Boot Camp Fitness Classes

Danville, Walnut Creek, Moraga & Lafayette

TRX Suspension & Rip Training • Boot Camp Circuit Training • Yoga & Mobility • Trail Run Training • Obstacle Course Event Training • Metabolic High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) • The Best Outdoor Fitness Boot Camp in the East Bay • Danville, Walnut Creek, Moraga & Lafayette

Gumsaba is a healthy lifestyle brand designed to enlighten and inspire community through fitness.

Gumsaba Boot Camp  
 Best of the Bay
Gumsaba is the BEST FITNESS PROGRAM in the East Bay for 2015 according to Diablo Magazine readers.  It was also voted "Best Boot Camp for 2012 and 2013." 
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We would love to have you come by any of our locations and try out a boot camp class for FREE! Try one of our morning fitness classes for FREE in Danville, Walnut Creek, Moraga or Lafayette.
Gumsaba Fitness    
Work Smarter!
Gumsaba owner, Coach Michelle, programs every single class which changes daily.  She employs the most effective training methods based on cutting edge science and backed up
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by high level ongoing fitness training.  All of Gumsaba's coaches are highly qualified trainers, ensuring that you get the most out of every class. 
Gumsaba Boot Camp  
Green Exercise!
Recent scientific studies show that exercise in a natural green setting with trees, foliage and landscape makes one feel more restored, and less anxious, angry and depressed than people
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who burn the same amount of calories in gyms or other build settings.
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It's a Challenge!
Gumsaba Outdoor Boot Camps are the hardest hour you will ever love! We can help you take your fitness to a new level and make exercise something you are actually excited about.
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Our coaches are trained to help you accomplish your goals and modify exercises that may not work for you. We want you to build stamina and energy and stay healthy so that you can make fitness a part of your life, for life!
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We Give Back!
Gumsaba partners with local schools and parks to trade outdoor workout space for much needed funding for our community. In 2014 alone, Gumsaba has paid over $33,000 in rent.
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Now that is a workout you can be proud of!


Gumsaba Fitness

You are free to visit any location with your membership!

Will I lose weight?
Loosing weight happens when you burn more calories than you intake. You will gain muscle tissue at camp but to get the best results we need to watch what goes in your mouth! To lose fat, you need to change your eating habits. Contact us for a nutrition consultation.
What can I expect?
Expect to be sore after your first workout. We do an even mix of strength, endurance and cardio training. We keep it fresh with new workouts every day, and make sure that you get a great calorie burn at every class. From strength training, to HIIT bouts and circuits to TRX, from Bosu to Kettle Bell training, our coaches employ the most effective modern techniques and equipment to keep your workouts dynamic, enlightening and exciting.
What do I bring?
You need a mat (you can purchase one in our shop), weights and water for boot camp. Clothing must be weather appropriate – layers, gloves and hat in the winter and sunblock all summer long. A towel for sweat is handy! You MUST have a sign our waiver to attend your first class.

What do our clients think?

Debbie Grauman
"I am a Gumsaba Boot Camp devotee, maybe even a groupie!  I’ve worked out for years, with and without trainers, have run the Boston marathon, done triathlons, you name it – I’ve tried it.  I’ve never found a more complete and comprehensive total body workout than that offered by Michelle and her boot camp program. She has found the recipe for the perfect mix of cardio, strength, weights and core training.
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I started out with the original boot camp owners, Tim and Liesbet, for whom Michelle originally worked.  The difference she brought as an instructor was immediately noticeable. Her eventual acquisition of the boot camp program was a benefit to all of her “campers”. I can’t believe that I look forward to getting out of bed at 5:00 am daily Monday through Friday to attend this outdoor class; rain, shine or freezing weather.  Her energy inspires me to push myself hard everyday and I can’t believe how much she can get me to do beyond that I had imagined.  She is inspirational, varies the workouts daily, makes them fun and creates a spirit of community where we all help each other achieve major milestones.  Michelle not only talks the talk, she can walk it as well – her fitness level is inspirational and amazing.  Not to be outdone, I’m in the best overall shape of my life in spite of being 15 + years older than her.  I’m fit, strong and confident.  This is echoed by the comments of my doctors (regular physician and chiropractor).  Come join us for an amazing workout and an even more amazing sunrise!" – Deb G.
"GREAT experience, I’ve been doing this for about 3 months now and WOW! Never thought that getting up at 5am would be so rewarding! I feel great, thanks to Michelle, she always seem to push and encourage you to do more! And wonderful co-boot campers also!!! Recommend Gumsaba to anyone wanting to exercise and enjoy doing it!" – Sherry M.
Tina Murphy
"I’ve tried just about every workout out there and none has compared to Gumsaba. The class is fun and motivating…..something I wouldn’t have said about any other workout. It is an amazing and addictive mix of cardio and strength training. It is something new and different each time so we never tire of the class. I can’t imagine ever going back to working out indoors. Being a working mom with two kids, the time I spend at Bootcamp
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is the daily recharge that I need!" – Tina M.
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Meet our Coaches

