Boot camp puts brides on track to wedded bliss

Bridal boot camp is McGuire's latest effort but unique boot camps are what she's built her fitness business, Saratoga Fit, around. She offers an evening boot camp at Malta Health and Fitness and an early morning boot camp in the Niskayuna area that teases the inner child"playground boot camp at 5:30 a.m.

"We travel to different playgrounds and parks every week or so. We do work on swings, stairs, bleachers, monkey bars, picnic areas or trails," said McGuire. "Many of the women are runners who need the other part of fitness and it's something that keeps people on track if you work out with other people."

McGuire also serves as personal trainer, traveling to homes or other fitness centers to make exercise as convenient as possible. She currently has about 12 trainees and said she's seen good results with people meeting weight loss goals. Seeing people accomplish something that can be life changing is why she said she started Saratoga Fit about a year ago.

"I used to be Director at Schenectady JCC and one of the things I was able to do and loved was conducting fitness classes. Through that experience I recognized the desire of people to challenge themselves to do something. Exercise in a group setting that was a little different than classes that use choreography, like Zumba," said McGuire. "I've found a lot of people seem to appreciate and benefit from classes that hit the entire body. It's fabulous and people have a ball and end up doing things they really didn't think they could do."

McGuire said she wants people to know fitness is simple once you know what to do and her programs are designed to allow people to continue solo.

"The exercises I show you are easy to do on your own and I don't use weird tools. I use exercise bands, body weight, things you can use in office, on vacation, while traveling so people can do these exercises and don't need me," said McGuire. "When you're not with me you'll know exactly what to do."

Those interested in learning more about Saratoga Fit programs or in registering for one can find more information at www.saratogafit.vpweb.com or call 605-8354. Personal or group training sessions are typically offered in 30 minute sessions which range in price from $30 to $75. Boot camps are usually about a month long and cost around $89.""

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