If you’re coaching a bootcamp class, then you are taking part in one of the more popular trends in fitness today.
Meeting outside allows you to take advantage of the challenges of the elements while allowing your clients to work out in the fresh air. Combining cardiovascular and resistance training in one workout helps your clients maximize their caloric burn while achieving gains that neither sustained cardio nor a workout using weights alone can provide. Unfortunately, there are some times when you will not be able to meet your class outside. Perhaps the weather has turned icy, or a series of thunderstorms have rolled into the area, and you don’t want to risk the danger of lightning and/or high winds.
When this happens, there is no reason for your clients to miss a workout, even if they have to stay home. This article contains some tips to help you motivate your clients to get workouts in, even when the class can’t meet as it usually does.
Set up an online motivational plan
Websites such as MyFitness.com or dailymile.com allow you and your class to track the exercises that you do. Setting up a private challenge group that is only open to your clients allows you to create a place for them to track their own progress and see the workouts that their classmates are doing as well. Seeing how they progress over time will motivate them to continue to seek gains. Each time they complete a workout, either with your group or on their own, they enter the information into the website. These sites send out a weekly report of activity, so that your clients have a running journal of their fitness activities that is easy to maintain.
Prepare your class with a Plan B
It’s easier than you think to find an indoor space that serves as a backup meeting place when the weather is simply too bad for your group to meet outdoors. If you have a relationship with a church that has a recreation space, or even a large meeting space that is not a dedicated worship area, or with a local recreation center, you can arrange to have your clients meet there for training sessions during inclement weather. Especially with a recreation center, this may require you to pay a fee for the use of the space, but if you plan this into your budget for your personal training business, it doesn’t have to interfere with your profits. This way, you can still do a routine similar to what you had planned without the pounding of rain or the chill of temperatures that have fallen below freezing.
Prepare a set of online videos
You don’t have to create videos along the line of the Insanity workouts or other video workout series. All you have to do with the video is create a guide that your clients can use to complete a workout when the weather isn’t cooperating with you. YouTube is a perfect tool for this. In your video, describe the series of exercises in the workouts, demonstrating any moves that need special attention when it comes to form. If you want to film a workout that your group does and use that as your video, your client will have something to follow. At the end of the workout, encourage your clients to register their workout online, like on facebook, so it joins their other workouts as a sign of their progress.
In any event, your client should be able to use the video to complete a workout similar to what you had planned, but with exercises that permit completion in the limited space of a living room or bedroom.
Provide a low-tech alternative to the videos
If your exercise routine takes your client through a series of calisthenics, such as planks, jumping jacks, resistance band exercise, and cardio intervals, sometimes a handout can be easier to use than a video. If your client knows the proper form for all of the moves, then following a handout allows your client to move at his own pace if he is exercising alone. Also, there may be times when your client is traveling and has no Internet connection. Having a written fitness workout idea plan allows him to complete in in any setting. The more flexible your workout plans are, particularly the plans for clients who cannot attend workouts for any reason, the more likely your clients are to complete them and continue on the path to fitness instead of falling behind.