T- 4 Days to the Challenge

It was New Years Day.  And like every self-improvement dork, I wake up on Jan 1st feeling like:



The Christmas tree is on the curb and the pine needles are vacuumed by 8am.

By 10am I’ve cleaned out my work desk and posted a big calendar of the year above it:

It starts with the beta test of a 28 Day Transformation Challenge.


For years I’ve been struggling with how to better support my clients with their Nutrition, and I think this Program might be perfect.

(And, to be honest – I need the re-set. I’m great at exercising but I’m also great at eating almond butter with a spoon.)

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So I emailed some clients …

..and and quickly get 15 awesome people who are willing to be my guinea pigs and fellow participants.


T- 3 Days to the Challenge

The Facebook Group is created and I ask people to introduce themselves and their reasons for doing the Challenge. It was this kind of stuff:


” Because I feel as big and gruesome as the cruise ship I just got off of this morning”


”  I have the eating habits of a 10 year old boy”



 “I need some portion control that will destroy my continual second helpings – and  to defeat evil sugar cravings.”


“Because despite exercising, I still can’t lose my belly”


“I’m not usually one for the January self-improvement game but soothing my pain with wine and buttered toast is proving to not totally be the answer.”


 “I’m hitting mid-life and for some reason can’t eat donuts and candy bars like I used to. “


“I have a little extra pudge that needs to disappear.”


T – 3 Days to the Challenge: Prep

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T – 24 Hours to the Challenge : Actual Prep


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Challenge Day 1: Detox Hell

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Day 2: The Day We Got to Have Soup

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DAY 4: Detox Phase Over

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Day 4

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Day 5

It’s Friday and I asked everyone to post what they had learned in the first week of the Challenge:

Answers included:


“I can survive without wine at the end of the night”


“My family is more open to healthier meals then I thought”


 “I spend so much money on lunches it has been wonderful to have a plan and bring my lunches and not eat Uber eats all the time”


” I won’t stop snacking to prevent myself from becoming a fat-sack-of-fat but will do it because Oonagh challenged me to do so.”


 “I can, in fact, operate without caffeine. I even feel better. I thought that I was sleeping well before but I can tell how much better my sleep has become. I will continue without caffeine indefinitely.”


“I’ve got a fair number of mindless consumption habits, especially related to snacking and drinking alcohol.”


” I was eating WAY more of my kids’ food than I realized”


“I had more of a sugar/caffeine addiction than I thought because the first two days SUUUUUUUUCKED”


“Having a group has saved me from throwing in the towel more than a couple of times (mostly during the coffee headache days). “


“When I eat better, I feel happier and have a better outlook on life. ”


“I think the biggest thing I have learned this week is that I appreciate being told what to do in certain arenas of my life. I have loved that the only consideration at mealtimes has been “what’s on the plan?”


“Doing it in a group is easier, more fulfilling and really holds you to be accountable for your actions.”

“My mental model of what to eat and in what proportions has changed dramatically. ”

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Day 6: First Much-Anticipated Cheat Meals:


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Days 8 – 21. I’m not going to lie – there were some tough times:


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There were some moments of triumph:

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We ate some unbelievable food:


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One surprising effect is that the Cheat Meals got a little less satisfying…


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After two weeks, I asked people to report if they had noticed any physical results:


“I don’t weigh myself but yesterday I wore a skirt that I haven’t zipped in months.”


“I’m happy to say that I’m down four pounds.”


“I’m down about 8 pounds!”


“I fit into my smaller pants once more. But I plan to complain my way through the next 18 days anyhow.”


“I’ve already lost about five pounds”


“I am definitely a little leaner.”


 “I have already lost two kilos!”


As the inaugural Challenge is drawing to a close, I’m excited to report that 100% of the participants said they would recommend it to a friend. The average weight loss was 10lbs and 3″ of belly fat gone in 28 Days.


But I’m even more excited about the other effects that the Challenge has brought about. I asked people what they are going to do with this momentum:

 “I have a ton of new energy that I’m planning to channel in a ton of ways! I know that’s very vague but I already have a journal full of plans!”


“I would like to change my job”


“I’m going to work through Ottelenghi’s “Plenty” cookbook and build up a solid rotation of new and delicious vegetable dishes.”


“I’m going to run Matthew Inman’s “Beat The Blerch” half marathon while wearing a giant cupcake costume.”


