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Build Your Own Boot Camp
Fitness boot camps seem to be gaining more and more popularity each year. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) conducted a study when boot camps first began to gain popularity back in 2008. The findings indicated that people did in fact burn more calories during a boot camp than other workouts such as cardio-kick boxing, indoor cycling, aerobic dance, and pre-programmed circuit training.
However, in a more general observation of the boot camp revolution ACE states:
“Maybe the boot camp trend is still going strong because it’s not really trendy at all. The workout is simple and [in some cases] not tied to a single piece of equipment. Or maybe it’s the motivating team-orientated atmosphere that’s created as fellow exercisers ‘survive’ the workouts together”
ACE’s chief science officer Dr. Bryant says, “People are looking for different experiences. With boot camps, you’re giving them something outside the traditional club environment.”
These observations made nearly 8 years ago seem right on target as the popularity of this style of workout continues to grow exponentially each year. Now you hear terms like “Tabata Training” and “HIIT Training” which are all synonymous with a boot camp style workout.
Are you looking to start your own Boot Camp? If so, make sure your Park and Rec departments are up-to-date on the latest trends and have all of the professional grade equipment that you need to create a top-notch outdoor training program for those in your community.
- Choose a time slot that will appeal to the largest number of people. As you might have noticed, during the week early mornings and after work hours are the busiest times for workouts. A lunchtime boot camp can be successful if kept to 25-30 minutes. Saturday mornings are great because most people are off on the weekends and won’t have the “I got stuck at work” excuse.
- Consider alternatives names to “Boot Camp” as that might be intimidating for some. Changing a few words might appeal to more people, i.e. “Transformation Training Camp” or a 2-week “Mini Camp”. Brainstorm on some buzz words that will describe your Boot Camp and help it to stand out among all the others.
- Decide if you want your boot camp to be weekly or only offered for a specific time frame. Both have advantages.
- A boot camp held 2-3 days/week for an unspecified time period will build momentum. You might start with a loyal crowd of 3-6 people, but once visibility increases and your campers start to see results, your camp attendance can grow up to 2-3 times its original size. Also, choosing a set time slot will establish consistency; people like that because it is easier for them to remember when it is offered.
- However, there are also some advantages to setting a beginning and end date. For example, a “6-week Summer Shape-Up Camp” is catchy, it goes on long enough for people to see measurable results, and it can yield some great before and after pictures if the participants are willing to share. Plus it creates exclusivity to the group members. You can always begin another 6 week boot camp as soon as a group finishes and start advance sign ups.
- Post signage to advertise about two weeks in advance to gain interest. Consider setting up a social media page to invite people to your group. Then, with permission, post photos and/or videos of your group workout. Create a hashtag exclusive to your group, i.e. an early morning group with the hashtag #sunrisesurprise.
- Consider a sign-up sheet either at the facility or via social media. It’s always good to have an idea of how many people you should expect when planning a group session.
- Offer the first hour as a complementary assessment and workout. Most people want to try it before they buy it. Set up the first 30 minutes as data collection (measurements, release forms, etc.) and the remainder of the time a quick entry level workout. This will also help you gage the overall fitness level of the group and help you plan future programming.
- Be quick on your feet! Despite our best efforts, sometimes we forget to RSVP. If you are planning to set up a circuit style workout, be prepared to add in a few more exercises for some unexpected campers.
- Always be prepared to show progressions and regressions of each exercise. When training a group you should be prepared to cater to all fitness levels.
Boot camps or training camps are a great way to build a social and accountability network for your member base. Many people quit their fitness routine because they either didn't see results or didn't know how to get them on their own. Putting people in groups of this type is the most cost effective way to provide them with the education and accountability they need to get back on track.
Whether you're just starting a boot camp program, or you've been providing them for years, make sure to stock up on all of our top selling indoor/outdoor training products below!
Boot Camp Essentials
|Versa-Loops Extra light, Orange||84801||84801||--||--||$2.80|
|Versa-Loops Light, Lime Green||84806||84806||--||--||$3.00|
|Versa-Loops Medium, Red||84810||84810||--||--||$3.25|
|Versa-Loops Heavy, Lt Blue||84816||84816||--||--||$3.50|
|Versa-Loops Extra heavy, Purple||84823||84823||--||--||$3.75|
|Versa-Loops Ultra heavy, Gray||84821||84821||--||--||$4.00|
|Versa-Loops - Kit, includes all 6 resistances||99974||99974||--||--||$17.26|