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.
I reviewed Suspension Revolution personally myself yesterday and was impressed that there are several components to the product. I’m always looking for new fitness workout ideas so I love to get them, try them and review them for others.
If you’ve never used rings or trx style suspension trainers in your fitness bootcamp, then I think you’ll like the depth and quality that went into the making of this product. Starting off with the videos (see my review below), you can tell it’s got high production values with great lighting and sound. Dan Long is the go to guy for this type of training. He looks to be in his 40’s and keeps himself in great shape (another check mark in my book) and boy does Dan have ENERGY!
I showed my wife the intro video (see my review below) and she thought she was watching an infomercial for a second. I like his style, though, I think it works for him. Nothing wrong with being passionate and energetic about what you do.
The product is made up of:
- Suspension Revolution eBook – Beginner (49 pages)
- Suspension Revolution Intermediate (49 pages)
- Suspension Revolution Advanced (125 pages)
- Bonus! Strap Finishers 2.0
There is a table of contents in each eBook, a little about the author and the Workouts. There are high quality color pictures of the exercises with good written descriptions. You don’t have to use TRX suspension straps, you can use Jungle Gym XT or SBT (Suspended Bodyweight Training). If you have a pair of rings, you’ll be able to do a lot of these exercises (or a modified version of them).
I always get a different type of soreness in my muscles when I use rings in my own fitness workouts. I recommend this type of training and I love the portability of the rings or straps. Below is my video review of Suspension Revolution!
Every once in a while, it’s a good idea to freshen up your website. If you’re looking for an easy alternative to WordPress, then you might check out Wix. For only $8.25 a month, which includes hosting, you can use Wix and choose from hundreds of different themes. If you offer personal training or a group classes here are a couple of nice looking fitness themes to choose from (there are others, too).
Wix is a basic drop and drag process. You don’t need to know coding, scripting, html, etc. It’s nearly an automatic website builder which leaves you more time to do the things you really need to be doing like taking care of your clients.
If you’re just looking for a static business card type of site, you can’t go wrong with Wix. There are upgrade options if you want to add a secure shopping cart, etc. I’m actually playing around with the idea of updating my personal training website to one of the Wix templates just because I don’t do much blogging or updating on my bootcamp fitness/personal training website. And for a little over $8.00 a month, it’s hard to beat for such great looking templates.
Here’s a youtube video showing you how easy it is to work with Wix.
So since we’re near the end of the year, it may be time to freshen up certain aspects of your fitness business. And if you haven’t had time to look into the various options out there, I hope you find this post useful.
P.S. I’m working on updating this website theme, “Fitness Workout Ideas”, to a more robust, magazine type of theme. If you see that the site is down, it’s probably because I’m doing some updating.