Each one of these women started out as participants of Boot Camp Babes. Through hard work, perseverance, and a passion for fitness, they transformed into the amazing trainers you know today. Let them help you achieve your goals!
MOTIVATE / INSPIRE / ENCOURAGE
Some of Jamie’s accomplishments include:
– Completing seven half marathons
– Participating in 2 Warrior Dashes
– Losing weight and getting healthy for her kids
– Hiking 7 Phoenix summits in one day for the 7 Summit Challenge and hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (down and up and a day!)
– Running in Ragnar Del Sol (a 200mile relay race) twice
– Participating in the Susan G Komen 60mile 3 Day Walk for the Cure
Jamie is the proud mother of 2 kids, Caiden and Callie, who keep her very busy! She is an active member of her church and she loves Boot Camp, hiking, running, traveling, playing games with her family, and thunderstorms. She enjoys good runs, good food, and good friends.
Jamie’s story begins as a typical trainer’s journey: Athletic all her life, with a love for jogging, playing tennis and running track, she had a passion for fitness and self-studied Nutrition/Exercise and Health and Wellness while completing her BA in Sociology at the University of Washington. But her journey took a different turn when she became pregnant. She was blessed with two pregnancies but also the daunting task of losing 60 pounds after each birth. Like many of us, she struggled each time to get the weight off. After she had lost most of the weight from her second child, she started bringing along her friends and her mother to the gym while she trained, teaching them the correct form for exercises and healthy workout habits that she had learned. She not only got herself back into better shape but helped her mom complete her first 10K as well. Then the little ones started to grow up, and like many of us, she got busy being a mom… she started neglecting herself, and lost sight of who she was.
Unfortunately, she soon found herself in the worst shape of her life as the pounds crept back on. Even though she knew what exercises to perform and what to eat for better health, she was too wrapped up in being a mother and didn’t take time for herself. It was at her worst point when she found Boot Camp Babes. At that point she was ready… and she never looked back! Her determination and go-getter attitude was admired at camp. She lost 35 pounds and 32 inches, but more importantly, camp re-ignited her passion for fitness! It also helped her re-discover her gift for helping others to achieve their fitness goals. Fellow babes frequently commented that having her for a partner at camp was like having your own personal trainer for the day. Her hard work ethic is inspirational and as a client in her class you leave feeling motivated, uplifted, and ready to face the day. Those of you who know Jamie can see her determined attitude and self discipline shine through at camp. It is hard to imagine she was once without these traits. She understands what it feels like to want something more for yourself and is ready to push each of you to get you there, too!
Jamie’s passion in helping others reach their fitness goals ran so deep, that she is not just a trainer, but also an owner in Boot Camp Babes!!! If you ever need someone to relate to you or have any questions about health, fitness, or Boot Camp Babes in general, Jamie is always a perfect place to start.
Certified Group Instructor (Chandler/Gilbert)
Certified Health Coach
Trainer and Owner
Some of Marnie’s accomplishments include:
– Completing five half marathons and three 15K races in the span of two years
– Participating in 2 Warrior Dashes and a Spartan Sprint
– Completing the Nathan’s Olympic distance Triathlon and the Urban Dirt Off Road Sprint Triathlon
– Hiking 7 Phoenix summits in one day for the 7 Summit Challenge, hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon three times (down and up and a day and rim to rim)
– Running in Ragnar Del Sol (a 200mile relay race) three times
– Participating in the Susan G Komen 60mile 3 Day Walk for the Cure
It’s probably not common to see many electrical engineers become trainers, but with Marnie, it’s really no surprise. Marnie has always been an athlete. She started softball and skiing when she was seven years old and through school added snowboarding, golf, and field hockey (where she was recognized as MVP her sophomore year). While in school, Marnie was also a lifeguard, swimming instructor, and youth sports camp instructor. Through teaching youth sports camps, Marnie discovered two of her passions: teaching and fitness! At this point she had a choice to make, and fitness gave way to academics as Marnie moved from Calgary, Canada to Arizona to attend ASU. She went on to graduate summa cum laude with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and continued with her Master’s degree. If you ever wonder where she learned determination, ask her about that thesis. After graduating from college, Marnie continued to stay active playing recreational and competitive Ultimate Frisbee. Marnie is an amazing, well-rounded person, both intellectually and physically. Her drive to succeed is contagious!
