Below you’ll find inspirational stories from our campers all over South Africa.
Read everyone’s unique story about their journey with ABC.
My achievementLost 25 cms over all, down in 1.1 kg, MUCH fitter than ever before
I was part of Adventure Boot Camp in 2010/2011 but when I started fertility treatment in order to try and fall pregnant I dropped out. After the baby was born in 2012 I was consumed by all the trials and challenges of being a new mom and there just never seemed to be time to fit in exercise.At the beginning of 2017 I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes which was a huge wake-up call for me and I knew that I had to start to make my health a priority. I started exercising on my own and eating better but the demands of single motherhood and full-time work meant that I eventually lost track of my goal to get healthy.In April 2018 a close friend of mine who was only 45 had a stroke. This shocked me into realizing that as we get older we can’t become complacent about our health and I knew that I had to make a change. That same week I signed up for the 40 Day Dare. I wasn’t sure how I would juggle the nightly sessions and my 5-year-old and it was a huge financial commitment but I decided I needed to do something drastic.I am proud to say I managed to complete the entire 40 Day Dare without missing a single session. One Friday, halfway through the dare, I went to a meeting in Cape Town which was on the 12th floor and when I arrived I discovered the lift wasn’t working. To my utter amazement I made it up 12 flights of stairs to my meeting – something that there was no way I could ever have done before boot camp! I have lost centimeters and weight but the biggest achievement for me from my time at boot camp is the sense of well-being knowing that I am progressing towards a healthy lifestyle.Boot camp has become my non-negotiable and I now go three times a week. The support of an incredible trainer, Janine Wyatt-Mair, and the encouragement of the rest of the ladies at Fish Hoek Boot Camp is what keeps me going. The camaraderie of being part of a group where we get to cajole, tease and encourage each other is what makes me keep coming back. We have a WhatsApp group where we send messages and keep track of how each of us are doing – as well as moaning about the stiffness the next day 😊.The way I keep convincing my daughter that it is worth the time it takes away from her is I tell her that if she lets me go to boot camp I can stay strong enough to keep carrying her around (something she still likes me to do even though she is so big). One of the rewards most felt by myself is the way I have more energy to keep up with her and physical fitness to enjoy playing with her.
My tipsBuild relationships with the other ladies at camp - that keeps you coming back and involved.
My achievementI lost cm's and toned up my muscle. I dropped 4kg's from 64 to 60kg, which is not alot of weight but I picked up arm and leg muscles. I really enjoyed my bootcamp experience. There is no better feeling than feeling fit and the satisfaction of improving yourself, being confident within your body. The increase in confidence and self motivation was my biggest achievement.
Balancing your university life/work life, family and friends life within your health and fitness life is always tricky and often we loose balance, with our health and fitness life often taking the back seat. This was the space I was in. Not only did I loose motivation but I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue after suffering from glandular fever for months as result of overworking. I drove my immune system to the ground by studying a bachelors degree, waitressing as well as running my own dance studio, in order to keep up with my financial commitments. I took the decision to move back in with my parents, close my studio and stop waitressing and invest in my health and my studies. I could not have made a better decision. We underestimate the daily effects of life on our bodies and thus the biggest and best contribution we can make is into our health and our fitness. Moving to somerset west and starting Bootcamp was the best decision I could have made. So far I have done 2 camps, and ready for my third! Not only is my chronic fatigue gone, my family and I workout together on weekends, Parkrun, which kills 2 birds with one stone. I feel like I have my confidence and motivation back and packed with energy. I saw small results but just the results I wanted. I loved the community of woman I worked out with. Recently, I have had a motorbike accident so i've been unable to exercise but Ive kept up the nutritional advice from ABC and thus had so little change to my weight. I am a better woman now than I was before ABC. I am strong, I am confident and I am motivated, watch out world.