  • Coach Michelle Brown Personal Trainer

    Owner of Gumsaba / Program Director 
    • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
    • ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialist
    • Certified Group Trainer
    • Gumsaba Head Instructor
    • Gumsaba Program Director
    • Corporate Fitness Program Director and Head Instructor CytoSport/Muscle Milk - Bencia, CA
    • TRX Level 2 Certification
    • HIIT Training Certification
    • Trigger Point Myofascial Certification
    • Full Contact Kung Fu World Champion 2009
    • National Full Contact Kung Fu Champion 2001, 02, 09
    • 2nd Degree Kung Fu Black Belt
    • 3X Tough Mudder Finisher
    • CPR Certified
    Coach Michelle Brown has been helping her clients make their goals a reality since 1998. She is truly passionate about her company Gumsaba and spreading the joy of fitness for all. Michelle’s has 12 years experience training in Chinese Kung Fu and Kuoshu and has been a certified personal trainer since 2001. She has traveled the globe competing against fighters of all styles and fought to win the World Kung Fu Tournament in Germany in 2009. An ACE Medical Exercise Specialist and Martial Arts Expert, Michelle writes for our blog (link) and is a contributing writer to Alamo Today.
    Michelle also enjoys yoga, trail running, hiking, snowboarding and waterskiing, as well as and spending playtime with her dog Marcus. She is passionate about helping animals, and has been a vegan athlete since 1999. Chad and Michelle maintain a permaculture organic garden,  and love to cook awesome unprocessed, nutrient rich vegan food!

    When Coach Michelle isn’t getting her Gumsaba on, she loves to ride her bike to the Farmers Market, spend time with her family, tend to her garden, play the drums and take road trips with Chad and Marcus!

  • Coach Briana Personal Trainer

    Boot Camp Coach
    • Certified Personal Trainer
    • Gumsaba Certified Fitness Instructor
    • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
    • Certified TRX Instructor
    • Level 1 CrossFit Trainer
    • Mobility Certified
    • CPR/AED Certified
    • Crossfit Regionals Competitor
    • USA Level 1 Lifting Coach
  • Coach Joel Personal Trainer

    Boot Camp Coach | Head of Teen Conditioning
    • Gumsaba Certified Fitness Instructor
    • High School Football
    • AAU Basketball Coach
    • Multi-sport athlete: football, basketball & tennis
    • Tough Mudder finisher
    • 2X Collegiate Intramural Flag Football Champion
    • Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, MMA Training Expert
    • CPR/AED Certified
  • Coach Jenty Personal Trainer

    Boot Camp Coach | Yoga Coach 
    • Gumsaba Certified Trainer
    • Communications Degree, University of Colorado @Boulder
    • Currently studying to become a Registered Dietician
    • CPR Certified

    Coach Jentry’s positive spirit is contagious! Her great work ethic, attention to detail and overall awesomeness are inspiring. Jentry has been training with Michelle since 2009 and is super excited to be on the other side of the workouts. Jentry is currently on her path to becoming a Registered Dietician, and she too is vegan! She just finished up cadaver anatomy and bio, and in the fall she will be taking chemistry and medical terminology.

