A beautiful April morning at American Legion Post 17 in Lewes was the setting for an intense outdoor workout.
Organized by new Lewes Fit Body Boot Camp owner Beth Fritzeen, the session was an opportunity to revitalize a larger group workout setting, something lost during the pandemic. Fritzeen hopes it’s the first of many this summer.
“After the year we’ve all had where we’ve all been so disconnected, people are craving being together a little more,” she said.
Lewes Fit Body Boot Camp opened in 2019 in the Villages of Five Points shopping center, near the Weis grocery store. Fritzeen became the sole owner around Easter of this year.
Lewes Fit Body Boot Camp is a class-only studio, with several times offered early in the morning and evening. Each class is 30 minutes of high-intensity interval training. Coaches have a workout plan ready to go when the class begins, and they spend time motivating and ensuring members are using correct form.
“This is more than just exercising your body and doing what’s good for your fitness,” Fritzeen said. “I think any time you carve out time to do something for you and invest in yourself, it’s a good thing. It allows you to be a better person for the people in your life.”
The outdoor workout was co-led by Lewes Fit Body Boot Camp coaches Sean Donovan and Deb Bottiglieri.
Bottiglieri moved to Delaware from Pennsylvania. She has an exercise science background with more than 30 years of teaching and coaching experience. Donovan comes from a large, athletic and competitive family. He became an NCAA men’s basketball coach at 25 years old before taking a job in higher education administration.
Coach Carly Cannon recently joined Fit Body Boot Camp with eight years of experience in the fitness industry. She has been specializing in small-group fitness and is most passionate about helping people of all ages and abilities find their inner athlete and do things they never thought they could.
“I have a great team, a well-qualified team,” Fritzeen said.
The pandemic has been tough on the fitness industry, and Lewes Fit Body Boot Camp is no exception. Fritzeen said she looks forward to restrictions easing up in the near future as conditions continue to improve.
Until that happens, she said, members continue to work out in designated areas with masks on. Class sizes remain limited.
Fritzeen said she plans to continue offering outdoor workouts throughout the summer and into the fall, as long as weather cooperates.
“It gives us an opportunity to have a larger class size,” she said. “And it’s just a lot of fun to be in a bigger group.”
The type of workouts offered by Lewes Fit Body Boot Camp are really conducive to group settings and community, she said.
“You don’t just come in, put your headphones in and tune the world out,” Fritzeen said. “It’s really meant to connect people to each other.”
Classes are currently offered at 5:15, 6, 6:45 and 7:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Classes are also offered at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. As the studio grows, Fritzeen said she’ll look at adding more times that suit the membership.
To learn more about Lewes Fit Body Boot Camp, go to fitbodybootcamp.com/9466-lewes-de or call 302-827-3119.