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Meet Sergeant Ronald!

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Sgt Ronald Marshal

 

       

No seriously, he's a REAL Sergeant and he's here to be your Boot Camp wake up call!!

 

Sgt Ronald Marshall was a trainer for 9 years in the United States Army. His time in service won him several awards and medals for his outstanding leadership as well a long list of recognition for his own athletic accomplishments.

 

Selected to train countless personnel in Modern Army Combative training, he achieved over 500 hours in both level 1 and 2 grappling and led his teams to top placement in Warrior Challenge competitions. During his time serving for the US army, part of his responsibilities included development of personal nutrition plans, and training protocols for his fellow soldiers.

 

He furthered his career after the military by completing his Personal Training Certification, Kettle-bell training and small group training through the National Personal Training Institute in 2012.

 

Ronald describes himself as a Motivator who possesses a strong ability show people their full potential. Ronald's passion is to help his clients discover the power of purpose, direction and motivation, three important principals that has shaped his own success in this industry.

 

  • Master Trainer in the United States Army, 2006
  • NPTI Certified Personal trainer, Small Group Instructor, Kettle Bell Instructor
  • Track and field Certification USATF
  • Blue Belt Jujitsu
  • CPR certified

 

Come meet Ronald and the rest of the boot camp crew, more information on our website!

 

 


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The Best of Boot Camp!

I know you've seen our Boot Camp fliers...I know you've seen our Facebook posts...but maybe it’s time that you hear from someone other than us how much you will LOVE our Boot Camp classes! “I went from feeling like a worn-down mom to shopping in the Juniors' department--thanks to Nina--no "mom jeans" for me! With work and a toddler, I don't get much "me time" - Boot Camp has become my escape from stress, runny noses...Nina motivates me to push myself farther than I ever thought I could go, and after just 4 weeks I went down a pants size. Health and Wholeness takes the traditional boot camp we fear (harsh motivation, military style motivation) and adds the sparkle. Never have I felt so pushed to do better, feel better AND look better! The positive energy I get from boot camp feeds me all day long!” – Melissa D. (photo left)   “Health & Wholeness Boot Camps are actually fun for a lot of reasons, but here are my Top 3:
  1. Nina has a lot of interesting "toys" that she will figure out how to use in unique ways to challenge you.
  2. The boot camp group really forms a bond and it's fun to come together a few times a week and know that you are doing this together.
  3. Nina is a refreshing mix of tough yet encouraging, making it enjoyable to push yourself to your limits.
I'm not a morning person, but for these reasons I look forward to the early boot camp sessions!” – Jen C. “I call myself a lot of things, but an athlete is not one of them. Never has been - I mean, I've never done a pull-up in my life. However, almost two years ago, I took a leap of faith and tried boot camp with Nina and Health and Wholeness. Countless sessions later, I have lost close to 20 pounds, lowered my cholesterol by more than 60 points without medication, ran countless 5K's and 10K's, regularly lift weights with confidence during my own workouts, and - dare I say it - even catch myself thinking like an athlete! I started at a lower fitness level than many in the class and found the workouts to be challenging but doable. Now, the workouts are just as challenging because Nina designs them for everyone, no matter how long they've been training or what their starting weight is. I continue to enjoy the sessions, continue to get up at 5:20 am, and continue to see progress. I no longer do "girl pushups", and may even see a pull-up in the future! I needed someone to hold me accountable, and Nina's my person!” – Ginger N. (See Ginger's "Before" picture below, left, and her "After" picture, below, right.)                   “I am a fitness professional, so my personal training schedule does not often offer me opportunity to try a new trainer or workout.  I was lucky enough to be able to attend Nina's "Last Chance Boot Camp" on New Year's Eve 2012.  The 60-minute circuit workout was TOUGH.  Each station presented it's own set of challenges - cardio, strength, endurance.  Nina allowed us just enough recovery time between each set to recharge to tackle the next challenge.  She set up each exercise clearly, and gave options and modifications throughout (because she was closely monitoring each of us, and paying attention to when we needed a little help, and when we needed to be pushed harder).  Nina's approach was just the right balance between driving us when she felt we had more to give, and encouraging us when she could see we were almost tapped out. I was very impressed with how well she manipulated a group in a fairly small space, and enjoyed every minute of being pushed to my limits. I would HIGHLY recommend Nina's Boot Camps to anyone, at any fitness level! She truly has the tools to help you reach your goals.” – Kate F. “Nina is an inspiring, energetic, and motivational instructor who continues to help me improve my personal fitness. Her classes are the perfect combination of fun and challenging. They are so enjoyable that you want to come back every time, but challenging enough that the next morning you are almost too sore to get out of bed. Nina also does an excellent job of motivating you with a kind, but firm approach to help you strain to meet your personal fitness goals. During each class, it feels like you reach new heights that you hadn’t previously thought possible. Her classes are the highlight of my week, and she has given me many great pointers to help me improve my weaknesses. I also appreciate how Nina takes a personal interest in each of her students and helps them to get the most out of exercise. Some people love exercise and others hate it, which is why I appreciate that Nina’s classes are equally effective for die-hard exercise fanatics as well as newcomers. I have been doing exercise classes for almost 10 years, and I haven’t encountered a better teacher or motivator than Nina.” – Joey K. “What's good about Monday? How about a super-charged workout with the Nina-monster!? Thrilled to have found an energetic and motivating instructor who challenges me to get stronger every class and keeps me coming back for more "strong" each week. #TheBest!” – Colleen M.
We look forward to having you join us for one (but hopefully many!) Boot Camp classes!
Come see for yourself what the buzz is all about...we can't wait to work you out!
Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business serving Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training, Circuit and Mat Pilates classes, Muscle Activation Techniques, Run Coaching, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations and Food Sensitivity Testing, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more. Come check us out today!

