When I joined Browns Boot Camp (BBC) and began Browns Boot Camp Flexible Eating (BBCFE), all I wanted to do was lose 13-15 lbs. Five months later when I celebrated my 72nd birthday, I realized that I was experiencing gains and benefits I had never dreamed possible. Not only did I weigh less, but I was stronger, leaner, healthier and more mentally prepared to face the challenges of each day.
In five months I have lost 18 lbs, trimmed off 8% body fat, and whittled away 6.75 inches around my waist. My body muscle percentage has increased almost 4%. I have made many new friends, have a special BBC family who is always there for me no matter what, and have personally reconnected with myself during our readings at the beginning of each camp and during our personal reflection moments following the workout. I have fed my body nutritious and plentiful food. My annual physical about midway into the program revealed major improvements in my cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, allowing me to continue on my medication-free journey, which at my age is quite significant. My bone density has improved without any help from medication.
I have been an active adult for most of the last 45 years. My activities involved walking, running, bicycling, racquet sports, weightlifting, aerobics, and hiking, but something was always missing; consistency. My life was like a yo-yo…..up and down with diets, workouts, and weight issues. Now, for the first time, I believe I have found a program that provides the balance and accountability that I need to stay consistent. I look forward to my workouts with my teammates and my interaction with the coaches at BBC. They keep me accountable. My boot camp workouts are as important as any other appointment I have during the day….maybe even more so! What can be more important than investing in myself to be the healthiest I can be? A healthy me simply means that I can truly live in the moment. Therefore, I can enjoy myself, my family, and my friends to the fullest. That is huge; life is precious!
Previous diets that I have been on never left me satisfied; many times I felt like I was being deprived and that my body was not getting the fuel that it needed to work efficiently. And it wasn’t!! Well, not so with BBCFE! Rather than eating greens three or four times a day, I am now eating a healthy balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. I can count on my fingers of one hand the amount of times I have been hungry! In fact, when I first started on BBCFE, I wondered how I could possibly eat as much food as my nutrition coach wanted me to eat! I was a bit skeptical at first, but the results speak for themselves. It has been an amazing journey with this nutrition plan. My body is truly being transformed and I am a “new me.” I cannot imagine life without my food scale! Knowing exactly how much is going into my mouth provides a tremendous amount of security!
In the past, there were many endings and beginnings with my diets and workouts. With BBC and BBCFE I envision a future with a continuous line of balance and accountability. Do you know how secure this makes me feel? It is huge! I know my boot camp coaches, Carie and Randy, will never let me down. They will always be there, inspiring me to be the very best that I can be. I know that my team will always be there, giving me positive support and encouragement. I know that my nutrition coach, Alfred, will be there to oversee my nutrition plan, ensuring that my body is getting the fuel that it needs to hum along at an efficient pace.
Before I complete this testimonial, I want to address an important issue about the photographs shown. Do you wonder why the “before” photo does not show my head? Well, it is painful to admit how I felt at the time this photo was taken, but I will proceed to share this with you. Perhaps it will strike a chord with someone who reads this and they will then understand that they are not alone.
In September, it was suggested that I have a photo taken of myself before my journey began. My husband took this photo (my head was part of the image) and I was embarrassed how my body looked. It is amazing how this photo took away any confidence that I had gathered in order to even make the photo possible in the first place! I thought that I loved myself regardless of how I looked. But sometimes what we think to be true about ourselves is not reality.
I did not want to own the body that I saw in the photo. It was as simple as that. So, I activated the crop tool and cropped off my head. This made the photo “safe.” My thinking was simply, “no one will ever be able to prove that this is actually me.” At the time I had no idea that someday I would be so lean and strong that I would be comfortable showing my “previous Melba”! In the past, it certainly had never happened after any of my other diets.
Because of the confidence I now have with my experiences at BBC and BBCFE, I know how important this “before” photo is! Does it matter that my head is not in the photo? No. I know that body. I can look at it, accept it, and embrace it. I now am able to take ownership of the shape of my previous body, which is a very positive concept. It subsequently allows me to see the broader picture, which is simply:
Love it all! For if I had never been as I was in that “before” photo, it is for certain that I would never be as I am in the “after” photo.
My life has been changed and I am on a very exciting journey! I am grateful to BBC and BBCFE beyond words. Keep the story going and don’t drop the curtain-the play isn’t over yet!
Jason and Emily
We joined Brown’s Boot Camp in January 2015 along with our son, Michael. Brown’s Boot Camp has been one of the most incredible things that we have done and has truly changed our lives for the better! We are part of the Juhan Park team coached by Helen Thoenes. Helen is an awesome coach that truly inspires you to be your best self. She motivates you to translate the hard work you do on the court to every aspect of your life including your career, your relationships and, in our case, parenting too. We have also attended numerous sessions with Randy Brown and other BBC coaches and they are all just as gifted. We can’t say enough about the stellar team Randy has built at BBC and we love them all!
