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Eastern Mass Adventure Boot Camp Testimonials
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Shannon, 5 months ago I decided I was going to run the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington D.C. With my running career consisting of mostly 5k's I knew I had to train on a different level so I decided to join Adventure Boot Camp .The camp was excellent; The overall workouts were demanding and after a month I started to feel stronger while running. I decided to make Adventure Boot camp workouts the primary preparation for the marathon. Truly, it is your enthusiasm that made me excited to return each morning at 5:30 a.m.. At age 50, you helped me set and complete a goal and surpass my own expectations. I completed the 26.2 miles in a time of 4:11:57 (9:37 pace) I want to thank you for the time spent preparing me to meet my personal goal. I am convinced without your guidance and spirit, my success would not be as notable.

I thank you.
Marie Gorman- Espinosa

 Shannon, I just wanted to thank you for offering such a great program. I Love It!

This is the best thing I've ever done for myself.

 Maureen Willard

 At age 39, my metabolism has slowed down. The result of not taking the time to stay fit was weight gain and high cholesterol. Facing a cholesterol level of 260, I knew I had to do something extreme. I joined Adventure Boot Camp.

After 8 weeks of camp with Shannon, I feel like a new person. Taking time for my self has been wonderful. This program has given me more energy and confidence. Most importantly, I have regained my good health. My cholesterol level is down to 170!!!I truly feel empowered to be the best I can be.

Susan Looney

I have lost 35 pounds and 15 inches so far at Adventure Boot camp! WOO HOO!

Shannon, I could not have done this without you. For many years I have struggled with my weight, but Thanks to YOU and boot camp I am on my way! You make working out so much fun. Your enthusiasm is what keeps me going. I have tried all kinds of programs before and failed, but you and your program are different. I never am bored around you!

I feel so blessed to have met you and to have the opportunity to be a part of this Adventure. I am going to keep pursuing my goal. 45 more lbs to go!

Thank you!
Nancy Campbell , Foxboro Mass

Shannon, I just wanted to thank YOU for this dynamite program you created and brought to our area. I truly feel stronger than ever before in my life, and I actually am in clothing sizes I was in before children 18 years ago. The challenge you set before us is achievable because you expect the best from us each day. My family and friends are so proud!  I started this program and never looked back with your help. You have taught us how to eat well and SMILE way more often! You are an inspiration, a drill sergeant, a believer in those that do not feel ready to believe in themselves, a comic to the tenth power and on of the most positive people I have met in a long while. You make me LAUGH so hard!

Thank you!
Lynn Regan, Norton Mass

I was "SO" excited to see you Ad for Boot Camp.

4 months into camp and I am still loving it! Boot camp is such a positive part of my life. I love the feeling I have on days I go to camp. I don't know how you do it, but each and every day  challenging and different! I love it!!!

Marcie Tredo

Nearly five months after my first boot camp session, I am still hooked!

Whether indoors or out, Shannon does not disappoint- keeping us on out toes for the entire hour. Her dedication is unwavering, and her spirit inspiring! My initial goal for camp was weight loss, but I have achieved so much more than I ever imagined:

Strength, confidence, and a better sense of the person I want to be!

Thank you!
Casssandra Hunt


Shannon, Thank you so much for being you! Your energy and enthusiasm is amazing and I've had so much fun. I never thought I would enjoy working out, because I never have before. Your energy and pure happiness should be bottled! I love how you always make us feel like we can accomplish anything. Your positive attitude starts my day on the right foot.. You helped me find an inner strength I never knew I had and I want to thank you for that.

Ann Marie Morini

Adventure Boot Camp is the best thing I have done for myself in years and I am thankful to have Shannon Barbato as a special part of my life.  I have been doing boot camp with Shannon for 6 months and was one of her first campers in June 2006.  My goals of weight loss, building muscle tone, strength and endurance were achieved.  I lost 5 1/2 inches, 5% body fat, 7 pounds and dropped 2 pant sizes.

As a former athlete and 38 year old mother of three (ages 6, 4 and 2) , I needed to do something for myself and was looking to get back into my pre-pregnancy shape and on an exercise routine.  I was skeptical about
exercising so early in the morning because I am not a morning person, but boot camp and Shannon gets me excited to get out of bed and start my day.  I have changed my sleeping and eating habits thanks to Shannon's and the nutritionist's advice. 

Shannon's positive outlook on life, energetic personality and terrific smile and laugh are enough to get anybody
going in the morning.  Her energy is contagious and her enthusiasm is empowering.  Shannon has a gift for making sure that all levels of fitness are equally challenged.  Her daily emails to the team are extremely motivating and informational.  

It's true that exercise gives you more energy and relieves stress.  I am proof.  I feel younger, stronger and more confident.

Kristin Waryas

Shannon is a fantastic instructor!!  Who would have thought I would look forward to getting up at 5 am to exercise. She makes working out fun and exciting. Her work-outs are always different every day and with her positive attitude and cheeriness, she makes every day a great experience. 