“I’m going to make my own doc film. I know what it’s about and who’s in it. Just need to take the risk and go do it.”


“I’m trying to build my own business.”


“My challenge is to use the 28 Day Transformation as inspiration to create a sustainable structure for all areas of my life…and to keep it up. I’m a much better person for it.”



A huge congratulations and THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the pilot version of the 28 Day Transformation Challenge.


April 2018:

I’ve just done year long follow ups with the early 2016 and 2017 28 Day Challenge groups and 93% have reported that the Challenge has had a long term positive effect on their health and have maintained some or all of their results.

(Compare this to the Weight Loss Industry average of LESS than 1%!)

Check out these pics that people sent me a year after doing their Challenge:


And after a year, 100% of respondents still said they would recommend the program to a friend. 🙂

***Go here to learn more and book your spot for the next intake!***


Alex’s Fitness Story

Every year over December, I run a program called Get Better in December. The idea is that, despite all the parties and feasts and hectic schedules, we the Fit Feels Good Bootcampers , will not only maintain our fitness levels, but get BETTER.

We compete both individually and as a team and the person with the most improvement gets to take home the coveted Fit Feels Good Trophy (that may or may not have been created by a some tipsy trainers with a glue gun at our Christmas staff party in 2014).


This is the original trophy. Each recipient has taken it upon themselves to add to it. It now includes feathers, a dragon and at least 3 more medals.
This is the original Trophy. Each recipient has taken it upon themselves to add to it. It now includes feathers, a dragon and at least 3 more medals.


We do assessments at the beginning of the month and then at the beginning of January and I’m proud to say that every year my Bootcampers do indeed get better.  Every year at the beginning of January when I tally up all the results at home I found myself saying stuff out loud like, “Kaitlyn went from 18 to 34 pushups from her toes!? The entire West End crew had almost perfect attendance – in DECEMBER?! Vicki did a 4 min and 24 sec wall sit!? Wow!”


Alex joined us last spring and this was his first ever Get Better in December. He missed the final assessment but asked if he could do it in the next class. “I’m a documentary film maker” he said, smiling. “The story needs an ending.”

So how’s this for a Hollywood wrap-up:


He went from  71 to 93 pushups (!!)

From a 10 min 30 sec wall sit to a FIFTEEN MINUTE WALL SIT


and a 2 min and 32 sec plank to a 4.12 min plank.

Holy. shit.
So I asked Alex if he would be our January Fitness Story. He said he would, but warned me that “the answers might not be what you are expecting”.
He was right.
I’m so honoured that he chose to share it.  This is Alex’s Fitness Story:


Alex McIntosh




Documentary Director / Producer

How long have you been training with us? 

Since the summer of 2015.

Were you always an exerciser? What did you do for your fitness before signing up with FFG?

I’ve always been pretty active. I played rugby from the age of 11 until I was 30, but eventually had to give it up because of a congenital heart condition.


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I had a valve replaced in 2008, and that put pay to anything competitive. I’ve been kinds toddling along since but nothing had really stuck until this.

What made you sign up for a FFG Bootcamp? 

Now you’re asking a question. Ok….

I’d been at a bit of a loss trying to fill in the gap after rugby. I went back to it on a much more social level but even then found I couldn’t really keep up. I tried a couple of different things (gym, training apps etc) but nothing really stuck because they lacked the rush you get from playing sport.

Then in May 2015 my twin brother died from cancer. He had it for about a year, and was diagnosed terminal about six or seven months beforehand. It was a very rare, aggressive form of cancer and I guess comparatively speaking it took him quite quickly, but he was really sick for several months – he’d gone from a guy who was a rugby player not even a year earlier to barely able to walk. He was my best friend, and also a dick…  it was that kind of irreplaceable relationship. It’s a cliche, but it really did make me think very hard about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

One of the choices I made was basically to stop fucking about and commit to something fitness wise because I need to be around for a long as possible for my family, and with my heart condition it’s already a ticking clock.

It all sounds very dramatic I know, but it’s kinda true. When I started these classes, I found something that worked both physically and mentally – which is always the hard part – and that’s kinda where I’m at.

How has being an FFG Bootcamper changed your life?

I think more than anything I’ve found something I can commit to and that I enjoy. I’ve no interest in being screamed at by a trainer (done plenty of that already thank you), but I do need something that challenges me and that I can push myself and feel competitive, even though it’s with myself.