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Nina's Boot Camp gets a new "Kick" in 2013!

We hope your 2013 is off to a great start and that you're looking forward to a year full of fun and challenging fitness routines!  We are kicking off this year of Boot Camp starting this coming Monday, January 14th and would LOVE it if you could join us! We have made some great changes to our Boot Camp offerings that we're sure you'll still love! So, grab a sip of something hot, envision yourself looking *hot* and read on...we know you will find the perfect option below!

1.  Enroll monthly for the reduced price of only $15 per session! Yep, you heard that right! This pack is the perfect solution for the Boot Camp junkie (you know who you are!) Whether you have been coming to our camp for the past 4 years or just recently realized you can't live without it, commit to coming Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings and set up an automatic payment plan for only $180 per month. 

2. Option 2 is the perfect solution for the person who is out of town a lot and can't commit to the consistency needed for option #1. Will you need to skip a few classes? No problem! Purchase our *NEW* 10 Class Pass for $200 and come and go as you please. This pass can be used for not only our Boot Camp, but also for our 6am Tuesday/Thursday mat Pilates classes! We like flexibility, so go ahead, touch your toes...and come whenever it's convenient for you! 

3. After recently hosting two successful, 10-day-straight Holiday Boot Camps, we couldn't ignore the praise. People LOVED the perfect compliment of an oh-so-gentle (but don't underestimate it!) mat Pilates class sprinkled between the intensity of Boot Camp days.  If you are thinking of giving your exercise routine a serious KICK IN THE PANTS in 2013, consider this 1 Month Boot Camp/Pilates Combo Pass: 1 month of 6am sessions, 5 days a week for $300 a month...that's only $15 per class

During the next four weeks, we'll meet at the indoor basketball court at Avalon at Arlington Square (2350 26th Court South, Arlingto, VA 22206) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6am. Sign up now online (click on the "Boot Camp 2013" banner) while our best availability is being offered! Need more info before you commit? Check out our Boot Camp page for more details.

Oh, and one more thing for you over-achievers out there: Refer two friends and get a month totally FREE!!!

We look forward to seeing you sweaty...Hu-rah!

Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business serving Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training, Circuit and Mat Pilates classes, Muscle Activation Techniques, Run Coaching, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations and Food Sensitivity Testing, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more. Come check us out today!


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"Turkey Burn" Testimonial

Our 10-day Turkey Burn Boot Camp ends tomorrow, but to get you revved up for the next edition starting on Monday, December 10th - "Holiday Hustle" - we asked one of our participants to reflect on his experience of working out for 10 days straight...here's what he had to say... "The Turkey Burn Program had a catchy title and I thought I'd give it a shot after my frustration over how much I ate with family over the Thanksgiving holiday. The first boot camp workout occurred the Monday after Thanksgiving, and it was one of the most challenging 45 minutes, requiring me to take a long pause in the middle to get through to the end. After the workout, helpful nutritional tips and reminders were provided to "avoid celebrating every day in December as a holiday."  This routine continued over the next 8 days and it boosted my energy, reduced holiday stress, and I gained strength...now I can persevere without having to take a long break from the group during challenging training exercises. By meeting at this early morning hour, you simply take care of yourself first before taking care of other things, and that's a good investment in health. Furthermore, it's a good way to get a head start on next year's resolution to be more healthy. Overall, I highly recommend the program!" - David Jones Where do we meet? The indoor basketball court at the Avalon at Arlington Square leasing office (2350 26th Court South, Arlington, VA 22206) What time? 6am-7am When? "Holiday Hustle" runs every morning from Dec. 10 - Dec. 19   David trains at Health and Wholeness, a multifaceted fitness and wellness business serving Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training, Circuit and Mat Pilates classes, Muscle Activation Techniques, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations and Food Sensitivity Testing, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more.

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Burn, Turkey, Burn!

Jump Start Your Fitness With A New Kind Of Boot Camp From Health And Wholeness! What: 10-DAY “TURKEY BURN” BOOT CAMP This intense camp will blast your body into shape and bring you to a new level of fitness! Along with the physical training of boot camp – sprinting, lifting, jumping, sweating – we’ll offer you nutrition tips to ensure your success, such as:
  • How to eat pre- and post-workout
  • How to eat for body composition change
  • How to prepare quick healthy meals
  • How to navigate your way through the holidays, and much MORE!*
Who: Glory Billman, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Registered Nurse, Professional Bodybuilding Athlete, and Nutrition Coach will whip you into shape during this “turkey burn” and fire up your metabolism for the season. Glory’s training style is based on metabolic transformation through interval training, functional fitness, and heavy weight-lifting. Be prepared for a camp that emphasizes body-weight movements and incorporates daily nutrition advice. *Two out of the 10 days will feature group Mat Pilates instruction by Alisia Essig. Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise that emphasizes the balanced development of the body through postural awareness, core strength and flexibility, and it will complement your boot camp efforts! Where: The INDOOR Basketball Court at the Avalon at Arlington Square Resident Center (2350 26th Court South, Arlington VA) When: NOV. 26-DEC. 5 and/or DEC. 10-19 @ 6:00-7:00AM *Meets every day for 10 days...that’s right...10 days straight! Choose between 2 options (or sign up for BOTH if you want a DOUBLE fat-blast!) Why: The holidays are the hardest time of year to start new goals or stay on track with your recent ones, but we’ll help you challenge that! This year – between Thanksgiving and Christmas – take control of your metabolism before the turkey and holiday cookies do! $200 (only $20/session!) *Special* “Bring-a-Buddy”: $20 off if you refer a friend! SIGN UP TODAY! Questions? Email Glory at trainerglory@gmail.com or Call 571.421.2774 Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business serving Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training, Circuit and Mat Pilates classes, Muscle Activation Techniques, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations and Food Sensitivity Testing, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more.

