“Got winter weight blues? Boot camp might help.”

Some Vancouver women are already planning their attack on winter weight gain: they’re signing up for boot camp.

That’s three or five mornings weekly beginning at 5:30 or 6:45 a.m. of running, boxing, calisthenics, abdominal strength training, jumping jacks and group activities – inside or out.

And they’re having a great time doing it said T’ai Erasmus, the 33-year-old CEO and Founder of My Adventure Boot Camp (www.myadventurebootcamp.com).

“It’s a blast! The women love it so much we have campers who have done it seven times in a row,” he said.

Erasmus runs his four-week boot camps eight times a year and expects his January series to be sold out.

“Most people who start boot camp use it as a kick start. The thing we hear the most is ‘this is exactly what I needed,’” he said.

Participants of all ages and shapes sign up. Their fitness levels are assessed prior to the program and on completion.

Four weeks may not sound like much, but Erasmus said when participants faithfully attend the boot camp and follow the provided sports nutrition guidelines, they will see results.

In the meantime, Erasmus suggests sticking to whole foods and adopting a mantra to help one get through the festive food season: “Nothing tastes as good as fit feels.”