My tipsIn todays busy and stressful world, There is no greater investment than one into your health and fitness. Most often this is the first thing to take a back seat because of work commitments, but if you really want it, you can make it happen, you can do those 5.30am cold mornings, and you will not regret it. We feel so much pressure to have a certain body shape and look, but when working out you truly realise what your unique body shape is, and you start appreciating what your body is and what it can do for you. Dont wait to start on Monday, make a decision, plan it in your life and give it your best shot, no one expects more than that.
Annemarie du Plooy
I was never severely overweight, but also not the slimmest girl in the group. My smallest size was a size 10 and the biggest was a size 16. But even in my size 10 denim jeans I was uncomfortable, never liked the person staring back at me in the mirror.
During the years I tried a few different measures to lose weight, or rather to feel better about the way I feel inside. I signed up for gym memberships, but I could not motivate myself to go on a regular basis. When I walk in there I felt like an outcast, staring at all the equipment and don’t even have a clue how some of them operates. I fool around on the treadmill and bicycles just to look busy for a while. But I knew I was fooling myself. I could not afford a personal trainer to show me around. A lot of money went wasted, because I didn’t complete any one of the two year contracts that I ever subscribe to.
Then I tried some fitness dvd’s. I’ve got one serious collection going on. Jillian Michaels, Zumba, The Firm, Woman’s Health dvd’s. Name it and I have it. But still…… all those dvd’s came with a remote control to stop and pause whenever I wanted to. It was just not challenging enough. I was still searching for that something….that game changer!
One day I was paging through a Woman’s Health magazine and I notice the advert about Adventure Boot camp. I went on the webpage and find that one of the camps is very close to my home. I signed up for my first camp in January 2016. That year was also the year I turned 40. And I needed change in all levels of my personal life. I know I had to do something. I’ve done only three camps and then I left Boot camp. Big mistake! I left it for all the wrong reasons. I gave up on myself! I gave up on my dream! I gave up on life!
2018 I started again for the same reasons as I started in 2016! I needed change so desperately that I would give anything. I’ve done 2 camps, rest one and for the first time in my life I’ve done something totally out of my comfort zone. The winter camp! It did not happen without a few challenges, but that was my game changer that I needed so badly. To get up every morning from Monday to Friday for 40 days was so totally out of my comfort zone. But I did it and I proved to myself that I can accomplish the things I set my mind to. The first time in years I will not be heavier after the winter months. Actually, I cannot wait to take off the winter layers!
I am still not in my ideal BMI range, but this time it is different. I am stronger. I can feel the difference in my body and mind. It is not important to me to fit in skinny jeans. I feel more comfortable in my skin than I ever felt in my entire life. I am doing things that I never done before. I say yes to coffee requests and functions. I know it might sound ridiculous. But a simple invite to get out of my house was difficult. Still difficult at times, but I am no longer hiding.
I kept showing up for the following reasons:
· The special bond between our ladies. Unexpected friendships!
· Workouts are always challenging and you never know what to expect!
· Our coach and mentor – Barbara Gouws (even if you are unable to use the remote control on her, like my old friend Jillian Michaels)
· My thigh gap that is getting more visible
· I am stronger in body, mind and soul
· No need to sign up for a ridiculous two year contract
· My deepest desire to change…
The rest is still unwritten…..Only I can decide how my story will end. I choose LIFE!
My achievementOver the years I have achieved a healthier body and mind and a drastic reduction in body size from a 20 to 14. Seven 40/40 Winter Challenges completed in 7 years.
