No Excuses Boot Camp: My First Post of This Kind

I do not often review products unless I really like them and I rarely give my public nod to websites offering help with weight loss and fitness but Jonathan Roche of No Excuses Boot Camp made me change my mind. (He’s a certified personal trainer and a 12-time Ironman Triathlon finisher.)

Jonathan runs an 8-week online boot camp that I think you might want to know about. His story is inspiring in that he lost 44 pounds years ago and has dedicated his career to helping men and women, mostly women, get fit.

Here’s what I like about it. He posts 10 new workout videos each week that you can do live with him or one of the other trainers or you can do them later at your convenience. The workouts are no more than 30 minutes, make use of interval training, and fun. It makes working out worthwhile and quick.

Like me, he believes in sustainable weight loss and exercise. (Not that I think there is anything wrong with people who get ultra-fit – I’m totally in awe of you – but most of us don’t have the determination to get that fit!)

His online boot camp starts next Monday the 12th, so if you are interested, there are only 600 spots left, which sounds like a lot but it isn’t given the fact that his boot camp has consistently sold out of its 2,000 spots. When the slots are gone – they are gone.

Here’s what he says about it:

  • Our average Boot Camp participant (the range in age is from 14 up to 4 ) has a goal of losing 42 pounds (with some not trying to lose weight and some working on losing over 100 pounds).
  •  All fitness levels are welcome!
  •  We have No Excuses System members and Boot Campers in 58 countries so all non-US residents are welcome and encouraged to join Boot Camp.
  •  We are limiting the number of Boot Camp 13 participants to 2,000 (the first 12 Boot Camps all Sold Out)

Cost: $97 for 8-weeks, which is about $12 a week. Cheaper than a personal trainer, especially if you’ve toyed with the idea of hiring someone to help you.

You get access to the workouts for the current boot camp plus access to the other 250 workouts. You can participate in the private community, speak with a coach, get daily motivation and weekly assignments as well as a plan to get you started.

So there you have it. My very first, “you might really like this program” post. If you are interested just visit his website. If you sign up, because this is part of an affiliate promotion, I’d appreciate it if you’d let him know by clicking the section that says you heard about his program from Fit to the Finish.

Here’s my question today. Do you workout with a video, go to a gym, or create and do your own workout? Diane

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Comments

  1. I see the utility in this; convenience, affordability, and variation. These are all wonderful. Whatever path it takes to find success I support.

    Don’t discount the value of one-on-one training though. I charge upwards of $50-$75 per hour for what I do. Many trainers charge more, some less. I cant remember the last time somebody told me they regretted paying that much money to me.

    Wait, yes I can — never.

    • I have to train with a Personal Trainer, I lose motivation and can’t push myself otherwise. I’m lucky that I jumped on board with my trainer when she was first starting out and is quite cheap compared to most PT’s out there. Still, there are people who complain about paying so much.
      I thought so too until I got a trainer, now I’m not sure what I would be like if I didn’t get one.

      I’m glad that there are options out there, but sometimes nothing beats one-on-one.

  2. I tweeted!!! I like my gym BUT I know plenty that don’t & might really like this!!! Thx for sharing!

  3. I do my own thing, but thanks for bringing this to our attention! Many will no doubtedly benefit from it!

  4. I find this depressing. But that’s just me…

    • I don’t find it depressing. I believe there are a lot of paths to fitness and Diane is sharing one she thought might be worthwhile. Not everyone is a doctor like you, although I admire your fitness and writing very much Dr. J. Not a regular commenter here but a faithful reader of both of your websites.

      • This has nothing to do with Diane!

        I don’t like the short term boot camp concept and I feel sad that people are so desperate.

        • Babbalou says:

          I tend to agree with you! It’s similar to thinking you’re on a “diet” which by definition is a temporary change in order to lose some weight. And I am speaking from experience here, I certainly tried enough diets without having any weight loss success. It was only after I sat down to really think about how I was going to change my life, forever, in order to lose the weight and keep it off that I was successful. In essence, I started with a “maintenance mindset” – thinking that “this is how I live”. Far different than thinking “I can do this for six months” or whatever the length of the diet or the boot camp. Diane is a rare exception, I haven’t seen many of the weight loss bloggers being successful in reaching and maintaining their goals.

    • Mark Miller says:

      So Dr. J – do you write for free? I’d guess not so why are you depressed?

    • It’s very depressing Dr. J. It’s an EXTREMELY depressing workout.

  5. Monica Bailey says:

    Thanks for letting us know. I may be interested because I do like using videos and can get bored with doing the same series over and over again. And as for some people not thinking you should mention this kind of thing, I disagree. You have always been honest and upfront with us and that’s why I like your blog.

  6. Thanks for the info! Once in a while I think about doing a bootcamp. I am not ready yet, but this is good to know that it is available online.

  7. Thanks for letting us know about this, Diane.

  8. One of the ladies in my pilates class has a personal trainer who is in another state (friend from college) and they work on line.

    The friend works out while on line with the trainer. The on line training teaches her positioning and different moves. And she also gets homework assignments. I think they meet on line twice a week. And this works extremely well for her as it is teaching her to push herself while she has guidance. When she first mentioned it to me, it was a bit of a surprise (had not heard of such a thing). But the more I thought about it, really great for her. The friend is a TV reporter. She guards her privacy. So working with a personal trainer, in her own home, and then supplementing with running is really a good fit for her. (plus pilates in a small, studio once a week, which is part of her homework)

    I am someone who likes classes (benefits of one on one for less cost).

    I am not sure I have (never) learned to push myself.

    I do a boot camp style class three times a week. The composition of the classes change weekly (so we do not repeat moves, the moves change constantly). My classes are 1 hour each.

    I can see that the program you have mentioned would be a really good fit for a lot of people. And I think the library of past workouts would be wonderful.

  9. That’s not a bad deal at all, I have heard of this program before but never really looked into it.

  10. thanks for sharing :) I go to the gym and a lot of fitness classes but it’s nice to know there is something like an online boot camp (I had no idea something like this exists)

  11. Great idea for people like me, who don’t like working out in front of others.

  12. I tried it. I tried asking for help. Jonathan Roche has an ego the size of Texas and cannot take criticism. My take on it? Unless you are a rank beginner, this program is a WASTE OF TIME. Why? Because the workouts are awful. The very first workout was 30 minutes of kick kick punch punch step step REPEAT. He considers his workouts to be interval workouts. I saw nothing interval about them. Maybe his definition of an interval is different than mine (supposedly he holds two patents).

    Anyway, I give this a HUGE thumbs down.