Weekend wrap-up

April 3, 2012

Just a quick post to sum up the weekend for everyone, especially those not on Facebook.

This “World’s Fitness Elite TV” shoot all came about a few months ago when I applied for a spot on the show, not expecting to have a chance of getting one. They were only going to take at most 20 trainers from around the world. I found out quickly that I was one of the first ones accepted, which also meant that I would have my own agent. I was accepted as a client of the Dicks + Nanton Celebrity Branding Agency. They were the ones who were in charge of all of the events over the entire weekend, and they treated us well! They believe in creating a great family atmosphere for all of their clients, a lot like we do at Tuff Girl Bootcamps! They did make us feel very comfortable, starting with the Red Carpet Bash on Thursday night where took our first pictures on the “red carpet!” I was also able to mingle with all of the other fitness professionals there and reunited with a couple of friends from my very 1st trainers conference almost 4 years ago!

Anyway, my photoshoot was Friday morning, and I told you all that having the makeup artist do my makeup and hair was my favorite part. 🙂

The photoshoot was easier than I thought it would be.

Then, they pulled me straight over to do my “green screen” live-action shots, which I thought was awkard and nerve-wracking. They only needed 5 good shots, so it will be interesting to see the ones that they picked. The green screen shot is where they shoot you in front of a green screen doing all these different poses, and then they put a background behind it later…so who knows what it will look like!

Later in the day we did media training to get ready for the interview. Saturday morning I had my interview, so I was busy preparing beforehand. Luckily I had enough time where I felt prepared and not too rushed. The makeup lady had to rush through my makeup because we were running behind, but I think she still did a great job…cuz she’s a pro! She does makeup for the Golf Channel (one of my Hall of Fame buddies, Charlie Rhymer) and for the Orlando Magic cheerleaders, among others.
I was surprised that the interview was fairly easy, although my interviewer did not exactly stick to the questions that we were given OR the order they told us that they would ask them in. One of the owners of the celebrity branding agency who was watching the interview said I did well and that I was articulate, knowledgable, and genuinely caring. I thought that was cool to hear someone else’s impression of me who didn’t know me very well.

That reminds me that the professional photographers called me “friendly” while they were shooting and tried to capture that quality in my photos. 🙂 They were cool and very complimentary, and they made the photoshoot very easy. Can’t wait to show them to everyone!
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Journey into the mind of a trainer…

December 1, 2011

On Monday November 28th 2011, I started the 24 Day Challenge, sponsored by Advocare.
I’ve never been so ready to do something in a long time. I’m so fed up of my clothes being tight and feeling like I’m “chunky.” It’s much worse being a trainer and feeling like you’re “on display” while you’re demonstrating the exercises for the day in front of the group.
I’ve been about 5 pounds heavier than usual for several months…a large part of the last year. I’m always heavier from October through February or March, but then I gradually “lean out” a little bit from all of the activity in the heat. Now, I’m 5 pounds heavier than usual BEFORE going into the worst part of the winter months….ugghhh! Now is the time to draw the line, and this opportunity to participate in the 24 Day Challenge Transformation Contest couldn’t have come at a better time.
I’m highly motivated, and I don’t believe that there’s anything that can make me lose my motivation. You know you’re ready to change when you’re sooo sick of the way things are now with your weight, clothes being tight, etc, that you are willing to do ANYTHING to change it, even if old habits die hard.
Today is the end of Day 3, and I’m feeling great about how I’ve started. Just a quick summary of the past 3 days.
Day 1: I started taking Advocare supplements, including the fiber drink, the Spark energy drink, the herbal cleanse at night, plus their Omega 3 supplement and their amino acids called Catalyst.
From the beginning I’ve been able to tell the difference, which I believe is from the Spark that I’ve been drinking throughout the day. I haven’t had a Coke Zero (and I normally drink 2 to 4 a day), and I don’t get a headache or any cravings ALL day…no urges to cheat, and my appetite has been drastically reduced.
Day 2: Same supplements. Not much appetite. Definitely went well under my calories for the day and got my exercise for the 2nd straight day. Drank lots of water, but I was really sluggish in the morning. The Spark made the difference, though. Still did NOT cheat, not one bit. I never have it this easy!
Day 3…pretty much the same…no urges to cheat. I haven’t had “bread” in 3 days, except for 1 piece of Ezekiel bread in the morning with my eggs. Plus I haven’t had 1 morsel of chocolate! I can’t tell you the last time that happened….ummm, never??!!
Anyway, I’m amazed so far at how the Advocare products have worked. I believe that I’m going to break personal records during this cleanse/transformation…like being able to stick with this for 24 days straight, which has never happened! This is the beginning of some new habits, and I’m excited!
I’m going to take my own measurements tomorrow after all of the bloating is gone. Then, when I take measurements after that, I’ll see true fat loss if I’m any smaller. Can’t wait to see what happens!
I’m also pledging to do 24 days or workouts, including some bodyweight cardio every day, but the cool thing is I’m going to do it without running a single mile! There will be videos to come of some of these great workouts, so stay tuned!

