This is a picture of one of my first boot camp workouts for a class back in 2005:
I was a certified trainer but I had no experience training large groups of people.
I was nervous.
I had placed a free ad on Craigslist and got 8-10 people in my first class.
I trained that first class with little to no equipment. I bought Jim Labadie’s product called, “The Ultimate Bootcamp Start-Up Kit”
Jim wasn’t a group trainer but he interviewed people who were and burned those interviews to CD’s and sold the product for around $99.00
This was a very valuable resource for a guy like me who had never trained groups of people.
That $99.00 investment exploded into a full time bootcamp business that I called “FullForceFitness”.
That $99.00 investment made me well over multiple 6 figures.
I did the best that I could and learned a lot about training groups.
The top lessons that I learned the hard way were:
- Be prepared, be organized.
Write out those workouts the night before. You’ll sleep better (at least in my case). Get to your class 30-40 minutes before the start of your class. You clients, God Bless’em, will talk you to death otherwise (here’s how I dealt with that).
- Keep everyone moving at all times.
If they want to stop and take a break, fine. But don’t make them wait on you, the instructor. Cardinal sin. Tsk, tsk.
- Give them a reason to come back.
This could be planned challenges for next session or a transformation contest. Always look ahead to the next goal, reminding them of the weight they will lose or the strength they will gain.
After many missteps and bad music choices and scratched, skipping CDs, I joined “Spotify” and used the most popular music (top 40). That way, everyone felt “cool”. They were listening to the same music as their kids who then thought they were cool. (Building bodies and improving the family unit) 🙂
I could go on, but those are the top ones that spring to mind.
Oh and get them on a auto pay plan. That’s a scary concept, I know, but it will save you a lot of trouble down the road. Your clients should be ecstatic to pay you each month for all that you do for them.
What did I miss? Let me know.