Also being in a group environment feels really familiar, and everyone is really fun to be with… even though no-one understands my accent!  (Oonagh’s note: Alex is from Yorkshire, England, so he’s charmingly incomprehensible.)  It feels right for what I want to get out of exercise.

What do you do when you are not Bootcamping?

I work in documentary TV, which is pretty interesting a lot of the time. I feel fortunate that I do a job I enjoy.
Outside of that, I have a daughter who is four going on fourteen. We’re trying to get her into something that she enjoys outside of school. At the moment its cirque-ability, which is circus led gymnastics.
I also keep my hand in the rugby by doing a bit of coaching in the summers. When you’ve done something for over 20 years it’s hard to let go! Plus it’s nice to feel like you’re giving back a bit.
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Oonagh’s note: I can’t even deal with how cute that baby is

What’s your major fitness goal right now?

I definitely feel fitter and healthier than I did six months ago, so if I can keep on the path I’m on now for the foreseeable future I’d be pretty happy. I’m a creature of habit. I eat well when I exercise and I exercise when I eat well. I guess the challenge will come when work starts to get really stressful, as I know it will do at some point, and will I stick to getting up in the morning having worked late nights… I feel like I’m in enough of a rythym that I will, and that wasn’t the case before I joined.

What about coming to Bootcamp makes you jump out of bed at 5am singing the Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music?

The knowledge that I will have got my fitness in before 7.30! I love that. I HATE that feeling of forcing yourself to go to the gym at the end of the day. It massively unproductive (for me anyway). I’m definitely a morning person. My wife loves that obviously…

Alex in action at 6am. Not a morning person at all. (with workout partner Shauna and Maija killing it in the background)

What exercise or drill makes you cower under your bed covers and pretend you don’t hear your alarm?

One word – running. Mainly because I just can’t do it any more really. Suicides. Sprints. Even the warm up. It’s not that I truly hate it, but I hate my body for not being able to do it as well as I used to. But stick me on one spot and I’m happy as Larry. I don’t feel the effects as much doing pressups, burpees, squats etc… Go figure.

Best/funniest bootcamp moment?

Actually there are a few. The obstacle course was great! I also loved New Year’s Eve techno/trance in the dark with finger lights. That was hilarious at first then suddenly it became exercise and you kinda forgot how funny it was. Then it went back to being funny again. It was a great idea!

The finger lights didn’t photograph well but this is the outfit that went with that workout…

What advice would you give someone who is just starting out with FFG Bootcamps or just thinking about it?

I’m not sure I’m the best person to dispense this kind of advice, as I do come from the Drill Sgt school of exercise.

But if it were anything I’d say take it at your own pace at first – I’ve given up on stuff because I went too hard too soon and then got fed up.

THEN, if you get into it and start to like it, you’ve got to start to bring something to the table and challenge yourself. I’ve been told many times that fitness itself should never get easier – the fitter you get, the more you have to put in to get something out. But it’s how you feel outside of the class that will tell you if you’re getting anything from it.

What is the accomplishment or personal milestone you are most proud of?

On a personal level, the 15 minute wall sit was pretty satisfying. I doubt very much I could beat it though… It was nice that we got the trophy too, not that I’m at all competitive…
Alex taking home a well-deserved trophy for the Annex Early Risers

Did you enjoy reading Alex’s Fitness Story? Want to congratulate him on his 15 min wall sit?!? Leave a comment below and give a man some props! 

Erin’s Fitness Story

Erin is one of our founding Bootcampers. She started with me in 2013 in Christie Pits but she was on vacation for the first month so I actually didn’t meet her until she joined us on our first Bootcamp ‘field trip’ to run the Mud Hero race. She and I actually ran the race together; and as we heaved ourselves over walls and trudged our way through a muddy lake, I had no idea that Erin was getting hooked on a new hobby that she would eventually take across borders.

The founding members covered in mud on the day I met Erin
The founding Bootcampers covered in mud on the day I met Erin

Erin’s moved to the West End Bootcamp and so Scott gets to make her do her 6am burpees now. In his words: “Erin is a real fighter. Even when she’s juggling night classes and other demanding commitments, she still gives it her all at 6am. She takes on each and every circuit, exercise and challenge without ever a grumpy groan. She comes ready to crush it every morning and the West Enders love her for it!”


Erin Lane




Legal Assistant

How long have you been training with us?


On and off since 2013.


Were you always an exerciser? What did you do for your fitness before signing up with FFG?

