NARRAGANSETT â€“ It was 7:30 a.m. on Monday and I had enlisted in boot camp. Jumping jacks, mountain climbers, knee highs, hurdles and jump squats with a young fit couple standing before me blowing whistles. Youâ€™d think Iâ€™d go AWOL, but this wasnâ€™t the typical military boot camp. Instead of being surrounded by grunting young men with buzzed haircuts, I was accompanied by fun, enthusiastic women trying to reach their fitness goals. I had committed myself to an hour of intense exercise with the South County Adventure Boot Camp for Women, a four-week program of fitness instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training led by certified adventure fitness trainer and director, Ryan Bate.
Ryan Bate, who has a bachelorâ€™s degree in community health education from Rhode Island College and who is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine began the boot camp last April with his wife, Danielle Bate.