B.L.A.C.K. F.R.I.D.A.Y. Workout!

November 26, 2011

Black Friday workout!
Here’s the workout from today in case you missed it! It was awesome!

We did it “12 Days of Christmas” style…just like you sing the song. If you don’t get it, ask me or email me!

Complete this circuit, starting with 1 burpee, then repeat and add the next exercise. Do the number beside the exercise. (ex: 1 burpee, 2 side lunges) Always go back to the top and go through each exercise until you get to the 11th or last exercise.

The B.L.A.C.K. F.R.I.D.A.Y. workout!

Burpee (Do 1)
Side Lunges (Do 2 total)
Alternating side planks (Do 3 total)
Curl to Press (Do 4)
KB Swings (Do 5)
Forward Lunges (Do 6)
Side Hip Raises (Do 7 on each side)
Spiderman Mountain Climbers (Do 8 total)
Speed jumps (Do 9)
Jacks (Do 10)
Plyo skaters (Do 11…DONE!!)
This workout took about 15 minutes to complete, so we decided to add a bonus section to burn off the Thanksgiving calories.
Here’s what we did:
20-10 Tabatas
Round 1: (Do 8 rounds, 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, then rest for 1 minute)
Running in place
Mountain climbers

Round 2: (Do 8 rounds, 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, then rest for 1 minute)
Jumping jacks
Pushup jacks

Round 3: (Do 8 rounds, 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, then rest for 1 minute)
Plank to pushup

Try this one!
Also, don’t forget about our SPECIAL “Immortal” Workout Challenge tomorrow at 10 AM, most likely outside tomorrow at The Palisades.
AND Don’t forget about our Black Friday sale on 1 FULL month of bootcamp for your family and friends for $49…today ONLY!
Email me back or call me to purchase this deal.


Determined bootcampers get results AND win big in Transformation Contest!

November 23, 2011

Three dedicated ladies attending Tuff Girl Bootcamps won over $900 worth of prizes today, after the results of the area-wide Transformation Contest were revealed.  The 7-week transformation contest started in mid-September and finished on November 19th, challenging all Southwest Charlotte/Fort Mill residents to make changes and get healthier before the holidays, where the average person will gain 7 to 10 pounds over the holiday season.

All 3 ladies were regular attendees of the bootcamp program, part of the fastest growing fitness franchise in the country, Fitness Revolution.  Workouts are 3 times a week for 30 minutes and are challenging but fun, designed for busy people to maximize fat loss and get results.

First place was awarded to Sherri Adams, who lost almost 6% of her bodyweight in the short 7-week time frame.  Sherri lost 2 1/4 inches off her waist and 3/4 inches off the hips during the contest.  Sherri is known for her work ethic and effort at the bootcamp and will receive 3 FREE months at Tuff Girl Bootcamps as her reward!

Laura Lee won the 2nd place prize, losing 3.4% of her body weight during those 7 weeks.  She also lost an inch off her waist and has lost a total of 40 pounds and several inches since starting the program in February. Laura has been known for her dedication and consistency for over 9 months and will now receive 2 FREE months of Tuff Girl Bootcamps.

