I have done a few of these in the past. The biggest challenge with such classes is the variety of the people you get in your classes. Not all of them are in the same fitness level, so you need to make sure no one falls behind. It will be better if you have another trainer with you to help with those who are slower than the rest of the group and always keep an eye on everyone to avoid any unexpected trouble.
Other than that, it’s a great way of training a group of people and it can be a lot of fun.
I think you need at least 2 trainers for this kind of class.
Mac Dodds M.A., CSCS
Live Your Best Years Now
Stroller Strides & Body Back fitness programs are designed to travel.
The benefits are when you have opposite ends of the spectrum level wise your runners can loop around and run/sprint/hills farther while you are coaching your joggers to keep moving. They need that encouragement more.
The downsides are when those people choose to run and get to a station/wherever you told them to go and rest while waiting for you instead of continuing to push themselves.
Depending on the type of intervals/intensity you’re looking for it can be beneficial to have an assistant or a “pack leader” to start the cardio/holding exercise while they wait for you and those behind. I enjoy the format; my clients have commented that the time goes by faster when we travel. Just be sure you’ve mapped the route yourself first so you’re not surprised by things in the road/on your path. (i.e. a tree fell across a bridge at my park last week)
Yes our bootcamp travels but with control. We don’t let our bootcampers out of eye sight.
We use our parks and streets which are well lit since our classes are in the evening.
We set up cones and stations on curbs.
We use cul de sacs and dead end streets whenever we can.
I have a business license and abide by all the rules!
I also run a boot camp type class on Saturday at the beach – this class incorporates running on sand, trail and road and is interspersed with exercises on park benches, a tower run, beach volleyball nets. This class and terrain provides a great all round workout for all abilities, prevents boredom due to the variety and provides a workout for all body parts. The main key to its success is planning and running/planning the course before each workout to work out any pitfalls. Also water stops are incorporated at outside fountains and bathrooms !