One of the biggest apprehensions Emily had about starting boot camp was the inability to do a pushup, let alone run a mile! The team that you become a part of and train with 3 days a week, becomes such a support to you. They help you make the things that you thought were impossible, possible. Also, every boot camp begins and ends with a positive message from your coach – not something you’d get at the gym. BBC really encompasses emotional, mental and physical well-being. It is surprising how many times a day we refer to a message we heard at boot camp. It almost seems like this program is too good to be true, but it’s not! When we started we planned to attend for no more than 3 months, but now we cannot imagine why we would ever stop!
We are parents to 4 beautiful children who are all very active. While our children mean the world to us, boot camp has taught us the very valuable lesson that we have to take care of ourselves in order to take care of them. Our oldest son Michael, 15 at the time, agreed to join boot camp with us. We were overwhelmed by the positive changes we saw in him from the start. Michael has always been an athletic kid who has played numerous sports, but BBC really helped him find value in relying on teammates, and working together towards a greater goal.
We have been together 17 years and married for 14. During those years we have been on every diet you can imagine. The challenge was always keeping the weight off after the ‘diet’ ended. No sustainable long term results were attainable because once the restrictions stopped, the weight came right back. While weight loss was always our goal, we didn’t realize that there was so much more to it than just the number on the scale. With BBCFE (Brown’s Boot Camp Flexible Eating) which we write about in the following paragraph, long term sustainable results are completely attainable. In the past 10 months we have not felt deprived of any food we wanted to eat. We definitely have learned to make better choices, but we are also still able to eat all the foods we LOVE. Seriously, we have not fallen off ‘the wagon’ one time since we started! With BBCFE you simply don’t have to make ridiculous sacrifices of entire food groups. BBCFE is the best thing ever and we could go on and on about how much we LOVE it!!! And we will…
When we started boot camp in January, we also began BBCFE. For 6 months we did this on our own and had great success. During month 7 we went on a fun hike with the entire BBC team, at which time we had an opportunity to chat in detail with Randy about nutritional coaching. Post conversation, we chose to take our nutrition to the next level which is when Mike Marconi became our nutrition coach. The first step was to fix any metabolic damage we had done in the past while continuing on the amazing BBCFE plan. Mike has helped us really listen to our bodies and has given us a whole new perspective on being fit. The greatest thing about Mike, as well as the other members of the BBC staff, is that they all “walk the walk” along with you! During the time that Mike has been our nutritional coach, he has been training for a Natural Bodybuilding competition. While he is along with us on a life changing journey, we are a part of his too. If your goal is to lose weight, we highly encourage you to start nutritional counseling at the same time that you start boot camp. It’s so important for long term progress, in our opinion.
It doesn’t take long to realize that Brown’s Boot Camp is much more than “jumping jacks in the park!” This program is rock solid! We highly recommend it to everyone, and we have encouraged quite a few people to join since we started. Our results speak for themselves; together we have lost 114 pounds in 10 months! Emily is down 60.4 and Jason is down 53.6. In addition, we’ve lost a combined total of 19.5 inches off our waists, Jason at 11.5 and Emily at 8. More importantly we have gained valuable, sustainable, long term results and a lot of great friends!
Come join us and see for yourself. We promise you will not regret it!
Jason and Emily Benedict
In 2011 I was 56 years old, not in horrible shape, not terribly fat, but definitely not in great physical shape either. I was what you might call a “skinny fat man”. That was what I could see on the outside. Little did I know what danger was lurking on the inside of my body, but more on that later. In September of 2011, I saw a news story about Brown’s Boot Camp. Something told me, this is just what I need to finally keep my annual resolution to myself. This was going to be the year I would get back in shape. For decades I tried starvation diets and bought all kinds of gym equipment that eventually ended up as clothes hangers. I was eating terribly and doing no regular exercise of any kind. To be honest, when I first met with Randy Brown, my intention was to do the boot camp program for a month or maybe a few months, until I got in shape, and then I would be fine. My first day of Brown’s Boot Camp was pretty tough on me, I’m not going to lie. We did a physical test where we did timed sit-ups, timed push-ups, and a timed mile. I can remember thinking, “I’m in way over my head!” This is the key area where Brown’s Boot Camp WORKS!! I got so much push and encouragement from not only Helen (my fantastic coach) but from all of the other boot campers. It made ALL the difference in the world. Finally I found something that worked!!!