Thanks so much for the motivation and good times at Adventure Boot Camp Shannon!!

Susan Roberts

When I first read that I could lose inches and gain strength in 4 weeks, I was skeptical.  Four week later I am slimmer, stronger and more confident than I ever expected.  When friends and family notice the difference in me, I love to tell them all about my experience.  I can't wait for the next session to start.  You are truly motivating and make the grind of working out unpredictable and fun!  

Thank you so much for being such an inspiration…both physically and spiritually. 

Liz Hall

A few words to describe boot camp with Shannon; amazing, inspiring, fun, ever changing, and no messing around!  This is exercise in an environment where you will never feel judged.  You work at your own pace, but Shannon is there to push you and motivate you!  Every class is different and it keeps you on your toes.  This is my first camp and I am already enrolled for my second one.   5:45 a.m. seemed crazy to me but now I look forward to it!  Believe it or not, I now have more energy and am less tired.  With four children ages 4 and under, I used to feel tired until well into mid morning.  Now, I am home from camp, showered and raring to go at 7:15 a.m.  Boot camp has totally changed my outlook!  I now begin my day feeling inspired and totally motivated.  I feel as though I can now accomplish anything and do it with a positive outlook.  I always knew exercise was important, now I know I can actually do it before the day begins and with a smile on my face!  WHAT A FEELING!

Ruthann Dowling

Boot camp changed my life.  I consider myself to be a motivated person and so decided to join Adventure Boot Camp with Shannon Barbato.  Want to talk about something that can turn you from one person into another real fast- Then Boot Camp is your answer.

In starting this camp; I began to feel like I didn't know if I could hack it with the rest of the group.  My body felt sore from the intensity of the work-outs.  After a week and a half, I couldn't think of anything else besides how good it felt to wake up in the morning; work out like crazy and then head off for the rest of my day!  People at work started to notice that my attitude had changed and that I was a lot happier all the time!  After the full first month of Camp- Shannon gave each of us our own post-boot camp evaluation and let me tell you- WOW!  I went into boot camp weighing 141 pounds (not too heavy-but all out of shape weight); 27% body fat- With inches to lose!  After the month- I lost 7 pounds; 6 1/2inches all over my body and 2% body fat! Talk about feeling amazing!  I now go to the gym regularly- taking part in spin class; cardio kickboxing; body sculpt; Yoga; and any and all cardio/weight training that I can get my hands on!  I now weigh 131 pounds and have never felt better about myself!  I will be joining boot camp again for the spring sessions! CAN"T WAIT! So happy with Shannon and her constant up-lifting attitude- nothing could have made me feel the way I do now like Adventure Boot Camp!

Stacey Prefontaine


Sun Chronicle Feature:
Women flock to Boot Camp


Drill instructor Shannon Barbato gives orders to her "recruits" at Foxboro's Adventure Boot Camp on the Booth Playground. (Photo by Evie Malm)
FOXBORO -- For four weeks, every weekday morning from 5:45 to 6:45, the "recruits" hit the field at Booth Playground for a rigorous workout at "boot camp."

But these were not military recruits and this boot camp was not mandatory.

There was no drill sergeant barking orders, but rather quite the opposite - a group of 31 women being led by Shannon Barbato, a high-energy woman whose enthusiasm and sense of humor undoubtedly helped carry her "recruits" through what she calls an "out of gym experience."

Barbato, a local resident with a wide background in the health and fitness field, sees herself on the cutting edge of a trend that has been moving across the country.

If you watch the morning news shows on a regular basis, you may have caught a recent segment about the latest craze in exercising: Boot Camp, a program first introduced in California.

Since the 1990s, the Adventure Boot Camp, developed by Dr. John Spencer Ellis, an innovator in the fitness industry, has been operating in Orange Country, Calif.

According to its Web site, the format was a long time in the making.

"After years of research and hours of instruction, experimenting with various teaching methods, camp formats and nutrition programs," says the Web site, "the Adventure Boot Camp method emerged."

Barbato was looking for something that would combine her love of people, her experience in the health and fitness field, and her desire to make people feel good "both inside and out." She has 15 years' experience as a licensed hairdresser and over six years in the health and fitness industry, more recently managing the group-training department for a leading area health club.

Adventure Boot Camp was a perfect fit. After an intensive training program, Barbato became a National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association Certified Adventure Boot Camp Trainer and certified personal trainer. In addition, she has a large number of certifications covering everything from how to deal with an emergency situation to being able to teach various fitness methods, which she incorporates into her camp.

She then makes it her job to motivate, inspire and create a fun atmosphere while at the same time providing the group with what she calls "a fantastic workout."

"For this hour of the morning, she makes it very enjoyable and very motivating," said Boot Camp participant Shannon Sheehan. "It's a great group of girls."

