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Hello, I'm Phil Nicolaou, PhD, M.A , NASM,ISSA,IFPA,NESTA Master Trainer.

 Welcome to my Southern Chester County Adventure Boot Camp. I started this to offer women an affordable, exciting, and fun team environment where they can meet friendlty like minded women all with similar goals, but one common theme, to do something great for themselves and take time out of their hectic day! 

It stems from my desire to just help out! Whether its nutritional coaching, fitness information or just a concern, im always available! 

In high school I was very athletic. Having played sports such as basketball, soccer and baseball all year round, I kept myself in good shape. However, all that changed when I got to college.

When I was about 20 years old, I lived a very sedentary, college-like lifestyle. I went from class back to my house and repeated the cycle day after day. And none of my friends were local except for one or two, so I was kind of lonely. Therefore, I spent all my free time playing computer games, which are very fun, but require no energy and no caloric expenditure.

Then one day, I had a physical exam with my long-time primary care physician. But this was not just an ordinary physical. My doctor said that overall my health was OK. I asked him, "OK?" He said, "Yes, Phil, just OK." I asked, "Why just OK." I had not realized how sedentary I was. By spending so much time at home in front of the computer, I developed a really bad eating habit, and considering I hardly moved, I managed to accumulate quite a bit of body fat. I must have been consuming in excess of 2500-3000 calories a day, many of which were hidden and I blew up!

He said for someone my age and height, my BMI (body mass index) and body fat, which is the measure of your body weight for your height/size frame, was not good. He remembered how fit I was in high school and asked me if I was active in any sports. I told him that I wasn't. So he said to me, "Phil, your family has a good, healthy genetic history, but that doesn’t mean that you can't get diseases linked to obesity!"

I was SHOCKED! How could a star soccer, baseball and basketball player years later become obese?

He told me that if I continued down that path, I stood a good chance of developing various diseases that are caused by being VERY overweight, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, among others. I had not realized that my health had deteriorated that bad!

This was a wake up call for me. The next week, not knowing ANYTHING about exercise or dieting, I decided to join a local gym. I went religiously, but had no clue what I was doing. I worked my chest everyday thinking that the more I did this, the more I'd get big and strong!

I didn’t know that muscles need time to recover and that they grew at rest, not at the gym.

I would also do two hours of cardio. For someone that just started working out that is what I would call a SEVERE overtraining! Two hours of cardio a week into a workout routine?!

But I didn’t know any better. Until one day, at the front desk of the gym, I came across a business card for a personal trainer who was a contractor. I had nothing to lose, so I called this trainer, told him my situation and he said he could help!

I started to work with him. He prescribed proper cardio workout for me to do, monitored my food intake and monitored my weight exercises. And in several months, I went from having 38% to 15% body fat.

Then came the big question. He asked me, "Did you ever think of doing this, becoming a personal trainer?"

I told him, what do I know about exercise, that’s what I hired you for. He said, you can learn how just like anything else. Take courses or go to a school, and get certified, get an entry level job and start there.

I asked him, what makes you think I can do this?

He said, first of all, you have a tremendous amount of patience. Patience like yours is rare! You genuinely care about people, retain and learn fast and are a really good-hearted guy! Anyone that would train with you in the future would love your personality.

He suggested I look into a distance learning course that would get me started for a nominal fee. I was already a full-time student in college and didn’t want to spend a ton of money or time going to school to learn how to personally train someone.

So I did a search online and found a company called NESTA. It was founded by Dr. John Spencer Ellis. I didn’t know anything about him nor about the company, but liked the idea of distance learning. Especially, taking the test from home with some practical portion, like taking pictures or a video of exercises.

NESTA sent me the materials and that summer, I earned my first “certified personal trainer” certification. Shortly thereafter, I got a weekend job working at a country club as an exercise assistant. Not quite a trainer, but it was a good starting point.

Later on, I managed to obtain over 10 more certifications ranging from nutrition to yoga, pilates, core conditioning and post-rehab. So when we work together, you can trust that I DO HAVE the KNOWLEDGE and expertise to help you!

Since then, I realized that it is my calling to help people achieve life changing results through proven science! To get out of being obese and to get off the medications that can be costly both money-wise and health-wise.

I went from being obese to being healthy and you can too!

Let me help you learn what I've learned through NESTA, the IFPA,NASM and ISSA and through daily experience,over the past 10+ years. Let me help you see that you can change your life and to live a happier, healthier and longer life.

Let me be your guide to complete wellness! Let me be your mentor to make your transition!

People always tell me “do you know what it's like to be so fat that your clothes don’t fit, to turn to food for comfort, to get laughed at for being larger, to not be able to fit into certain rides or do certain fun activities with family and friends just because you are too big.” My answer is YES, I do know and YES, we can change that. That is one thing not written in stone! I can empathize with you! I know the road is not easy, but I will be there every step of the way as your trusted fitness source!

I wanted to offer a way to help women achieve the same life changing results that I did and no better way than to team with up with coaches of the Adventure Boot Camp. This boot camp is nation wide and is now also expanding to Europe. It is designed with women in mind and it a great and affordable way to get the same result you would with a one on one session, but in a friendly, supportive and FUN group setting. The coaches nationwide are supportive and helpful and it is like being in a big family! Women can relate to each other and I can help facilitate that. 

My education is as follows. I am nationally certified by 4 of the leading fitness education certification organizations in the United States. ISSA (Internationl Sports Sciences Association, NASM (Nationla Academy of Sports Medicine), IFPA (International Fitness Professionals Association, and NESTA ( National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association). 

