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TREASURE COAST -- Whether the focus is on eating better, increasing muscle mass or improving activity levels, wellness challenges can create an atmosphere of excitement for healthier lifestyles.
Recently, 21 Treasure Coast residents participated in a fitness challenge through BASE Boot Camp, an outdoor fitness group led by personal trainer Angela Murray. The challenge ran for 81 days and inspired participants to lose fat and inches while gaining strength, endurance and lean muscle.
The results were astounding - the challenge winner lost 27 percent of her overall body fat and eight inches off of her waist and abdomen. The average participant lost nine percent overall body fat and five inches off of the waist and abdomen.
This was the second year of the BASE Boot Camp challenge, an effort that Murray developed to motivate and encourage boot camp participants. "My goal with the challenge was to inspire people to gradually make healthy changes that will last a lifetime. Rapid weight loss almost always results in rebound weight gain," Ms. Murray said. Unlike typical weight loss challenges, the BASE fitness challenge focused on losing body fat and developing lean muscle mass.
"Our goal was body re-composition rather than weight loss," Ms. Murray said.
In addition to the benefit of a healthier lifestyle, the winner of the challenge received $750 in prize money.
Ms. Murray founded BASE Boot Camp in 2011 as Boot Camp for a Cause with the mission of raising awareness of the importance of activity and nutrition for cancer prevention. The name was changed in 2012 to BASE which is an acronym for balance, agility, strength and endurance. It represents what will be developed physically and mentally when participating in her programs.
BASE Boot Camp offers both women-only and co-ed training sessions that focus on using your own body weight for optimum core strength and balance. In addition to outdoor boot camps, Murray leads a variety of outdoor activities and events such as paddle boarding, trail running, trapeze flying, zip-lining, obstacle course race teams and community events.
For more information about BASE Boot Camp, visit http://base-bootcamp.com/ or facebook.com/angelambootcamps.