About Kyle

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.

The BCI Trainers Manifesto

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

- Dalai Lama

Being a trainer and a business owner is tough.

One of the first things I remember thinking as a brand new trainer was ‘Sh*t, there is a LOT of information out there.’

One website contradicts another and a third contradicts both of them.

Everyone wants to prove that their method is the best. The one magical method to end all other training styles.

Here at Bootcamp Ideas though, we’re not too worried about that.

We don’t really mind what method you choose to train your clients. All we really care about is your attitude, passion and compassion.

Sure if you want some guidance, we’ll give it to you, but no judgment will come through.

The rules below are what we stand for. If you are wondering if Bootcamp Ideas is for you, this is the best way to find out.

1. A deep sense of wanting to help people is what guides our motives.

Need help planning a session?

We got ya.

Got a difficult client that you are dealing with?

Let’s see if we can help.

This is the most important trait of our community.

It’s this attitude which has lead many of us down the personal training and group fitness path and it’s this same quality which makes the Bootcamp Ideas community unlike any other.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

2. We believe that you should always promote what the body can do over what the body can look like.

We dislike it when companies use unrealistic stock photography on their advertisements.

We hate seeing fear of not fitting in being used to sell fitness.

We cannot stand being another pawn in an industry that is built on shaming people’s body shapes.

In fact we find it downright embarrassing to consider that we are associated with an industry that does.

If you are sick if seeing our industry continuing to go in this direction, welcome aboard.

We choose not to go down that path. Instead we focus out marketing efforts on what your body can do if it’s fit and healthy. We play the long game with out clients, setting them up for a lifetime of success.

3. We love bootcamps because bootcamps are fun.

Bootcamp workouts can vary immensely from session to session. One week of bootcamp workouts can involve retraining the core, epic team challenges, MMA inspired workouts and high intensity strength sessions.

This variety allows us to train our clients through all spectrum of fitness. From triathletes to those who haven’t trained in 20 years.

This variety is what keeps our clients coming back to our sessions, excited for what is in store for them today.

This variety is one thing that makes bootcamps FUN!

Looking for some variety for your bootcamps? Start with our most popular workouts.

4. We love bootcamps because bootcamps are a reflection of the trainers creativity.

Bootcamps are not regulated by any governing body. If you can run group fitness clasess, you can run a bootcamp.

We believe that is awesome because that means you can mold you bootcamp to be a creative reflection of yourself.

We create bootcamps that showcase our best talents and favourite training styles.

We are not the Starbucks of the fitness industry. We are the delicious neighbourhood cafe that serves an amazing breakfast menu all day long.

5. We don’t like to see shame or fear used to encourage people to diet or exercise.

We stand for what is right, not what will sell quickly.

To change a quote from The Dark Knight:

“Because you’re the hero your clients deserve, not the ripped abs, supplement pushing, instagram selfying trainer they think they need. You’re a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.”

(Apologies to those who can’t help but rock a 6 pack year round)

Does that mean we can’t make money? Of course it doesn’t. Many successful bootcamp owners are part of the Bootcamp Ideas community. Owners who choose to lift their clients up and show them what they are capable of without having to eat insanely low amounts of food or exercising non stop all week.

We are here to trust, inspire and deliver. – Elena Serena Ogle

6. We are brothers and sisters in arms. We choose abundance over scarcity.

We all have a common goal which is outlined in rule 1.

We want to help people.

While our instinct is to protect ourselves by keeping our knowledge and wisdom to ourselves, we believe the more information we can share with each other the more successful we will all be.

The mindset of scarcity sees the world as a limited place. A place where a bootcamp opening down the road is a threat. This is the mindset that will lead you to bad mouthing other fitness groups and tearing down their flyers at the community notice board.

The mindset of abundance sees a world of endless opportunity. A bootcamp opening down the road is an opportunity to run joint fundraisers. To sub in for each other when the other goes on holidays and to see more of the community getting outside and getting fit.

Once you join our community you will receive an amazing amount of support and information. We hope you take the time to share some back with us.

Are you ready?

Those are the 6 rules that hold up the Bootcamp Ideas community. If it sounds like you, then join us.

Normally this would be the part where I would ask you to join the email list and become a regular reader of Bootcamp Ideas. Today, I have something different.

I am working on a new project for Bootcamp Ideas and I need some help. You can read more about it here but to put is simply think about this.

At the moment there are two types of people in the Bootcamp Ideas community:

  1. The casual reader who pops on here from time to time when they need a quick workout.
  2. The community member who reads the emails, contributes on Facebook and occasionally submits a workout for the blog.

