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Read the latest magazine articles featuring FitBoot and expert training advice from Charla!
"Gung Ho!: A Marine Corps Boot Camp for Island Jarhead Wannabes" Alameda Magazine, Mar/Apr 2009

Scrubs Magazine: the first online guide to good living for nurses click on the "Nutrition," "Prevention," and 'Weight Loss" subcategories for articles on:
"The Cafeteria Eater's Guide"
"8 Sleep Tips for the Night Nurse"
"Quick Workout for a Wacky Schedule"



Celebrating 10 Years of building the Hard, Fast and Strong!
See what our clients in Boston and San Francisco's East Bay and the press have said about FitBoot!

Voted one of the Top 10 Best Boot Camps in the S.F. Bay area!!

(Top3 in the East Bay and only Alameda bootcamp in the Bay area Top 20!)
[S.F. BayList 2011 Bay Area's Best, powered by CityVoter
San Francisco Baylist 2011 FitBoot's votes page


2011 4 Star Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

Award FitBoot , Category: Active Life
presented by: Celebration Media U.S. - Talk of the Town

Voted "Best Workout Taskmaster" 2009 Alameda Magazine


See some of the latest articles featuring FitBoot:
Scrubs Magazine: Sleep tips for the night shift
Scrubs Magazine: Quick workouts for those on tight schedules
ScrubsMagazine: How to eat nutritiously even at the cafeteria
Continental Airlines Inflight Magazine, Sept. 2008

"PT Standards: Super Fit for Duty"
@ CinCHouse.com, the largest online magazine for military families and support groups

Your Health Magazine, Mar. 2007

"I am 56.I was in pathetic shape. This is the last thing my family thought would work for me..They were wrong.I just finished my first six week session. I am not saying it is not hard but I love it. Charla really wants me to be more fit and she believed in me and made me believe in myself..Gyms are not for me. Thank-you Charla for being you.. "

S. Daar, Alameda, CA

"Joining FitBoot is the best thing that I've done in a long time. I had been pondering the idea of signing up for a fitness boot camp program for quite awhile and finally got to a point where I was ready to take the plunge, despite my fears that it would be too hard. Well, it IS hard, but that is the whole point!
I concur with everything the other reviewers have stated, including the fact that the instructor Charla is terrific, and just what the Dr. ordered. She is professional, caring, funny, and most of all, super motivating. You can truly see that she wants you to achieve your goals and be the best that you can be. Charla has a way of making you want to show up every day, give 100%, believe in yourself and your abilities, and challenge what you think you are capable of.
I credit the program with not only improving my fitness level and making me stronger, but also with boosting my self-confidence and ability to push through challenging situations by the sheer will to keep going when I literally think I cannot. But then you do, and boy does that feel fantastic! . . .
Thank you to FitBoot and all the other HardChargers. I cannot recommend this training program highly enough. Hoo-yahh!"

-- J.E., Alameda, CA

"I joined another east bay boot camp, (FitBoot in Alameda) and its super hardcore, which may not be for everyone, but after a very short time, the difference in the two programs is dramatic. Lots of personal attention and progressive training.. . .
My first reaction to FitBoot was "ARE YOU F'ING KIDDING ME WITH THIS SH*T?" I was thinking there was NOOO way, with as out of shape as I am, that I was going to be able to withstand this hardcore training program. And honestly, every morning when my alarm goes off, I am pissed off that I'm awake that early, and I wonder if my sore muscles will carry me through another day. But, Charla McMcillian is as good as it gets. She pushes you as far as you can go, much further than you actually think you can go. Charla also gives nutrition tips at the end of every class. So... it is really a fully inclusive program. In 45-60 minutes, five days a week, you will literally change your outlook on your body and the way you want to eat. It doesn't matter if you are in awesome shape or if you are a couch potato, Charla will make the program work for you. The squad is small enough that no one gets lost in the crowd. You can't hide in the back of the class, and you can NOT fake your way through a day. It's a no-nonsense program, and if you are expecting to be pampered, this isn't the program for you. But, if you are serious about changing your body and your nutrition, this IS the program for you. You will never sign up for any other training (gyms, personal trainers, etc.), they are nothing compared to what you get at FitBoot.."