Laura summed up her experience so far saying, “Without Julie and Tuff Girl Boot Camps, I would not be where I am today.  I feel great, have more confidence, and for the first time in a long time, I don’t mind trying on clothes…Thank you Julie for helping me understand the importance of this program.  The Boot Camp is not just something I know I need to do for myself; I now realize it is something I want to do for myself. ”

Another  winner in the contest was Jessica Edwards finishing 3rd place.  Jessica was able to drop 9 pounds in 7 weeks and also lost 2 1/2 inches in the waist and 1 1/2 inches in her hips.  Jessica has shown amazing determination and consistency since she started the bootcamp program, continuing to improve her strength each month.

Thanks to all participants in the Fall Transformation Contest.  Tuff Girl Bootcamps is dedicated to motivating and inspiring others to make healthy lifestyle changes.  The next area-wide Transformation Contest will start in January 2012. Stay tuned for details.

Turkey Burn Bootcamp Raises Money for Needy Families!

November 17, 2011

Charlotte Bootcamp Trades Workouts for Turkeys to Feed Needy Families

Contact – Julie Sawyer, 803-984-0714

November 16th, 2011 – Tuff Girl Bootcamps, a SW Charlotte fitness bootcamp for busy men and women, is teaming up with their clients and the community to provide relief to needy families this holiday season. All campers and friends who donate a turkey will be provided with a free “damage control” workout on Saturday, November the 26th after the big feast. All turkeys will be donated to the Charlotte Rescue Mission.

Tuff Girl Bootcamps owner Julie Sawyer, CPT, is a firm believer in giving back to the Charlotte community. Sawyer claims “With the current plight of the economy, we all need to stick together and help each other out when we can. We have a really tight-knit group of campers who always go above and beyond in helping others.  We’re proud to do everything in our power to ensure that as many local families as possible will have their traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner this holiday season.”

The Turkey Burn-off Bootcamp Workout is meant to burn lots of calories, deplete muscle glycogen, and ramp up metabolism to allow campers to enjoy some of the indulgences of the holiday season in moderation without the guilt or the setbacks. Campers will also be encouraged to bring any special friends or family members who would also like to participate in the post-feast activity.

The Charlotte Rescue Mission has a long history of reaching out to the homeless and to those battling addictions. Today, the mission provides an intensive drug and alcohol recovery program to homeless or about to become homeless men and women. Their goal is to address all aspects and issues of addiction with each person and return them as contributing members of society.

To enroll in the charity bootcamp, please call 803-984-0714.  Go to www.tuffgirlbootcamps.com for more information.

Freaky Fat Loss Workout to Burn Belly Fat with a Pumpkin!

October 18, 2011

Burn Fat with a Pumpkin!
Charlotte Personal Trainer Shares 3 Great Pumpkin Exercises to Burn Belly Fat!

Contact – Julie Sawyer, 803-984-0714

October 17, 2011- SW Charlotte fitness expert and owner of Tuff Girl Bootcamps, Julie Sawyer, loves to piggyback on current events to invigorate her fitness bootcamp workouts. This Halloween, Sawyer will be holding a free Freaky Fat Loss workout in costume to show participants how to burn belly fat with a pumpkin.

Sawyer says: “You can approach Halloween one of two ways. The first option is to go nuts with all of the eats and treats. The second is to indulge in moderation and offset any extra caloric consumption with a seasonal pumpkin workout. I recommend the later… it’s a lot more figure-friendly!”

Pumpkins can be used just like medicine balls for an unlimited number of exercise options. Sawyer likes to take it one step further and use total body exercises that combine upper body, lower body, and core movements into one big bang for your buck exercise.

She has provided her top three total body pumpkin exercises that guarantee to help you burn fat and build muscle in minimal time. She recommends performing at least one circuit of the following three pumpkin exercises, with little to no rest between movements, for every Halloween treat you eat:

1) Pumpkin Swings: Holding a pumpkin in your hands with your arms extended, stay on your heels and push your hips back while bringing the pumpkin underneath your body while keeping your eyes up and chest out. Then push your hips forward and swing the pumpkin up to chest level being sure to squeeze your glutes at the top of the movement. Repeat for 10 total reps.

