HOW TO TEST YOUR LOCAL BOOTCAMPS VALUE FOR PROVEN RESULTS


HOW TO TEST YOUR LOCAL BOOTCAMPS VALUE FOR PROVEN RESULTS

It was only several years ago that Bootcamps really came in to prominence, showing up in parks across the country as they continue to thrive along most inner city green zones.

The reason these Bootcamps grew so quickly was because they offered a cheap entry point for the everyday punter to take up a fitness class. And, at the same time, they welcomed people into a fit, fun and vibrant workout atmosphere with a low financial risk to the participant and the fitness instructor.

On the downside, it also allowed a lot of underqualified fitness instructors open their Bootcamps operations up across the nation without any real regulations holding them accountable.

Without getting into the nitty gritty, they put a lot of people’s wellbeing in jeopardy and, to this day, they still offer very little in the way of delivering tangible results to their clients.

If you’re considering doing a Bootcamp this Summer, here’s a simple little due diligence test you can conduct to judge whether a particular Bootcamp is right for you.

Does This Bootcamp Provide The Necessary Tools For Measuring & Tracking Your Goals

A lot of Bootcamps can get away with this one because their clients are unaware how a Goal Tracking and Measurement Set up can amplify their short and long-term results. Here is a list of the essential measurements the instructor should be conducting to ensure your progress.

  • A basic fitness test – This can be the basic strength tests such as ‘how many push ups can you perform in a row, or timed walk/run.


  • Basic measurements – Body weight should be standard; however, it’s not the best judge and full body composition with a specialist tool, like bodyfat callipers should be used at a minimum.


  • Range of Motion Testing – Not everyone’s body works the same, and you’ve likely incurred your own various sets of injuries. The fitness coach needs to be taking a qualified look at your bodies external functions to gain a greater understanding of how your body is operating, long before you even put the Nikes on.


How Big Is The Boot Camp?

This one mightn’t appear as obvious to some; however, you might consider that the bigger the Bootcamp, the better it must be. Right?

Be extremely cautious here, as the bigger the class, the more likely you’re not going to be getting the attention you require, and are increasing your chances of getting injured.

As a basic standard, Totem Fitness will not allow any more than 6-8 participants into a single group class just to ensure personal safety remains paramount and that each individual gets the attention that he or she deserves.

Is The Trainer Qualified and Insured?

In the Australian Fitness Industry, a trainer, coach or fitness instructor must have, at a minimum, a Certificate 3 in Fitness. Without it, he or she cannot gain access to relevant insurance.

If the trainer doesn’t have any of the above, I’d be sticking well clear of them.

Can They Provide You With A Personal Program

If you’re serious about your goals, and are investing in them with your hard-earned money, then a complete program should be included with your classes at a bare minimum.

Some trainers will offer this at an added rate, and you should consider this, because a well-designed program is your road map to success.

In addition, a good program is a solid indication that the trainer has a plan in place for you to achieve your goals, and isn’t just making this stuff up on the spot.

Conclusion

This is just a basic list of essentials that you need to be checking before signing up with any Bootcamp; however, at the end of the day you also need to be ensuring that you also actually like the training and are able to get along with them.

A good trainer will always have time to listen to, and should be taking the time out to understand your needs to the best of their ability.


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Brendon

The Author - Brendon Patrick

As a highly dedicated and passionate coach, Head Trainer Brendon crafted his fitness skills and honed a resolute mindset during the 15 years he spent in the Australian Army. It was his own life experience as a soldier, and a leader, that shaped the Totem Fitness philosophy of 'Mind plus Body equals Strength.

Delivering on that philosophy, Brendon aims to guide Totem Fitness members on a journey which helps them realize that proper Health & Fitness is more about lifestyle choices and not fad diets, or gimmicky fitness routines.

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