Happy Camper: Mike Janetakos

Happy Camper Mike


Name: Mike Janetakos

Height: 5 ft. 11

Age: 32

Occupation: Senior HR professional by day. Moonlights at Apple a few hours a week.

Home Base: I grew up in Massachusetts all of my life and currently reside in Chelsea, MA.

Some of my favorite things to do include frequent travels to Europe each year, continuing my obsession to find the next best cappuccino, an eye for cupcake making and design, technology, architecture, film, and a lover of all things 1980’s.


BEFORE Barry’s Bootcamp

Weight: 257 lbs – about 15 lbs lower than when I initially started my weight loss journey in July 2013 at 272 lbs.

Waist: Originally a 38”w. I didn’t have much of a waist to start as most of my fat was in my belly, thighs, and back.

AFTER Barry’s Bootcamp

Weight: 213 lbs. Down 44 lbs since starting Barry’s Bootcamp on October 5, 2013!

Waist: Now 34”.

Other Measurements: I have lost 10” off my belly since I started Barry’s.

I was a month and a half into my weight loss journey and starting to get bored from my workouts when I saw a sign go up for Barry’s Bootcamp in Boston. I walked by the building every day, wondering what it was and when it was opening. Finally, at the end of September, I signed up for classes not knowing what to expect (other than a few video clips online). I was looking for something challenging, yet engaging (can you tell I am in HR?). My first class was with Noah and I thought I was going to collapse. I remember thinking, “What the hell did I get myself into for 30 classes?!” I left the class barely able to walk! I was not prepared for that kind of intensity. I went back the following week after a 6 day break and haven’t looked back since.


What I love most about the classes is that they are always different. The treadmill and floor sessions constantly challenge you. When I first started, I could only do 4-6 pushups in 1 minute. Now I can do 34! My plank before was only about 6 seconds — now about 45 seconds. I could barely sprint at a 7.0 when I started and now I can do 30-35 second sprints at a 12.5 without holding to the treadmill in most cases. These changes continue to drive me to succeed. Diamond push-ups were my pitfall. I could not even do one at the beginning. Now I can do about 7 diamond push-ups in about minute. It’s a work in progress, but a huge leap for me!

Barry’s Bootcamp Boston has become a positive addiction in my life. I enjoy seeing all of the friendly staff every time I visit and love talking to all of the bootcampers I have become friendly with. I look forward to the continued challenges and changes to my body in the journey ahead.

I am excited about my appearance for the first time in many years. What satisfies me most and keeps me engaged, is the progress I have made and how people have noticed the success. My parents are thrilled at how far I have come and are happy that I am on a path of improving my health and wellness. My peers at Barry’s have also noticed. People I have never had conversations with have come up to me and said, “Wow! You look great! What a change!” When a complete stranger says this, it makes me feel good and makes me want to keep going even more.


No diets here! I vowed for a complete lifestyle change. I make better food choices now and eat clean. I consume at least 2 protein shakes throughout the day and a casein protein shake before bed with BCAA’s so I don’t wake up hungry. I also give myself one cheat meal a week to eat anything I want.


The start is one of the biggest hurdles you will experience. I had my best friend come with me and then after a few weeks, it became an addiction. I cannot imagine my life without at least going to Barry’s 3-4 times a week. I also keep a weight loss blog to track milestones and any challenges I have encountered. I regularly reflect on those entries if I feel like I am falling off the wagon, though that feeling has lessened over the last 2 months. My before picture is always with me, too, for that extra push.


My ultimate goal is to continue to feel better about myself which is most important. I would also like to be trim and have a nice toned build at the end of the day and that is what I strive for on a daily basis. I did my first 5k last October and signed up for several 5k races this year. I also signed up for Warrior Dash, which will be a test of my strength and will in late Fall. The Spartan Race at Fenway Park is also on my list when it is available later this year. A major milestone for me will be to sign-up and complete a Tough Mudder in 2015. Wish me luck!


I have to give shout-outs to the trainers at Barry’s Bootcamp Boston for helping me along. Many thanks and much love to Dustin Martin and Derek Durkin for helping me with my transformation, giving me advice, and being supportive in and out of class. They deliver amazing workouts and I always leave challenged and exhausted! When I think of giving up in class I hear Dustin in my head yelling, “Earn your weekend. Look at the person next to you. If he or she is not giving up or slowing down, then you shouldn’t be either!” – and that’s what I’ve done…

Follow Mike:

Twitter: @Janetakos
Facebook: mixalisj