Scott Gets a Warrior Mindset

Bootcamper Scott thought he wanted to shed a few pounds for his wedding…………but ended up GAINING something more important……..


Scotts words:


It would seem that when the word ‘bootcamp’ is mentioned, for most the emphasis seems to be on fat loss.

For me that was true at the start. A year ago I was panicking about looking fat on my impending wedding photos. So a quick search on the net and I came across John Cammish’s Bootcamp. I emailed John with the brief … “I don’t want to look fat on my wedding pics”.

Johns replied with “when is it?…………..(June)…………….That’s plenty of time”.


So I arrived one cold December Saturday morning, not quite sure what to expect. I won’t lie, those first few sessions hurt me, and although I tried diets along with exercise – it wasn’t going great. The exercise I was starting to enjoy but a strict diet wasn’t for me. What did happen though is that I understood and developed a guilt for over-eating rubbish. It’s worth bearing in mind that you can eat like a king on Hessle road for a few quid, but it’s all the wrong things.

kebab and chips

Anyway to cut a long story short I kept at it spurned on by what I was achieving and by how strong compared to when I started, I was starting to feel fit.

So the wedding day came, joy of joys I felt great and the fittest I had ever been.


The original plan was that would be it , back to the sofa after 6 months training, but something had changed.

“Perhaps I should do another 6 months”



I thought it – and did it…………and in the meantime an opportunity came along. John explained an event that was coming up … Total Warrior in the Lake District, a 10km assault course through mud ,water, and fire with a bit of barbed wire thrown on for good measure.

Sounds fun……………….. but could I do it ?

total warrior 1a



I felt strong………… I could run a bit, but surely this was only for the hardcore?  Anyway me and most of the bootcamp crew travelled up to the lakes and did it.


The Warrior 2013 Gang……



Log Carry…..

scott warrior


Completion (!) ……




I realised at that point that I had found something I could do , the sense of achievement was immense.

I then did born survivor again in the lakes , and two weeks ago pain barrier in Bradford.

scott race1 scott race2

I am now hooked and still attending boot camp. It’s worth adding that I am now so confident with regards to these events that I have decided to do the tough guy winter event. I may not make it, it’s one extremely hardcore event, but again not phased, I will go and give it my all.


To sum up –  “Bootcamps are not just about fat loss, they are so much more, a chance to meet up with people on similar journeys who want to better themselves and gain confidence in what they are doing.”


Thank you John…… and all the rest who I do Bootcamp with. It’s been a fun arduous journey…… that I am still loving!