-- C. Gilpin, Oakland, CA

"After 3 years of inactivity and just being fed up, I decided to finally do something after coming across (by accident)Fitboot's flyer. My first thought was "oh my, it starts at 6:00 in the morning! There is no way!" but after much thinking realized it was necessary. This program has been one of the best things I did for myself...Charla is a great motivator and works with you to reach your fitness goals. I'll admit the first 2 weeks were difficult...for 1, I'm not a runner nor was I used to ANY exercise program...so it was tough...Charla helped me get through the mental hurdles and pushed me to believe in myself. I plan on continuing for as long as she stays in business! :o)."

-- C. Mar, Hayward, CA

"Charla has transformed my body into something that I didn't think was possible. After years of doubting myself and not thinking that I would ever be in shape again, Charla's motivation has allowed me to surpass all of the goals I've placed for myself. I HIGHLY recommend her!! "

-- S. Riley, Alameda, CA

"It has been a year since I broke my leg, and never thought I would walk again, let alone be in FitBoot class again! Every day I still cannot believe that I'm actually jumping around and am more active now than prior to the injury. I ran my first road race ever -2 5Ks and then a 10K this past weekend. It's truly amazing what you can accomplish if you stay motivated and work hard and don't give up. It hurt to do jumping jacks when I first came back to class and I thought "maybe this isn't such a good idea". In any event, just wanted to say thanks for your encouragement and guiding me through my injury - I'm a new person. Thanks."

-- L. Corrigan, Boston, MA

"Charla provides a great balance of fitness, muscle shaping and nutrition guidance for improved health. I started working out again on a daily basis and have enjoyed Charla's fitness activities and motivation. I would highly recommend the program.."

-- D. Rehnstrom, Pleasant Hill, CA

"I just wanted to say (again) that it has been a real pleasure being a part of Fitboot. Nearly a year ago, I spent a great deal of time hesitating on clicking that mouse button on the enlistment, until [another client] finally said 'just do it, you won't regret it.' I haven't looked back in regret since. My only regret is that I didn't join up 10 years ago. You are an amazing motivator, an incredible instructor, and an outstanding leader. I guess one of the things that impresses me is your sincere interest in each individual, including myself. That is a key quality that makes you different from everyone else. I am also impressed with the scope of your influence in my family. Besides my own fitness, my mother has benefitted greatly from your instruction and advice. I have reports from my mom that even my Dad (a former ARMY man) has been sneaking peeks into your book! I'm guessing success speaks for itself. I had a long road of recovery after a serious car accident, and I know both my parents were concerned that I would never gain back any strength or endurance. Your program proved to me (and them) that I could not only recover, but go beyond....not to mention returning to flight status. "

-- L. Kessler (USAF(R)), Boston, MA

"After years of inactivity I was surprised at how quickly I got used to the early morning workouts. Now I depend on them! Charla offers a refreshingly realistic approach on how to integrate exercise, healthy eating and a positive attitude into real life. I look, and feel, better than I have in 20 years and I owe it all to Charla's motivation, encouragement, and knowledge. I highly recommend Fitboot!."

-- L. McKenna, Alameda, CA

Click here for the Boston Globe photo gallery
from the article "Get Up! Get Out! Get Moving!" --- 5/15/06

"I thought I would let you know what a positive influence your program was on me. Although it took me about another year to get "motivated, motivated, downright motivated"!! In October 2005 after a year of being happily married, I changed jobs and changed my exercise and eating habits. I have lost 30lbs since last I saw you and running, yes that's right, RUNNING is my exercise of choice!! When I started the Fitboot program I had never run before in my life. Now I run a minimum of 3-4 miles on the treadmill 3-5 times a week. When the weather is nice I run outside. My husband is an avid runner and he's so happy that I have come to love it too."

-- D. O'Kane, Weymouth, MA

"Thank you so much for all of your support and encouragement throughout my training this summer. You were tough but that's exactly what I needed--the no-nonsense approach."

-- M. Hall, Boston, MA

"At every stage, [McMillian] pushes [Recruits] to work as hard as they possibly can - in a tough but supportive way."

