Gamble, the director of laboratory services at Anna Jaques Hospital, said the boot camp helped take her from a “tight size 12 to a comfortable size 10.” She has lost 22 pounds since October, six from the Little Black Dress sessions.
Cuticchia, a professional painter and retired social worker who lives in Newburyport, has participated in a few of McCarthy’s past boot camps. She joined this one to help maintain her fitness level, especially through the holidays.
“I need to be strong to lift my grandchildren,” she said with a laugh.
Cuticchia said she felt “a greater sense of accomplishment” with this boot camp, mostly due to the specific goal of wearing the dress at the end.
“For the first time, you get to put on something pretty and show off what you’ve accomplished,” she said. “It’s that element of fun that gives it that whole new appeal.”
The Little Black Dress Boot Camp was such a success that McCarthy is now running a new session, Little Red Dress, that started this week and features the chance to win a dress from The Elephant’s Trunk. She is also putting together a book of healthy recipes submitted by the boot camp participants.
Gamble and Raleigh are participating in the Valentine’s Day-themed boot camp, as well.
“It’s a great thing to do in the winter because it gets you off the couch,” Raleigh said.