If you want your bootcamp to stand out from the others, add boxing. Your members will be stimulated,stay motivated and they’ll tell their friends. Your members will train their bodies in a totally different way using muscles that they forgot about. They’ll improve their coordination, endurance and mobility while burning an amazing amount of calories.
The best way that I know to teach a new skill like boxing in a bootcamp setting is to work the new moves into the warm up. The cardinal sin in my bootcamp is to let people just stand around while the instructor is going on and on about a new exercise or skill. However, if you introduce a couple of boxing combos during the warm up when people are moving a little slower, then you’ll have much better success. Below are 5 practice combos to try out in your bootcamp to see how your members respond. Do these drills “shadow boxing” style and do them slowly – have people do them individually or in pairs as you call out the combos. Remember! They’re not punching at full speed, they’re punching slowly and lightly. If you partner them up, have the partner hold up their hands as targets.
Once your members have the hang of a couple of these combos, have them throw in a squat thrust or squat jump to add variety. Have them partner up and practice the combos with each other for a set time while you walk around assisting.
You can do these drills without gloves and focus on footwork, rythym, and coordination. Be consistent and work on these drills 2-3 times a week until you’re ready to add more boxing drills and workouts to your classes.
Your clients will enjoy something new, they’ll build more confidence and have a great way to help reduce stress. Simply add a boxing component to your bootcamp to keep things fresh and to keep your members on their toes.