February Boot Camper of the Month

Jen Boyce

Why did you join Long Beach Boot Camp?

I first joined Boot Camp in 2008  with the main goal of losing weight and improving my fitness.  I have always lived an active life and when my job involved more field work I was able to stay in shape by doing my job.  When I moved into more of a management position, I needed to find a way to get in my workouts outside of work.  I was going to the gym on my own but it wasn’t getting me the intensity I needed.  I saw an add in the Grunion Gazette for Long Beach Boot Camp and thought I would give it a try.  I was into all sorts of team sports in school and college so I was excited by the team aspect.  The rest is history and I couldn’t be happier to have Boot Camp in my life!

What is your goal?

My goals have expanded over the years as I have progressed in my fitness journey.  The core goals remain the same which are weight loss/maintenance and getting stronger and fitter.  In the last year my love of running and doing races has really developed.  I will be participating in my first sprint triathlon at the Race on the Base on the 28th and the Lakewood and Seal Beach 10ks!

My goal for 2015 is to complete my first half marathon in Long Beach in October and the Golden Snowflake Challenge by completing the 5k and half marathon at the Pomona Half Marathon in December.

What do we not yet know about you?

I was selected to attend Olympic Development Camp in Field Hockey.  I was a goalie in the sport all though junior high and high school. I was recruited to play in college but my demanding academic schedule made this not possible.

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far? 

Two years ago I was selected for a six month detail to DC for work .  While there I really fell off my fitness routine and my diet was not good.  When I got back to Long Beach, I really needed to get serious and focus on my goals.  I was thrilled to lose over 50 pounds and over 10% body fat with the support of Boot Camp and the trainers! But best of all was that my fitness improved dramatically and I was able to run the hill consistently including running up skyline without stopping!  I also participated in my first ever races including Conquer the Bridge!