No – not even a little bit.  Before I signed up I played ultimate frisbee and occasionally walked home from work.

What made you sign up for a FFG Bootcamp?

Which time?  I have multiple reasons – This last time, I felt my body getting stiff and knew I needed to do something about it.  I also needed a good stress reliever.  I enjoy working out in a group – I usually won’t do it on my own.


How has being an FFG Bootcamper changed your life?

Overall my body feels better and my mood is better.  This probably sounds super cheesy but I find I stand up straighter when I am doing Bootcamp – my muscles are stronger.


What do you do when you are not Bootcamping?


Work, School, Sports, Homework, play with my puppy – and I try and get some sleep too!


What’s your major fitness goal right now?

So my new goal is to one day be able to do something like this…


(Oonagh’s note: I actually caught Erin contemplating this feat on camara on our Bootcamp field trip this morning to an indoor obstacle course:


What about coming to Bootcamp makes you jump out of bed at 5am?

Honestly, I feel better on the mornings I go to Bootcamp.  I also enjoy the fact that its always different – you never really know whats in store for you.

I changed the workout plan last minute so we could all enjoy this amazing sunrise in Christie Pits.
This spectacular sunrise in Christie Pits took us by surprise so we got into a V sit hold to watch it change and disappear.

What exercise or drill makes you cower under your bed covers and pretend you don’t hear your alarm?

Tricep dips off the benches

Best/funniest Bootcamp moment?

I really enjoyed the Bootcamp at Wu Xing that you brought in the TV and we did the dancing – was it dance dance revolution?  I was so bad at it but it was so much fun

Our annual Christmas Bootcamp party. Rasputin.
Christmas Party Bootcamp 2014: Rasputin.

What advice would you give someone who is just starting out with FFG Bootcamps or just thinking about it?


Stick with it.  It’s hard at first – actually it’s hard all the time but that’s what makes it so great.


What is the accomplishment or personal milestone you are most proud of?

Until this morning I’ve never been able to do something like this wall. I just couldn’t do it and would walk around the obstacle but this morning I made it over.



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I have done over 20 runs / races / mud runs / colour runs since 2013.  The first one being the mud hero with FFG Bootcampers.

When I was younger, if you had told me this is what I would be doing in my late 20s and 30s, I never would have believed you…




I love that! (and I can relate as I never would have thought I would be working in fitness!) What could you be doing in a few years that would surprise and delight you? Show Erin some love and leave a comment to congratulate her on all her hard work!

Andre’s Fitness Story

This month’s Fitness Story is a little different. Instead of interviewing a client who has had an amazing fitness journey, I wanted to interview a fellow fitness professional whose story relates to this month’s theme of Sleep and Stress Reduction. Meet Andre.

I met Andre when he took my Personal Trainer Certification Course.  Andre was totally over-qualified for the Foundations of Personal Training course but he approached the course with a great attitude and a ‘learner’s mind’. He had this lovely peaceful yoga-dude vibe but clearly knew his way around the ‘bro’ section at the gym. Curious, I found out that he had  been a professional football player in the CFL but now was a yoga teacher and the owner of the Spirit Loft.

I wanted to ask him why a top level athlete would shift to a ‘softer’ physical practice. What were the consequences in his fitness level? What about those of us how only have an hour a day to spend on self-maintenance? Should we be om-ing or jump squatting?

This is what Andre had to say:

Have you always been active? Tell us a bit about your athletic/fitness history:

I grew up in an athletically gifted family, my father and his father were boxers from Ireland, and two of my uncles on my mother’s side were star Canadian university football players. So, athletics, competition and movement are ingrained within my genetic and psychological makeup. I was a very active child and liked to compete in a wide range of sports, like soccer, basketball, badminton, football, hockey, track & field. This wide range of skill development contributed to my overall athleticism as a youth, which I eventually focused at a much higher level of sport at Wilfrid Laurier University as a Wide Receiver/Slotback for the football program. After my second year at WLU a core group of the players decided that we wanted to take our abilities to the next level so we hired ourselves a year round speed and strength coach. This became the catalyst for allowing me to achieve at my highest abilities, becoming a two-time All-Canadian Receiver, Team MVP and after four years of school, drafted by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. I went on to play for 10 years in the CFL, winning a Grey Cup Championship and earning Team Captain honours. I can say wholeheartedly that my dedication to training and the high quality of strength, speed and positional coaches that I worked with gave me the opportunity for the successes that I had on the field.


