SUCCESS STORIES & MEDIA COVERAGE
Celebrating 10 Years of building the Hard, Fast and Strong!
See what our clients in Boston and San Francisco's East Bay and the press have said
"I am 56.I was in pathetic shape. This is the last
thing my family thought would work for me..They were wrong.I just finished my first six
week session. I am not saying it is not hard but I love it. Charla really wants me to be
more fit and she believed in me and made me believe in myself..Gyms are not for me.
Thank-you Charla for being you..
"Joining FitBoot is the best thing that I've done in
a long time. I had been pondering the idea of signing up for a fitness boot camp
program for quite awhile and finally got to a point where I was ready to take the plunge,
despite my fears that it would be too hard. Well, it IS hard, but that is the whole point!
I concur with everything the other reviewers have stated, including the fact that the
instructor Charla is terrific, and just what the Dr. ordered. She is professional, caring,
funny, and most of all, super motivating. You can truly see that she wants you to
achieve your goals and be the best that you can be. Charla has a way of making you
want to show up every day, give 100%, believe in yourself and your abilities, and
challenge what you think you are capable of.
I credit the program with not only improving my fitness level and making me stronger,
but also with boosting my self-confidence and ability to push through challenging
situations by the sheer will to keep going when I literally think I cannot. But then you
do, and boy does that feel fantastic! . . .
Thank you to FitBoot and all the other HardChargers. I cannot recommend this training
program highly enough. Hoo-yahh!"
"I joined another east bay boot camp, (FitBoot in
Alameda) and its super hardcore, which may not be for everyone, but after a very short
time, the difference in the two programs is dramatic. Lots of personal attention and
progressive training.. . .
My first reaction to FitBoot was "ARE YOU F'ING KIDDING ME WITH THIS SH*T?" I
was thinking there was NOOO way, with as out of shape as I am, that I was going to be
able to withstand this hardcore training program. And honestly, every morning when my
alarm goes off, I am pissed off that I'm awake that early, and I wonder if my sore
muscles will carry me through another day. But, Charla McMcillian is as good as it gets.
She pushes you as far as you can go, much further than you actually think you can go.
Charla also gives nutrition tips at the end of every class. So... it is really a fully inclusive
program. In 45-60 minutes, five days a week, you will literally change your outlook on
your body and the way you want to eat.
It doesn't matter if you are in awesome shape or if you are a couch potato, Charla will
make the program work for you. The squad is small enough that no one gets lost in the
crowd. You can't hide in the back of the class, and you can NOT fake your way through
It's a no-nonsense program, and if you are expecting to be pampered, this isn't the
program for you. But, if you are serious about changing your body and your nutrition,
this IS the program for you. You will never sign up for any other training (gyms,
personal trainers, etc.), they are nothing compared to what you get at
-- C. Gilpin, Oakland, CA
"After 3 years of inactivity and just being fed up, I
to finally do something after coming across (by accident)Fitboot's flyer. My first thought
my, it starts at 6:00 in the morning! There is no way!" but after much thinking realized it
necessary. This program has been one of the best things I did for myself...Charla is a
motivator and works with you to reach your fitness goals. I'll admit the first 2 weeks
difficult...for 1, I'm not a runner nor was I used to ANY exercise program...so it was
tough...Charla helped me get through the mental hurdles and pushed me to believe in
plan on continuing for as long as she stays in business!
"Charla has transformed my body into something
didn't think was possible. After years of doubting myself and not thinking that I would
ever be in
shape again, Charla's motivation has allowed me to surpass all of the goals I've placed
I HIGHLY recommend her!!
"It has been a year since I broke my leg, and
I would walk again, let alone be in FitBoot class again! Every day I still cannot believe
actually jumping around and am more active now than prior to the injury. I ran my first
ever -2 5Ks and then a 10K this past weekend. It's truly amazing what you can
accomplish if you
stay motivated and work hard and don't give up. It hurt to do jumping jacks when I first
back to class and I thought "maybe this isn't such a good idea". In any event, just
wanted to say
thanks for your encouragement and guiding me through my injury - I'm a new person.
