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Getting a life by getting PHAT

Only the strong survive, and only the bravest go to Phat Camp.

PHAT stands for power, hard work, ambition and triumph.  It is for anyone who wants to look better, feel better, be better-- and it's as much a mental workout as it is a physical workout.

It's not boot camp. But it sure is close.

It's Phat camp -- and it's not for the faint of heart.

Sprints, push ups, lunges, crawls and then, just when you think one might have mercy upon your soul... That vicious cycle, starts all over again.

But Jen Hendershott, Phat camp creator, knows these ladies will thank her later.
They're looking for motivation to move. Their reasons behind it, as motley as the crew itself.

"My mother succumbed to an obesity-type illness in 2002 and I don't want that to happen to me so here I am," said Andrea Parker, one of three Huntsville women, all on separate journeys that led them to Phat camp in Nashville, a grueling, traveling, intense three day workout for the body and the mind.

"I'm like a life coach, a psychiatrist, I'm a lot of things at Phat Camp," said Hendershott.
 
The Ms. Olympia champion talks nutrition, teaches you how to sculpt your body into shape and gives you the courage to make the lifestyle changes you need.

"Only the bravest people come to Phat camp," she said.

Cancer survivors, women battling eating disorders, depression, women seeking extraordinary life changes oftentimes find it at Phat camp.

"My message is believe in yourself," she said.

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