  • Coach Karen Silverman

    Boot Camp Coach | Head of Running Club 
    • Personal Trainer
    • Gumsaba Certified Fitness Instructor
    • 1st Degree Richard Lee Kung Fu Black Belt
    • Richard Lee Certified Black Belt Instructor
    • Tough Mudder Finisher
    • LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
    • CPR/AED Certified
    • 3X Half Marathon Finisher
  • Coach Piper Personal Trainer

    Boot Camp Coach 
    • Gumsaba Certified Instructor
    • Professional Ballerina
    • CSCS Certification
    • Chek Practitioner
    • NASM Certification
    • NCCPT Certification
    • Studied Kinesiology and Classic Ballet at University of Utah
    • Regional Personal Training Manager for Equinox
    • Outpatient Physical Therapy Assistant at Cedar Sinai Hospital

Power Systems


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Get Results!
  • Greatly improved endurance and mental stamina within your first 3 weeks
  • Feeling of self-empowerment and increased self-esteem in our friendly community
  • A significant reduction in body fat and increase in muscle mass
  • Decrease in waist circumference
  • Lowered resting heart rate and improved metabolism
  • Increased energy and better sleep!
Our dynamic, fun and functional instruction will motivate you to achieve your goals. We keep our drills fresh and mix it up so won't get bored or stuck in a rut. Our experienced trainers are constantly learning and udpating their certification so that we can help you to your fitness goals with the most efficient and up to date methods and equipment.
Our athletic conditioning programs will give you a burst of energy throughout your day, give you better rest, and quite honestly give you bragging rights! Whether you want to lose fat, gain muscle, enhance your health, get ready for your big day, or fit into your favorite jeans again, we are ready to help you achieve your goal. It's time to GO BIG TIME! GO GUMSABA! We encourage women and men of all fitness levels to try Gumsaba.
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In Memory DIY

In Memory DIY

Today we honor the fallen who fought for our freedom and practice peace and health in their honor. Wishing everyone a day filled with family and friends, Coach Michelle Team Gumsaba taking a moment for those that gave all – 2012.  Memorial Day DIY Part 1: Warm Up Dynamic: 10 reps each 1X Calf Raises – Hip Circles – Shin […]

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Triangle Pose

Triangle Pose

Awake your soul and give your spirit a lift with this supremely dynamite pose, Trikonasana.  Namaste. Triangle Pose or Trikonasana (trik-kon-AHS-ana) From Warrior II Pose, inhale, straighten your front leg. Keep a micro bend in your front knee to avoid hyperextension in your hamstring. Shift your hips back and extend your torso forward, toward your front foot. Lengthen through […]

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Roasted Beer & Lime Cauliflower Tacos

Roasted Beer & Lime Cauliflower Tacos

The long weekend is upon us and we want you to get the most out of it.  That’s why we’re sharing this recipe again.  We’ve fed these savory, lime and beer infused, plant-powered tacos to our pickiest friends and family members, and won them over time and time again.  These tacos are great for bringing to a BBQ […]

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Zucchini Noodle (Zoodle) Burger Buns

Zucchini Noodle (Zoodle) Burger Buns

Memorial Day weekend is almost here.  Who doesn’t love that extra day to be with the ones you love and take some time to kick up your heels and relax?  With BBQs and pool parties in full force, it’s nice to come prepared with healthy, tasty goods.  These Zucchini Noodle (aka Zoodle) Burger Buns are […]

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Womens Class | 5:30AM M-F | Los Cerros Middle School, 968 Blemer Rd., Danville, CA  94526
Mens Class | 5:30AM M/T/Th/F | San Ramon Valley High School, 501 Danville Blvd., Danville, CA  94526
Womens Class | 6:00AM M/W/Th/F | Jaoquin Moraga Intermediate School, 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga, CA  94556
Womens Class | 8:15AM M/W/Th/F | Moraga Commons Park, 1077 Moraga Rd., Moraga, CA  94556
Walnut Creek:
Womens Class | 9:00AM M-F | Rudgear Park, Rudgear Rd., Walnut Creek, CA  94596
Co-Ed Class | 8:30AM Sat | Rudgear Park, Rudgear Rd., Walnut Creek, CA  94596
Co-Ed Class | 6:00AM T/Th | Stanley Middle School, 3477 School St., Lafayette, CA  94549
Pleasant Hill:
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Gumsaba is a community of healthy, vital, energetic people who love the outdoors. The confines of a gym are of no interest to us! Breathe the fresh air, meet fun people, see beautiful sunrises and enjoy tough drills that will give you a new lease on life.

