NARRAGANSETT – 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. You’d think I’d go AWOL, but this wasn’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 bachelor’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.
“I knew I wanted to start my own business because it is my passion. I wanted to offer something to women in the community. With personal training, you can get inconsistent hours, but with the camp you can touch more people within a reasonable time frame,” Bate, who wakes up every morning with Danielle at 4:30 for the camp, said.
Ryan Bate and his wife Danielle started the camp last April with only a 5:30 a.m. camp and with just seven women. Yet by the second boot camp, 22 women joined. By the end of the summer the camp was in such high demand, Bate added a second time slot, the 7:30 a.m. camp. By the end of the summer, the young boot camp had 45 participants. Although Bate’s camp is growing in popularity, he said he tries to keep each camp under 25 people to give it a more personal feel.
“We want to make sure the individuals are doing the workout. We’re able to go around and make sure people are doing it right,” Bate said. “It’s so much fun and so much of an enjoyment. We really care for these people. They’re our friends. We’re very grateful to have them supporting us.”
Bate’s workouts are different every day. From core conditioning to short distance running muscular strength, jumping rope, circuit training, hiking, sport yoga, to fitness kick boxing, pilates, sport drills and obstacle courses, Bate’s makes sure no workout is repeated.