Welcome, dear readers, to my end of year round up of the best of the best articles and ideas on Bootcamp Ideas.
This is a great time of year to conduct all kinds of reviews (like this annual review) and to look at what worked and what didn’t in the past 12 months.
We publish a lot of content each year between Bootcamp Ideas and BootCraft so I felt it would be nice to share with you the top 5 of each category and also share what to expect in the New Year.
First, Some Stats
This year we shared 18 bootcamp workouts (or collections of workouts) and 25 articles and 5 Boosts plus dozens of podcast episodes. We shared a further 153 drills on BootCraft and crossed over 1,000 drills total.
244,300 trainers visited Bootcamp Ideas and 1,917 signed up to the email list which currently has 10,994 trainers total subscribed.
Top 5 Bootcamp Workout Ideas
This ranking is based on the top visited workouts published in the last 12 months.
- Back To Bootcamp
- One To Create A Crew
- Double Trouble
- 4 Starter Drills for New Group Fitness Instructors
- 🎶 Runnin’ In The Rain 🎶 4 Warming Winter Cardio Bootcamp Workouts
Top 5 Articles
These articles are the most read this year.
We found our article collections called, Boosts, were a big success, allowing us to dive deep into a specific topic over several articles.
- 3 Class Formats To Shake Up Your Bootcamp Routine
- BCI Boost: Retention & Relationships
- 16 Fitness Challenge Ideas
- 2 Things You’ve Gotta Have To Run Killer Bootcamp Workouts
- Winter Training Success – A Checklist for Trainers and Clients
Best Podcast Episodes
Lead Your Tribe got a new name this year: The Kyle & Dale Show. The highs and lows of the pandemic left us wanting to share more of our personal journey’s through the podcast.
The 5 episodes below were our most downloaded this year:
- How To Decide Which Ideas Are Worth Doing This Year
- How To Do A Yearly Review That Rocks
- Setting Good Boundaries Around Work
- Hostility Into Connection (All Work No Play)
- The Power of Making Connecting a Priority
I’m happy to mention that we’ve got more episodes recorded to share with you. Also, I’m publishing a brand new podcast next year. More on that below.
What’s On For 2022
Speaking of next year, January is going to be a very busy month for us for three reasons:
1. New podcast: ‘Everything Bootcamp’
I’m very excited to share that for the past 3 months I’ve been recording interviews for my new podcast, Everything Bootcamp (shout out to Sami J Marshall for the name idea).
Everything Bootcamp will be just that, everything about running and managing a bootcamp. It will mostly feature myself interview real trainers from our community so we can learn from each other what’s working and what’s not.
The first set of episodes are all about group fitness during the pandemic. I’ve collected stories from trainers who’ve thrived, trainers who’ve struggled, and others who’ve made big life and career changes.
My hope is that by hearing these it will help you navigate what you’re going through right now too.
2. Start 2022 By Getting Better: 31 Days to a Better Bootcamp
Are you wanting to start off 2022 on a positive note?
31 Days to a Better Bootcamp simplifies what you need to know about running a bootcamp business by showing you what to do. You can take a breath and learn from those who’ve done this before you.
I’ll be taking the next cohort of trainers through 31 Days to a Better Bootcamp next month. Enrollments open next week (day after Boxing Day) so keep an eye on your inbox or this site for more details.
3. What To Expect When You’re Expecting
Last, but very much on the front of my mind, my wife and I are expecting baby #2 early next year! So, I might disappear occasionally due to lack of sleep or being covered in poop.
Luckily, the lights will stay on thanks to some help from some excellent people. This year you would have seen some terrific articles and emails from Theresa, Niki and Jessi. They’ll continue to publish more workouts and bootcamp tips to Bootcamp Ideas even if I’m poop-covered.
A Big Thanks To These Special People
Bootcamp Ideas has always been a community platform.
‘Community’ is often thrown around by businesses as a hollow way to describe followers and email subscribers. But it’s not a work I use lightly.
When I think of the relationships I’ve made with people who stumbled across Bootcamp ideas one day and then decided to stick around, it definitely feels like being part of a community. Some I chat to on the phone or Zoom, some I get to email with and others, who I’ve never had a conversation with, but thanks to podcasts and blogging, feel they know me.
I’d like to dedicate the last part of today’s post to them. Because this site wouldn’t have been around for 11 years if it wasn’t for them. (Do you know how old that is in internet years? Like really old. YouTube is 16 years old. Instagram is also 11.)
Thank you to…
Theresa Prior for keeping the wheels on around here. Sending email newsletters, writing articles, engaging the community, making things readable, making sure things get posted, Canva-ising and meeting with me pretty much every single week to be a sounding board for Bootcamp Ideas and BootCraft.
The Master Crafters and Featured Designers who keep BootCraft fed with a steady diet of bootcamp drills this year. They are Yvonne, Theresa, Niki, Lyndon, Lauren, Lori, Kjell, Kim, Janice, Jorgia and Deb.
Lizelle Din for making amazing graphics for us.
Kirstyn Campbell and Fe Tanner for take the time to write some heartfelt testimonials.
Zoe Wood for feeding me, listening to me and just being a general badass (still surfing this late in her pregnancy!).
The readers who wrote encouraging and supportive emails throughout the year. I read and keep each one. Namely Mandy T, Katy F and Lori F (plus more that included small words of encouragement at the end of other emails).
Many, many thanks. Have a happy holiday season and a Merry Christmas.
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.