Gumsaba coaches are trained to help you find the joy in fitness so you can keep it up for life. Our programs give you a platform to learn and grow and will continually challenge you to be your best. We encourage you to commit to yourself over any one else. Unlike the gym, we actually want you to come to class! Our individualized programs are designed so that you can work around any injuries you have and still get a killer workout in. Your instructor will help you modify and give you exercises to improve and rehab your injuries.

Classes are one hour long during morning hours.

If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.

Entering into a group fitness setting as a “newbie” can be terrifying and overwhelming. People moving at warp speed who ‘naturally’ know what is coming next; the strong sense of self worth and confidence they exude can seem untouchable and intimidating. Remember that these are skill sets they have earned, and once they were newbies too. With a consistent, committed effort to becoming better any newbie can ascend to great heights!

Just do it! Join that group class, and if you are already a part of a fitness community these are good reminders for you as well…

  1. Be ready. Come prepared with the equipment you need and a willingness to learn. Newbies should always make contact with the class program director before attending. Email or text ahead of time, and give a few days notice so they have time to asses your situation, make sure the program is right for you, and discuss your history with the Coach of the class.
  2. Arrive a few minutes early. Being late to a group fitness class is a bad idea. The warm up is essential to your injury free experience. The instructor has plans for the group and tardiness will break up the rhythm. #notcool
  3. Show up. When you commit to doing it, DO IT. Often times just getting there is the hardest part. No one ever regrets a great workout, but they definitely regret not showing up. No excuses! You say it, you do it.
  4. Check in. Check in with your body and express any soreness that concerns you to your Coach before class. Ask for modifications to exercises that aggravate any injury you are dealing with. If it is your first class, make sure the coach knows about your recent knee surgery or that nagging shoulder. Trust me, we want to know! A well prepared instructor will have modifications ready for you.
  5. Stay present. Chatting, checking text messages and making phone calls is distracting unsafe and unacceptable. Big things happen when we are present. Spend time with your body wisely instead of frittering it away on small thoughts or small talk.
  6. Stay positive. Lets be realistic….some days are not super fabulous! Life can be ROUGH. Sometimes a good plow through the workout is what we need, and sometimes moving slowly will create a balance that we didn’t know we needed. No matter what go to class. Life is an endless sea, an ebb, a flow. Try to ride it rather than fight it. There is always a reason to stay positive if you are looking for it.
  7. Accept where you’re at. If you haven’t worked out in a while, enter slowly so that you create proper movement patterns and quality motor skills. Faster is not always better. Give your body time to build the strength and stamina it needs to go faster without injury. A special caution to the sedentary athlete…the ’93 NCS playoffs were over 20 years ago. How time flies and yes, how things change. Please don’t recreate your touchdown sprint on the first day of class.
  8. Be cool. For those who have been in the class for years, remember how it felt to be the newbie. Be friendly and encouraging, smile and say hello. Introduce yourself before or after class and tell the newbie what you love about your class and how it felt when you were new. A few kind words can be extremely powerful and even life changing.
  9. Know your limits. Take breaks when needed. At an outdoor class, a seated or lying position on your mat or a short walk is appropriate. In a group yoga class, child’s pose or mountain pose is always acceptable. In a gym setting, exit with care and step out of the room for fresh air.
  10. Be patient. Change does not happen over night. Understand that your body and mind are going to need time to adjust to the rigors of a group setting. If weight loss is your goal, realize that exercise is but one piece of the whole health picture. Nutrition, hydration, rest and mental health will all need to be considered in your plan.

The benefits of group fitness are clearly remarkable. To be afraid is to be expected. Don’t let that fear stop you from getting your group fitness on. Use these tools, and you simply can’t go wrong.