I was a little skeptical at first signing up for boot camp at o3 Fitness. First off it is almost an hour away from my home in Hot Springs. Secondly after doing boot camp for the past 18 months with an Army Sergeant outside in sometimes 94 degree heat and 100% humidity in SW Florida, I was not sure if Wendy’s class was going to be challenging enough. Well I must say it is! I feel I am getting a great workout and being challenged every week. She keeps us going and pushes us to the next level. I enjoy the boot camp with Wendy so much I have signed up for personal training with her as well.
I never really workout with more than a 15 pound dumbbell, so it is awesome that Wendy keeps pushing for more weight. Every week I can do a little more. She works me until I fail. As she says “that’s a good thing!” She is working my legs too. I have signed up to run a ½ marathon in January and with Wendy’s help I think my legs will be the strongest ever! Thank you Wendy and o3 Fitness
Early in 2010, I was humbled by my lack of ability to keep up with friends while mountain biking in Bent Creek. Add to that a number of other factors: I turned 40, I’m a mother to a 2 year old and want to be in great shape to keep up when she’s a teenager, I work in healthcare and don’t have a regular exercise regimen, I’ve never run a 5K, and all my friends can do this, I had a big trip planned to Jackson Hole in September that included lots of physical activity, etc… It was time to place emphasis on my health, and I begin exploring options.
I discovered 03 gym on the internet and made an appointment with a personal trainer, Jay, who discussed options with me. Because of my work schedule and the fact that I’m motivated by group classes, Jay’s suggestion of Boot Camp made the most sense for me. I began Boot Camp with Wendy Roche three days a week in July and by mid-September, the following had occurred: I led the pack on the Jackson Hole mountain bike ride, I’d dropped one dress size (no weight loss though- maybe muscle displacing fat??), and in October, I ran the first 5K of my life without “running” to prepare for it; the strengthening from Boot Camp carried me through the mileage. I feel more energized at work. I feel a sense of community to my fellow group of boot campers.. My husband has commented many times that I “seem happier”, and HE has now committed to commencing boot camp in January.
Wendy designs challenging workouts that always vary. I’ve always become bored with workouts in the past, and this format keeps me motivated and challenged. You show up each morning with no idea what’s in store. The group is limited to 12 people, so each person receives personal coaching during the workout. The vibe is upbeat and encouraging, and I feel I’m in a “real gym” as opposed to a social gym. Best of all, I’m not even THINKING of an end date. I’m thinking of how much stronger I can get and how I want to compete in the Columbia Mud Run next September. That thought would have been an outrageous one earlier this year!
”I was a boot camp skeptic. I only signed up because I was desperate to
lower my cholesterol number and a friend suggested I try it. To my surprise
and delight, I love it! The workouts are always interesting and different so
there’s no getting bored. The gym is clean and uncrowded, and Wendy is a
perfect coach. And my results speak for themselves. In just 2 months, I
dropped a clothing size, have much more energy, sleep better, and am happy
with the way I look for the first time in several years. But even better, my
cholesterol count dropped 32 points. I’m a huge fan of Wendy’s boot camp
class at O3 Health and Fitness!”
”Myself and a friend have been working out at O3 Health and Fitness for just
over one year and with Wendy Roche as our personal trainer for about 9 of
those 12 months. My experience with other trainers has generally been okay,
less personalized than I would like and definitely nothing near the
relationship and trust I have developed with Wendy.
I chose O3 because of it’s smaller, more one on one focused approach and am
so happy to say that it has proven to be even better than I expected.
Keith’s (owner of O3) choice of trainers is amazing and their flexibility,
compassion, and dedication is like none other. While the huge, glitzy gyms
may be to some people’s liking I think they’re more show, than go. If you
truly care about your health this more independent, focused, training
oriented methodology seems so much more logical.
Wendy truly personalizes every single workout and with 2-4 workouts per week
since we’ve started at O3 I do not believe we have ever repeated the same
workout twice! She cares so much about our health and nutrition and always
asks if we have any aches, pains, or general worries before each workout.
Wendy has emailed me recipes, nutrition information, and even called in the
middle of the week just to see how I’m doing. Her drive and determination
are always evident and she passes that energy on in each and every workout
to whomever she is training.
I am so thankful to have such an incredible trainer, as well as, amazing
human being in my life!”
“I came to O3 Health and Fitness because I had tried everything else to lose weight and I was at the end of my rope. I needed to lose the weight not only to look better, but more importantly for my health. I knew that I needed to try something that I have never done before. I have worked out in the past, but really didn’t know what I needed to do and how much of it, to lose the weight. I met and started this journey with Wendy Roche. I have been working with Wendy for 2 months, and I’m so excited to say that I have lost 15 pounds, 14 inches, and 1.5% body fat!! This is the first Christmas season that I did not gain weight! The best part for me is that Wendy believes I can do it, and makes me have the confidence to keep pushing. She always encourages me when I think I can’t do something. I am so grateful for Wendy and O3 Health and Fitness. I can’t wait to see how much more I can accomplish!”
April 23, 2010 Update:
Charlene started training with me 6 months ago. She had been diagnosed with high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome. Within the last 6 months she’s lost close to 25 pounds. That’s incredible in itself but she also had her blood work tested 6 months ago and then retested last week, the results were astonishing. 6 months ago her total cholesterol was 222 now it’s 189; her triglycerides were 749, today they’re 142 (normal is below 150)! She’s off of her iron supplement completely and her diabetic drug dosage has been cut in half from 2500mg to 1500mg. Adding years to her life and obtaining a better quality of life, now that’s worth all the hard work. Way to go Charlene!
“I came to O3 Fitness five months ago because I was tired of feeling and looking blah. Having had 4 children in 6 years I not only needed help losing weight, but I also needed encouragement and support to start a routine at the gym and modify my lifestyle at home. Wendy has guided me to not only find my physical strength but has reminded me how strong I really am. Juggling daily life with 4 kids can be time consuming and draining. Finding time in my schedule can be difficult, but thanks to Wendy and O3 fitness I am on the path to reclaiming my body. I am losing weight, feeling strong, and believing in myself! I could never had gotten to this point of personal satisfaction by myself, and I owe it to the 45 minutes 3 days a week that I spend at O3 fitness!”