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. Think outside the box.
  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. And a way to communicate the plan to all your clients ASAP.
    B: If you’re inside and there’s bad weather (e.g. a snow day) or an instructor has an emergency and needs to cancel, what will you do? And how will you notify your peeps? Make sure they know what to do and how to get this information at the last minute.

 

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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!

 

 

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TRX Bootcamp Giveaway!

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Hey Guys! It’s nice sometimes to get a little help to jumpstart your fitness goals. I’m giving away 1 Month of TRX Bootcamp to a lucky winner. The May sessions begin Monday, May 12 and go through Thursday, June 5. Should you win, you pick a Bootcamp session and come to as many classes as you can fit in. You have 3 bootcamp sessions to choose from:

1) A.M. St. Matthews: Mon/Tues/Thur,  6-7am

2) P.M. St. Matthews: Mon/Wed, 5:45 – 6:45pm

3) Lunchtime Downtown: Mon/Wed , 12-1pm

Enter quickly! It’s only up for 24 hours! Noon today – Noon tomorrow. To enter you must leave your name/email, so I can contact you if you win, & like my Fitness Facebook page. All other entry types are optional, but they give you more entries if you complete them! Keep in mind, this contest is for people that want/need the maximum amount of classes so please don’t enter if you only want to come a couple times.

Good luck!

For more TRX Bootcamp details, rates & FAQs, visit my website.

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Do It All: Bootcamp

You want a fit, rockin’ bod that can do anything? Then Do It All. Try everything. Go to yoga, run, jump, skip, lift weights, swing kettlebells, suspend your feet in a TRX, take bootcamp.

Bootcamp! If there’s ever a time to push yourself, it’s during a bootcamp class. Your body can handle way more than you think you can so find a local bootcamp class and sign up. Even if you can’t do the whole bootcamp session (most are 4-8 weeks long) call and see what a drop-in price is and go take a class. Trust me! Bootcamps can be super intimidating so here are some tips to help you get the most out of it… and not die. You’re welcome.
1. Find the right bootcamp for you and recruit a friend!
All bootcamps are different so try a few if you don’t like the first one. Some people prefer to be screamed at like in the military (think An Officer and a Gentleman) but some people don’t. I like to be pushed, definitely, but if you scream in my face, I’ll likely punch you. Or just not come back. Make sure you know what you want and like the motivational level of your instructor. Talking a friend into doing it with you will help too. It’ll keep you both accountable and will serve as built-in hang out time with your buddy. Two birds with one stone!
2. Pick a time of day that you’ll actually attend.
Most bootcamps happen in the morning, before work… and before 6:30am. If you aren’t a morning person, find an after-work bootcamp. If you hate getting up early to go sit at a desk, do you really think you’ll get up earlier to go run around and do pushups? Maybe. Maybe not. So find one you’ll stick to. If you pay for it and miss half your sessions, you’ll be more bummed than you were before. Can’t make it happen during the work week? Find a weekend camp.
3. Go early.
I know I just said to go later if you’re not a morning person. That’s true. BUT if you can suck it up enough to attend the early morning sessions, you’ll be better off. It’ll get it out of the way, you’ll be more energized throughout your day, and you’ll still be burning calories while you work! Multi-tasking is the ish.
4. Recruit help.
Can’t go because you have to take kids to school? Whatev. Get the hubs to take them, find a carpool, ask a family member to help you out. It’s only a couple days a week so bribe them if you have to, but try to find a way to make it work! Remember you have to make yourself a priority too! Don’t let your other responsibilities take ALL your time. If you want to get in better shape, talk to your loved ones and make a plan that will work for everybody.
5. Get competitive.
Keep in mind I didn’t say comparative. There will be all different levels of peeps in your class, but try to pit yourself against others in there! I’m not sayin’ throw down and start talking smack or anything, but push yourself to do as many or more reps, or complete a set faster than the people around you. It’ll make you better and you’ll feel really good about it later when you’re thinkin’ “I’m a beast too, suckas!” But only in your head… not out loud. Don’t be that person at bootcamp.
6. Stay hydrated.
Drink plenty of water the day before and bring water with you. Remember: take your body weight, divide it by 2. That’s the number of ounces of water you should be drinking a day. If you’re cramping up a lot in bootcamp, most likely you’re dehydrated. Don’t sabotage your body!
7. Know your energy levels and what you need!
To eat or not to eat… Some people can’t eat early before bootcamp, but I don’t last 15 minutes in class on an empty stomach so I have to have something. Your car doesn’t run without gasoline, your body won’t run without fuel. Eat a banana or half of a protein bar right when you wake up. Passing out in bootcamp is not the ish. If you can’t eat before a morning workout, make sure your dinner was a good one, the night before. Protein! If you’re class is after work, eat a snack an hour or two beforehand. Don’t stop at Starbucks or Mickey D’s on the way to your class. Puking in bootcamp is also not the ish.
8. Don’t stop. (get it, get it.)
You may be fatigued, you may think you can’t go on. But you can. Promise. If something is too hard, slow down, do 1 arm/leg at a time, or reduce your weight/resistance, but KEEP GOING! Stopping before you’re done with a set is a horrible habit to get into. If you don’t push yourself to get two more reps in, or run a little farther, you won’t get better (think if you never did anything harder in math than basic addition, you’d never get smarter). If you don’t know how to keep going, ask. Your instructor will help you out.
9. Listen to your body.
Like my hot-yoga post, if you feel faint, it’s because your body is forcing you to stop because it can’t handle what you’re doing. If you keep going when you feel bad, your body will make the decision to stop for you. The same goes for feeling nauseated. Know the difference between stopping because you’re muscularly fatigued, or stopping because you may pass out. The 2nd one is serious. The first one means you’re being a wuss. ; ) Kidding! Kind of. But seriously, folks: Drink water, eat a snack (banana, almonds) and chill for a moment if you feel bad. You can always start back up after a few minutes. Your instructors really don’t want to perform CPR if they don’t have to.
10. Have FUN!
Yes it’s bootcamp, yes it’ll be hard, but you should like your instructor, like the workouts, and like yourself afterward. Be on time and do what you’re told, but have fun with it! It’s not the military, so don’t get too crazy. Just do it for you. Do it for your body. Do it for your significant other so they’ll want to jump on you even more when you get home with your sexy self. ; )
Be A BEAST!
Questions? Ask away: fitwithflash@gmail.com
Info on my TRX Bootcamp here

image via Barry’sBootcamp

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