Clearly you are not afraid to train HARD and you are someone who likes to move.  What made you first sit down and get into stillness and meditation? 

Although during my career as a competitive athlete I had many successes, ultimately the game of football is a violent and grueling path, a path that takes its toll on the athlete physically, mentally and emotionally. As any long term competitive athlete knows, leaving the game that you once loved and enjoyed as a child can be very painful and disillusioning. Luckily I had been introduced to yoga early in my CFL days by strength & conditioning coach/guru, Matt Nichol. He incorporated yoga classes in the training programs of his athletes, amateur/professional football and hockey players. I was immediately struck by the strange sense of inner peacefulness and ease that I felt in my body and mind in the final resting posture (savasana – corpse pose) each yoga class that I attended. I was also intrigued by the practices promise of increasing my flexibility. However, it was not until my final year of pro ball that I began to explore the yoga practice more regularly, encouraged by my girlfriend at the time, Catalina (who is now my loving wife), to be more consistent with my yoga practice. After my 10th year in the CFL Catalina and I decided to go traveling together through Mexico, Central & South America. We decided that participating in a yoga teacher training program during our travels would be a great learning experience. So, we spent 30 days living in a tent in the desert of Baja Sur, Mexico at the Yandara Yoga Institute studying our body-minds, cultivating mindfulness and investigating the nature of “self” and reality, through the ancient yoga and meditative practices. It was one of the most transformative experiences of my life. After our training we headed to a small hostel in Mexico City to continue on our journey, it was there that I wrote my letter of retirement to the Canadian Football League and my team at the time, the Edmonton Eskimos. I thanked them and let them know that I was on a new path! Yoga, meditation and mindfulness have been an important part of my daily life ever since.

I know a lot of people who value yoga and meditation IN THEORY but only have so much time to devote to self-maintenance and think that getting a good sweat is probably better value for time as far as health results. If someone is strapped for ‘me’ time, how would you suggest they budget it between activity and stillness?

Anything that you give value to, you will find time for. I approach meditation practice the same way I approach other daily tasks like flossing my teeth, I try my best to do it every day, its mental hygiene! We need to tend to and take care of our mind, just the same way we need to tend to and take care of our muscles, joints and movements. Once you have developed an understanding of meditation practice and have been provided with some quality instruction and guidance you soon realize that meditation can be done anywhere, anytime any moment! Start by carving out a special space or corner in your home for a meditation cushion to sit on and keep the cushion there. By creating this special space you have taken the first step. We also don’t need a lot of time, in fact as little as 5-10 minutes a day is a great starting point. Everyone can set aside 5-10 minutes a day. I generally try to commit to 20-25 minutes of meditation practice per day, but this habit has taken me quite some time to develop. Like anything that we try to make a habit in our lives, eating well, movement/exercise, reading time, it’s a process of slowly and progressively increasing your abilities and integrating it into your life. Don’t beat yourself up over a missed day or two, simply set the intention to do the best that you can every day. Make sure you understand the value of why you want to bring meditation/mindfulness into your life, understanding its value will strengthen your motivation to sit.


Has your mindfulness practice changed your physical health at all? Do you find you have additional energy? Or maybe you are less antsy?

Meditation practice and the cultivation of mindfulness has provided me with many benefits, like a greater sense of inner calm and stability, better sleeps, increased self-regulation when in challenging circumstances or when dealing with difficult emotions like anger and anxiety. Meditation has certainly increased my overall sense of well-being and ability to experience moments of happiness and joy too. However, it’s probably important to note here that the first priority of meditation and mindfulness is to increase our self-awareness and lead us to the insights related to the nature of “self” and the nature of the world around us. Through this increased awareness we have the ability to truly meet all of the relationships in our life with greater compassion, creativity and love. So we gain insight about our “self”, then from those insights and transformations we can better serve our communities and the world.

Most people come to the fitness industry looking for weight loss. Do you see any connection between mindfulness and achieving a healthy body composition?


Mindfulness can provide insight into the patterns of our life and the quality of our choices related to eating, exercise, our lifestyle habits and our relationships. In my experience as a trainer and teacher when we approach our life from a wholistic and balanced perspective which includes body, mind and heart, as well as, diet, sleep, movement, and our relationships, things like body composition and aesthetics take care of themselves. However, the reality is, we all need to learn to love our bodies just as they are, then work towards making them more vibrate, healthy and strong. Eventually we will all need to learn how to work through injury and illness too. So start with being compassionate with where you are and who you are, then set the intention to make new habits that will increase your awareness, energy and aliveness!


