TRX Bootcamp in Canmore!

Share Button

Book Buzz: Summer Reading List 2018

Summer Reading List 2018

I never start a new book without finishing another one… until now. For whatever reason I’ve had complete lack of self control when it comes to reading this summer. There are so many great books out there! I’m reading about 6 right now* and this shit is crazy. I want the ability to speed read so I can get through all of them.

Last fall, before we went to Asia, I tried checking out lots of e-books from my library’s app for the long flight, but everything I wanted to read was on hold. I put holds on about 10 different books (the max allowed) and they’re all becoming available NOW. Three have landed in my app this week alone. You only get them for a week, so I’ve had to make the choice to send some back so somebody else can get to them and put myself back on the wait list. Because there are so many people waiting on them, you can’t extend the loans on some of these.

Here’s what I’m currently reading (links to all in the photos) and hopefully you can get through faster than I can… with a little sense of focus:  [Read more…]

Share Button

Dancer Pose Challenge

Dancer Pose Challenge

My month-long quest to achieve the Dancer Pose:

Day 1: Baseline Photo – where you’re at right now. Do both legs!

Anybody else see exercises or poses online that they wish they could do but can’t? I have probably 10 or so that I try sporadically – handstands, crazy pull-up variations, mobility drills, etc – but I know I’ll only achieve them if I focus on ONE at a time, instead of 10… So for the month of August (and a little into September) I’m planning on nailing the Dancer Pose variation with both arms.

In the dance world, we call this a Scorpion, but in yoga it’s called King Dancer or Natarajasana (yogis, please tell me if this is incorrect). Whatever it’s called, I can’t do it and have never been able to grab my foot behind my head… but now I’m determined.

Each week I’ll be posting what I’m doing to achieve this. It’s going to take a mixture of back strengthening, front side stretching – especially in the quads and hip flexors – and thoracic spine/overhead shoulder mobility for me to get this, so the videos will vary.

I’ll be posting the exercises and my progress on my Instagram and Facebook pages. Follow along with the hashtag #flashdancerchallenge and DM me your photos if you want to join in!

 

Share Button

Trying Shampoo Bars For The First Time…

In an effort to cut back on all the plastic in my life, I’ve recently purchased my first shampoo and conditioner bars! (Shoutout to my friend Leslie who mentioned these to me.)

These are similar to soap bars and they seriously cut back on plastic use in the container, but also the fuel used in shipping. Think about how much lighter it is to ship a tiny bar instead of several full bottles of shampoo!

I was a bit skeptical at first – thinking it would be like washing your hair with regular soap (and if you’ve ever done that, you know it DOES NOT WORK) -but I was pleasantly surprised. Here’s what I thought about my first week using these bars…

[Read more…]

Share Button

Free Fitness Business Webinar: Starting Your Own Bootcamp

If you’re a fitness pro who’s ever thought about starting your own bootcamp or other type of registered program (e.g. 6 Week Weight Loss, 12 Week Post-Natal Fitness, etc), you already know there’s a lot to think about… which makes it seem overwhelming. I hosted a free webinar for fitness pros on this very topic a lit bit ago and you can get the link here.

I’ll cover how to

make money without having to spend ALL day in a gym,

maximize your clients’ benefits in cost effective manner,

& cover your legal bases so you do business the right way.

Watch It

Share Button

Workout Playlist: Summer 2018

image via Tumblr

It’s HOT out. Here’s an hour+ of hot music for your sweat sesh. Enjoy!

Includes: Warm-up music, good beats for the hard stuff, & mellow cool-down tunes.

 Don’t forget to stretch, y’all.

Share Button

How To Start Your Own Bootcamp

How To Start Your Own Bootcamp

I’m so excited to share all this information!

If you’ve ever thought about running your own show, making your own schedule, making more money in fewer hours, and having more control over your fitness business, you should check out my new online course, The Better Bootcamp Pro Course.

This 6 lesson online course is designed to guide you through the entire process of starting your own bootcamp or other registered program. From first ideas, to launch, and everything between (and after), this course will help take some of the stress out of starting your fitness business.

Even if you are already running something, this course can help you scan over your current program to see where you might be able to add some improvements.

The first 50 people to use the coupon code FIRST50 will receive 15% off the total price!

Questions? Email me at fitwithflash@gmail.com

Share Button

Do’s & Don’ts of Running Your Own Bootcamp

Do's & Don't of Running A Bootcamp + Free Webinar!