Thought I would share MY BOOTCAMP STORY with all you ladies out there!! The year 2010 was the most stressful year of my life (which is a whole other story)!! I went through 2011 emotionally drained & just could not get back on track!! I received a leaflet introducing me to Adventure Boot Camp for Women. Well that's where my life changing journey began!! I joined Polokwane Adventure Boot Camp in February 2012 with Anita Gehardt. I was slow & not very strong to start but with Anita's guidance & patience she managed to build me up & I become stronger with every camp. I never missed a day. If I signed up for a 20 session camp, I attended 20 sessions. If I signed up for a 12 session camp, I attended 12 sessions. I found that going for the one hour a day became my ‘drug’ which I was addicted to. My day is not complete without my morning “fix”. During my rest week, I start getting withdraw symptoms and cannot wait to start the next camp. Unfortunately my world was shattered when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2013 BUT it did not stop me from my daily routine. I had two operations within 10 days over July & August 2013 but was determined to finish the 40/40 Challenge which I did complete! After my operations, I underwent six weeks of radiation & had to have a third operation in January 2014 which did lay me back for six weeks. My days were long, my energy levels were very low and I was not in a good frame of mind as I couldn’t get the necessary exercise. My recovery from this ordeal was made easier with the support I received from all my fabulous boot camp buddies – my family away from home, my mother, my husband & my two boys. Liezl, Tracey & Anita visited me regularly and encouraged me to keep going! I had to have an implant every 12 weeks for my cancer treatment for two years. In July 2018 it has been five years that I am in remission!! I have just completed my seventh 40/40 day Winter Challenge. I am back on track with my health & still getting stronger every day. Adventure Boot Camp has become my ‘me time’!! It is just one hour a day where I de-stress & dedicate to myself as I believe a healthy body promotes a healthy mind which helps you cope with all the challenges of every day life!! I have dropped from a size 20 to 14 over the years. My world is not complete without Adventure Boot Camp for Women. Thank you Anita for giving me hope, health & happiness in my life.I highly recommend ABC to all women that need me time and to de-stress at the same time as achieving a healthy body and mind.
My tipsMake a commitment today by signing up with ABC to lead a healthier life with an outdoor program to benefit your body and soul.
My achievementThis year's 40 Day challenge helped me to lose almost 4 kg and more than 25 cm. But since I restarted ABC in February, I have made even more progress and I am steadily getting closer to my targets. There is still a long way to go, but it is wonderful to know that I am well on my way. Yet, it is not the lost weight or cm's that are my biggest achievements. I feel mentally stronger, happier, fitter and friendlier.
I have never been the "thin one" in the group. In fact, the opposite is probably true. I have tried and failed many times to lose weight. There has been a lot of highs and many lows along the way. Yet I have always known that being healthy and fit is key to a happy and successful life.Now that I am back at Adventure Boot Camp (after moving from Pretoria to Stellenbosch), I have realised that weight is possibly secondary to wellness. Naturally, I want to fit into my "thin days" jean, but I also know that overall physical and mental fitness is just as important. This is especially relevant since I am living with bipolar mood disorder, which can have a debilitating effect on one's general well-being. I have come to realise that ABC has always helped me to stay healthy - both mentally and physically. I will probably still never be the "thin one", but I will be the healthy and happy one.I will always be grateful to my ABC family - especially the one I now have in Stellenbosch. The 5:30 ladies, and our wonderful trainer Christopher Geel, makes it easy to get out of bed. The opportunity to work out in such a supportive and fun environment - without any judgment, but with a lot of encouragement - makes me believe that I can reach my goals - even if it takes a bit longer now that I am on the verge of 40.ABC is definitely my fitness place of comfort!
My tipsSet yourself small goals: They will be easier to reach, and you will feel inspired if you see progress. And don't be too tough on yourself: If you have a set-back, do not give up, see it as an opportunity to get up and get going again.
My achievementI lost 16kg im proud of my self! I have worked hard at Melville camp with with Louise and Liezl and I was 118KG but now im 102kg Yeah
I started camp I think it was October 2016 , before joining the camp I was that kind of person who loved winter because I could always wear a jersey to make me feel comfortable and hide those body bits of myself that I hated. But then summer time comes and I can't wear my jersey the whole day, and hide away. Since I joined Adventure Boot Camp I'm now so much more comfortable to not wear a jersey all the time because of the confidence that I now have. Thank you for my ABC trainers who have helped me feel this way.
My tipsI can say ladies wake up take care of your health and your body/. Join Adventure Boot Camp, you wont regret it and taking from experience I tried a lot of things that never work for me, until now.