Before beginning the program, each participant's medical history is reviewed. Weight and measurements are taken before and after the four-week program with the emphasis on improvement. Over the course of the 20-day workouts, Shannon points out "no day will follow the same routine and become boring.

"Instead you can expect a mixture of cardio exercises, some running, light weight training, mat work, jumping rope and sports related games."

Barbato has found that many women have tried various exercise programs only to become bored. Along with exercising, she considers it important for the women to connect as a group. After each workout, Barbato may share an anecdote or quotation with the group, which ranges in ages from 15 to the mid-40s.

Her ultimate goal, in addition to reducing body fat and showing a weight loss, is that everyone should improve in endurance and increase in strength and body tone. An added benefit is enhanced relaxation and an increase in self-confidence.

"It should be a life-changing experience you don't want to miss," she proclaims.

If you ask anyone after class what they think about this early-morning program, Shannon's ability to motivate comes through.

"Shannon makes it so much fun. I'm actually starting to enjoy exercising!" said recruit Amy Butt. Fellow camper Carolyn Marcotte is quick to add, "Shannon's enthusiasm is motivating for me."

The next Boot Camp runs from today through July 20. For more information about the program, check out the web site Shannon@mabootcamp.com

GateHouse News Service - Easton Journal Feature:

Woman's boot camp helps ladies reach health and fitness goals
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Women of all ages can benefit from the Eastern Mass Adventure Boot Camp in Foxboro, which features students ranging in age from 15-55.


By Harlin Sherwin
GateHouse News Service

     Karen Ryan is a 32 year-old mother of two who has been battling high blood pressure and her waistline. She knew she needed to do something about her condition because "I wanted to be healthy and stay around my kids." So Karen enrolled in the Eastern Mass Adventure Boot Camp in Foxboro.
     The boot camp is a personalized outdoor program for women which features running, walking, light weight training, mat work, jumping rope, a variety of exercises and sports related games, and emphasizes camaraderie and group support.
     The program is run by Shannon Barbato, an enthusiastic certified personal trainer and a member of the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA). Barbato wanted to channel her love for the outdoors and her passion for exercise into a unique workout regimen, where women could feel comfortable exercising and supporting each other. She emphasizes that her program is not just for overweight women, but also for any woman who wants to improve her current fitness level, wherever that may be.
     Barbato traveled to California to meet with Dr. John Spencer Ellis, who had been running a successful Adventure Boot Camp for ten years. Barbato worked with Dr. Ellis, and became certified as a NESTA Adventure Boot Camp Trainer.
      "I started with a small boot camp, and people liked it, so I decided to expand it," she said. "I feel that I was meant to do this, and consider myself an excellent motivator. I want to give women the confidence they need to achieve their goals. And I get people to like the experience of working out, so they want to continue exercising after they complete our program."
     The program begins with a review of the client's medical history, and each person is weighed and measured. There is also a one-hour session with a registered dietician who talks about eating habits and portion control. The dietician stresses that about 60 percent of successful weight loss and fitness depends on nutrition.
     Each group consists of between 30 and 35 women. The women range in skill level and experience from those who have never exercised before to accomplished athletes who have run marathons. Each client is given a personalized program, and the level of intensity is raised slightly each day. Every session is different than the day before, so that the women get a wide variety of exercises to do, and don't get bored.
     Each class begins at 5:45 in the morning, and the women attend three to five days a week for four weeks. Classes are one hour in length. Participants range in age from 15-55, and come from Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Barbato emphasizes that it is not a boot camp per se. No one yells at anyone, and on the contrary, the group is very supportive of one another, and each woman progresses at her own pace.
     For Karen Ryan the experience surpassed all her expectations. "I was uncomfortable when I started, "she said, "but no one judged anyone, and I received excellent team support. Working in a group actually got me to push myself farther, and get more out of it. And Shannon was very upbeat, changed our routines all the time, and made it fun.
     In a typical day, Karen might run an obstacle course, skip rope, or do 100 jumping jacks. One day a week the group would take a three to four mile hike in the Foxboro State Forest. "There was no down time or standing around," she said. "And I liked the fact that you could go at your own pace. Someone may be running their second lap, while you're still on your first one."
     "At first I didn't think I could make it through, but I lost 16 pounds in four weeks, the most in our group, and took off 9 and 1/2 inches."
     Karen is now enrolling in a special two-week intensive course at the boot camp, and her eventual goal is to lose 70 pounds in a year.
     Barbato says that a majority of her clients do return for more classes. She also stresses that at the end of each individual program, all women are weighed and measured, so they can see how much progress they have made. And each woman is given a clear set of exercises to do when they finish the program.
     Because of the success of her Adventure Boot Camps, Shannon is considering adding more camps in the future.

     If you would like more information on the program; you can contact Barbato at 508-328-5236, or email her at www.mabootcamp.com.



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