My photo from when I worked at Inner Strength Bootcamp ^

You may be thinking of starting your own bootcamp (or other form of registered program) or you may be in the midst of one already. Either way, here are some best practices to think about in order to make the most out of your business:

First, the Don’ts:

  1. Don’t stay outside forever.
    Unless you live in a perfect climate, have a plan to move inside eventually. The weather will eventually get cold in the winter (unless you live in San Diego), bugs will be out in the summer, people will want showers before they go to work, etc. Outside is a great way to launch your business and keep starting costs low, but have a plan to eventually move in. You can still head outside on nice days as a treat!
  2. Don’t get aggressively territorial.
    You’re not the first person in the world to come up with the idea of running a bootcamp in a park. Try to find a space that somebody isn’t already in (don’t be a jerk and set up next to one that’s already going). If somebody encroaches on your space or you have an issue with another professional, sit down and have an adult conversation. Remember: There’s enough business to go around.
  3. Don’t be such a hard-ass that people get injured/sick.
    The days of “no pain, no gain” are over. If you’re in this business to help people, they should be getting better, not worse. Injuring clients is awful and shows an extreme lack of knowledge and professionalism. Also, you’ll be shooting yourself in the foot – negative press travels faster than positive.
  4. Don’t make a mess of the scenery if you’re in a park.
    It’s great to use a beautiful outdoor space for your workouts, but trampling on flowers isn’t cool. Neither is ruining the grass or leaving trash in the park. Respect the land you’re on as well as the other people that may be around utilizing the area.
  5. Don’t try to be everything.
    Pick a focus/niche and stick with it. You don’t have to be bootcamp, and cycling, and tai chi, and pilates.

And now for the Do’s:

 

  1. Cover your bases.
    If you want to be taken seriously, you need to take your business seriously. You’d better act like a professional. Have a waiver no matter what. If you’re outside in the park, make sure you have the proper permits to operate a business on public/private land. If you’re inside, check the floors/walls to make sure slamming med balls or sand bags isn’t going to damage anything (I made that mistake once). And make sure you’re not disturbing anybody nearby. Whether you’re indoors or out, nearby people or businesses don’t want to hear you. Most people go to the park or beach to chill. Neighboring tenants don’t want to hear your yelling and playlist while they’re trying to conduct meetings during business hours. Think about noise when choosing your location.
  2. Think outside the box. 
    There are only so many bench dips, step ups, squat jumps, and push-ups people can do before they get bored. Be creative with your programming.
  3. Keep in mind a certain comfort level for your peeps.
    I’m not saying people are going to be super high maintenance, but nearby bathrooms are a good idea, well-lit areas with ample parking make people feel safe, and nobody wants a rash from having to lie on chemically treated grass.
  4. Have a back-up plan. You’ll eventually need one. 
    A: If your bootcamp is outside and it rains, have a nearby shelter or indoor location ready to go… as well as a way to communicate the plan to all your clients ASAP.
    B: If there’s bad weather (e.g. a snow day for everybody’s kids) or an instructor has an emergency and you need to cancel class altogether, what will you do? How will you notify your peeps? Make sure they know what to do and how to get this information at the last minute.

 

Want More Info?

I’ve been there! I’ve worked for several awesome bootcamp companies and I ran my own successful bootcamp for years. I’m sharing some of what I learned in this free webinar with some helpful information about running your bootcamp!

Sign Up To Watch It Here:

Share Button

How To Road Trip with Your Dog

How to Road Trip with Your dog

Road tripping is one of the best (and cheapest) ways to see the country. Going with your dog makes it even more fun. Road tripping with your dog can feel like a big undertaking, but with a little extra planning, it can be super smooth and ultra rewarding.

My dog Tango has been on multiple road trips with me in our 8+ years together. It’s hard to count how many times we’ve been back and forth across the U.S. and Canada over the years, including a 3 month road trip back in 2015.  I’ve learned a lot over the years and have since honed our routine.

Here’s how to get ready: [Read more…]

Share Button

July in Kentucky & TRX Bootcamp in Louisville!


Louisville TRX Classes

I need a little Kentucky fix and since I can’t fly in and out of the country for 2 more months (flying is prohibited until my Canadian Permanent Resident card arrives), Tango and I are road-tripping there in a couple weeks! And since that drive is long AF, we’re staying a whole month to make it worth the drive and allow me enough time to see everybody without having to limit my visits to an hour.

While I’m home, I’ll be heading up one of my TRX Bootcamps, just like old times! It’ll last 4 weeks in July and I can’t wait. Details, pricing, and registration here.

I’ll also be offering personal training sessions for the month, guest teaching at other studios in the neighboring areas, teaching a couple TRX courses, and subbing classes for a few instructor buds who are going on vacation that month. It’s gonna be great. (Email me to inquire about any of that: fitwithflash@gmail.com)

Can’t wait to see my family and friends, kiss those nephews of mine, see new babies, and cross things off my Kentucky summer wish list.

See y’all soon!

 

 

Share Button