Luis Rodriguez Jr., an independent distributor of AdvoCare products, demonstrates stretching techniques at the first Fitness Boot Camp at Crane's Roost Lake. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS – It’s called Crane’s Roost Lake, a scenic waterfront park that’s a part of the Uptown Altamonte shopping plaza, and is known for its walkway with benches, European-style Plaza, and choreographed fountain show.
On a mild Saturday morning, it can also be the ideal place for anyone who wants to be outdoors, including joggers, dog walkers, baby carriage strollers – and folks interested in physical fitness and personal wellness.
The 45-acre park can also be a percent location for a Boot Fitness Camp – at least, that’s what Luis Rodriguez Jr. and Dave Raith were hoping this morning, as they launched the first AdvoCare Fitness Boot Camp at Crane’s Roost Lake, to encourage Central Floridians to show up, enjoy the beauty of the park, and discover just how effectively some simple exercise routines can give them the boost they need to take on the rest of the day.
Rodriguez, a personal fitness trainer based in Dr. Phillips, started it by demonstrating to the people who showed up for the boot camp how to do knee bends and leg cradles as a sensible warm up.

Lifestyle Coach Dave Raith discusses AdvoCare products at the first Fitness Boot Camp at Crane's Roost Lake. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

“That’s why there’s such a good feeling of wellness when you stretch,” he said.
Rodriguez is an AdvoCare independent distributor and member of the company’s national leadership team. AdvoCare is a health and wellness company that markets energy, weight-loss, nutrition and sports performance products — 76 products altogether, aimed at boosting everything from personal wellness to energy to weight loss.
In a rough economy, Rodriguez said, one field that’s still growing – and fast – has been personal wellness.
“There are three billion dollar industries,” he said. “Wellness is about to become the fourth.”
Raith, an AdvoCare nutritional advisor and lifestyle coach, said he knows from personal experience how challenging it can be to get into shape. A former Marine, he said he lost control of his weight under special circumstances – when his fiancée became pregnant.
“We started skinny together, and then when she got pregnant, we got fat together,” Raith said, adding that he turned to protein drinks that, unlike the AdvoCare products, were high in fat content.

Dave Raith takes part in the first Fitness Boot Camp at Crane's Roost Lake, a get-in-shape event that he helped organize. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

“AdvoCare is sugar free,” he said. “If you drink a Red Bull, yes, you’re getting energy, but with 26 grams of sugar. That’s the stuff I used to be on when I was 190 pounds fat.”
Now, at 158 pounds, he said AdvoCare has given him the energy to slim down, and at the same time bulk up his muscles through a rigorous weight lifting regiment at his gym.
AdvoCare touts the research done by professionals from fields that include nutrition, pharmacology, biology, kinesiology and medicine formulate nutritional solutions, who have helped the company put the highest-quality ingredients possible in these nutritional supplement products, making them the best in human nutrition, Raith noted.
“There’s an independent testing board that tests everything,” Raith said. “It’s labeled as an energy drink to get the stigma out of energy drinks. When I drink a lot of coffee, I get a zoom, but when I drink just one of these, it helps with my mental clarity.”

Dave Raith shows how good a morning push-up feels during the first Fitness Boot Camp. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

Rodriguez said he’s also experienced the benefits of the AdvoCare products, including the energy-boosting protein drink Spark.
“About 11 years after I started training, I got two of those Spark packs,” he said. “I gained strength. I gained muscle. Most of it is just vitamin supplements. I didn’t think vitamins would help me, but they did. If you’re deficient in Vitamin C, it’s not just one thing that pops up when you’re at the doctor, it’s going to be five things.”
Rodriguez and Raith will be hosting a series of Fitness Boot Camps in the future, to show people the most effective way to exercise, help them set fitness goals, demonstrate how they can get more energy and focus in their daily lives, offer them health and wellness tips, and to let people sample the AdvoCare products for themselves.
“Whether you do AdvoCare or don’t do AdvoCare,” Rodriguez said, “we want to help you with your fitness.”
But, he added, they should keep an open mind about the products.
“It still works pretty good,” he said.
To learn more, contact Raith at or call him at 407-453-4744. Raith is also the director of development at Freeline Media.

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