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.
Hey guys, my name is Pat Carr – and I will be doing some writing for Kyle and the group here at Bootcamp Ideas.
I have been a personal trainer for about 5 years now, and have run my own bootcamp business for the last 2.5 years. Over that time I have bought just about every e-book that Kyle (and a few others) have sold, as well as been to a bootcamp ideas training day where I saw a lot of these workouts in action (I absolutely recommend this, it’s a much greater learning experience and allows you to retain info so much better by doing as opposed to reading).
With my group’s training, I tend to write up my own workouts quite a lot, or mix and match different parts of different workouts I see (once I fit them in to my training methodology). Because of that, I have literally a shelf full of workouts that I have used with my group that I am quite happy to share with the rest of you. Instead of seeing other bootcamp trainers as competition, I use the mindset of seeing them as colleagues, helping combat the massive problems of obesity and sedentary life. In my opinion everyone should be doing some sort of physical training, so there’s enough clients to go around for all of us!!
Anyway, that’s a bit about me, I am looking forward to writing for bootcamp ideas, and if you have any questions or comments about anything that I have posted, feel free to ask/comment.
Hey, I’m Lizelle. I wear many hats. It is near impossible to answer what I do for a living in just a few words. I’m a true multi-tasker, I’ve mastered the art of fitness, graphic design and occasional pancake slinging.
My first big brush with identifying myself as an athlete started with the founding of a neighborhood-based dodgeball league named the Aberdeen Street Dodgeball Ninjas. From there, the biggest breakthrough in athleticism came when I took a leap of faith in 2009 to try out for the Windy City Rollers.
After four seasons of testing my strength, my passion for functional fitness, injury prevention and sports performance turned into a goal to become a personal trainer to help others find strength in themselves. My love of group exercise, non-conventional sports and adventure has brought me to where I am today.
I recently relocated to Seattle, WA. from Chicago, IL. to escape the polar vortex and get lost in the mountains. I’m is certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and I run my own business NTBFit.
Hi! I’m Robin and I own Power Jam Fitness in Los Angeles, CA. I found my way into training through roller derby, of all things.
After moving to LA in 2003, I joined a roller derby league primarily as a way to make friends in a new city. I was surprised to discover I had an athlete inside of me all along. I would go on to spend eleven years skating as “Suzy Snakeyes” with the LA Derby Dolls, and retired from competition in December of 2014. Over time I started training skaters and found that I really loved helping them unlock hidden abilities and get better at the game. And then I realized that if I could do that for skaters, I SHOULD do that for everyone! I went back to school in 2011, and in 2012, I officially became a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
I originally started Power Jam Fitness to help roller derby skaters get proper strength and conditioning training, but now I’m all about helping people of all walks of life discover their own inner athletes. I offer personal training and online training, but my signature service is my bootcamp, Power Jam FitCamp. There’s just something about the energy, positivity and community of the bootcamp environment.
As an independent trainer, I find it super important to collaborate and share with other trainers, and that’s why I’m so excited to be a part of the Bootcamp Ideas team! When I’m not training, working out or roller skating, I enjoy spending time with my husband Michael and Best Cat in the World Olly, enjoying live music, and pretending to be a rock star on the karaoke stage.
My name’s Rob and I live and train (plus do the occasional bit of fitness writing like this) by the pebbly seaside and chalky hills of the South Coast of the UK – in the lovely city of Brighton and Hove, to be exact.
I started my own outdoor training and fitness writing thing (stridefit.com) back in 2011 when I decided I’d SERIOUSLY had enough of the past seven years living a 9 to 5 existence in a soulless office.
I can actually remember the exact time I’d taken the decision to run screaming-with-hands-in-air from office life; it was on the London Underground of all places. I was stood too damn early in the morning on the sweatiest tube in South London. After shuffling and squeezing my way on – face pressed against armpit, virtually spooning another suit – I looked around and felt a sense of sadness for the grey browbeaten commuters. This wasn’t for me. I wanted fresh air, hills and fitness.
I bloody love the camaraderie of training with others. There’s just something freakishly awesome about working hard and competing with other like-minded fitness geeks. I wanted to do that for living.
So I pulled the ripcord, poured my heart and soul into outdoor group fitness training, started writing for fitness magazines and newspapers and, after some luck (10%) and a bit of graft (90%), things have gone swimmingly.
Other things to know about me are: I also work for the local University running their rather excellent cardiac rehab programme; I have an exceedingly cheeky 18 month old son called Felix; and I look like a douche when wearing hats.
I think that’s about it.
Kyle here again.
I picked Rob, Robin, Liz and Pat because I felt they embodied what Bootcamp Ideas stands for: Community, Sharing and Fun.
They also get the struggle and the burn out of running your own business. They know what it’s like to put yourself out there, to stay up late trying to create workouts and juggling a business with a spouse and/or family.
I know they are going to add a lot to the variety and expertise here at Bootcamp Ideas.
Please join me in giving these guys a warm welcome in the comments below.
Image credit: Gil Leora