Designing my 1st summer bootcamp! Torn: 4 or 6 weeks? Once or twice a week? Thoughts?
Personally I'd like to do it for four weeks, twice a week, and really get people going with their summer fitness. But part of me wonders how hard it will be for people (women) with kids/jobs to get there twice a week. I'd love some input. As I said, this is my first boot camp, I'm going to be working through the town rec department and really want to make a good impression. =) THANKS!!
Many bootcamps go for 10 weeks on 2 weeks off.
Basically it's a matter of committment: Also I feel it takes at least 6 weeks to see results.
Time of day is very important: think about your demographics. We offer 6:30 p.m. and working moms love it.
However, you know your market best
We also have a no refund policy which really helps with decision making.
If you can get people to interact with each other, it will be successful. Oh, and listen to Susan on the no refund policy. Less quitting involved before camp begins that way.
Good Luck to ya!
As for the 4 or 6 weeks format, that's a more difficult question. I don't think that there is a magic answer for that one. In my opinion, it's probably good to start of outlining your program on paper, give some thought to your exercise progression etc. and then based on that, decide whether this fits best in a 4 week or 6 week format. A final consideration may be cost.
I hope that this helps. Good luck!!!
I hold 2 types of Outdoor Workouts:
(1) 21-Day: 3 times a week 5:30-6:00a or 6:30-7:00a or
(2) 4-Week Total Fitness Wokout (same schedule but I add a 60-min on Sat)
This way I give them the option of what they want to do, how long they want to commit. All programs are paid in advance and I've been doing this for the past 2 years without breaks as they don't like to miss any sessions if possible.
Good Luck and Much Success!!
If you are looking to make a good impression, nothing makes a good impression like results. Results take time and commitment. I would recommend at least 6 weeks and a minimum of twice a week, 3 day a week would be better. Good luck and have fun. Done right, Boot Camps are a fun, exciting and very rewarding endeavor!
Boot Camp Johnny G.
My classes are usually 8-10 weeks long, 5 days a week, but I think for you 6 weeks its a good period since it will give them enough time to get in shape. I have found out that many of the working women (with or without kids) prefer an early class, a 530 or 6 am. This way they can be back at home by the time their kids are up and it also gives them enough time to get ready for work. And it's early enough that the dads can help as well. I offer a 530 am class twice a week for those who want to come that early.
As for 4 or 6 weeks - I really like 6 week programs however have found people are more likely to committ to a 4 week program. (This of course is my demographics)
Best of Luck to you!
With an increase of classes would let more people have more choices about being able to get in which is especially important for summer months. Its a time of year where a client can take off for one or two weeks on vacation. A 6 week course would mean they'd miss a 3rd of it instead of a half.
Second supporting argument is that its the gym. They more time people put into it the greater results they will be able to see.
I feel that it's always good to have clients commit to a 'challenge' that is longer to a month. Why?... Because most figure that they can do a month of camp with ease, and six weeks is more of a challenge. Good to throw in the word 'Challenge' too. All fitness enthusiasts love a good challenge.
The Two days per week format will be good for the campers who are using your camp to supplement their current routines, as well as the camper that only comes to your camp and no other exercise.
Either way it is all about testing your market and seeing what will work best for your clients and your business. Best wishes, I am sure that you will do well.
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