Boot Camp for a Year Check In

Posted on May 04, 2013 by Mary Patterson

Strong and Determined

Just four months ago, over 10 participants entered to win one year of Gaia Fit Boot Camp through a Facebook promotion. The participants bravely shared their story with the world of social media stating why they should win one year of Gaia Fit Boot Camp. Jennifer Green, SC and Karen Verbenko, NJ were the 2 lucky winners! We have been keeping up with these two strong and committed ladies and wanted to share some of their journey thus far with you, our Gaia Fit family. Thank you Jen and Karen for generously sharing your journey with us.

Karen Verbenko, Highlands, NJ

Average Classes Attended: 2 classes/week
When I won the year of boot camp, I was only able to make one class a week, due to my work schedule.  But I worked it out with my boss to leave early one day to make a second class.  My husband has been so supportive of my going to boot camp, and understands how important it is to me, that he goes out of his way to make sure I make it there on time.

Average Calories Burned:
994 boot camp calories burned per week

Performance Improvements: When I started boot camp last year, I couldn't do many exercises, let alone run more than a couple yards. I can see my performance has improved on almost everything, and I am amazed at what I can now accomplish.  Most recently, in the March challenge, I improved on the number of sit ups I could do in one minute by 14. I tend to take the monthly challenges to heart and when I can't get to boot camp, I work on them at home.

Nutritional Improvements: Because of Sandy and being displaced from my kitchen, my eating habits/nutrition has taken a back burner.  I continued to eat as healthy as possible, but it was not always easy.  Now that life is back to normal, I have been incorporating more green leafy vegetables and fruit into my diet.


Short Term Goals:

  1. Full minute of renegades without needing to drop to my knees,
  2. Full minute of plank with walk ups on my feet without needing to drop to my knees
  3. Tricep dips with my feet fully extended. 
  4. Lose 5 pounds before the summer starts.
  5. Transformation diet to help with weight loss goal
  6. Complete 5 Boro Bike Tour in under 5 hours (in May)

Long-Term Goals:

  1. Total weight loss of at least 35 pounds before I turn 40 (in Nov 2014, and I'm currently about 20-22 pounds down)
  2. One day do a century bike tour (100 miles)

Jennifer Green, Mt Pleasant, SC

Average Classes Attended:

3 classes per week

I would love to be able to go 6 days a week but its unrealistic with 3 young kids - it always seems someone has a field trip, no school, just sick or a Saturday morning sporting event.

Average Calories Burned:

1,166 boot camp calories burned per week

Performance Improvements:

Today I was able to do over 100 push-ups in 3mins ... First 25 where on my toes then I moved to my knees, but I was still impressed with the first 25.   No way did I ever think I could do push-ups for 3 minutes.

Nutritional Improvements:

I now start my day with a glass of lemon water and I have at least one green drink a day. Before starting with Mary my day started off with 3 cups of coffee & a chemical filled protein bar.

Short Term Goals:

  1. Increase water intake
  2. Triceps push-ups - 15 on my toes done correctly
  3. Improve flexibility (I want to be able to get off the ground when I am a grandmother)
  4. 5 pull-ups on monkey bars without the help of bands (this may be a long term goal)
  5. Keep a food journal

Long Term Goals:

  1. Run 1/2 Marathon February - under 1hr 54mins
  2. Be in the best shape of my life by age 40
  3. Run the Disney Dopey Challenge at age 40
  4. Run in the FL Ragnar Relay with my bootcamp ladies
  5. Eat clean & exercise for the rest of my life

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