So I can understand when you say, "I gain weight quickly, "or I just look at the food and seems I  gain a pound." I am by no means a 12 pack, fitness super athletic person. I've had to work hard to get my results and can relate to many women and men when it comes to "I let myself or and need to get back on track." 

When campers tell me things like ,"I love this program," or "Im hooked," makes me feel amazing to know that im helping impact someones life for a healthier lifestyle!  Come join in on the fun! I bet you get hooked! It is hard to not get hooked. We laugh, tease each other and just have a good time all while sweating and burning massive amounts of calories! Whether it is battle ropes, tires, sprints, hurdles or even burpees, its all great! 

Interested in individualized training and nutrition progam ? I also offer individual tailored exercise programs. Visit my personal training website for more information! 

In addition to being a NESTA Certified Group Exercise Instructor and Adventure Boot Camp Trainer, he is a Certified Master Trainer by ISSA,IFPA and NESTA. 






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Dr. John Spencer Ellis

Dr. John Spencer Ellis

Each week, over one million people enjoy a fitness program created by John Spencer Ellis. He is the CEO of NESTA (National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association), and the Spencer Institute for Life Coaching. John is also the CEO of the Get America Fit Foundation, VP of Business Development for, and on the Advisory Boards of the National Health, Wellness and Prevention Congress, Exercise TV, Super Mommies, Select Comfort (Sleep Number Bed), Irvine Valley College, Life & Leisure Television and Health Journal Television. He is a Fellow of the National Board of Fitness Examiners, the author of "How Badly Do You Want It? - Your Ultimate Guide to Optimal Fitness," and a contributor to "Power of Champions" and ?Peak Vitality? . He created Adventure Boot Camp, the largest fitness boot camp program in the world. His TriActive America signature series of outdoor exercise equipment is used worldwide. John's fitness programs are implemented in the top resorts, spas and health clubs. He held the post of Fitness Editor for OC Flair magazine, and has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, FOX, FOX Sports, FOX Reality, SPIKE, ESPN & BRAVO. He hosts The Fit Show,, The OC Body and The Spencer Power Hour radio show. John is the Master of Ceremonies for the Ms. Fitness U.S.A and World pageants. He stars in the workout DVDs Playground Boot Camp & Kung-Fu Fitness , created fitness programs used by Cirque du Soleil and the U.S. Secret Service, and consults the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships). John was recently nominated for induction to the Fitness Hall of Fame.

John holds bachelors degrees in business and health science, an MBA, and a doctorate in education. He also completed doctoral level studies in naturopathy. He has fifteen certifications including massage therapy, plyometrics, self-defense, fitness kick boxing, fitness boxing, water fitness, exercise rehabilitation, golf conditioning, Pilates, personal training, clinical hypnotherapy, sports hypnosis, PACE circuit training and yoga. He holds a 2nd degree black belt in kung-fu, has completed the Ironman triathlon, and finished 5th at the U.S. National Biathlon Championships. His medical training includes a license in radiological technology, a medical assisting certification, and training in McKenzie rehabilitation. John was nominated for the California Community College Distinguished Alumni Award.

John Spencer Ellis Enterprises, Inc.

Kelli Calabrese, MS, CSCS
Kelli Calabrese, MS, CSCS
is the 2007 Denton County Personal Trainer of the Year and 2004 Personal Trainer of the Year as voted by Personal Fitness Professional Magazine. Kelli is an international presenter, author, personal trainer, lifestyle coach, spokesperson, women's fitness expert and 21 year wellness professional. Kelli is the Editor of Personal Fitness Professional and Wellness & Fitness Entrepreneur magazines. She is the Author of Feminine, Firm & Fit – Building A Lean Strong Body in 12 Weeks. She was the lead fitness expert for eDiets and eFitness from 2000 – 2003 and remains a guest columnist.

At the age of 22 Kelli had completed 3 Science degrees including an Associates in Biology, Bachelors with High Honors in Exercise Physiology and a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation. Since 1986, Kelli has acquired 23 fitness, nutrition, weight management and lifestyle consulting certifications. For 14 years she co-owned and operated a chain of 4 fitness centers (Excellence in Exercise) and managed 4 corporate centers with clients such as Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Nabisco and Beneficial Insurance. In 1991 Calabrese opened Xercise Institute, the first school for preparing candidates for the American Council on Exercise's Personal Training exams.

In 2000, Kelli began Calabrese Fitness Consulting LLC which focuses on reaching both trainers and consumers with her passion for fitness and wellness. She helps trainers grow prosperous careers through the, personal consultations, writing, editing, audio programs and at industry conferences. She reaches consumers through online training , phone coaching , magazines, TV, radio, audio programs , group training, books, Adventure Boot Camp , ipod workouts and live seminars.

She is on the advisory board for Purdue University, the Get America Fit Foundation, Exercise TV, Healthy Kids Catalog, The Body Mechanic, My Nutrition Store, Beauty & Lace and the Personal Trainer Business Association( ) Kelli 's clothing is sponsored by Persona and her skin care is sponsored by Motion Medica.

Kelli is the International Master Trainer for Adventure Boot Camp and prepares qualified candidates to become Adventure Boot Camp Coaches. Calabrese has been a spokesperson, consultant, advisor or expert for clients such as The American Council on Exercise, NESTA (National Exercise & Sports Training Association), the National Board of Fitness Examiners, Athletic Baby, The Aerobic & Fitness Association of America, National Board of Fitness Examiners, Smuckers, Kellogg, Glaxo Smith Klein, The Watermelon Council and Quaker Oats.

Kelli is available for spokesperson and media opportunities internationally, as well as personal training and grocery shopping tours on a limited basis in the Dallas area. Kelli 's personal mission is to empower individuals with the tools to make health, fitness and wellness a permanent and enjoyable part of their lives.

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