2) Pumpkin Curl to Squat to Presses:Holding a pumpkin in your hands with your arms extended, curl the pumpkin to your chest as your squat down until your front thighs are parallel to the floor with your eyes up and your weight on your heels. Then simultaneously stand up and press the pumpkin overhead. Repeat for 10 total reps.


3) Pumpkin Burpees: Holding a pumpkin in your hands with your arms extended, squat down to the floor, then jump your legs out to assume a push-up position. Perform a push-up with your hands on the pumpkin and then reverse the movement to stand back up. Repeat for total 10 reps.

Sawyer will be holding her Freaky Fat Loss Workout on Saturday, October 29th at 10:00 AM at The Palisades Sports Complex. All participants are required to bring a pumpkin for their workout. (Choose pumpkin wisely) To reserve a spot for this workout please call 803-984-0714 to schedule.  For more information on Tuff Girl Bootcamps, please go to www.tuffgirlbootcamps.com.

“Killer” Workout for Charity!

September 20, 2011

This workout will test your resolve and have you crawling out of the parking lot!

Come on out if you dare to our newest “Challenge” Workout that was deemed “The Killer” by one of our very own bootcampers!

This Saturday, September 24th at 10 AM we’ll hold our monthly charity bootcamp that will leave you thankful to have survived when you’re done.


  The workout will last for about an hour and will feature a strength training circuit with dumbbells, kettlebells, and bands AND a bonus “finisher” sure to finish you off at the end! 
Time:  10 AM to 11 AM
Place:  Palisades Sports Complex, grass court (weather permitting)
Cost:  Minimum $10 donation

WIN Prizes!!
A raffle will be held after the workout for various prizes such as a FREE month of bootcamp, a 2-night stay in Opryland, $50 Mahalo gift certificate, FREE weekend stay on the lake for 10, Carolina Panther Sporty Claus, pet-sitting, and more!

100% of all proceeds go to the Avon Walk for the Cure (for breast cancer), which will be held in Charlotte on October 22 and 23rd.

New SFIT Stretching class offered this Thursday!

June 20, 2011

Stretching is an integral part of any fitness regimen. However, while most of us are good about factoring in time
for a warm up and maybe even a few minutes to cool down, we tend to shave the time it takes to fully stretch
our body. Come treat yourself to an entire hour and a half dedicated to stretching. It’s not yoga, it’s not pilates,
it’s stretching with an intent and purpose. We’ll hit the most common areas of tension and soreness and can tailor
your stretching experience to address your areas of concern. You will leave feeling relaxed, refreshed, and
renewed so your body can take on the bashing we know you plan to put it through the next day.

Come on out at 6:30 PM at CrossFit Steele Creek, and Jessica Hooks of Just Focus will show you how to stretch effectively to relieve pain and alleviate stress.


Bootcamp for Boobs this Saturday!

May 17, 2011

Tuff Girl Bootcamps will be offering a special A.B.S. class this Saturday that is a win-win situation for all participants!  This class offers the best format to help women firm up their hips, arms, and stomachs PLUS 100% of all proceeds will go towards breast cancer research.

The charity bootcamp will be held at The Palisades Sports Complex at 10 AM on the grass court this Saturday, May 21st. (13417 Grand Palisades Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28278)  The format will consist of a challenging bootcamp circuit featuring the most effective exercises targeting the abs, butt, and shoulders.

Five Tuff Girl Bootcamp participants will be participating in the Avon Walk for breast cancer in October in Charlotte, NC.  Each participant will be raising $1800 or more to be able to participate in the walk for the cure.  The walk will consist of a 24 mile trek on the 1st day and a 12 mile walk on the 2nd day.

All Tuff Girl Bootcamp members are encouraged to participate in the ABS class and/or the walk, plus non-members of the Palisades and the bootcamp are also welcome to participate in the charity bootcamp on the last Saturday of each month.

Wellness Fair by Just Focus Provides Free Give-aways and Health Specials!

February 10, 2011

Wellness Flier