by Mia Amber Davis
As you know, I recently attended a Brooklyn, NY Bootcamp led by certified fitness trainer, Aja Davis
(no relation). Please read on to learn more about Aja and the small
changes we all can make towards healthier lifestyles. Be sure to read
through to the end for an offer you can't refuse!
[Mia] What is the 4 X 4 Bootcamp and why did you decide to create it?
[Aja]The 4x4 Fitness Bootcamp is a program designed to give people an
intensive workout 4 days a week for at least 4 weeks. I created
the Bootcamp in order to show people that you don't have to belong to a
gym or buy a lot of expensive equipment in order to get a good workout
and get the results you want. I also wanted to offer a more valuable
and affordable alternative to other bootcamp programs in the area.
[Mia] Who is the woman this boot camp is designed for?
[Aja] The 4x4 Fitness Bootcamp is designed for the woman who has had
it; who has made up her mind that she wants to get fit and healthy once
and for all and is willing to put time and energy into reaching that
goal. She may be 20 lbs overweight or 100 lbs overweight. It
doesn't matter. What matters most is her commitment to achieving her
health and fitness goals.
[Mia] My biggest issue to date has been starting a program and quitting
after a week because I didn't see results but what's the biggest
mistake the average woman makes when first deciding to work out?
[Aja] Actually, the biggest mistake the average woman makes when first
deciding to work out is precisely that. She thinks that after
going to the gym or doing some exercise that she is going to transform
into a "Greek goddess" in a week or two! We are so bombarded with
advertising expounding quick weight loss tricks and fads. We see movie
stars get pregnant or put on a lot of weight, then they disappear for a
few weeks, and when they reappear they are back to their original
selves. We forget that the models we see on TV and in magazines are
often not "real" and that most body images we see in the media are
doctored in some way. Exercise is not magic. In real life, getting the
body you want takes a lot of hard work. I always remind my clients that
they did not get to where they are today in a week or a month. It takes
just as long or longer for your body to change back to the shape you
want. Give yourself time and try to get into a groove. The first few
weeks are the hardest. Once exercise and healthy eating become a part
of your everyday lifestyle, you'll no longer need to think about
starting and quitting. You'll just do it.
[Mia] I found your boot camp to be a very welcoming, plus friendly
atmosphere and I was surprised because you don't look like you've ever
struggled with weight a day in your life...
[Aja] Looks can be deceiving! Actually, when I was younger I got very
sick and as a result gained a lot of weight. I think that this is my
root for why I might be a little obsessive these days! Anyways, I was
super determined to work off the weight. These days, I don't worry
nearly as much about my weight because my lifestyle won't allow it to
vary much. I eat healthily and make sure to move a lot, especially if I
can't get a workout in that day.
[Mia] I was quite apprehensive about joining a boot camp
because I was in such bad shape but I was determined to get started.
What steps can women who can't make it to your Brooklyn, NY based boot
camp do to get started in a new fitness routine whether they weigh 100
lbs or 350 lbs?
[Aja] My first piece of advice would be to start moving. If you are
timid and want to start slow, just go for a walk a few days a week. In
NY, it seems almost impossible not to walk, but you would be surprised
at how little some people do. If you drive, but you could take
the subway, take it instead and get off one stop away from your
destination. Gyms can be intimidating and are certainly a waste
of money if you don't go regularly or if you don't know what you're
doing. A trainer can familiarize you with equipment and help you
create a fitness program, however if you can't afford a trainer, grab a
buddy and hold each other accountable. Find a good fitness video that
you like and do it! Invite your friend over or call each other every
day to make sure you are both really exercising and sticking to a
program. If you are going at it alone, it's much easier to start
with small steps. Just commit to one day a week where you are
active for 45 minutes. It could be power walking, jumping rope in your
apartment, playing tag with your kids ... anything. Gradually build
from there until you are doing something at least 3-4 days a week.