Frequently Asked Questions
changes can I expect from Boot Camp training?
• Lose 1-2 lbs. of fat each week (depending
on weight & height)
• Increased muscle tone and definition
• Increased strength and endurance for
recreational or everyday activities
• Increased energy and alertness
• Renewed self-confidence.
• Improved health profile (lower cholesterol,
triglycerides, blood pressure, blood sugar)
• You will fit into your old clothes!
• Become a slimmer, firmer, healthier
is the level of difficulty of the Boot Camp?
Boot Camp is not designed to accommodate someone
who has never worked out before. You should
have a basic level of strength and endurance
to participate. The Camp is designed to help
the intermediate to advanced exerciser get her
physique to the next level. If you have been
going to the gym or exercising at home for a
couple of months and are feeling "stuck,"
this Camp is perfect for you.
good fitness test is this: if you can complete
20 minutes of continuous aerobic activity (treadmill,
bike, elliptical, tennis, etc.) at a moderate
intensity; AND you can complete at least 15
squats with your body weight and 10 push-ups
on your knees, then you are fit enough to participate.
may be all levels of people participating in
any given class- from first timers to 2 year
veterans. We will provide easier and more advanced
versions of certain exercises when appropriate.
do I need to bring with me?
you need is an exercise mat, a sweat towel,
and a bottle of water.
I need to bring or purchase any equipment?
we provide all the equipment.
You just need to show up and be ready for anything!
type of exercise is “Boot Camp Training”?
Here’s how I define it: group body sculpting, in
an outdoor environment, with minimal equipment,
using a fast paced exercise sequence, often
alternating resistance training with cardio or
conditioning exercise. It includes core
exercise, calisthenics, and may utilize
dumbbells, bands, medicine balls, or stability
balls. It also makes use of obstacle courses,
relays, and games to keep the workout fun and
there any studies to prove the benefits of this
type of training?
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) released
a study conducted by scientists at the University
of Wisconsin proving that a Boot Camp style
workout is the most effective exercise program
for simultaneously burning fat and building
muscle. Researchers found that the average
exerciser burns 9.8 calories per minute during
a typical workout, which equals about
600 calories for an hour class. This
is equal to or greater than the amount of calories
burned during other types of aerobic classes,
such as spinning, kickboxing, or step. BUT only
Boot Camp classes specifically include muscle
strengthening exercises for every muscle group
in your body. Applying progressive
resistance to muscles is key if you expect to
increase muscle tone and definition.
Dr. John Porcari, who led the study, said, “On
average, people were working at 77% of heart
rate max, which is considered moderate intensity,
but it also gets as high as 92%, meaning the
workouts have peaks and valleys.” This
type of interval training has consistently proven
to burn more fat than longer duration, lower
intensity cardio like cycling or treadmill walking.
you would like to see the results of a local
study of MY Boot Camp, The
Observer did a 3 part feature
which followed a brand new Camper through her
first 6 weeks and what she was able to accomplish.
Read the full story here.
is the difference between the Shape Up Sarasota
Boot Camp and other Boot Camps?
For one, it is not a military
boot camp in the strictest sense. We will not
scream in your face until you cry, or force
you to do something you feel could result in
injury. We use positive motivation to help you
push your limits to accomplish what you did
not think was possible.
do use a lot of calisthenics (body weight exercises
like push-ups, sit-ups, squats, etc.) but we
also utiIize a lot of other equipment military
camps don’t incorporate (dumbbells, medicine
balls, bands). My reason for this is it keeps
the workouts fresh and interesting.
Which is another way the Shape Up Sarasota Boot
Camp is different. I guarantee you will never
do the exact same workout twice. Every couple
of months you may do a sequence you’ve
done before, but basically you never know what’s
in store for you when you show up! That is one
of the main reasons people stick with this program
for so long, and get such great results. Variety
is necessary both from a psychological standpoint
so that you don’t get bored, but also
from a physiological standpoint because you
are constantly shocking your body with challenging
The complaints I’ve heard
about other boot camps is that they do the same
exercises or routines over and over; the instructors
are more concerned about just pushing your through
the routine as fast as you can go, with no concern
for exercise form (which results in injury for
many); and there was no before and after measurements
to demonstrate progress. None of that applies
In fact, I’ll go on record
to say I am confident that the Shape Up Sarasota
Boot Campers work harder and burn more calories
than most other boot camps. Based on heart rate
monitor readings, the average person burns between
600-800 calories per class- I even had one guy
burn 1400 calories recently! And another thing
that makes MY Boot Camp different than most
boot camps is the concept of progressive and
appropriate resistance. Almost any other boot
camp class will make everyone bring 5lb. or
3 lbs. dumbbells, or give everyone a 4lb. medicine
ball. At my classes, most women use 10, 12,
or 15lb. dumbbells, and 8 or 10lb. medicine
balls. For the guys, I bring dumbbells up to
40lbs. and extra thick resistance bands. Do
you think that makes a difference when it comes
to sculpting muscle? You bet!
That's why in 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013 we were
voted Favorite Weight Loss Program by the
Sarasota Natural Choice Awards!
credible is the Shape Up Sarasota Boot Camp
and its instructors?