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine May 2002

Read the day-by-day log of two (ultimately successful) Recruits as they completed their boot camp training: www.military- diaries.com Careful, this one will keep you glued to the screen for long spans of time, educate you about FitBoot hardcore training, and have you in stitches!

07/02/2002, Boston, MA


"I went through about 2-3 rounds of FitBoot with you before moving to Dallas. I'm back in Boston now but not [yet] able to start again. Just wanted to let you know that I've continued to exercise and eat right - and am now down to 176 lbs (5'8") from about 215 when I started with you. After doing FitBoot, I realized that sweating was not such a bad thing, and found out how much better I felt if I ate right and exercised. It is more difficult on my own, but I'm continuing to work hard to get to my goal weight and be healthy. FitBoot is the reason I can claim any success - in fact my friends and husband still ask me if I will ever see progress like I did during the 12 weeks of your class. Thanks for getting me on the right path!"

L. Buck, Boston, MA

"It's the mixture of expectation and support that has made [McMillian's] programs popular."

-- The Boston Herald Dec. 23, 1998

"McMillian takes the weak and whining and turns them into muscle-hungry machines who succumb to her demands that they give more of themselves physically and emotionally than they ever thought possible."

-- The Improper Bostonian Magazine Sep. 23-Oct. 6, 1998

"Call it fitness by peer pressure..."

-- The Boston Globe March 16, 1997

"The intense physical training that has turned so many soldiers into lean, mean fighting machines is now helping civilians trim and tone"

--WHDH - Channel 7 News, April 1997

"I've gotten a lot stronger and feel better."

-- S. Normand, Newton, MA

"I would, without doubt, say you made me realize how important it is to be STRONG. I have committed to this and am working out about 4-5 times a week."

[same client 4 years later]

"I want to thank you again for being an unbelievable motivator and encourager. You have really made my experience at bootcamp one I won't forget. I think you really have something with this program. Thank you for everything."

--S. McCaffrey, Boston, MA

"I haven't felt so ready for anything than at this point. Thank you. . .for the beginning of a better (fit) Life."

-- E.C. Fenelon (U.S. Army Recruit), Boston, MA

"My bodyfat numbers have gone down a lot. My weight has gone down a lot."

-- L. Smithers, Boston, MA

"These are lean machines pushing themselves - and each other - to new heights..."

--Victoria Block, WHDH-TV, Ch. 7 On Assignment Sep. 28, 1998

"It's a kick-butt class!"

--A. Drew, Waltham, MA

"I'd just like to thank you for helping me get ready for my test to get into the police academy. With your workout program, I was able to pass the entrance test without a problem."

--L. Bonney, Waltham, MA

"I feel as if I have made a great deal of progress. Thanks for this wonderful program. You really have put a lot of personal effort into building this program, and we all appreciate your personal interest ... !"

--C. Otocka Watertown, MA

"I took my [Army Physical FitnessTest] this drill weekend. . .This was my best showing by far. I passed!! . . . it's the first time I passed thanks to you. Thanks for all your help."

--M. Jacobbe (US Army Reservist), Boston, MA

"For those who want their workouts a little less sugar-coated, there's FitBoot. The students were all gung-ho, and their attitude toward McMillian's style - Semper Fidelis' "

-- WCVB - Channel 5, CHRONICLE May 1997

"This class is ideal for those who want a no frills exercise program, and also it's a great way to beat the boredom of your regular exercise routine."

--Alison Gilman, WHDH - Channel 7 News, April 1997

"Thanks for helping me progress so much over the past 6 weeks. I feel great. See you at FitBasic!"

--P. Gorbach, Newton, MA

"Just a note to let you know how much I'm loving my training, even though I hate PUSHUPS!"

--R. Samora, Milton, MA

"I wanted you to know how thankful I am for all that you've done for me. I had reached a real low in my life before I met you. Now, thanks to all your help, understanding and encouragement I feel good about myself again. For the first time in years I can play tennis, volleyball and go skiing with my family. Passing the test will be great, but for me the real reward is how I feel and the things I am able to do once again. So thank you from the bottom of my heart!"

--M.W., Andover, MA

"Thanks for all you do. I am feeling better now than I ever have before because when you look good, you feel good . . . You are a big part of that."

