Introducing Our New Writers

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Today I am pumped to announce to you all something.

For a long time Bootcamp Ideas has been a one man show.

I get help from time to time. You may remember the awesome ebook with Jessica Griffin I did called Beyond Burpees. Or a series that Garry Robinson ran on here. For the Bootcamp Ideas I called in the help of one of our community, Loren Williams.

And then of course any new projects I start, I run first by my Chief Balance Officer, my wife Zoe. (thanks Scott for coming up with the CBO title)

A few weeks ago though I decided it was time to start looking at adding some more permanent members to the team. People who could help Bootcamp Ideas and The Trainers Tribe grow to something that I alone cannot create.

I’ve brought on four new candidates who you will see writing for Bootcamp Ideas. I’m really excited about this as they each have their own styles and will bring a lot of new flavour and ideas to your workouts.

I’m now going to turn it over them to introduce themselves. [Read more…]

12 Squat Variations for your Bootcamp Sessions

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Bodyweight squats can get boring for your campers really fast.

Luckily, other than just adding weight, there is a lot of variations you can use to keep your bootcamps fun and interesting.

How to come up with ideas

Try to get creative by adding things like:

  • a rep of another exercise between each squat rep
  • jumping – on the spot, forwards, backwards, side to side
  • a second person
  • equipment – bands, tyres, dumbbells, kettlebells

Scale your exercises

Don’t be lazy though and dish out over-complicated squats to clients who aren’t ready for it. Always scale your exercises so everyone can do them.

It may seem like fun to get your clients doing all sorts of crazy exercises but it won’t be so fun when half your bootcamp is missing due to injuries.

For example a Tuck Jump is tough exercise. If you lack power in your legs you just end up stomping your feet into the ground each rep. Instead, if you were to plan Tuck Jump Squats (see below) into your routine you could just have the advanced clients do that, the intermediates do regular Squat Jumps and the beginners do squats.

Learn more about scaling workouts here.

Squat ideas

Here are some ideas to get you started: [Read more…]

Bootcamp Ideas Competition 2015 Winners

It was a thriller of a competition with everyone pulling out their very best and most creative workouts.

And so it was a really hard decision picking a winner.

Thank you again to all who entered!

Watch me announce it live and draw the runner ups

And the winners are…

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