Marnie’s level of fitness was not always at its peak, however. Between sitting at a desk all day and her love of good food and wine, she found herself in new territory as her fitness level declined. Add to that the emotional turmoil of having a baby. She was frustrated and worn out, and like most women, used food as a way to feel better. Then in December 2008 , Marnie had her son, Kace. Although she was completely overjoyed with the new little boy in her life, she also gained 50 extra pounds from the pregnancy. She tried to get back into playing Ultimate, but she found that all of her speed was gone and her endurance had suffered from inactivity. She was feeling terrible about herself and needed help! Fortunately, a Google search brought up Boot Camp Babes and started her on a path she never expected. Not only did Boot Camp help her drop that baby weight and get her speed and endurance back, she started setting new goals. She was inspired to run the Nike women’s half marathon and walk the Susan G. Komen 3-day for the Cure in 2010 by some fellow Babes. Marnie had never been a fan of long distance running or walking and really did not believe she was capable. She completed both, with impressive finishing times, and loved them so much she continues to do more and more.
Marnie had rediscovered her love for fitness and had found new ways to set goals and make them happen. Her next goal was to take what she learned and make a difference in other people’s lives by becoming a Boot Camp Babes trainer. As a trainer, Marnie’s enthusiasm is infectious and her hard work ethic inspires others to do the same. Marnie was so thankful for what Boot Camp Babes did for her and so inspired as a trainer, she ended up leaving the world of engineering and becoming an owner at Boot Camp Babes!! I guess now you could consider her an engineer of health and fitness.
Certified Group Instructor (Phoenix)
Movement Performance Specialist
Trainer and Owner
Some of Apryl’s accomplishments include:
– Completing the Chicago, Boston, Quad City, Tuscon, and Phoenix Rock and Roll Marathons all at a pace under 9min/mile
– Regularly placing in the top 3 of her age category for 10K, 15K, and half marathon distance races
– Completing the Olympic distance Triathlon in Tempe
– Placing 7th at the AFLAC Iron Girl
– Running in Ragnar Del Sol twice and Ragnar So-Cal
– Hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim
Apryl is no stranger to hard work, beginning her impressive running accomplishments at the very young age of 10. If you can remember way back to the fifth grade, all students are required to participate in the Presidential Challenge of Physical fitness. It was then that Apryl ran her first mile, did very well and has never looked back! Her love for running was born. She ran track and cross country throughout high school and was a highly competitive member of the Northern IL University Cross Country team during college. At this time, she helped ignite a spark for running in others as well, coaching a high school distance team and an AAU summer track team. Weight training and interval training were also huge parts of her repertoire, as she molded and shaped her body into a running machine and taught others to do the same.
Apryl and her family were led out west from Illinois when her husband, Brian, was relocated by his company. They packed up their two young boys, Vaughn and Grady, and left their friends, family and all the security they knew back home. As if the change of moving wasn’t enough, Apryl also left her job of 10 years in sales behind and was now a stay-at-home mother. Understandably, the stress of not knowing anyone in Arizona and the transition from working to staying home took a toll on Apryl emotionally. She was very down and her network of friends and her motivation was left in Illinois. She joined a gym, hoping it would help to meet people, but it didn’t. She stopped running, began gaining a bit of weight and remembers trying to make light of the situation stating that, “just because I could button my pants, didn’t mean I should be wearing them!” She needed to find an outlet where she could be encouraged, motivated and pushed physically to get herself back on track and in the right frame of mind to begin making friends. She found Boot Camp Babes at an ICAN charity event and decided to go for it and enroll. At camp she was challenged in a good way and began to feel her competitive edge creeping back. She started running again outside of camp and with the support of her fellow Babes at camp, found herself again and with a new network of motivation.
Over the months as Apryl trained at camp, everyone could see her love for fitness, her amazing drive to succeed and her exceptional fitness level. She would even ride her bike to and from her workouts at camp! It wasn’t long before Apryl was asked her to join the training team. She is an exceptional asset to our staff and she will transform each of you, as she trains her own classes and helps women find themselves again… just like she did… one day at a time.
ACE Certified Group Instructor (Chandler)
Some of Christy’s accomplishments include:
– Running in the Phoenix New Times, Color Run, and Hot Chocolate 5K
– Previously working as a white water rafting guide and a rock climbing and rappelling instructor
– Winning first place in the 100 yard dash in high school
– Participating on her high school volleyball team
Christy is a proud Mom of 2 boys, Tyler and Connor and so blessed to be married to her best friend Dave. She loves spending time with her family, whether it’s running around the family room, dancing like crazy, or sitting down watching a movie. She also loves Boot Camp, running, hiking, singing, dancing, traveling and rainy days.
Christy has been active most of her life. As a child she loved to play soccer. Her coach always placed her as a forward because she could run fast. Sprinting was an early love. Her favorite events at school track and field were the 50 and 100 yard dash. She also enjoyed playing softball and volleyball. Out of High School Christy spent a summer in Oregon as a white water river raft guide and a rock climbing and repelling instructor for Church youth groups.
