I have been getting a few emails and Facebook messages lately asking for my opinion on the Kaizen Outdoor Fitness Membership that Garry Robinson has put together.
Well, seeing as I am a paying member of Kaizen Outdoor Fitness I thought I might be able to shed some light on just what it is and if it’s worth it.
What you get
Let’s start by laying out what exactly this membership site (I’ll refer to it as KOFM from now on) is and then I’ll go on to whether or not it might be right for you.
To me, KOFM has four main aspects. The monthly meetings and training with Garry, the weekly workouts, the forums and then finally access to all of Garry’s manuals, old and new.
Meetings and Training
Each month Garry trains us on a topic chosen by us and him on the forums. So far he’s shown us how to set up memberships (including implementing them into a non membership business), the power of running groups and how to simply generate leads for our bootcamps.
All of which I’ve found very useful as I move back into a bootcamp business here in the US.
The Weekly Workouts
Ben, who runs a bootcamp and CrossFit gym here in Portland, OR, told me this is his favourite part of the membership. In his words, ‘I don’t need to spend any time planning work outs, each week I get emailed six sessions.’
Garry calls this the Bootcamp Business Partner. Basically each week he emails out 6 sessions along with a warm up drill to use with each workout so that you can just pick one and take it to your session.
If planning your sessions drives you mental then this alone is worth the price of the membership.
Ever spent far too much time agonizing over a business decision? Me too.
The forums inside KOFM are a great place to seek advice and support from other trainers. At this point in time there is some great stuff being shared around marketing and getting new clients.
Access to Manuals
You get the weekly workouts, the meetings and the forums but you also get access to Kaizen Outdoor Fitness’ back catalog. Members get access to all of the manuals like Bootcamp Workout Ideas and Bootcamp Workout Ideas Volume II.
Any new manuals that Garry releases are also available for download as they are released, like Bootcamp Boxing Workouts that he just released and is only available to members of KOFM.
KOFM isn’t like a gym membership. You aren’t locked in for a set period of time and you can easily cancel your membership from your Paypal account.
He does offer a discounted rate though if you pay up front for a year at a time.
I always like to balance out my reviews with some criticism.
The one thing I can fault KOFM on is the way it looks. It is forum based and so it looks kind of early 2000’s internet.
That said, I know this is something Garry is working on and he actually uses the forum in a great way that makes everything you need easy to find and access.
A look inside
Should you join or not?
If your business is running awesome, you are getting plenty of new leads, your clients pay you on time and planning new workouts is a breeze, then this is not for you.
I think of people like Jess Griffin and Lori Watson in this case.
If however, you struggle to plan interesting workouts, your business is not growing the way you want it to, you feel like you need some support and training, then Kaizen Outdoor Fitness Membership will really help you.
I think of myself in my first 2 years of running bootcamps in this case.
There is one extra thing to consider.
When you join you get immediate access to all of the past training videos, notes and all of the Kaizen Outdoor Fitness workout idea manuals.
Because of this, over time the price of the membership will increase for new comers. Existing members will get to keep paying whatever it was they were paying when they joined. So if you do want to join, better to join sooner than later.
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.