By PAMELA SCOTT JOHNSON
July 24, 2012
By KYLE LOVERN
WEST WILLIAMSON – A group of local women recently decided to get in shape with the “Boot Camp Warriors” program.
“It started out in the beauty salon at ‘Beach Bums’ when Tina Todd and Kelly Warren suggested that since I was in the military, I should start a weight loss boot camp, so I gladly accepted,” said Sgt. Donna Smith, who works out of the Williamson National Guard Armory. “They came up with the idea that we should charge $20 a week, but I informed them that since we were meeting here at the National Guard Armory in Williamson, we couldn’t really charge anyone,” Smith added. “So it would have to be strictly a donation basis. So Andrea Robinette, me and my daughter Bree Smith got together and made up some exercise with the help of Sgt. Michael Runyon,” Smith, who serves as a recruiter, said.
“We figured we would do different exercises for the abs and upper body on Mondays and Wednesdays and on Fridays we would do a 3.5 mile march,” Smith said.
“This started the first week of June and at that time we had approximately 15-20 members,” Smith said of the boot camp.
“I think it got a little hard for some of them, because now the group is down to 6-10 members,” she added. “Very faithful members at that.”
“The instructor level has gone down also because of my job as a National Guard Recruiter. I couldn’t be there all the time and Andrea also had issues with time management,” Smith said.
“So now the only one involved in the instructing is Bree and myself. I might add, that she does a wonderful job and the road march is also up to almost six miles a week, Smith said.
Smith said that during the first month, she had several of the women who lost 21 pounds.
Any lady wanting to join the group should just show up at the National Guard Armory at West End on Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 7:00 p.m., Smith added.