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.
Over the years I have collected my share of bootcamp workout ideas.
I have saved my favorites and I am constantly adding to my collection. 90% of the time, I plan my bootcamp workouts using these ideas that I have collected.
What’s great about that, is that it means that I can pull together my workouts
in minutes. It saves me literally hours each day. I used to get so frustrated trying to come up with new, fresh and fun workouts so that my campers wouldn’t get bored.
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Don’t spend hours and days trying to reinvent the wheel when you can
simply pick up proven fitness games that have already been used successfully by a
bootcamp veteran. Most people KNOW that they should be doing this,that it would save them time & reduce their stress – but for whatever reason, they DON’T take action and get it done.
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Fitness Workout Ideas – Fitness Trends In 2014
If you teach a bootcamp class, then you’re already on the cutting edge of fitness for 2014. However, your clients will continue to expect you to stay abreast of the latest trends in fitness, because they are paying you to keep them not only in shape but interested in their progress. Falling into a set routine is often boring, and a boring bootcamp will quickly lose clients. The fitness workout ideas and trends in this article will help you keep your clients engaged and help them see the results that they want faster.
Jill Tomich is a bootcamp instructor from Boston. I don’t think you’ll find anyone more passionate about taking care of the feet than Jill. She’s been training clients for 10 years in a bootcamp environment and this year, has decided to start a barefoot bootcamp. No shoes allowed! Her reasoning is that in the colder weather areas like Boston, people’s feet are covered in snow boots, galoshes, etc for half the year which can cause kinetic chain problems in the lower extremities.
Her new fitness workout idea is to try barefoot bootcamps and have clients do a variety of exercises for their feet such as heel walks, walking backwards, sideways, stretching out calves and hamstrings in order to make sure your feet are stretched properly. We take extra time and even get in there to massage our feet a little bit. That helps the entire body relieve stress.
Mix cardio with resistance training
This is one reason why bootcamp workouts have become so popular: blending cardio and resistance training means that your clients burn more calories and get the benefits of two different workouts at once. After beginning with a dynamic warmup that consists of a basic jog or a series of dynamic movements (think high knees, butt kicks, karaoke steps, and other similar moves), alternate from one muscle group to the next, mixing in cardio bursts at regular intervals. Start with static lunges and then move to push-ups and body weight squats. Plug in cardio with some jumping jacks, and then go back to different muscle groups with step-ups, triceps dips, and an elevated plank. Mix resistance with cardio by adding bicycle crunches and mountain climbers before finishing with a cooldown jog. This is a workout that takes around 30 minutes but has the impact of several hours of work in the gym or at sustained cardio.
Strike up the bands
We’re not talking about music here. Instead, we’re talking about one of the fitness workout ideas in resistance training. Instead of carting around kettlebells or dumbbells for your clients, purchase a couple of sets of resistance bands for them to use. You can build upper body strength by having your clients stand on the resistance band and then pull up on the other end, raising their arms up over their heads and back down in a slow movement. Maintaining a slow, steady rhythm is the key to maximum benefit from this exercise. Remind the crew not to let their arms snap back down with the tension of the band, because much of the work involves slowing down that descent.
Then you can have your clients assume a basic push-up position and hook one end of the band behind them. Pushing out with one hand and making a large oval isolates each arm and shoulder while forcing the body to maintain balance, working the core at the same time. Smaller resistance bands slide up the legs. Centering them a few inches below the knee allows you to put your clients through an intense side-to-side sliding workout that quickly boosts heart rates. These bands are much more versatile than small free weights— and they’re much easier for you to carry to your workout site as well.
Using awkward objects
If you want to take a mile run and make it interesting, have your class members carry something that makes the movement awkward. This could be a sandbag or an old tree stump— anything without perfect symmetry. The lack of symmetry keeps them off balance, and their cores have to compensate. As a result, you end up getting your class to complete that mile, but it won’t be that same four-lap journey that they’ve gotten used to. Instead, their core will be a little more sore than usual the rest of the day, because you’ve helped them torch those muscles while getting cardio in at the same time.
Train for a cause
Organizations like Team in Training, Alltri, the Ulman Fund’s Team Fight and the American Liver Foundation have gotten athletes to train for specific races and events while raising money for charity. You can take the same approach with your bootcamp class.Ask each of your clients to choose a specific charity, and then have them dedicate their training to that cause. They are free to choose a crowning event like a 5K or a sprint triathlon as a focus, or they can simply raise money while spending a season or even a year training with you. At the end of the chosen time period, have a banquet where your clients give the proceeds from their fundraising to the charity they chose. Not only will they be proud of the training they have done, but they will have made a difference in the community.
These are just some of the latest trends in fitness that bootcamp instructors are using to motivate their charges. Put some of these to work for you and your crew!
New Year, New Fitness Workout Ideas
Hope you had a fun filled family Holiday season. Hope you got to “unplug” from the internet a little, put business on the back burner, eat some high calorie meals and take a break from the regular routine. You certainly need to do this from time to time. It will help you to stay fresh and enthusiastic about your business and goals.
This is my first post of 2014 and I’ve got lots more to come. First and foremost, I have to tell you about a new Bootcamp Resource that is due out this weekend. I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of Leon Melnicenko’s new book, “Epic Bootcamp Games Volume 2” last week. I had to wait until the kids got back to school today so I could sit down and review it.
Here’s my actual review notes which will sum it up:
Here at Fitness Workout Ideas, I have a high standard about what I choose to share with you. So when you see a product being advertised or talked about on these pages, it will be of high value, have a money back guarantee and it will help you grow your business.
Sometimes, you may pass on a new resource, other times you may snap it right up. It’s your choice. My job is simply to show you what’s available and to give you some feedback from one bootcamp owner to another. Fair enough? Cool. Leon’s eBook will be available this weekend and I’ll let you know how you can get it for 60 % off the regular price.
OTHER NEWS FROM FITNESS WORKOUT IDEAS
I’m going to be expanding this website this year. I’ll be changing the look in order to make your user experience more fulfilling and enjoyable. I’ll be expanding my topics but will always be staying true to fitness without all of the fluff and filler. No trends of the month or BS like that. More workout videos coming your way that you can use for ideas in your own group training. More resources like finding free or inexpensive bootcamp equipment on Craigslist, easier ways to build your bootcamp website and how to get highly listed on Google what with all of the recent animal updates.
Fitness is my passion. I’m here to stay. I’m here to teach and I’m here to learn. I’d love to know what you’re interested in doing this year. Are you out of ideas? Or are you supercharged and ready to rock? Are you bored with bootcamp training and looking for new ways to train, using new types of equipment? Are you stumped about a bootcamp business aspect?
Always love to hear what’s going on with you.