Linique Van deventer vogel
My achievementhealthy pregnancy body
Bootcamp has changed my life and the way I feel about exercise. I was in a rut, was doing bootcamp somewhere else, but it was so boring and just the same exercises done over and over. I saw a dear friend of mine, tagged on facebook because she had just completed her 1st 40day dare. I did my research, and realised I had no excuses, class was at 5am and perfect for a working mom to fit into her day, did my trial class and loved it from the get go.Coincidentally the same week I started bootcamp, I found out I was pregnant with my second child. I am now at the end of my pregnancy 38weeks pregnant, feel like the size of a cow but a strong and healthy one, thanks to bootcamp. Since the first day Colleen has looked after me and made sure that I only did things with clearance from my gynae. I kept up until very far in my pregnancy, even skipped until about 34weeks, my muscles were just so tight that i could, and as it grew harder to do certain things, Colleen slowly adjusted my exercises to accommodate the big belly but never did I stop moving, Compared to my first pregnancy I feel so much stronger and I am sure my body will bounce back faster as well. Colleen is a very special trainer, not one session is the same or ever boring, still do not know how she comes up with all her ideas but it makes things fun!! Colleen truly cares, she remembers everyone's restrictions or concerns and guides or helps you accordingly, Last but not least is the group of like minded amazing women that I met during bootcamp, and it does not matter what mood you are in, someone is there to motivate you or just have a nice chat in between pushing yourself to your limits. I love bootcamp, and cannot wait to return after this baby and get my sexy back.
My tipsJust keep on pushing yourself, you will see results.
My achievementIm in a happy place mentally
Jan 2016 I lost my daughter just after giving birth & I had gained 10kg just from pregnancy & in may (same year )fell pregnant again & yes I hadn't healed but I was trying to close a wound (cover up) but at 24weeks in October 2016 I had another miscarriage - I was even more damaged mentally psychologically emotionally & yes I had added even more weight I was depressed for quite sometime I was on happy pills until I decided I was tired. For someone before pregnancies who used to run & do 21km & now because I hadn't exercised for the longest time even doing 5km was a problem and13kg heavier than I've ever been, not even having those kids to show for gaining all that weight - but I decided I'm done crying & feeling sorry for myself. I remembered the feeling I used to have after a good workout & last week I did my very first 5km almost a year after losing both kids & I took a stand to stop taking antidepressants & live a healthy life style again - haven't lost much weight but I love the mental state I'm in & the beautiful feeling I have after a walk or a run!!
My tipsWorking out is the best medication you can ever give yourself it helps mentally & physically!! It takes time but it's always worth it
My achievementBeing a recovering scales addict, with my emotions governed by a number on the scale, I seldom weigh myself. My achievement is measured by last years too small jacket, which now buttons up with room to spare; the boots I can zip over my slimmed down calves, or that wonderful surprise I get catching my reflection in a shop window....is that really me?! My 58 yr old body feels stronger and fitter than it did at 40. Who would not thrill at clearer skin, increased energy, stronger muscles, firmer butt, and even the ability to touch my toes?! I sleep better, and bounce through the day, accomplishing more than ever. Life in a healthy, fit body feels very, very good! I am no longer 58 years old.....I am 58 years young!