After getting married, Dave and Christy stayed active by working out in the gym and playing racquetball and she ran her first 5K in the Phoenix New Times. Struggling for about two years to get pregnant with her first son, Tyler, took an emotional toll on Christy. She stopped working out and ended up gaining weight . She was able to lose the weight after Tyler was born, but a couple of years later as they tried for their second son, Connor, the stress and disappointment of two miscarriages took a toll on her body and resulted in an extra 50lbs of pregnancy weight.
Not having as much luck losing the weight the second time around, Dave mentioned that one of the employees he worked with was leaving to become a trainer and co-owner for Boot Camp Babes. Christy became very interested. After three months of working out with Boot Camp Babes she shed 14 inches and lost 22lbs!! Boot Camp Babes has changed her life. Not only does she have the energy to keep up with her very energetic boys, she also has a love for fitness and has met an incredible group of women. She has always been a quiet and shy person and never thought she would have a desire to be become a trainer. Boot Camp Babes helped her find that passion and now she wants to share that with other women, to help them reach their goals. To be a part of that transformation will be both rewarding and inspirational and she looks forward to it.
ACE Certified Group Instructor (Phoenix)
Some of DeAnna’s accomplishments include:
– Completed numerous 5k’s
– Ran the 2012 Scottsdale Women’s Half Marathon in under 2 hours
– Participated in the 2013 Hot Chocolate 15k and Mountain to Fountain 15k
– Ran the Thanksgiving Day 10k
– Ran in the 2013 Ragnar Del Sol (a 200 mile relay race)
DeAnna discovered her love for fitness in middle school. Her father was an avid runner and DeAnna would happily tag along to his weekend races. After watching a couple races, she decided to join in on the fun and started to run the races herself. She also spent her younger years playing softball, cheerleading, and tumbling.
Many years and two beautiful children later, she found herself sitting at a local Chandler restaurant next to Boot Camp Babes trainer, Apryl Campbell. As DeAnna started to complain about feeling out of shape, Apryl encouraged her to join in one of her Boot Camp classes. A few months passed and DeAnna decided to give Boot Camp a try. This is when she rediscovered her love for running and fitness. After a few sessions and eating healthy, she was back down to her high school weight!
Outside of Boot Camp, DeAnna can be found spending time with her husband, Adam and daughters, Ava and Allison. They have been residing in Chandler since 2011. The family moved from Northern Illinois and are avid Chicago sports fans; Bears, Cubs, & Blackhawks. They make the most of the beautiful weather and numerous options of physical activities by getting involved with as much as possible. DeAnna is a tiny powerhouse who knows how to get the most out of Boot Camp participants and always does it with a smile.
Group Instructor (Chandler)
Some of Michelle’s accomplishments include:
– Completing the Scottsdale Women’s Half Marathon
– Completing the PF Chang’s Rock and Roll Half Marathon
– Completing the Duke City Half Marathon
– Participating in numerous 5k and 10k races
– Competed in the OCB Figure Competition
Michelle fell in love with fitness and health while attending Northern Arizona University. She realized that sweat sessions at the gym helped her focus on her course work in Education. Michelle and her husband moved to Albuquerque where she taught Middle School Language Arts and attended UNM for her Master’s Degree in Education. After the birth of her daughter, Michelle decided to stay at home full time. She still wanted to be active and wanted to get out of the house with her daughter and enjoy the beautiful trails around town and thought running would be the perfect activity. She found different races to run and finally completed her first half marathon five months after her daughter was born. The positive energy and support from participants made racing her new hobby. The most spirited race was a 5k that ended at the wine festival.
After a full year out of the classroom Michelle was missing teaching, but didn’t want to go back to a traditional setting. Trying to combine her love of health, fitness, and education, Michelle decided to become a personal trainer and nutrition and wellness counselor. Realizing how easy it is for women to put themselves last, Michelle wanted to help women become happy and healthy from the inside out. She took on clients and started a workout group for moms.
With the birth of her second child approaching, Michelle and her husband, both Phoenix natives, moved back to Arizona to be closer to family. It was then she found Boot Camp Babes and wanted to be a part of an organization that focuses on women’s fitness and like she strived for, helps women become happy and healthy from the inside out. Michelle brings a positive attitude and enthusiasm to every class she teaches. As a nutrition expert, she’s the perfect person to talk to if you have any questions about your diet. Remember, food is 80% of the equation and Michelle is a phenomenal resource in the BCB community!
AFPA Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant (Phoenix)