Happy Camper: Paige Chappell
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7 weeks from before to after

Paige Chappell has been an avid bootcamper since Barry’s Bootcamp Nashville opened its doors in June 2012. She recently decided to turn up the heat and completed the 7 week Summer Stripes Academy – committing to attending a Barry’s class 5 days a week for 7 weeks, and shared the remarkable results of her transformation.


Name:  Paige Chapell

Height:  5 ft. 9

Age:       24

Home Base:  Nashville, TN

Bio: I’m from a small town in East Tennessee, but I moved to Nashville 6 years ago to attend Belmont University. I graduated with a degree in Exercise Science and in the next few weeks, I’ll be moving to Georgia to start chiropractic school. Nashville is now considered my home and I’m going to miss her dearly!

Hobbies:   I’m huge into outdoor sports, particularly boating season and being at the lake. I’m in the process of mastering slalom skiing and not eating my face when I wipeout. When I’m not at the lake, I’m looking for new trendy spots to wine & dine in with friends. I’m a sucker for a good meal and a nice tasting wine. On some weekends, when going out just isn’t the thing to do, I’m all for watching HGTV marathons and catching up on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette.


While in college, I tore both my ACLs playing intramurals. Yes, both. It was probably the worst 2 years of my life. I didn’t think I was ever going to get back to where I was pre-ACL tear. In high school I was super active and in crazy, awesome shape playing basketball & running track. And thanks to Barry’s, I was able to get back to where I was PLUS more.

Weight BEFORE:  170 lbs when first starting Barry’s in June 2012. (* Actual weight upon starting the 7-week Summer Stripes program unknown in the “Before” pic above).

Dress Size BEFORE:  Size 8

Weight AFTER Summer Stripes: 145 lbs.

Dress Size AFTER:  Size 2/4


I found out about Barry’s from my mom who doesn’t even live in Nashville. She heard about it from a Nashville news station in the final week of the grand opening. I got a call from her telling me I needed to, “check out this new workout in the Gulch that’s supposed to be like going to a club.” I had no idea what she was talking about at the time, so I googled Barry’s Bootcamp and knew I had to give it a shot. My Barry’s addiction started during the very first Hell Week. Once I got past the soreness and near vomiting on the treadmill (which was in Amzie Williams‘ class) I was hooked!

My love for BBC exists for numerous reasons. First, the atmosphere when you walk in the door is unlike any other. I’m sure most of you will agree with me when I say walking into a gym has doom and gloom written all over it, especially when your motivation is lacking. But at Barry’s, it’s like your motivation doesn’t have a chance to run low. You know you’re about to get the best workout in in just an hour’s time. Second, the trainers are legit. You won’t find two trainers with the same style, so finding ones who can kick your butt is the key. For me, Amzie Williams and Antonio Compton never fail to make me want to die once class is over.

Well, the before and after pictures speak for themselves. I’m in overall better shape and I just feel better. It’s amazing the boost of confidence that comes along with losing weight and getting defined muscle. I definitely can’t wait to put on my favorite dress and the jeans I couldn’t fit into last year, or get into that swimsuit. It’s rewarding and after seeing this great of a change I don’t want to fall back into the hole that I was in.

I don’t believe in diets. The “d” word is considered bad in my opinion. I call it more of a lifestyle change. It’s not about eating less, it’s about eating more of what’s healthy and giving my body the WHOLE nutrients it needs. When I pair that with working out, the changes don’t go unnoticed. My before and after photo was achieved by cutting sugars to almost nothing & allowing myself to only eat half a piece of a sprouted grain English muffin pre-workout. The rest of my carbs came from green veggies. I did either a juice or smoothie post-workout. Nuts & seeds were my snack and my lunch and dinners consisted of chicken, turkey burger, or wild-caught fish. When you eat the right things a diet is unnecessary.

4 words: YOU. CAN. DO. IT. This journey isn’t a walk in the park. It’s tough. Some days are easier than others. You’re going to crave the worst foods, but you must stay strong and think of the end result that YOU want to achieve. Only you can reach your goal and eating that piece of bread or slice of cake isn’t going to get you there. I’m not saying you can’t cheat because you can, just not every weekend. The beauty of it is that once you see changes and OTHERS start noticing the difference, you won’t even think twice about cutting that slice of cake or grabbing that last roll.

When it comes to my health and goals it’s always going to be a “work in progress.” You only get one body and I always say you’ve gotta treat it the best you can. I’m never going to stop working out, nor will I stop eating healthy and revert back to my old ways of fast food. If I lose more weight, then I lose more weight. But I’m not into losing so much weight that someone says I need to eat a cheeseburger.