July Camper Highlight

Why did you join Long Beach Boot Camp?Jannee

I initially joined to get in shape quickly before my best friend’s wedding. I had been in training programs in the past and knew how to reach short term goals. I honestly thought I would do Bootcamp for a month and then go back to my normal inconsistent routine but in that first month I was hooked to the trainers and the way I felt. So now almost 4 years later here I am.

What is your goal?

My goals have changed since starting Bootcamp. For so long it was about the number on the scale and toning up. Then my goal gradually moved to decreasing body fat and now it is really about performance based goals. I am realizing that performance goals are so much more satisfying. The positive body changes happen too but with much less obsession over them. My current goal is to increase my mileage and speed for my first half marathon. Ultimate goal is to finish without stopping but I would love to make it at a 10 minute mile pace.

What’s your favorite exercise?

Favorite is a strong word. I have a love/hate relationship with sprints. For those of you who have suffered because of my suggestion to add more sprints to class I want to sincerely apologize!

What do we not yet know about you?

Hmmm…. I think most of you know I am a marriage and family therapist. I specifically work with children and families involved with the Department of Child and Family Services. But what you may not know is Bootcamp allows me to keep doing my job. We all need something to help cope with stress and my thing could’ve so easily been wine (and admittedly it sometimes is). Bootcamp keeps my body strong, my mind strong, and allows me to deal with all the stressors that my job and life in general just throws at me.

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far? 

I want to say it’s improving my mile time after The Motivation Mile challenge but I actually think it was conquering box jumps. I was so terrified of those. Turns out I have a very strong protective instinct and I am not a fan of falling. Even with Timmie coaxing me I couldn’t get my body to jump. Timmie actually had to stand by me and hold my hand through it and then it was like a switch. Suddenly I was totally fine and jumping the bleachers and benches like it was no big deal.