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Amy Serfass’s Fitness Camp For Women

Amy Serfass (left) leads her Booty Camp

I met Amy Serfass at a Tough Mudder obstacle course she was traversing and wrote about her abs. Now it’s Amy’s turn to write about her views on fitness, diet and health and especially her group training program for women.

Ladies—Make group training your new gym membership and avoid becoming an overweight statistic.

Two thirds of women are trying to lose weight at any given time, but 64% of women are still overweight and unhappy, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention). Even if you’re not in the fitness industry, the average female acknowledges obesity is on the rise and, in-fact; more women (35%) are obese compared to men (32%). This had me thinking. What is truly keeping women from working out? I polled fellow females and found these common reasons:

Amy is always ready to get tough with her ladies

1. I don’t have time – #1 reason!!!
2. I don’t have anyone to exercise with
3. I don’t feel comfortable working out at a traditional box gym
4. I don’t know where to begin or what to do
5. I don’t have any motivation or energy

I got into this industry and became a certified personal trainer because I wanted to help women from becoming an overweight statistic. I wanted to motivate them to exercise while making them feel better about themselves and their bodies. That’s why I decided to specialize in women and weight loss and create group training experiences specifically for females.

Group training for women provides a platform to meet other females with similar health and fitness goals. In a group setting, you find the energy and motivation that one-on-one training can’t always provide. It eliminates the need to know where to begin or what to do, because you’re following a professional that has your best interests in mind. Group training also reduces the risk of boredom, helps you avoid exercise plateaus, and provides much needed exercise variety to keep you coming back.

Most importantly, you are part of a positive community, creating lifelong friendships, and accomplishing goals you never thought possible. I have had clients complete their first 5k together, their first mud/obstacle run, organize marathon parties, or attend social events as a unit. All of these events have been accomplished from meeting other females at a group fitness program dedicated just for women.

Achieving or maintaining a healthy weight is not just about fitness. Weight loss is at least 80% nutrition, 20% fitness. With my group training program, known as Amy’s Booty Camp, I focus on nutrition by providing guidance from a certified nutritionist. Members are also required to log their food, which keeps them accountable and disciplined. One rule of thumb is cutting carbohydrates past 3pm. It’s necessary to have good carbohydrates in your diet, such as whole grains, because they act as your immediate source of energy for the body. Your brain uses about 450 calories of carbohydrates every day. However, if eaten in excessive amounts, the body changes them into fats and stores them in that form. By eating good carbohydrates before 3pm you allow your body more time to burn them off, so they are less likely to be stored as fat.

Offering nutrition expertise while working out at least 2 days per week has led one female to lose 27 lbs and 14.5 total inches in just 2 months with Amy’s Booty Camp!

group support helps the inches disappear

Many of us feel that we don’t have time to work out. The women in Booty Camp MAKE the time to commit because they are unable to get the results on their own. Booty Camp also provides personal time away from work, family, and the daily stresses of life. By making the class fun, friendly, and full of variety, I am able to keep members continually enrolled. Booty Camp is also for the early risers. We train two days per week for 5 weeks at 6:15 am for an hour. Statistics show that 90% of people who work out in the morning stick to their exercise routines.

After each 5-week Booty Camp program, we take no more than one week off before starting the program over again. I stay in touch with the ladies via email and Facebook during their week off, continually offering them healthy tips and guidance to stay connected and keep them motivated. The program runs exclusively in the Upper East Side area of New York City at a studio on 67th Street & 3rd Avenue.

For more information on my growing Booty Camp program please visit my web site.

Amy Serfass
NASM Certified (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
Master Trainer at Australian Institute of Fitness

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Amy’s Abs

Amy Serfass looks very fit

I mentioned yesterday a young woman I met at the Tough Mudder who stood out with her red hair and teal-colored top. Amy Serfass is a fitness trainer who is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the Australian Institute of Fitness. “My specialty is women and weight loss, specifically running boot camps for women.” Visit her web site here .

I found this fabulous photo of her on facebook, where her friend Megan said, “you could prob hold those rocks up in the background with your abs.” Hopefully she will write an article describing her activities and fitness routines. Sure looks like a lot is working just fine…

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Anudder Tough Mudder

the Krav Maga team after a river crossing and rope ladder climb

Two days ago I drove 7 1/2 hours round trip to watch my son, Gavin, and his friends run the Tough Mudder Obstacle Course in New Jersey. The two-day event attracted 10-15,000 warriors who each complete the 12-mile run in about 3-4 hours. I’d written about Tough Mudder before, but here I was with a friend following along and avoiding the flying mud splatters as participants tackled various obstacles. Being at events is always more exciting and messy than experiencing them via computer/TV.

How did the donkey see?

The biggest problem was finding my son and his eight friends, because spectators can’t access all 22 obstacles, and the runners are moving much faster than we walking onlookers. Then most participants wore black. A few people wear costumes and outlandish outfits for fun that distinguishes them. I saw a donkey head, men in pink tutus, someone with deer antlers, a guy in a superman suit. Of course all these items are quickly covered in mud. It’s called a Tough MUDDER for a reason. My boy made it easier by wearing yellow shorts and a Russian, Cossack-style, cold weather hat with earlaps that also has a stuffed penguin sewn on top. He stood out pretty well, because he is 6 1/2 feet tall without the hat, which he manufactured and sells. But finding the group more than once was still my biggest challenge of the day.

One of his teammates easy to spot was a young red-haired woman in a greenish-blue, teal-colored shirt. Her name is Amy Serfass, and she is a fitness trainer as well. All the team members study or teach the deadly Israeli martial art, Krav Maga. No wonder they felt strong enough to take on this course.

many people fall in the mud crossing the Peg Legs

a 15-foot jump into mud

On the other hand, there were a few people who were not in the best shape. I saw some who were fat or even obese. At one place where there was a rope ladder, they simply walked around. I bet there were other obstacles that they and others who were thinner couldn’t complete. But it was admirable to see them trying. A way to lose some poundage and build up confidence. Just walking 12 miles through that mud is a real achievement. One frightened woman sat for 10 minutes on a 15-foot-high platform called Walk the Plank before jumping into a mud hole. Her teammates’ urgings and yells helped her make the leap.

The pictures are of my son’s group and a couple of random shots from the day.

Everest: No Quit In Here...a half pipe that's hell to climb in muddy shoes when you are exhausted so people slide down many times

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