By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: May 2010
Owasso Adventure Boot Campers participated in Race for the Cure 2009.
Every busy mom knows it is important to exercise and tend to her personal health, but often it seems there is simply no time to work out. Amanda Harwood of Owasso Adventure Boot Camp understands this sentiment; however, she urges women to make sure they take care of themselves not only for their own good health, but to set an example for the families they work so hard to take care of.
“It is empowering as a woman to set a good example for her family,” Amanda says. “With health care and obesity issues being what they are, now is the time to teach yourself and your family important habits.”
Besides, with summer weather approaching, everyone wants to get their bodies ready for warm weather clothing. What better place to do that than in the great outdoors? Owasso Adventure Boot Camp is an outdoor fitness program for women only, and one which specifically targets the busy woman. “This is completely different than the traditional gym experience,” Amanda points out. “It is fun but also effective – you will get results.” The workout includes all the important aspects needed to glean those results: strength, cardiovascular, flexibility and core training, with workouts typically burning 500 to 800 calories per hour. Amanda also understands how important good nutrition is in accomplishing health and fitness goals, so she includes a large nutritional packet with her program, and offers nutritional counseling throughout the month.
Currently, Owasso Adventure Boot Camp offers early morning and evening classes. Amanda has recently added a 9 a.m. class for those who cannot or do not want to get up so early or whose evenings are too busy: Owasso Baby Boot Camp. This camp is a new concept Amanda created so that women could bring their small children to work out with them. “If the child is under three, he or she can be incorporated into the workout, depending on his or her weight,” Amanda notes. “I wanted to bring another option, one where a woman could incorporate her family into her workout.”
To Amanda, it is very important to help women reach their personal fitness goals. “The number one reason people don’t reach their goals is because they quit before they get there,” Amanda says. “If a person is willing to make the commitment to accomplish her goal, she will get there.” To accomplish this, Amanda has each client write new goals every month. It does not matter how large or small the goal is, as long as it is a life-changing one – a woman could commit to anything from packing her own lunch every day to losing a certain amount of weight.
“You have to know where you’re going to know how to get there,” says Amanda. “And my number one goal is that the client reaches her goal. I’m willing to do what it takes to get her there.”