After a weight loss journey of her own, a local mom of three opened a personal training studio that helps people achieve their health and fitness goals.
At Bootcamp Cincinnati, Denise Bryers and her team is dedicated to helping women and men achieve their health and fitness goals through customized nutrition and fitness programs.
Getting to where she is today with Bootcamp Cincinnati was a bumpy road for Bryers. In fact, she says, it only took her a handful of months to go from an average size to obese, after undergoing several changes in her life.
“I lost my job, had to foreclose on my home, and raise three children along, and consequently became severely depressed,” she says. “I had had a job since age 14 and was proud of how well I had been doing raising my kids on my own, so to be in a position where I felt completely helpless it led me to eat.”
Her self-medication for depression included pizza, chicken wings, margaritas, cigarettes, and fast-food takeout.
“It wasn’t until I finally landed a job and was forced to shop for all new work attire that I realized I had gained a lot of weight and could no longer fit in a size 10/12,” she says. “I graduated to a size 18/20 in a matter of months.”
However, one day she began researching about eating healthier and discovered Oxygen magazine and Tosca Reno’s eat-clean plan.
“I absorbed this information like a sponge and did a 180 with my nutrition,” she explains. “I then set a weight-loss goal of 30 pounds and started walking outside or on a treadmill, following online high-intensity interval training programs and doing workout DVDs at home. Within four months, I was back to my normal weight and the whole family was eating healthier.”
But once she started to get healthier, Bryers realized she wanted more. She wanted to shape and tone her body to look like a figure competitor, so she found a personal trainer in the area who specializes in helping competitive athletes.
Through much preparation, Bryers was stage-ready. She competed in the 2013 Cincinnati Natural and placed fourth in the novice division.
Since then, Bryers has competed two more times, ran a half-marathon, and opened Bootcamp Cincinnati. “If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life,” she says. “This is my life. I live each day to help motivate, coach, train, and inspire others to reach their goals.”
Bryers runs Bootcamp Cincinnati with help from several other hand-selected trainers: Shannon Anderson Hammond, Mimi Imes Horton, Charlestina Hyde, Marsha Byrd Gerton, Sharon Pertersen, and DiAnnda Holston. She also gets social media and public relations help from Nahamani Yisrael.
Bootcamp Cincinnati offers different training options, including group fitness and group training. Bryers says they offer early morning group strength training classes Monday through Thursday at the Woodlawn Community Center as well as evening and weekend bootcamp (HIIT) classes at Evanston Recreation Center, Sunday Abs, Kickboxing and Glutes classes, and personal training seven days a week.
Participants can pay as little as $55 a month to receive 12 bootcamp sessions per month as well as a guide to nutrition and fitness and 1:1 coaching from Bryers herself to keep you motivated and inspired to reach your goals.
Bryers says the goal for 2018 is to publish her first fitness publication. She also wants to tour cities where she can provide classes and other fitness workshops. “We want to help inspire and motivate others outside of the Bootcamp Cincinnati footprint,” she says.