By Andreas Butler
For Hometown News
If you are looking to get into shape, Boot Camp may be the just the right thing for you.
A class is conducted three times a week at the basketball courts at Derbyshire Park in Daytona Beach.
"We invite everyone to come out and get in shape and get fit. We alternate days. I normally post on Facebook to work around people's work schedule. It varies," Instructor Tamika Roland said.
The class doesn't have a name and it has been kept outdoors because of crowded facilities.
"We have been trying to find a permanent location to meet. We looked at several locations, but a lot of the facilities in Daytona are being taken up by some of the programs that the kids have going on," Instructor Brandon Smith said.
Smith also does a class in Ormond Beach, which will soon be at Neighborhood Network Center on Division Street. That class will be called B-PHIT Boot Camp Class.
"I've been working with Tamika's class in Daytona, which has been constant at Derbyshire. I've also been doing another in Ormond also, which will soon have a permanent meeting place. We do basically the same thing," Mr. Smith said.
Mr. Smith and Ms. Roland are an unlikely duo that teamed up for the class in Daytona Beach.
"We connected through Facebook," Ms. Roland said. "He asked me what I was doing and I told him. He explained what he does. I invited him out and he has been with us every since."
"We connected. She told me what she was doing and I told her how I normally do the work outs," Mr. Smith said. "I came and started doing the class with her. It's gone quite well."
Ms. Roland is a single mother of three children and she works in the medical field. She is a native of Daytona Beach, and a Mainland High School and Seminole State College alumnus.
Her brother, Travis Roland Jr., is a former Bethune-Cookman University and Mainland football star, and her father, Travis Roland Sr., is the Commissioner of Daytona Beach Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading.
Mr. Smith is an Ormond Beach native and Seabreeze High School alumnus who played football at Bethune-Cookman, where he graduated with a degree in business administration. Before B-CU, he played football at the University of Central Florida.
Both Mr. Roland and Ms. Smith started doing the work out class for different reasons.
"I work out a lot. One day I was in the gym working out and someone asked me to start training them. I took a couple of training classes, then I started training. I was invited to be an instructor at a Boot Camp. I fell in love with it and then I started doing them," Mr. Smith said.
"I started this as a personal weight loss challenge, but my girlfriends wanted to do it after I posted my results on Facebook," Ms. Roland said. "I started back during football season. A lot of moms were there watching their kids practice but we started working out instead."
Boot Camp is all about health and fitness.
"I think most people think of military stuff when they hear about this. We do modifiers for beginners and intermediate. We don't expect everyone to come in full force. As for myself, I just want to be in shape, not lose a lot of weight," Ms. Roland said.
"In this day and age, health is very important. We try to help people lose fat, strengthen muscles, and get in shape. We also emphasize proper diet," Mr. Smith said.
"Boot campers" like the class and the motivation it gives them.
"I am here to lose weight and tone up in certain places," Rica Harris said. This seems to be one of the easiest ways to do it."
"The class is great," Nesha Barron said. "This is an opportunity for us to get fit and into shape. It's motivating to see others here participating."
In Daytona Beach, Boot Camp is comprised of mostly women while Ormond Beach does have a few men.
"It's for both, but men don't come. Men never show up here in Daytona. They say they will come but they don't," Ms. Roland said.
"I invite men, but more women come to Daytona. In Ormond we have a few guys who come out. They often bring weights because some of the exercises allow the use of them," Mr. Smith said.
In Daytona Beach, there is no charge to participate in the class, but in Ormond Beach, the class requires a small fee.
"It's free of charge. We aren't charging anything. We're just getting together working out and having fun," Ms. Roland said.
"Daytona is free, but I take a donation of $5 in Ormond because I have to pay for a facility," Mr. Smith said.
To participate in the Daytona Beach class, contact Tamika Roland via Facebook and for the Ormond class call Brandon Smith at (386) 405-8939.