Planning your bootcamps is one of the quickest things you can do for your bootcamp with the biggest pay off.
It allows you to take into consideration and prepare for all of the things your sessions should include rather than trying to do them on the fly. Which makes for a much higher quality workout and a better experience for you campers.
While planning your sessions ask yourself these questions:
- How does this compare to my last workout? Is it different enough?
- Are there any campers who are less able that I need to have modifications for?
- Am I including some way for campers to interact with each other?
- Have I considered the risks? Am I asking them to do anything unsafe?
But being a great coach and running a great session doesn’t come from just planning and then strictly adhering to that plan.
While running the session you need to be able to go with the flow. Things will come up during your workout that will break your plan.
- A client who gained an injury between sessions and now can’t do some of the exercises
- A drill that worked great in your mind but is very quickly becoming obvious that is is quite flawed
- The area of your park that you planned to use is closed off
- It’s raining making everything slippery
When this happens, don’t rigidly cling to your workout plan like a captain on his sinking ship, instead just use the plan as a guide.
The plan is there as a tool that frees your mind up to spend the session just focusing on coaching and creating a great experience.
Be prepared, make a plan, then go with the flow and use your coaching skills.
Kyle Wood created Bootcamp Ideas in 2010 when he was hunting around on the internet for workout ideas. He ran a successful bootcamp in Victoria, Australia and spends his spare time managing this site, adventuring (or lazying) with his wife and find new ways to make bootcamps even better.