Often when people say they cannot do something, it usually means that they do not want to! If you want something badly enough, you will do what it takes to achieve it. And I wanted to be leaner and fitter very badly! I have learned through the trials of life, and by watching other people, that the smallest habits repeated over and over; manageable tasks completed day after day, or the tiniest changes accomplished regularly and little by little, will eventually amount to a monumental achievement. One step at a time can take you over mountains. This truth helped me deal with the grief of widowhood 8 years ago, and the terrifying prospect of raising two teenage sons alone. I determinedly and mindfully practised one day at a time, one small daily bite of the elephant, and suddenly my youngsters were all grown up, soundly educated, well raised, and sent off on their way into adulthood.It was at this point that I looked down and saw weight gained, flabby, under-used muscles, and groans and creaks in joints and limbs. With Adventure Boot Camp in Constantia just around the corner, I had no excuse to stay that way!From the first day that I joined in April 2017, I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every single session. It was hard at first changing my sleeping habits so that I woke every morning at 5am, but I developed a little saying that I spoke out loud to myself every time that alarm went off, "Claudine, you can do this! You've got this...!" My feet would hit the floor even before I had switched off the alarm and I would head for my pile of boot camps clothes, laid out the night before. It does not take long before a sense of achievement begins to develop. And with achievement comes an increase in self-esteem. Self-esteem builds the desire for a healthy attractive body and that, in turn, just keeps you going! Every hour at boot camp felt like a massive gain. I might have started out some sessions tired, cold, stiff or unmotivated, but an increasingly responsive body made it very worthwhile. It helps that no two days are the same, and that a group of women exercising together is always going to stimulate fun, camaraderie, support and encouragement. Not enough praise can be leveled at our trainer, Janine, whose ability to lead a group of women to greater health and fitness, if summed up into one quality is this; she loves what she does, and it is infectious! As a fairly new boot camper, I began hearing about the upcoming 40 Day Challenge. Inwardly, I laughed at the prospect of going to Boot Camp 40 times in 8 weeks. “Impossible,“ I thought, “just a bridge too far for me.“ I watched as other women signed up and chatter about the challenge rose with excitement. Happily, I suffer from a fear of missing out, and I knew that the only way to join this challenge was to simply sign up without even thinking about it. I did. And as I did so, a thought occurred to me: “I do not need to complete a mountain of 40 Days, I only need to complete one hour of Boot Camp....40 times!“ That thought kept me going through the challenge, even though I was sick for five days and had to use flexi options to catch up, I told myself over and over: “one hour at a time, only one hour.“ I have now completed four camps, including the 40 days. I have watched my body slimming down, slowly, but very surely. I just love wearing my black leather boots which previously almost cut off the blood circulation in my calves, that is how tight they were. Clothes button up, zip up, and slide on without all the heaving and sweating and moaning.... As a menopausal lady, I would struggle to sleep at night, and I still hear my sedentary friends complaining about night wakefulness. Not me. I sleep soundly and wake feeling refreshed. Sticking to a healthy diet, and cutting right down on alcohol, has been very easy - I simply want to feel good at the following mornings boot camp session. I look back to 8 yrs ago at a frightened, grief-stricken, bewildered woman, who then went on to cover her pain with food, alcohol and lack of care for her physical self. I focused on my children and helping them over their father's death, but I neglected myself. Many women do this. They give themselves to the care of others, and their own bodies suffer. At the time that I realised that “My colts were safely across the stream, well fed, and thoroughly dried off and on their way....“[quote], and I could now have time for my own story, Boot Camp came along to make my next chapter just wonderful! I never knew 58 yrs could feel so good!
My tipsOnly do one hour of exercise......over and over and over again.
My achievementI lost a lot of weight between 2013 and 2015 (55kg), however last year I started struggling a lot with consistency - not being able to stick to healthy choices for more than a few weeks at a time. As such I gained a lot of the weight I lost back. I also broke my ankle in April which led to a LOT of unhealthy decisions. Coupled with not being able to train, this led to even more weight gain. Since getting my boot off 8 weeks ago though, I've been super focused, and with the help of boot camp, have lost 15kg!
I've actually written a blog about it that mentions boot camp - it's not overly long, and includes transformation pics. You can read it here: https://wordpress.com/post/losingit65.wordpress.com/983The pics I've attached with this submission show what an 8-week difference looks like when giving up alcohol - this is something I've committed to staying away from till the end of the year, and just 8 weeks in this is showing huge progress.
My tipsKeep at it and don't give up. It's not a fancy diet or hectic training that's going to get you to your goals, it's consistency. Putting in the work and the effort day after day, whether you feel like it or not. Small changes performed daily will eventually lead to huge results. That's the secret to healthy, sustainable living.
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