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News from Around the Block – October 2012

Congratulations, Alisia - our newest "Mommy-to-be!" Congratulations to Health and Wholeness Pilates Instructor, Alisia Essig, who recently announced the exciting news that she is pregnant! Alisia is only 15 weeks along, but we're already counting down the days until we have another little one crawling around Studio B! ...Speaking of little ones... Health and Wholeness Massage Therapist, Jai Dee, is now certified in *Infant Massage* - which encompasses numerous benefits to the baby (for example: relaxation and better sleep, better digestion, and improved immune system, blood circulation, and skin condition...just to name a few) as well as the parents or caregivers. Infant Massage provides its benefits in four distinct ways: Stimulating all the body systems; Relaxing; Relieving; and Bonding and Attachment. Not in the "baby" phase? We still have plenty of great massage techniques to choose from, so check them out and see which is right for you! *End of October Indoor Boot Camp – Session starts Monday, October 22nd* Halloween is right around the corner (and the candy, sweets and other treats aren't far behind!) For many of us, late October marks the official holiday season kick-off, so start this festive time of year on the right foot! You'll get new challenges and more fun routines  to keep you on top of your game, so join us for another 4-week session of Boot Camp on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 6am at the Avalon Community Basketball Court in Arlington. Nina’s popular camps still have room, so read more and REGISTER today! *PLUS* Take advantage of the “Bring-a-Buddy to Boot Camp Campaign”:
  • Bring a friend who is new to boot camp and they get 2 FREE sessions (that's 12 for the price of 10!)
  • YOU get the same deal, too!
**For anyone following the Prop 37 news on consumers' right to GMO labeling, here is Michael Pollan's (author of The Omnivore's Dilemma) take on the California Ballot Initiative to label Genetically Modified Organisms...happy reading!** Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business serving Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training as well as Group Runs and Individual Run Coaching, Mat and Circuit Pilates classes, Muscle Activation Techniques, Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations and Food Sensitivity Testing, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks, and more!

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News from Around the Block – September 2012

*Welcome to the Health and Wholeness Staff! Introducing… Lindsay Huttman - a loyal Health & Wholeness patron for almost a year and a half.  She's sampled many of our services as a client and was even the featured client of the month several months ago. Lindsay is the freshest face among the training staff, has a great understanding of real food, and is a general joy to be around. Get to know Lindsay better by reading her bio here!   *Run Club Change for the Fall* With the temperatures cooling down, now is the perfect time to get outside and run some miles! Join Susan Colarco, Certified Running Coach on Wednesday evenings at 6pm. Group runs resume on September 19th! We’re one of the few studios in Arlington, Alexandria, and the DC metro area that offers a joint running club, one-on-one Distance Run Coaching, and Sprint Coaching all in one place. The group is growing, so check out more information here on how we will help you get going!   *Next Boot Camp Kicking into Gear – Session starts Monday, September 17th* We promise you fresh routines, new challenges, and more games to get you sweating and working those muscles! We’re offering Boot Camp on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 6am at the turf field of Gunston Community Center. Nina’s popular camps still have room, so read more and REGISTER today! PLUS: Take advantage of the “Bring-a-Buddy to Boot Camp Campaign”: 1. Their first time at camp is FREE 2. New people save $40 on the price of camp 3. If your buddy joins, you save $40 on the price of camp (that is two free sessions!) and get a free container of Whey Protein powder (value at $35)!

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News from Around the Block – August 2012