This would be a nice success story if it ended right here…. But it really is only the beginning. I have stayed with Brown’s Boot Camp instead of quitting after a month or two. As it turns out it was probably the single most important decision I have made in my adult life. September of 2014 I was feeling pretty good physically. I could run a fairly quick mile. Over all my strength, energy and endurance had increased. I was feeling very good. So imagine my surprise when I had a major heart attack. September 24th, I had just finished a pretty rigorous boot camp session and said good bye to my teammates and headed home. Thank God my route home went right past St. Mary’s hospital. My shoulder started to hurt and then it trailed down my arm. I was sweating profusely and knew something serious was happening. At the hospital they confirmed I was, indeed, in the middle of a major heart attack, and they would do everything to take care of me. They kept their promise and a few hours later I was resting comfortably in an ICU room. When things calmed down, all I could think of was, why ME?? I am now eating right and I exercise regularly. How could this be?? Pay close attention to this part of the story. The heart attack was NOT exercise induced. Two cardiologists and a cardiac surgical nurse assured me that the heart attack would have happened if I had been sitting at home watching TV. My artery was 100% occluded. This was the result of the previous 35 years of not eating correctly and not regularly exercising. What they also told me was that because I have an “athletic” heart (their words) there virtually was NO heart damage. They also told me that if had been over weight and/or a smoker, I would not have survived that heart attack. Six months later I ran a half marathon and shortly after my 60th birthday I ran a sub seven minute mile. You can see that my decision to join and stay with Brown’s Boot Camp was LITERALLY a life saving decision. It is also a life affirming decision. What I have gained from being in the Brown’s Boot Camp family goes way beyond just what benefits I have gained, my family has also jumped on the healthy life style band wagon. It is SO much more than jumping jacks in the park. I have seen so many other amazing stories of conquest and success, I know it works. I know it will work for you!
I started with Randy Brown and Brown’s Boot Camp in July of 2012. I did not know what to expect but I was tired of feeling like age was getting the best of me. I was also tired of making excuses as to why I could not “make it” to the gym.
The gains I have made with Randy, Alfred and Mike are incredible! First, I have lost over 28 lbs. Second and more importantly, I am leaner, stronger, faster, and healthier and in better shape both physically and mentally at age 44 than I was at age 18. This program holds you accountable, inspires change and produces results. My thanks to everyone at BBC who has assisted me in achieving my goals.
It has been just over 2 years now since I joined Brown’s Boot Camp and I have to say that not only am I in the best shape of my life, but I am more at peace and have made lifelong friendships.
To be honest, what I have discovered through my time with these great people is that health, fitness, and correct nutrition can be a lifestyle change that is easily embraced. The support and friendships I have received has made the past 2 years of my life the best. My boot camp instructor, Randy Brown, has still kept me motivated even after 2 years.
I have lost over 4 inches off my waist and can see muscle and ribs in my midsection for the first time since high school. While that is fun to see, the best part is the energy I have to play with my children.
As I became more involved with my lifestyle change at BBC, I began weightlifting sessions with BBC Trainer Alfred Beltran. I have learned so much regarding proper form and focus which has all but cleared up lower back issues I have struggled with my whole life. Then, my family and I decided we were spending WAY too much money on dining out at restaurants every month and that the food was not all that good…so we began having BBC Chef Alfred Beltran come to our home once a week to cook our food for the week for us. Alfred was the chef at Harvest Restaurant in Oro Valley for quite some time as well as the Sioux Chef at Miraval Resort…so the food is off the charts yummy! We have saved hundreds of dollars having Alfred cook for us and are eating better quality food than we ever have.
Finally, my wife and I have been participating in the BBCFE (Brown’s Boot Camp Flexible Eating) program for just over 13 months with BBC Nutritionist Coach Mike Marconi. Let me explain why this is my favorite part (although Chef Alfred is right there):
Imagine eating normal food every day for each meal, no matter what time of day it is or which drive thru you happened to go in, as long as you are keeping track of your daily intake of these foods, regardless of the time of day, within what is known as your macro-nutrients, your metabolism burns that food the way it was meant to and you lose body fat…slowly over time. If you look at my Facebook profile, you will see photos of foods I consume that makes many “fitness instructors” cringe…yet I still lose body fat and am leaner than I have been since 18 years of age because my coach adjusts my numbers each week to maximize my metabolic rate. It is crazy!!!! Brown’s Boot Camp has several nutrition coaches to teach you how to do this and hold you accountable to your goals.
This is a great group of people and I have made so many great friends. I never thought health and fitness would be a hobby in my life and now I can’t imagine not being on the court with my team three times each week.
I began this journey with a goal in mind but found that this is a trip of a lifetime. This is not a 21 day fix, or a 6 week transformation, nor is it a month challenge! It is a lifestyle change! BBC (Brown’s Boot Camp), however, offers you all the tools you need like exercise, weight training, nutrition and life coaching, to name a few; but the best part for me has been the never give up attitude everyone has for you! Some things aren’t as easy for everyone but your team is always there to give you the support you need to stay on track. No matter how many times you need help staying on! We all have our ups and downs but this lifestyle has helped me find answers to many of the challenges I faced with exercise and nutrition. When you start seeing physical changes occasionally the mind doesn’t keep up with those changes so things can seem unbalanced! The readings and the direction shared by your coach is to help you find that place where your body, mind and spirit are all aligned and balanced. It’s a different journey for everyone involved; some get it quickly, some of us take much longer. However, BBC and all it has to offer makes sure that no matter which road you take the gift of health is always within your grasp. My journey started April 2012 and with every turn something wonderful opens up. I’m sure I will be traveling this road for a very long time and wouldn’t trade my traveling partners for anything! I would recommend BBC and all it has to offer to anyone!! It’s a choice you will never regret!
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
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