If you’ve been following this blog for a while you will know that I’ve never done a full blown review of an ebook before. To be honest since I left the office world and started training people full time I loathe the idea spending a lot of time in front of my computer. Just the thought of sitting down and analyzing a product in more then a couple sentences seemed like torture.
Bootcamp Workout Ideas has been the exception to the rule. I was fortunate enough to be given a free copy of the ebook by the author Garry Robinson and so far I’ve found it really useful in planning my current bootcamp. On top of that I’ve really only scratched the surface of it’s content and use.
From the moment you open the file you will see that Bootcamp Workout Ideas is visually appealing to the eye. It’s clear that it has been designed by a proffessional and is not just some trainers word document of workouts that’s been saved to PDF.
The text is quite large and the colours compliment each other well meaning that it’s easy to flick through and read, even on a smartphone or an iPad.
The book gives you a sample 3 month training block to implement into your business straight away using the workouts found inside. Personally, I like doing things the hard way and instead flicked through for some workouts I liked and wanted to use. So far they have been very popular with my clients (particularly the workout se7en) and all of the drill timing has been spot on.
The next feature of the book is it’s ten warm up ideas. Most exercise books gloss over the warm up part of a workout, however Bootcamp Workout Ideas gave me eight new warm ups that I’d never seen before. Some are games, some are more traditional running style warm ups, but all of them are easy to use and are explained with the help of diagrams when needed.
Next in the book are the workouts. All 50 of them. The workouts range from 20-40 minutes of hard work and can all be scaled to accomadate shorter or longer classes. Along the left hand side are PTI Tips which explain new exercises and concepts that you may not be familiar with. If cones are involved, there are neat diagrams displaying how to set them up correctly. There are even pictures along the bottom of each workout with the recommended post workout stretches.
Many of the workouts require no equipment at all. The one’s that do require equipment keep it very simple and cheap with cones, skipping ropes and some form of resistance (bands, dumbells, kettlebells).
Bootcamp Workout Ideas also contains six boxing workouts for those of you who include boxing in your bootcamps.
This book is not just a guide for yourself but also works well as a guide for any new trainers and staff you hire. A brand new trainer who has just finished their PT qualifaction can easily understand and run all of the drills, warm ups and exercises in this book.
Bootcamp Workout Ideas will set you up with 3-4 months worth of workouts, a plan on how to implement them and a guide that you can share with new trainers. It very well priced and of course remember that ebooks like this can be purchased as a business expense.
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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.