I want to open a space for a third type of person. A tribe member. This is the type of trainer who wants to have their bootcamp give them a full time income, who is willing to work and learn from other more experienced trainers. A trainer who shares the 6 qualities above and is looking for some accountability and support to make awesome things happen.

If that sounds like you, or something you might be interested in.

Come check it out.

Much love,

Kyle

Plank Circles Drill

Last weekend I attended a joint bootcamp between Homegrown Fit and Healthy Muhm. It was really cool to see the two bootcamp groups come together for a workout.

I picked up this really fun plank drill while I was there.

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Plank Circles

This is an awesome way to either finish off your group or to use as part of a warm up.

Time: 1 minute per round. Do 3-5 rounds at a time.

Group size: 6+

How To:

  • Get everyone in a plank circle, heads in the middle, shoulders touching.
  • One person starts the drill by standing up and stepping over the legs of the person to their right.
  • Then they continue running around the circle, stepping over everyone’s legs til they get back to where they started.
  • The next person goes once the person to their left has stood up and stepped over their legs. You can see this in the video if you watch it.

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Are You Not Doing This One Thing?

On a scale from 1 to 7 with seven being a very extroverted personality and 1 being very introverted, where would you rate yourself?

I would call myself a 3.

For example: I don’t mind getting up in front of a group of people and doing something that I know I’m good at, but I find small talk exhausting.

If you’ve read through Starting a Bootcamp Business then you will know that this one trait caused me to lose a lot of clients early on. While I’m all for living a life congreunt with your personality, this was one area that I had to step out of my comfort zone.

Watch the video below to see what I’m talking about and we’ll continue on after.

Now, a story

I was speaking to a trainer the other day (let’s call him Bill) and he was telling me that they had noticed a big drop off over summer.

A bunch of awesome regulars had started disappearing from the sessions.

So I asked him, ‘Have you called these clients to see where they are?’

‘I’ve emailed them’, was the response I got.

‘Why haven’t you called them?’

‘I think they might be on a trip or there is something else I may have forgotten’, Bill replied.

I was starting to see the problem here. Bill thought that by calling his clients he was invading their personal space. So I told him the story that I just told you in the video and then I said,

‘Call them. Stop what your doing and call them right this instant. If you leave it you will just make more excuses for yourself.’

The result

Last week I spoke to Bill and he told me that he doubled his numbers in his Saturday class. One of his clients greeting him by saying, ‘Thank you so much for calling!’.

Regulars also started showing up again at his week day class and he now has dates he can expect his other clients back at bootcamp.

To build a community in your bootcamp your must build relationships. To build relationships you must build trust. To build trust you must show your clients you care.

Who are you putting off calling?

Pick up the phone now and call them.

The other video I was referring too

Watch from the 31 minute mark if you want to skip to how phone calls build trust.

Update to the Tyres and Ropes bonus page

Today I filmed and added 7 new rope exercises and a brand new rope drill for buyers of The Little Bootcamp Book of Tyres and Ropes.

On top of all the stuff you get in the book, this secret buyer’s-only page also has bonus content that I am updating every month or so.

So far it has:

  • A crazy tug of war variation
  • 5 bonus car tyre exercises
  • The 7 bonus rope exercises I added today
  • The brand new rope combo drill
  • A fun drill using your car tyres as obstacles.
  • Notes on attaching weights to ropes

Like I said, this is all on top of the 45 exercises, 13 drills and 10 workout that you get in Tyres and Ropes.

If you own a copy you find out how to access the webpage on page 72 (It Doesn’t End Here) of the manual.

For those who don’t have the book, go grab your copy today to get access.

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Invitation: You Are NOT Alone

The World Domination Summit last month left me with two major take aways:

  1. Community is insanely important. Being around like minded people is perhaps one of the most satisfying feelings you can have. Which is why I have made this invitation.
  2. Being brave leads to good things. We need to be brave more often. Which is coming in the following weeks.

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Check out he video and then read on below.

Join our Facebook group

Our Facebook group is called BCI: Ask. It’s kind of a silly name but really it means a place for readers of Bootcamp Ideas to go and ask other trainers for help.

Whether your problem is trying to plan some new sessions or how go about hiring a second trainer, there is a lot of knowledge in this group and they are insanely supportive.

Join us.

