatever I want (even keeping up with my 2 teenage kids!)
I instruct 3 boot camps in Oro Valley and teach power yoga as well. Maybe you are not as out of shape as I was, but if you are not happy with your level of fitness, Brown’s Boot Camp can and will make a difference in your life if you let them. If you want what they have to offer you gotta come and get it! The people who get what they want in life get it, because they show up to get it! Want some? GET SOME!!!
Founder & Certified Personal Trainer