-- L. Corrigan, Boston, MA
"Charla provides a great balance of fitness,
and nutrition guidance for improved health. I started working out again on a daily basis
enjoyed Charla's fitness activities and motivation. I would highly recommend the
-- D. Rehnstrom, Pleasant Hill, CA
"I just wanted to say (again) that it has been a real
pleasure being a part of Fitboot. Nearly a year ago, I spent a great deal of time
clicking that mouse button on the enlistment, until [another client] finally said 'just do it,
won't regret it.' I haven't looked back in regret since. My only regret is that I didn't join
You are an amazing motivator, an incredible instructor, and an outstanding leader. I
of the things that impresses me is your sincere interest in each individual, including
That is a key quality that makes you different from everyone else. I am also
with the scope of your influence in my family. Besides my own fitness, my mother has
benefitted greatly from your instruction and advice. I have reports from my mom that
Dad (a former ARMY man) has been sneaking peeks into your book! I'm guessing
speaks for itself. I had a long road of recovery after a serious car accident, and I know
parents were concerned that I would never gain back any strength or endurance. Your
proved to me (and them) that I could not only recover, but go beyond....not to mention
to flight status. "
-- L. Kessler (USAF(R)), Boston, MA
"After years of inactivity I was surprised at how
got used to the early morning workouts. Now I depend on them! Charla offers a
realistic approach on how to integrate exercise, healthy eating and a positive attitude
life. I look, and feel, better than I have in 20 years and I owe it all to Charla's motivation,
encouragement, and knowledge. I highly recommend Fitboot!."
-- L. McKenna, Alameda, CA
Click here for the Boston Globe photo
from the article "Get Up! Get Out! Get Moving!" --- 5/15/06
"I thought I would let you know what a positive
your program was on me. Although it took me about another year to get "motivated,
downright motivated"!! In October 2005 after a year of being happily married, I changed
and changed my exercise and eating habits. I have lost 30lbs since last I saw you and
yes that's right, RUNNING is my exercise of choice!!
When I started the Fitboot program I had never run before in my life. Now I run a
3-4 miles on the treadmill 3-5 times a week. When the weather is nice I run outside.
husband is an avid runner and he's so happy that I have come to love it
-- D. O'Kane, Weymouth, MA
"Thank you so much for all of your support and
encouragement throughout my training this summer. You were tough but that's exactly
needed--the no-nonsense approach."
"At every stage, [McMillian] pushes [Recruits]
to work as hard as they possibly can - in a tough but supportive way."
Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine
Read the day-by-day log of two (ultimately successful) Recruits as they completed their
camp training: www.military-
diaries.com Careful, this one will keep you glued to the screen for long spans of
educate you about FitBoot hardcore training, and have you in stitches!
"I went through about 2-3 rounds of FitBoot with you before moving to Dallas. I'm
Boston now but not [yet] able to start again.
Just wanted to let you know that I've continued to exercise and eat right - and am now
176 lbs (5'8") from about 215 when I started with you. After doing FitBoot, I realized that
sweating was not such a bad thing, and found out how much better I felt if I ate right
exercised. It is more difficult on my own, but I'm continuing to work hard to get to my
weight and be healthy. FitBoot is the reason I can claim any success - in fact my
husband still ask me if I will ever see progress like I did during the 12 weeks of your
Thanks for getting me on the right path!"
"It's the mixture of expectation and support
that has made [McMillian's] programs popular."
-- The Boston Herald Dec. 23,
"McMillian takes the weak and whining and
turns them into muscle-hungry machines who succumb to her demands that
they give more of themselves physically and emotionally than they ever
-- The Improper Bostonian Magazine
Sep. 23-Oct. 6, 1998
"Call it fitness by peer pressure..."
-- The Boston Globe March 16,
"The intense physical training that has
turned so many soldiers into lean, mean fighting machines is now helping
civilians trim and tone"
--WHDH - Channel 7 News, April
"I've gotten a lot stronger and feel better."
-- S. Normand, Newton, MA
"I would, without doubt, say you made me realize how important it is to be
have committed to this and am working out about 4-5 times a week."
[same client 4 years later]
"I want to thank you again for being an
unbelievable motivator and encourager. You have really made my experience
at bootcamp one I won't forget. I think you really have something with
this program. Thank you for everything."
--S. McCaffrey, Boston, MA
"I haven't felt so ready for anything than
at this point. Thank you. . .for the beginning of a better (fit) Life."
-- E.C. Fenelon (U.S. Army Recruit), Boston,
"My bodyfat numbers have gone down a lot.
My weight has gone down a lot."
-- L. Smithers, Boston, MA
"These are lean machines pushing themselves
- and each other - to new heights..."
--Victoria Block, WHDH-TV, Ch. 7 On Assignment
Sep. 28, 1998
"It's a kick-butt class!"
"I'd just like to thank you for helping
me get ready for my test to get into the police academy. With your workout
program, I was able to pass the entrance test without a problem."
--L. Bonney, Waltham,
"I feel as if I have made a great deal
of progress. Thanks for this wonderful program. You really have put a lot
of personal effort into building this program, and we all appreciate your
personal interest ... !"
--C. Otocka Watertown, MA
"I took my [Army Physical FitnessTest]
this drill weekend. . .This was my best showing by far. I passed!! . .
. it's the first time I passed thanks to you. Thanks for all your help."
--M. Jacobbe (US Army Reservist),
"For those who want their workouts a little
less sugar-coated, there's FitBoot. The students were all gung-ho, and
their attitude toward McMillian's style - Semper Fidelis' "
-- WCVB - Channel 5, CHRONICLE May
"This class is ideal for those who want
a no frills exercise program, and also it's a great way to beat the boredom
of your regular exercise routine."