*New to the Health and Wholeness Staff! Introducing… Susan Colarco, Certified Running Coach with the Road Runners Club of America and Certified Coach with both United States Track & Field and the National Federation of State High School Associations. Susan has more than 20 years of running experience and is excited to join the Health and Wholeness team. Having completed 12 marathons, more than 20 half marathons, a Half Ironman triathlon, and countless other road races, trail races, relay races, and triathlons, Susan certainly has a few miles under her belt. After struggling with lower leg and foot injuries for some time, Susan discovered that running really is more than just putting one foot in front of the other. She has learned, first hand, the importance of proper technique, equipment, and attitude in the sport of running and is passionate about working with others who share her interest in the sport. Susan currently coaches with a large charity marathon training program and also works with runners on a one-on-one basis. Whether your goal is to complete your first 5k, 10k, 10 miler, or marathon; improve your speed or build your distance; or just get moving while still avoiding shin splints and blisters, Susan can partner with you to reach that goal. Susan is experienced in coaching runners as well as run/walkers and can work with you to ensure that your training program fits your schedule and lifestyle. *Running Around Town* Do you love to run, but don't like going solo? Do you hate to run but wish you didn't? Could you use some coaching or accountability? Have a particular race you'd like to train for? Want to run faster? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, consider joining our Run Club and getting some 1-1 long distance or sprint coaching! We're happy to announce that we're one of the few studios in Arlington, Alexandria, and the DC metro area that offers a joint running club, one-on-one Distance Run Coaching, and Sprint Coaching all in one place. The group is growing, so check out more information here on how we will help you get going! *Next Boot Camp Kicking into Gear – Session starts August 13th We promise you fresh routines, new challenges more games, and if our weather continues in this trend, perhaps a little more sweat! We’re still offering an EVENING CAMP starting at 5PM at the Highlands Park next to the Pentagon City Mall, plus the “bring-a-buddy to boot camp campaign”: 1. Their first time at camp is FREE 2. New people save $40 on the price of camp 3. If your buddy joins, you save $40 on the price of camp (that is two free sessions!) and get a free container of Whey Protein powder (value at $35)! Nina’s popular Summer camps tend to fill up, so reserve your spot today!

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Summer Boot Camp still going Strong!

The summer heat isn’t stopping the Health and Wholeness staff! We’ve got another 12-week session of Boot Camp starting August 13th. We offer dynamic and fun workouts designed to challenge any fitness level! You’ll get the motivation, accountability and professional instruction needed to crank your fitness up a few notches. Want to maintain that toned body you’ve been working hard for? Reserve your spot before it’s too late…Spots fill quickly, so sign up today! Summer session runs from August 13 – September 7 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6am at the soccer fields at Gunston Community Center. Not a morning person? We’re happy to announce that we’re now offering evening sessions at 5pm, held at our new location, Virginia Highlands Park! New to boot camp? Take advantage of our special deal: Receive 2 FREE sessions (that’s 12 sessions for the price of 10!) To register, contact Nina Elliot at (571) 242-4775 or email ninaelliot@gmail.com. Nina is the co-owner and co-founder of Health and Wholeness – a multifaceted fitness and wellness business in Arlington, Virginia featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training as well as Pilates, Muscle Activation Techniques, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more.

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Client Corner - Talita Lapitz

A look into the life of Talita Lapitz – a successful Muscle Activation Technique client and active Boot Camp participant who loves how Health and Wholeness has changed her body and mind for the better… What brought you to Health and Wholeness? My health had deteriorated drastically since I had long moved here from Brazil in 2004. I had gained 40 pounds, although I tried to exercise 3 times a week, and tried to find healthy foods to eat. I also developed allergy-induced asthma and had no energy. I felt like I had lost my identity as a former healthy, bubbly, energetic surfer… In addition, back pain from an old injury brought me to MAT with Jeremy Rucker. I felt alive and happy again with much less pain! How many days a week do you train? 4 days a week. I attend boot camp with Nina 3 days a week and have one day of MAT with Jeremy. What are your biggest motivators? My love for surfing and my goal of getting back in the water and having a blast! What is the most significant change you have noticed since you started at Health and Wholeness? My energy levels and moods…I became happier, more relaxed, and a better teacher, wife, biker and surfer. What have you learned about yourself since you started working with us? You should never give up! Also learn to recognize a bad pain and seek help versus pushing harder and getting frustrated. What advice would you have for others just starting their own health journey? Come check it out for yourself! What would you want others to know about Health and Wholeness? They are amazing at what they do best – both Nina and Jeremy have helped me achieve my goals, which were not modest ones, so I’m sure they can help anyone! Talita trains at Health and Wholeness – a multifaceted fitness and wellness business in Arlington, Virginia featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training as well as Pilates, Muscle Activation Techniques, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more.

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