Monday, December 5, 2011

Body Buster at the Annual Basket Drive 2011!

For the 4th year in a row, Body Buster members went out to help support the Gift Basket Drive for Women's Shelters: 

The Annual Gift Basket Drive for Women’s Shelters delivers gift baskets during the holiday season to women in crisis in shelters and other organizations throughout Etobicoke, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Scarborough, East York and North York.  The gift baskets are created by volunteers and the items in the baskets are donated by individuals and businesses in the community. 

In total the drive was able to make 2,570 baskets this year!! That's almost 800 more than were made in total at 2010's event!

Here are some pictures from this year's event: 

Awesome Job Team Body Buster!!

Congratulations Sandy - Bootcamper of the Program for November, 2011!

Congratulations to Sandy - from the EW location!

I have been a Body Buster member since August 2010. I initially joined for a month to see if I would even be able to do this. The first month was very challenging but with the encouragement of other members, who looked great and where long-time members I took the plunge and signed up for the full year. Sept 2011 rolled around and I did it again and signed up for another year!  Joining Body Buster is one of the best things I’ve done for myself in a very long time!

What I really enjoy most about the program is that there is someone there to encourage and motivate me, as I really need this.  Huy, our instructor ensures we are doing our exercises correctly so as not to have injuries and pushes us when he knows we are able to give more. I am really surprised by my own abilities, especially when you hear that little bit of encouragement to not give up, just hearing that makes you push ahead to give that extra and fight through to complete those “Last Ten”. 

I am very happy with my results.  I am much more toned and have seen a dramatic improvement in my overall strength, endurance and flexibility.

I have chosen to continue with Body Buster as I do work better with a schedule and having weekly scheduled classes’ keeps me committed, engaged and on track. I do my best to ensure I  schedule my make up classes otherwise I feel guilty and disappointed that I didn’t get in my 2 weekly workouts.  Becoming more active and physically fit has made a huge difference in my life. I am much more energetic, sleep better and am able to handle day to day stressful situations in a much more clear and constructive manner. Although I am hot, tired and sweaty at the end of each class, I still have that great feeling of accomplishment and that makes you want more. The different fitness levels of the individuals in our class is a benefit as well. It is great to have someone who is stronger than you in certain areas as this motivates me to continually push myself. It is also nice to encourage others that may not be at your level and to eventually see them succeed and celebrate their success with them.  I do appreciate the encouragement, support and motivation I get from my instructor Huy.  He is always available before or after class to discuss personal concerns with us or just give us some advice on how to build upon the progress we have seen so far. 

In terms of my overall health, I feel stronger both mentally and physically.  Not only do I see the results others have noticed as well. I have gained more confidence in myself, am more energetic and stronger than ever before.  I am proud of what I have accomplished over the last 15 months.  My health was starting to impact my ability to participate in some of those winter activities that I love, especially skiing. I can hardly wait to put on my skis to see the effect of these positive changes.

Since becoming a member of Body Buster I have been reminded of the importance of an active lifestyle for overall well-being and that you must take the time yourself to ensure this happens. I find I now have a more positive attitude to working out and getting into shape.  At times it is difficult to drag my butt to class especially when I am not feeling 100%, but by the end of class I am sure glad I did. The motivation and support from both my instructor and my class members have made the difference for me as I am not always able to do this on my own and would definitely not push myself to the level that I do. 

Thank you Body Buster for keeping me motivated and my body challenged with a variety of interesting and fun workouts. 

Congratulations Effie - Bootcamper of the Program for October, 2011!

Congratulations to Effie - from the HP location!


I've been a member for six months. I originally thought I would join for one program only but I liked it so much I signed up for the rest of the summer and after the last outdoor program I signed up for the indoor program for the next six months.

There are three things I like most about the Body Buster Program. One is the great workout I get. Second are the other members who are fun, supportive and all working toward the same goals of a better fitness level and good health. Last and definitely not least our instructor Dani is amazing. She pushes us to work really hard but in a encouraging, engaging and fun way.

I have lost 12 pounds and approximately 15 inches.

I chose to continue with Body Buster because I want to maintain my fitness level. The program provides a convenient location,scheduled dates and times and a different workout every time.

I definitely feel better, leaner and stronger. At the same time I joined Body Buster I embarked on a vegan diet and I believe that both of those lifestyle choices helped me achieve the goals of losing weight, improving my overall health and challenging myself to do something that I wasn't sure I could do. I've always been an active person but Body Buster took my exercise workouts to another level which I really am enjoying. It also provides a good stress reliever after a busy day at work.

I've gained more intense workouts than I'm used to which was what my exercise workout needed. I developed new goals for myself that I never really thought about before I joined the program. I've met good people who are encouraging and inspiring. I found an instructor who has a great, warm spirit but still doesn't have a problem kicking our butts! I'm encouraged by other members who have been with Body Buster for a couple of years and look great and still feel sore after a Body Buster workout! I really appreciate the interest Dani takes in our goals and helping us by providing nutritional advice and information whether during class or through e-mail.

It's been a great experience and one that I plan to continue for a long time. I encourage anyone thinking about increasing their fitness level and improving their health to join Body Buster.