I started the Shape Up Sarasota Boot Camp in
July 2007. That makes it the longest running
continuous Boot Camp in the greater Sarasota
area. Since that time, my instructors and I have
helped hundreds of people get in the best shape
of their lives, and have fun doing it. In 2009 I began doing body fat analysis
and photos on every member. (This was a service
I previously reserved for my private training
clients.) You can see some of our Success
The Shape Up Sarasota Boot Camp has been featured
in almost every major media outlet in the area,
including ABC-7, Bay
News 9, the Herald
Tribune, The Observer,
and Positive Change.
the past 5 years, JD has been voted Favorite Personal Trainer in
Sarasota by the readers of
JD Doyle has been a certified personal trainer
and nutritional advisor since 1995. He holds
multiple certifications, including ACE Clinical
Exercise Specialist and ISFTA Master Trainer.
He is the owner and director of Ultimate-U
Fitness, and was the Director of Personal
Training at Snap
Fitness in Bradenton for 5 years.
the other Boot Camp instructors were personally
trained and certified by JD through ISFTA, and
bring their own twist to the program. See
page for more on their background.
is your attendance policy? What if I miss some
Boot Camp sessions due to illness or travel
for each month of Boot Camp is valid only until
the end of that monthly billing cycle. It is
your responsibility to attend the Camp. There
are no refunds or extensions granted. You are
paying to be a member of the Camp, not for a
certain number of sessions. However, you are
encouraged to make up missed sessions at any
of the other times and/or locations within the
If you are on a monthly membership, you
shouldn’t be overly concerned about missing a
few sessions now and then. The contract
memberships are less expensive than the month
to month prices for this reason.
On the other hand, if you are going to be out
of town on a 10-day
vacation, just let JD know at the start of the
month and he will pro-rate your cost so that you
are only paying for
the days you are here.
about the holidays? Are there any days off?
Boot Camp will continue on a regular schedule
from Jan.3 to Dec. 21, 2011. Besides the 2
week break at the end of the year, there are
only 2 other holidays we do not have a regularly
scheduled Camp: July 4 and Thanksgiving Day.
We may end up cancelling a class the day before
or after those holidays depending on how many
people sign up for the class (5 campers minimum).
How do I measure my progress?
Body Composition. When you
join the Boot Camp, you will get a body
composition analysis chart, and a “before” photo
taken. Its your responsibility to take your
weight and tape measurements as directed, and JD
will measure your body fat, and set a realistic
goal for you. Then for every 8 weeks you are a
member of the Camp, you get another body
composition analysis, in conjunction with the
start and end of our Fat Loss Challenges that
end & start every 8 weeks.
Strength & Endurance. Once
every 8 weeks, you will be tested for the maximum
number of push-ups, sit-ups, & squats, &
dips you can do in 1 minute. You will also be
tested for the time it takes you to complete
a ½ mile run. Your records will be kept
and reference each month before re-testing.
What about diet
& nutritional support?
Every member will receive a a copy of my Top
10 Nutritional Commandments, my Supplement
Guide, and a $20 Gift Card to GNC.
Once every 8 weeks, I will present my Fat
Loss 101 Nutrition Seminar free for
all current Boot Campers. In this seminar, I
explain how to estimate your calorie needs,
how to choose the right carbs, fats, and proteins,
how to plan meals and control your portions,
and which supplements are worth purchasing.
The time and location of the seminar may vary
based on when the majority of new members can
attend. It is highly recommended you attend
the seminar, but if it not possible, you will
be provided with a DVD recording of it.
All those committed for the year
will receive a Transformation Training
Manual, which includes all of the above
information, plus Cardio Training Guidelines,
Travel Workouts, and Weekly Checklists
to ensure that you are doing everything right
outside the Boot Camp to reach your long term
Do you have a discount program for
couples or families?
There is a $30 discount each month for the
second (or third) person from your immediate
family who signs up for the unlimited option,
when the first person pays full price. There is
a $20 discount for the second family member who
signs up for the twice per week option, when the
first person pays full price.c. This way you can
save all year rather than just earning a one
time referral fee.
What is the
Biggest Loser/ Fat Loss Challenge Program?
Every 8 weeks, a new Fat Loss Challenge begins
in every Camp. All campers are instructed to
submit their scale weight and tape measurements,
and the instructors
measure each camper's body fat. At the
conclusion of the 8 weeks, everyone is re-tested
to determine who is the "Biggest Loser" in each
Camp. Whoever has lost the most body fat,
as determined by caliper readings, tape
measurements, and scale, wins a grand prize
package which includes GNC supplements, a deep
tissue massage gift certificate, and a FREE
month of Boot Camp!*
*Winners must agree to allow their before and
after pictures to be published for promotional
What is the Referral
For every full time Boot Camp member you
refer, you will receive a $50 credit towards
your next month of Boot Camp. (To qualify for
the referral fee, the new member must sign up
for a minimum of 3x’s/week for three months) If
your referral signs up for twice per week
membership, you get a $30
credit towards your next month of Boot Camp.
So tell everyone you know, let them try it out
for a free session, and enjoy a big membership