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Coco Warner ReportingBoot-camp is normally an experience that is reserved for soldiers, but what if you are fighting the battle of the bulge? For those up to the challenge, there is a boot-camp in South Ogden that is helping people win the war to stay fit.
"Quick feet, quick feet, ready, ready, drop to the floor, get down, get up, go..."
That is the sound of the eighth session of an eight-week exercise and diet program that personal trainer Becky Olsen calls "Boot-camp." She runs three classes three days a week from the Ogden Athletic Club, at 5 and 6 a.m.
Becky Olsen/Personal Trainer: "Run the stairs, hit the heavy bag, we run the hill outside, which is what people remember the most I think from this class. We do pyometrics and the weights and push-ups and all kinds of stuff."
Becky's inspiration for Boot-camp came from seeing similar programs run on the beaches of Florida and California by real military drill sergeants.
Becky's probably a bit nicer than your average drill sergeant, but she's still getting good results.
Becky Olsen/Personal trainer: "I started out with about 20 people in the first one and now I have over 100, so they're passing the word along that the torture is worth it, it works."
Participants' individual results vary, but Becky says one man lost 30 pounds in eight weeks
Maryann Wayman/Boot-camp participant: "The first two boot-camps I did, I lost 30 pounds within the first two boo-camps. And then after that I just continuously did it because it was such a hard workout and it gave me a great high."
Missy Nichols has attended Boot-camp from its inception. She says it's a good class with a schedule that works for her. Missy Nichols/Boot-camp participant: "You know what, I do it because it's at 6 o'clock in the morning. I come, I get it done, my husband's still in bed, my kids are still in bed."
As are most people. But for some, what's more important, lack of sleep, or being prepared to take on one of man's and woman's biggest challenges -- swimsuit season.
Becky's Boot-camp costs 100 dollars for members of the Ogden Athletic Club and 150 for non-members.
The next session starts up in July.