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Free Week of Fitness Classes with Holistic Fitness Alternative for Women

For decades, boot camps have been an alternative for unmotivated gym-goers. In addition to weight loss, they provide a wide range of benefits from reducing blood pressure and stress to providing social support and building camaraderie among participants. The success of this model inspired Eileen Downes, the founder of True Essence Fitness & Wellbeing, Inc., to launch a similar program—but with a twist.  She has combined the boot camp concept with yoga which she feels provides the essential link between fitness and spirituality.

Downes, who describes her most important roles as wife and mother, set out to improve her own physical well-being shortly after giving birth. As she explains, “Meeting other women who shared the same goals as me inspired me to create a holistic training program incorporating the mind, body and spirit.”

Jeanette Sandor, a life coach and nurse consultant, calls Downes “an inspiration to women who want their bodies to be fit and their inner selves to be aligned to that outside appearance." 

The program is located on Downes’ 84-acre farm in Pine Bush, surrounded by the beautiful Shawangunk Mountains.  She calls it “a sanctuary for women to get fit from the inside out.”

Downes offers both individual and group sessions. A new six-week group program will start August 26.  Contact Downes today to learn how to get a free week of classes.

Location: Pine Bush. Eileen Downes can be reached at 205-2805 or For more information, visit

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