Editor's note: Freelance writer Margie M. Palmer decided to take a four-week Fitness Fun Camp with Chris Tina Bruce, and shares her experience with SDGLN readers.
SAN DIEGO -- I think I officially hit my plateau at some point in January. But then again, come mid-January, although I’d kept up my exercise regimen, my stringent diet began to fall to the wayside. And although I was content to maintain, I knew I wasn’t necessarily to where I wanted to be. For me, when it came to dieting and training, balls-to-the-wall dedication had never been a challenge. But after throwing myself into a routine and then ultimately hitting a wall, my mind would become my greatest obstacle. Basically, I’d get it in my head that if sticking with the diet wasn’t getting me anywhere - and I could maintain while gnoshing on Ciro’s pizza and steak paninis, well, why the hell not? Still, though, I figured I must be missing something.
SAN DIEGO -- It’s been several months since Chris Tina Bruce made her way to sunny San Diego. And now that she’s here and settled, she’s excited to announce several developments about her business, Discover Health and Fitness.
The first is the opening of Hillcrest Fitness at the corner of Park and Lincoln. The second is that she’s now offering Fitness Fun Camp classes, Bruce’s own personal spin on boot-camp style classes that have been growing in popularity in recent years.
“A lot of people see boot camp-style classes as being too hard core,” she said. “So I wanted to put together a program where my clients could get in shape but have fun at the same time. In the Fitness Fun Camp classes we joke around and goof off but we still work really hard. It’s definitely not the typical ‘drop and give me 100 push-ups’ where someone yells at you the whole time.”
Editor’s note: Chris Tina Bruce recently relocated to San Diego after living for years in the Dallas area. She spoke Tuesday before the Dallas County Commissioners Court, which later voted 3-2 along party lines to add transgender protections to the county’s employment nondiscrimination policy. This is her speech.
Hello, my name is Chris Tina Bruce and I use to reside in Frisco, Texas. Now I reside in San Diego, Calif.
Being transgender is one of my unique characteristics as a person although it does not define who I am. I am a proud parent of two amazing children, a small-business owner, private pilot, bodybuilder, spokesperson and fitness consultant. These are the things that define me.
SAN DIEGO -- One of the biggest challenges for someone embarking on the journey toward physical fitness is connecting with a trainer that understands their needs. Men often feel that a female trainer won’t fully understand the physiology of the male body, and the same can be said about women in their reluctance to work under the guidance of someone with an XY chromosome make up.
What’s most amazing about Chris Bruce, however, is that she unequivocally “gets” both.
Why? Because the statuesque blonde bombshell spent the first 40 years of her life as a man.
“When I lived in Dallas, one of my marketing tools was a campaign which asked ‘Is it a woman? Is it a man? No - it’s Chris’,” she said, pointing out that she went from a 230-pound male body builder to a 180-pound female. “If I can do that, I can do anything for you. The body adapts. It will change, but you have to stay focused doing it. I’ve proven it can be done.”