Queen Camp Bootcamp helps Fresno get in shape

A group works out at Queen Camp Bootcamp in Fresno.
A group works out at Queen Camp Bootcamp in Fresno. Beginner Bootcamps Fresno/Clovis

For Fresnans looking to get fit, Queen Camp Bootcamp opened with a mission to help clients overcome obstacles and meet their goals for a better body.

Owner Jessica Henderson partnered with her trainer, Nick Hansen, to open another branch of their fitness centers near Shaw and Maroa avenues on May 1. Queen Bootcamp, is the second fitness location the duo has opened in the Fresno area. Their first gym, WitFit Bootcamp, opened near Barstow and Clovis avenues in July 2015.

“We are actually one of the few gyms out there where we care that our clients are successful,” Henderson said. “Whatever it takes to get people to lose weight and feel good about themselves is what we want to do.”

She said the difference between Queen Bootcamp and other gyms is that the trainers want clients to utilize the classes and facilities and see results. Trainers follow up with clients who ditch classes or stop working out, keeping people accountable for their fitness.

Sarah Garcia, 27, started working out with Queen Bootcamp following the birth of her son. After trying a more traditional gym, she decided she needed someone else to help her work out.

“What stood out the most to me was the fact that I have someone pushing me,” Garcia said. “It feels good because they know I can do it, and they believe in me, so they push me to work harder than if I were by myself.”

She lost 25 pounds in four months and said her confidence and abilities have grown tremendously. Although she started at the WitFit location, Garcia moved over to Queen Bootcamp when it opened and has been attending morning classes there.

The gym offers different programs and schedules, including a “Mom’s Transformation Program” designed for women wanting a more active body after having children.

Other classes wear heart monitors that display real-time results on a screen in the room to help trainers track each person’s workout. It also makes for healthy competition and encourages people to keep up with their peers, Henderson said. Over time, students can track their progress and see how they have grown.

“We have clients who have lost over 100 pounds,” Henderson said. “I’ve seen people lose 20 pounds their first month.”

The original idea was to help women get in shape, but many clients soon started bringing their significant others, family members and friends along, regardless of gender.

Henderson plans on opening a new location every six months. She also owns Pro Travel Networks, a travel agency that also teaches people who work at home to become agents.

Henderson went into the fitness business after her trainer, Hansen, helped her to lose more than 90 pounds. She said her goal is to help people get the persistent training they need to achieve the bodies they want.

Classes are typically 10-15 students and are 30 minutes long. Class packages range from $25-$200 per month. Queen Camp is open Monday through Saturday and has class sessions from 5-10 a.m. and 4-10 p.m. It is located on the southwest corner of Shaw and Maroa avenues.

Sydney Maki: 559-441-6141, @symmaki

Visit Queen Camp Bootcamp at 435 W. Shaw Ave. in Fresno, California.