The Bootcamp Ideas Trainers’ Poem

What I read during the video:

You are a trainer.
You love to help people get fit and discover a different way of living.
You created a bootcamp to help you do this.
You are excited.
You discovered you were now running your own business.
You are a business owner.
You realise you have no idea how to run a business.
You constantly have to make decisions to things you don’t know the right answer for.
You have to know marketing, human resources, accounting and sales.
Let’s not forget coaching and part-time unqualified psychologist too.
You are alone.
You have no boss, no work colleagues, no one to talk to.
You are terrified.

What if I make the wrong decision.
What if no one comes to my class.
What if that client never pays me what they owe me.
What if clients hate my workouts.
What if they aren’t working hard enough.

You are NOT alone.
You are one of many trainers who reads this website.
You are one of many trainers who feels exactly the same as you.

What if everyone loves your class?
What if you had a client whose life you changed?
What if you got to do what you love every day?
What if you just asked for help when you needed it?

My biggest project yet

I have just started re-writing the Little Bootcamp Book of Workouts. This new version is going to be insane.

You guys are going to love it. I’m adding more detail, more workouts, solutions to common training problems and some really great video.

Along with that I have called in some help to assist me with two other projects. One of which will help you do brave things (and me) and another which will involve some quality face to face time and training.

That’s all I can say for now (cue mysterious music).

- Kyle

P.S. I know I missed a few people in my thank you’s. Thank you also Kjell Crowe, Carl Class and Ashlie Pechin.

 

Small Group Team Bootcamp Workout

Last weekend I subbed in for a local bootcamp group called Home Grown Fit (check out their awesome logo).

It had been 4 months since I had trained a group (3 months since the London Workshop) and I didn’t know what kind of group I was going to be teaching. It had also been a while since I had run a workout as long as an hour. So I wanted my workout to be easy for me to teach and versatile to match potentially a lot of different fitness levels.

I also didn’t know how many people I was going to get, so I planned for a minimum of 4 participants. This workout is definitely small group friendly.

This is what I came up with.

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Time: 60 minutes

Equipment: Cones, Mats, Dumbbells

Warm Up

Mobility drills from the Strong Inside Out workout. Hamstring rocks, quad stretch, side lunges, reverse lunge and twist, seal jacks.

Game

Point collector game (via Unique Bootcamp Workouts)

Main Bit

Have people pair with someone of similar fitness level then break them into two handicapped groups. Read more about how to do this here.

Teams will aim to be first to complete the following challenges.

Challenge one: Strength

Complete 300 reps (or 50 reps per person if groups are small) of each exercise. Any order and reps divided any way.

  • HRPU
  • Walking Lunges (300 total)
  • Heavy 1arm DB Rows (300/side)
  • DB Goblet Squats

First team to finish wins.

Challenge two: Cardio

Cone Collector

Leave your cones scattered from the point collector game. Move the teams around 20m away.

One person at a time from each team (or two people at a time if you have large teams) must sprint out to the cones, grab one and run back to their team.

As soon as all of the cones are collected the teams swap their stack of cones. You can explain that this will happen at the start. This will incentivise them to collect more cones because the more cones they get, the more they will get to give to the other team.

Now the race continues, this time as a rep countdown. Starting at the top of their new pile of cones, the entire team must complete the corresponding exercise to each cone in the order that they are stacked.

I only had two colours, but if you have more variety you can add more exercises.

Orange: 5x Jumping Jacks
Red: 2x Chest to Deck Burpees

The first team to finish their stack of cones wins.

Challenge three: Crosstraining

Set up 5 cones around 10m apart in a straight line. Place two piles of dumbbells at the start cone. Split dumbell pairs between each heap (one 5lb DB here, the other 5lb dumbell there, one 8lb DB here, one 8lb DB here).

You want around 4 dumbbells per person. Fitter people will end up doing more then less fit.

Every person on each team starts by picking up a dumbbell.

Then they must run to the first cone in the line with the DB, do one goblet lunge on each leg, then run to the next cone and repeat until they reach the last cone.

After the lunges at the final cone the client reaches the end they place the DB on the ground and run straight back to get another and repeat the process. Teams race to be first to get all their DBs to the other end.

This is not a relay. Every person goes at the same time.

Once a team has gotten all their dumbbells tot he other end, they must now bring them back. They follow the same method except instead of goblet lunges they do 2x DB shoulder presses on each arm.

The first team to get all their dumbbells back to the start wins.

Finisher

Tabata mashup in pairs.

  • Box squat on ledge
  • Fast-feet on ledge

Stretch

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