D. McA'Nulty, Boston, MA

"Just wanted to let you know that because of your training I was able to complete the Falmouth Road Race this weekend in 65 minutes - which was not too bad for me considering it was the first time in my life that I've run over 5 miles at one time!!! I think that just having that "fitboot" mentality of not giving up is what got me through the last 2 miles."

T. Karas, Boston, MA

"I have been involved in all sorts of fitness programs and yours blows them all away. Since I was a competitive swimmer as a kid/teen/young adult, I never had to think about keeping in shape. Once I stopped competing . . .I had to do something organized. . ..I need a qualified coach and positive peer pressure. I found both at FitBoot . . . Nothing else delivers results so well and with such fun. Rock on."

J. Perry, Boston, MA

"I wanted to thank you - [FitBoot] has been absolutely wonderful, one of the things I will miss dearly from Boston. You and the program have made me realize that a 'good body' is not about the images of girls in the magazines, but about what it is capable of - strength, more than looking skinny. And that eating is about giving the body fuel, not about counting calories and starving. And for that, I thank you"

A. Polla, Washington, D.C.

"FitBoot has done nothing less than enable me to transform my body and mind. I started FitBoot at 240 lbs, 34% bodyfat and today I am at a lean 179 lbs, 10% bodyfat. I have done a 180 on my exercise and eating habits.
Charla's program was open enough that I could join when I was out of shape and challenging enough that even on days when I thought it would be easy I had a great workout. Her expert knowledge of training and nutrition also helps when something aches (usually it's a good thing) or you're wondering how to eat right.
For years I had gotten used to sitting on my ass watching tv and eating whatever I wanted. In the same way I got used to waking up at 5:20, trucking to the Esplanade and working out whatever the weather. But more importantly I got used to eating healthy, being in shape, having high self- esteem and knowing that it was within my power to maintain that lifestyle. Charla has been an inspiration and mentor in achieving those goals.
Trust in FitBoot. "

J. Allen, New York, NY

" I just want to say thank you. Since I got back into bootcamp, I've noticed changes in both my appearance and my attitude--and you're responsible for both. I've dropped about 12 pounds and have made some real progress toward my fitness goals. Granted, I've still got a long way to go, but at least now it feels possible. So thanks for pushing me (of course, I wouldn't mind if you did a little less pushing during those damn flutter kicks...), and for devoting extra time to checking up on my diet, etc. I really do appreciate it."

E. Roche, Boston, MA

"In about six months I lost 40-45 pounds and my body fat went from over 30% to under 20%. Losing the weight has allowed my chronic Achilles tendonitis to heal and my back pain is gone. I went from struggling through a one mile run to completing the 7.1 mile Falmouth Road Race. On day one I only did 12 situps. On [next week's PFT] I expect to do 65-70."

M.Parsons, Charlestown, MA

"Fitboot helped me to lose almost 30lbs. With the continued support and encouragement of Charla and her instructors I have been able to keep it off, improve my fitness level and have fun doing it. When I first joined [two years ago] I could barely do 20 sit-ups in two minutes; now I can do over 90! ."

P. Riley, Chelsea, MA

NOTE: this client has made even more progress and became the co-model for Charla's book Boot Camp Abs

" First and foremost thank you for such a successful program. I can say with a high degree of confidence that, in the last 10-12 years -- and after MANY fits and starts, I have never achieved such positive and measurable results in such a short period of time.

Not since 1990-91 have I managed to run 6 miles. However -- today I went for a 4-mile run. Around mile 3, I felt pretty damn good and set 6 miles as my goal. The first 5 felt great. Mile 6 was tough and required 3 or 4 30-pace walk breaks. But I did it and feel awesome. Fitboot gave me the foundation to build from. I WOULD NOT have done this without that foundation. . ..

Oh, and PS -- [my wife] (*a FitBoot One-to-One training client) is thrilled with her progress and I'm thrilled for her. She called me when I was on the road last week and told me she lost 3 lbs. Charla -- she has not had success like that for years despite working so hard. Thank you for helping her on the way to her goals. You have no idea how much of an impact you've had! Hoo yeah!!!! and THANKS!"

J. LaLone, Norwell, MA



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