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John Barry, pictured above right, owner of Fitness Pros To Go, is excited about the business’s newest venture: fitness boot camps.

“It resembles what the army does with their boot camp … where we’re getting in shape for working out, for being ready for action,” Barry said.

“It’s not going to be like your normal fitness boot camp around here.

“With Fitness Pros To Go’s boot camp, we’re not going to scream at you. It’s for women by women,” he added.

One of Barry’s top female instructors, Tamra Veit, is leading the boot camp, which began Sept. 12 in World’s Fair Park.

Veit, like all of Barry’s trainers, is nationally certified.

The female boot camp meets at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., Fridays and Saturdays. Cost is $10 per class.

“There’s no commitments … if you feel like working out today, come on down and see us, and it’s only $10,” Barry said.

“But I would like to get a head count … if there’s more than 20 people, [the instructor] is going to get way overloaded,” he added.

The boot camp is always changing, Barry said.

“There’s always new things going on, and we’re going to change it up,” he said. The session will be divided into warm up, workout and cool down.

“Tamra likes to bring it back to basics,” Barry said of her workouts. Participants may find themselves doing squats or lunges utilizing PVC pipe or pushups off park benches.

If enough interest is generated, a weeknight class could be added to the bootcamp.

In addition, Barry plans to start a co-ed boot camp in the West Knoxville area, hopefully in October.

“The majority of my clients do come from the Farragut area. Instead of driving 40 minutes all the way from Farragut to downtown, I need to do something out there,” Barry said.

“I’ve had a lot of men call as well,” he added about his decision to make the West Knoxville boot camp co-ed, as well as open to children.

The site likely will be one between Bearden and Farragut, “a good centralized location,” Barry said.

“The more notice I get from people interested in the Farragut location [the better] … then, yes, it will start,” he added. Barry hopes to have at least 20 people he knows are interested in advance for each boot camp.

The boot camps will continue through the winter.

“Just dress warm,” Barry said.

Barry, a Y-12 employee, started Fitness Pros To Go a year-and-a-half ago.

“I love meeting people and talking about fitness, so basically, that’s what I do,” Barry said.

In-home personal training is “the main premise of Fitness Pros To Go,” he added.

Personal training clients of the company get a discount for boot camp sessions.

For more information about the boot camps or personal training, call 865-242-2944 or visit


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