By LOIS KINDLE
Dimitria Camp, 33, isn’t just another fit, attractive woman employed to sell gym memberships.
Seeing her now, you’d never know she was 120 pounds overweight and lost them all through two and one-half years of diet and exercise at a boot camp in Hawaii. The former military wife is now a shadow of her former self, a certified fitness trainer and the manager of Burn Boot Camp in Apollo Beach. She spends her days helping others transform their lives.
“I love seeing people change when they discover what they can do,” Camp added. “It’s like watching flowers bloom. Seeing them flourish is my favorite part of the job.”
Unlike a traditional gym, Burn Boot Camp offers a well-rounded fitness program of high-intensity workouts led by one of four NCAA-certified personal trainers in a group setting; complete nutritional counseling; one-on-one focus meetings with a trainer; yoga; and free child care.
Workout sessions vary daily, are unlimited and burn between 400 and 700 calories each.
“They’re designed to maximize results in just 45 minutes,” Camp said. “Our program helps members lose weight, become more flexible, build core strength and alleviate pain. It’s for women of all ages.”
Burn Boot Camp trainers can modify any exercise to fit a member’s needs so there’s no need to feel intimidated.
Workouts include everyone from “elites to the de-conditioned, people who have sat for the past 15 years,” Camp said. “The human body is amazing and adaptable. It’s never too late to start. We have a 68-year-old member who proves that to herself every day. Her only wish is that she had started sooner.”
Debora Tichy, 62, of Ruskin, has been working out since August, when Burn Boot Camp offered pop-up introductory sessions outdoors before it officially opened in December. She’s lost more than 20 pounds and several inches.
“I have more strength and energy now,” she said. I really look forward to my workouts.”
Icy Ohle is also a big fan.
The 30-year-old Riverview resident signed up for a year-long membership, works out five times a week and has gained muscle while losing weight.
“I love it,” Ohle said. “The workouts are challenging and different every day. I’ve tried five other gyms, and this is the only one I stayed with. The coaches are just awesome.”
Morning camp sessions are as follows, Monday through Friday: 5 a.m. Express Camp, and then every hour from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Weekday-afternoon, co-ed camp sessions are 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Yoga is offered by Dena Baxley Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays only at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, there’s a workout for members at 8 a.m., and then a free one open to the public at 9.
Members can join for three, six or 12 months.
Burn Boot Camp, 106 Harbor Village Lane, Apollo Beach, offers a free, 14-day “test drive” of unlimited workouts, free childcare, personalized nutrition guidance and one-on-one support from a personal trainer. To sign up, visit www.burnbootcamp.com/south-shore-fl.