As we approach Fall weather here in the United States, a lot of bootcamp instructors who train outside wonder whether or not they should make alternate arrangements – find an indoor place to hold their bootcamps.
Here’s a question that I received on this topic along with my answer (feel free to give your input in the comments area below)
Scott – I noticed you live in Texas near Austin. Do you do your Boot Camps outdoors year around? I am in the Dallas area and am trying to figure out if I should set a cold weather cut-off for canceling. It seems like we all email back in forth wondering if we should meet and since our meting time is 5:30 AM, everyone likes to know if they get to sleep or get up and get going? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks – Liz L. Certified Personal Trainer
Answer: I started my bootcamp back in 2005 outside in the Austin, Texas area.
My class was at 5:45am and then again at 6:30am. Believe it or not, it does get cold here in Texas during the Winter.
20’s and 30’s for lows is not unusual.
So Liz has a good question because a lot of people DO NOT want to get out of bed early in the morning when it is 30 degrees outside.
BUT if you are the Instructor/Owner you MUST decide immediately what you are going to do (train inside or outside). Do not leave your group wondering.
We had some of our best workouts in cold weather.
It’s all a matter of how you as the instructor approach it.
If you are upbeat, have fun with it, dress appropriately (in layers) then most of your group will follow your lead.
If you complain about it, etc then your group will follow that lead.
So my answer is workout outside as long as it’s not pouring down rain and hold make ups if you have to cancel.
In 2007, I moved my bootcamp to an indoor spot permanently but we still trained outside 75% of the time.
Nothing beats the fresh air, the sun rise and lying on the ground in a broken heap, staring up at the sky after a kick ass workout.