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ABC Fitness celebrates six years of outdoor workouts
ABC fitness
A group of boot campers from ABC Fitness do calisthenics at an early morning workout held at Curt Andre Park. - photo by Journal file photo

Name of Business: ABC Fitness Co.

Type of Business: Fitness

Hours: Varies with different boot camps or fitness classes

Contact Information: 535-8530 or

Location: 859 W. Hawkeye Ave., Turlock

History of Business: Jenn Neal worked as a personal trainer at a gym for five years before she became pregnant with her son.

"At that point, I decided to step away from the gym and be a mom," she said.

But, like many moms, Neal found herself needing to lose over 80 pounds she gained through pregnancy and the months following the birth of her son.

"I thought, there's no way I'm going back to the gym. So, I started doing my own workouts in the park," Neal said.

Neal enjoyed working out in her neighborhood park and soon a few friends asked if they could join her weekly outdoor workouts. It wasn't long before Neal realized she had something good.

"I thought that if I love working out outdoors, then there's got to be people out there who hate the gym just as much as I do," she said.

That is when ABC Fitness Co. was created.

The fitness company started with Neal training five people at Markley Park and over the past six years, expanded to nine cities and six trainers.

"We were the original outdoor fitness program in Turlock. Now, it's become popular," said Neal.

"The 20th of this month will be our six year anniversary. It's actually exceeded my goals; it's really unbelievable."

Along with the increased staff and locations, ABC Fitness has also expanded its services. Originally, the company focused on providing six-week boot camps with nutritional support. Now, ABC Fitness offers boot camps, along with weekly PiYo classes, a new exercise program that combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga, a stroller class for moms that incorporates little ones in exercises, a running club and personal training.

Business Specialty: ABC Fitness was the original outdoor boot camp provider in Turlock and remains a popular choice for those looking to jump start their fitness goals.

The boot camps provide an optional nutritional component that Neal says offers the most technologically-advanced and educational information about the way food works in the body.

"We also try to work with different lifestyles when it comes to nutrition," she said.