Thursday, February 26, 2009

Teaching Boot Camp?

I was talking to my sister-in-law Amy about revising my previous “Lark in the Park” outdoor fitness class and offering it again, and she told me about Boot Camp SF ( which she used to do. I checked them out online and found they also have classes in Oakland at Lake Merritt. That reminded me of Adventure Boot Camp ( ), which also takes place there. The manager was my manager at Baby Boot Camp ). . .

One thing I read about future trends in exercise is that boot camp classes will continue to be popular, while Personal Training and gym memberships will decline, with the current economy. I’d always shied away from boot camp classes because they sounded too early (5:30 a.m.) and too hard core for me. Despite being a Personal Trainer, I’m not a hard core workout person. I just want to stay fit, but as I become fitter, I still need a challenging workout. However, Adventure Boot Camp appealed to me for several reasons: (1) they offer classes at other times than just 5:30, (2) they are results-oriented, (3) participants commit to 3, 4, or 5 days a week of class, for 4 weeks. I’ll get more job satisfaction from helping participants who commit to attaining their goals, and I’ve always liked a one-month goal timeframe.

. . . So I emailed my former manager, telling her what I’ve been doing since instructing Baby Boot Camp and asking if she needs any more instructors or subs. I mean, why start my own class if one already exists with a business plan, marketing program, etc. She wrote right back, saying they are considering starting a class in Alameda, and can I teach at 6:00 M-F! We’ve been emailing back and forth, figuring out details, so we’ll see what happens, but it could be a great opportunity to get back outdoors to teach exercise!

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