Welcome new readers and long-time readers!
With the New Year here and lots of new trainers finding the site I thought it would be a great time to share how you can get the most out of Bootcamp Ideas.
Firstly, who am I?
I am Kyle Wood (see more on the Start Here page). For 4 years I ran a bootcamp in Fairfield, Victoria, Australia which I grew to create a comfortable income. I loved being able to train and reach a lot of people with just a few sessions a week plus the feeling of high I’d be on after running an awesome session. For the past 6 years I’ve been working full-time on Bootcamp Ideas where I’m a trainer trainer (as in I train other trainers, get it? haha). In 2018, my wife and I had our first baby so I’m a parent now too which I feel has given me a new level of empathy for all of the self-employed mums and dads out there (like you!).
In 2010 I created this site, Bootcamp Ideas, a place to help make bootcamp and group fitness trainers lives a little easier.
A great place to begin is with the 21 Days of Bootcamp Ideas series. 22,102 trainers have completed this series which teaches you how to plan session after amazing session and gives you plenty of workout examples to use and inspire you.
Then I recommend checking out my ebook, Planning Sessions For Different Fitness Levels. I show you 4 simple methods to make sure your sessions are accessable to all levels and abilities. It’s also free and you can get it in the Bootcamp Trainer’s Toolkit.
You should definitely follow and read the regularly updated Bootcamp Ideas Blog where I share workout ideas, planning tips and bootcamp building methods.
Here are some highlights from 2019:
- Just Keep Hiiting It
- Hang On For 15 Minutes
- Power Band Runs
- Tabata Boxing
- 10 Every 10
- How much time should you spend on each part of the workout?
- Make Friday Session Planning Day
- When to let go
- The 3 Crucial Elements That Keep Trainers In Business Past Their First Year
- How to work out how much to charge per session
Coming soon to the blog will be this year’s Annual Bootcamp Ideas Competition. So start organising your favourite workout creations to submit to that. As usual there will be hundreds of dollars of prizes up for grabs!
In addition to being a free, accessible resource for all group fitness trainers around the world, about 8 years ago I started creating my own products and services to sell rather than slap ads all over the site (think of the last time you looked up a recipe online and all of the ads you had to get past just to find the ingerdient list. No thanks!).
If you’re after an easy-to-use library of workout ideas to make planning your sessions faster then you’ll be happy to know that we put together BootCraft. A website that helps make planning sessions less of a chore and more like choosing something to eat at your favourite restraunt.
Some trainers asked me how to get more people to come to their sessions. While your skills as a trainer do help with this, there is also a lot of things you can do outside of running your sessions that will help with getting more clients. I put together the month-long course 31 Days to a Better Bootcamp to help which I’ll be running again in March.
This year I’ll also be running some face-to-face workshops showing you how to become a better bootcamp coach. Being a trainer or an instructor is something that anyone can do after an 8 week course. Being a coach is not just about your technical skills as someone who get’s others to move their bodies, it’s also about your ability to motivate, to lead and create a positive community around health and wellbeing.
The Bootcamp Coach Workshop will help you hone those skills so you create a fitness business that’s unique to you. Keep an eye out for dates being announced.
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.