All of the content shared on the Bootcamp Ideas blog plus our 21 Days of Bootcamp Ideas is free. I don’t believe that someone who is looking for help should always have to pay for that. Especially when you don’t know me from a bar of soap.
Along with providing awesome free stuff, there are some great paid for products that I recommend invest in including some things created by yours truly.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
21 Days of Bootcamp Ideas
Having great workouts and lots of variety was one of the major reasons that clients kept signing up for my bootcamps. And I know that’s true for your bootcamp too.
Spending hours building websites, creating Facebook ads, dropping fliers in letterboxes and running referral programs is a complete waste of time if your actual workouts are no good in the first place.
That’s why I want to bring you guys something new that will give you access to more fresh workout ideas.
By doing this I hope you will be able to:
- spend less time trying to find new workout ideas
- keep your clients engaged so that they want to keep coming back for more sessions
- get your sessions talked about by being interesting and fun instead of cookie-cutter routines
It’s completely free, this is my gift to help you make the group fitness sessions that you want to run.
BootCraft – the group fitness workout search engine
BootCraft gives group fitness trainers fresh, challenging workouts at the push of a button to create fun bootcamp sessions what will leave their clients smiling, sweaty and coming back for more.
This is unlike ebooks or done for you plans where you are stuck with the workouts you are given, even if they don’t suit your class. Instead, BootCraft gives you the power to quickly find a workout idea that’s right for you.
Here’s what you get with BootCraft:
- a searchable, filterable growing database of only the best group fitness drills from trainers around the world
- 12+ new drills added per month
- diagrams and short exercise demonstrations so you know exactly how to do each drill
- you get warm ups, games, finishers and main drills. Mix and match to your liking
- cancel any time
Oh and did I mention, it’s completely created and run by us?
Trainer Manuals by Kyle Wood
If you are just starting out your group fitness business, you probably have a million questions. The problem is, that you’re asking the wrong questions. In this Pay What You Want book I walk you through the questions to ask plus feature stories from several trainers on how they got started. There is some really awesome behind the scenes content in here.
Inside of The Little Bootcamp Book of Tyres and Ropes you will find:
- How to actually find tyres and where to buy ropes if you haven’t got some already.
- 45 different tyres and ropes exercises plus variations to give you plenty of variety.
- Photo demonstrations and access to a secret album featuring 41 video demonstrations of exercises and drills featured in the manual.
- 5 excellent partner drills and 8 brand new team based drills to build that all important camaraderie and community in your bootcamp.
- 10 tough workouts showing you how to actually put all this information together into something usable.
- The satisfying experience of giving your clients a unique workout that not many other bootcamps offer.
The only way you used to be able to get your hands on this book was by meeting me face to face at a meet up or workshop.
It contains over 20 warm up exercises and I’ve also added 8 warm up drills and 8 of my campers favourite ice-breaker games.
WORKOUTS Book Bundle
I have made it my business over the past 11 years to help de-fuzz trainer’s minds.
This means exposing you to a lot of different styles of workouts and concepts. Workouts puts these training concepts and ideas into one place. A single place that you can go to an defuzz your brain when you need to.
If you are new running bootcamps, it will also completely set you up with how to plan and program your workouts and the many kinds of different workouts you can run.
So whether you are a new trainer looking for some guidance or an old dog looking for some new tricks, you will find Workouts a a great resource to have.
I get my equipment from a variety of suppliers. Below are some that I use regularly.
These guys are a fantastic Australian brand. They try to manufacture and purchase in Australia where they can. I buy ropes, deadballs, exercise bands and kettlebells from them. I hope to find similiar companies in the US and UK soon.
ConvertKit – Email Newsletter
ConvertKit is great for managing website email leads or your newsletter. You can write several emails that will automatically be sent (over a period of weeks or months) to people who sign up for your business’s blog or a special deal on your website. It is however not very good for managing emails to your existing clients. For that I just use Outlook.
Typeform – Surveys and Polls
Loren Raechelle – Logo, Brand and Web Design
Seen the Bootcamp Ideas logo lately? It’s the work of the talent Loren Williams from Native Creative. I highly recommend her work if you are looking for a great design.
PTminder – Booking and Payment Software
Taking bookings, keeping track of who gave you what money and keeping track of which clients came to which session are all time consuming and awkward tasks which we bootcamp instructors have to do. PTminder is a booking system and point of sale that takes care of all this for you. Owned by two fantastic guys in New Zealand, PTminder is growing and adding features based on what PTs and instructors really need. Check them out.
Drop Box – File Sharing
I love Drop Box. I use it to share the months workouts with my other trainers. Pre-mind body online days I also kept a spreadsheet in there with client attendance. For Bootcamp Ideas I use it to share images, videos and PDFs. In my personal life I use it to share albums of images with my family and friends. It’s installed on my computer so all I have to do is drag and drop into the folder to put files in there. I can then access them on my iPad and phone. It is rare that a day goes by that I don’t use it.
Most of us who start bootcamps (myself included) don’t really understand the ins and outs of running a business. We know how to train people and we know how to talk to people, but get us to make a website, file a BAS statement or create a marketing campaign and we’ll probably just look at you blankly. The Trainers Tribe aims to make a community that fills that gap.
If you haven’t come across this site already, you need to start visiting it and watching some of the videos. Kelly Starrett‘s teaching cue’s will instantly improve your own teaching cue’s and therefore your clients’ technique. I have picked up plenty of quick tips and fixes for clients who have had calf, knee and shoulder pain during a session. The best way to visit this site is to start at Episode 1 and go from there. The site is completely no longer completely free but you can still access many of the archives. Kelly also has a book out now called Becoming a Supple Leopard. If you struggle with the technical side of being a trainer – this book will turn things around for you.