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WOW Fitness Boot Camp Opens in St. Charles

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  • Hristo Hristov invites the women of Fox Valley to experience transformational results with the WOW Fitness Boot Camp.

    Hristo Hristov invites the women of Fox Valley to experience transformational results with the WOW Fitness Boot Camp.

Donna Shelley

Just in time to battle the post-holiday bulge, Higher Level Fitness offers a new fitness program designed to deliver fast, transformational results for the women of Fox Valley. The WOW Fitness Boot Camp is for "Women On a mission for Wellness", and includes invigorating, fun workout classes, customized nutritional guidance, Advanced Body Composition Analysis, and personalized email coaching to address the specific needs and questions of participants.

Classes will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00-10:00 a.m., for four weeks beginning January 10, 2011 at the St. Charles Gymnastics Academy, 720 N. 17th St.

Boot Camps have been increasing in popularity in recent years due to their ability to burn high levels of calories (generating fast results), relative cost effectiveness, and the motivational camaraderie and social support within the group. According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the country's leading authority on fitness, some fitness fads come and go, but boot camp workouts are still among the most popular workout trends. "There's a certain element of getting back to the basics and a more functional-training approach," says ACE's chief science officer Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D. "People are looking for different experiences. With boot camps, you're giving them something outside the traditional club environment."

The WOW Fitness Boot Camp sessions will be run by Hristo Hristov, owner and founder of Higher Level Fitness. Hristov adapted the WOW program to follow the unique Three Pillars approach he's used for years in his personal training business. "Some people may want to join just for weight loss purposes, and that can be fine as a goal," says Hristov. "But our approach combines workouts with the latest knowledge in nutrition and also the real secret weapon -- conquering attitude to gain a mental edge. It's an overall lifestyle transformation, and I've had hundreds of clients who are simply amazed at the new person they become." The Boot Camps are designed to bring these benefits to larger numbers of people in the Fox Valley. "In today's American culture, few people ever achieve true wellness. My mission is to change that."

Early registration pricing of $170 for the initial four week program is now available at or by calling 815-757-4876. Class size is limited to the first 20 registrants. Registrants who mention the Daily Herald will receive their first week of three classes free of charge.

Higher Level Fitness, founded in 2007, is a fitness and wellness training organization serving residents of the Fox Valley area. Owner and founder Hristo Hristov holds a BA in the Science of Wellness and Fitness Sport Management and is accredited through the NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) and ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Personal Trainer programs. Visit for more information..