--Alison Gilman, WHDH - Channel 7 News,
"Thanks for helping me progress so much
over the past 6 weeks. I feel great. See you at FitBasic!"
"Just a note to let you know how much I'm
loving my training, even though I hate PUSHUPS!"
"I wanted you to know how thankful I am
for all that you've done for me. I had reached a real low in my life before I met
you. Now, thanks to all your help, understanding and encouragement I feel good
about myself again. For the first time in years I can play tennis, volleyball and
go skiing with my family. Passing the test will be great, but for me the real
reward is how I feel and the things I am able to do once again. So thank you from
the bottom of my heart!"
"Thanks for all you do. I am feeling better now
than I ever
have before because when you look good, you feel good . . . You are a big part of
"Just wanted to let you know that because
of your training I was able to complete the Falmouth Road Race this weekend in
65 minutes - which was not too bad for me considering it was the first time in my life
that I've run over 5 miles at one time!!! I think that just having that "fitboot" mentality
of not giving up is what got me through the last 2 miles."
"I have been involved in all sorts of fitness
programs and yours blows them all away. Since I was a competitive swimmer
as a kid/teen/young adult, I never had to think about keeping in shape. Once I stopped
competing . . .I had to do something organized. . ..I need a qualified coach and positive
peer pressure. I found both at FitBoot . . . Nothing else delivers results so well and
with such fun. Rock on."
"I wanted to thank you - [FitBoot] has been
absolutely wonderful, one of the things I will miss dearly from Boston. You and
the program have made me realize that a 'good body' is not about the images of girls
in the magazines, but about what it is capable of - strength, more than looking skinny.
And that eating is about giving the body fuel, not about counting calories and
starving. And for that, I thank you"
A. Polla, Washington, D.C.
"FitBoot has done nothing less than enable
me to transform my body and mind. I started FitBoot at 240 lbs, 34% bodyfat and
today I am at a lean 179 lbs, 10% bodyfat. I have done a 180 on my exercise and
Charla's program was open enough that I could join when I was out of shape and
enough that even on days when I thought it would be easy I had a great workout.
Her expert knowledge of training and nutrition also helps when something aches
(usually it's a
good thing) or you're wondering how to eat right.
For years I had gotten used to sitting on my ass watching tv and eating whatever I
wanted. In the
same way I got used to waking up at 5:20, trucking to the Esplanade and working out
the weather. But more importantly I got used to eating healthy, being in shape, having
esteem and knowing that it was within my power to maintain that lifestyle. Charla has
inspiration and mentor in achieving those goals.
Trust in FitBoot. "
" I just want to say thank you. Since I got back into
bootcamp, I've noticed changes in both my appearance and my attitude--and you're
for both. I've dropped about 12 pounds and have made some real progress toward my
goals. Granted, I've still got a long way to go, but at least now it feels possible. So
pushing me (of course, I wouldn't mind if you did a little less pushing during those damn
kicks...), and for devoting extra time to checking up on my diet, etc. I really do
"In about six months I lost 40-45 pounds and my
went from over 30% to under 20%. Losing the weight has allowed my chronic Achilles
tendonitis to heal and my back pain is gone. I went from struggling through a one mile
completing the 7.1 mile Falmouth Road Race. On day one I only did 12 situps. On [next
PFT] I expect to do 65-70."
M.Parsons, Charlestown, MA
"Fitboot helped me to lose almost 30lbs. With the
continued support and encouragement of Charla and her instructors I have been able to
off, improve my fitness level and have fun doing it. When I first joined [two years ago] I
barely do 20 sit-ups in two minutes; now I can do over 90! ."
P. Riley, Chelsea, MA
NOTE: this client has made even more progress and became the
for Charla's book Boot Camp Abs
" First and foremost thank you for such a
program. I can say with a high degree of confidence that, in the last 10-12 years -- and
MANY fits and starts, I have never achieved such positive and measurable results in
such a short
period of time.
Not since 1990-91 have I managed to run 6 miles. However -- today I went for a 4-mile
Around mile 3, I felt pretty damn good and set 6 miles as my goal. The first 5 felt great.
was tough and required 3 or 4 30-pace walk breaks. But I did it and feel awesome.
me the foundation to build from. I WOULD NOT have done this without that foundation.
Oh, and PS -- [my wife] (*a FitBoot One-to-One training client) is thrilled with her
progress and I'm thrilled for her. She called me when I was on the road last week and
she lost 3 lbs. Charla -- she has not had success like that for years despite working so
Thank you for helping her on the way to her goals. You have no idea how much of an
Hoo yeah!!!! and THANKS!"
THis ain't playing with rubber bands in the
park . . .!.
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