As a person who spent my entire life overweight I was more than a little skeptical when I saw a flyer for Boot Camp classes at Stoneking Wellness Center. I have gone though my fair share of diets and exercise fads. I have tried many exercise classes and gyms with little success and stunning failures. I was certain I wouldn’t be able to do the beginner’s program, but knew I at least needed to try. I was terrified the first day of class, but everyone on staff at Stoneking and the other class participants were so friendly I was immediately at ease. The first class was the best worst day! I couldn’t do an entire set of any of the exercises, I was outrun by women twice my age, I felt like a failure. Kari and Laura were so supportive and encouraging after class, they were the only reason I came back!
Laura and Kari’s enthusiasm and devotion to making each student in the class better constantly impresses me. After my first week of boot camp classes I knew boot camp wouldn’t be just another page in my book of weight loss failures. One year and 115 pounds lighter, I know I could not have done any of my journey without the encouragement, support and enthusiasm of Kari, Laura and the entire Stoneking staff! (and the rest of my beginner’s boot camp crew!) Whether telling me “you got this” or “gently” correcting my form, or just “encouraging” you to keep going, Kari and Laura run a boot camp class that is engaging and fun. I can’t thank Laura, Kari and the entire Stoneking staff enough for the great program.