In your experience, how would you say that meditation compares to exercise in terms of stress reduction? Do you see any relationship between the two?

There certainly has been plenty of medically and scientifically proven benefits to meditation, “stress reduction” being one that seems to come up a lot. Generally the way we are reducing our stress through meditation and mindfulness practice is by changing the way we relate to the things that tend to stress us out. So by changing our relationship to stressors and how we respond to them we literally transform our brain, our minds, our life! There is an incredible amount of research related to neuroplasticity that has shown how meditation and mindfulness practice assists us in increasing our capacity to deal with stress and the challenging aspects of our life. We are rewiring and building the aspects of our brain that provide us with more tools and resilience to manage stress. I think what is also very important to note here is that the body and mind are not two separate elements that make up our being. The body and mind are two very much interconnected and integrated aspects of our whole human experience. So the way we hold stress or anxiety, whether through tension in our body, or through the swirling, difficult stories and thoughts in our minds, has an effect on the whole of our being and how we relate to the world. In my experience when we have a healthy body practice (exercise, movement) and a healthy relationship to our body, this contributes to the quality of our mental and emotional states, and vice versa, when we develop the ability to respond to the things that can cause irritation or anger in our minds with greater ease and equanimity, we inevitably will create a greater sense of calm and peace in our bodies.


Do you find it harder to make time for stillness than movement? Did you ever have to write your letter of resignation to the Edmonton Eskimos? Let us know in the comments below!



Deb’s Fitness Story

Deb is like so many of my clients in that she is a working mum with tons on her plate. And yet there she is at 6am, ready to kick it into high gear.  In the words of her fellow East End Bootcamper, Michelle: “Deb is the Bootcamper that is always 2..3….14 steps ahead of everyone else.”  Her trainer, Trevor, agrees: “Deb is super friendly but also very tough. She always shows up with a great attitude and a badass work ethic. I think this pushes everyone in the group to work harder too.”







How long have you been training with us?

1 year!

The Riverdale team celebrating their one year Anniversary with coconut water after the morning workout


…and with different beverages in the evening. #workhardplayhard


Were you always an exerciser? What did you do for your fitness before signing up with FFG?

Sorta?! Hot yoga, Pilates, running nothing ever super consistent. Snowboarding in my past life

What made you sign up for a FFG Bootcamp?

If my sister in law can do it…..so can I

 (Oonagh’s note: This is why a million gajillion studies show that exercising in groups or with a buddy is more effective than getting your workouts in solo: social support….and mayyyyyyyybe a little competition)

How has being an FFG Bootcamper changed your life?

Way more energy and the feeling of accomplishment before 7:00 am!

What do you do when you are not Bootcamping?

Kids. Wine. Kids. Work. Wine. Kids. Lol

What’s your major fitness goal right now?

To be in better shape at 44 than 34; maybe one day accomplish a pistol squat?!

This is totally Deb doing a pistol squat in the future.
This is totally future Deb doing a pistol squat.

What about coming to Bootcamp makes you jump out of bed at 5am singing the Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music?

That it’s the hardest part of the day and you are dominating it first thing! Makes the rest of the day way more manageable!

What exercise or drill makes you cower under your bed covers and pretend you don’t hear your alarm?

Burpees up the hill Jesus

The Annex Not So Early Risers doing burpees up the hill. It was a popular workout with everyone.
The Annex Not So Early Risers doing burpees up the hill. It was a popular workout with everyone.

Best/funniest bootcamp moment?

Falling over doing a reverse lunge when our instructor Trevor told us that the rap song we were listening to was so eloquently called “bang your bitch music” by his mom!!!


parental advisory
Mrs. Pickett advises.

What advice would you give someone who is just starting out with FFG Bootcamps or just thinking about it?

That you will feel the best you’ve ever felt, way more energy and your fitness goals can and will be achieved!

What is the accomplishment or personal milestone you are most proud of?

That I can actually do a proper push up….and more than one in a row!

(Oonagh’s note: Deb is being falsely modest here. Here she is doing the Roxanne Challenge with me and she nailed it. It’s no joke. )


Were you inspired by Deb’s Fitness Story? Want to congratulate Deb on the fact that she’s going to be fitter at 44 than 34? If so, comment below!