I’m starting a new BC & am curious if this becomes too much of an obstacle/ or too limiting in program design? especially since their are a lot of sprinting type drills/exercises.. and workouts where you want to travel large areas.. If you do have NON- RUNNERS, what types of things do you do to accommodate them?
Hello Louise Schollaert,
My non-runners do jump rope, my runners do jump rope, all at different intensities. My non-runners walk on their own time and my runners run on their own time. This way the classes are set up for everyone with progressions and regressions with no one being felt as though they are left out or don’t fit in.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
While I teach boot camps all the time in a small area without any running whatsoever, when I did teach at a facility where we utilized the small indoor track occasionally for short distances, I had a client who sustained an injury that prevented them from running – they would jump on the bike or elliptical while the others used the track.
If you’re working in an area where such a thing isn’t possible, I recommend giving them another exercise to do – Hamstring curls, knee ups, marching, etc.
For the record, I am NOT a runner! I agree 100% with Martin, not everyone should run. I pride myself on providing a safe, effective, and fun workout that can take place at ANY location, indoors or out, and running is not a large focus in any of them.
I do several high intensity boot camp/HIIT type classes, with multiple fitness levels, ages, ability levels, and limitations. I pride myself on being able to provide a safe, effective workout for everyone. That means I always have modifications in mind, either to increase or decrease the difficulty. It also means that I don’t often workout with my group, but spend the time focusing on giving them exactly what they need (form corrections, modifications, encouragement). I have the advantage of primarily doing my classes in a gym facility, so it’s relatively easy to set my non-runners up on the rowing machine, bike, steps etc. This can become more challenging (but not impossible) if you are working outside or want to challenge your group with longer distances away from your “home base.” I would suggest you plan your early sessions closer to your home base until you get to know your group better- once you know people’s specific limitations, it will be easier to trouble shoot (until you get a beginner drop in wandering in 10 minutes late ;). You might even come across a regular that is well suited and advanced enough to be a point person to take your advanced group on the longer off-site runs, while you stay at home base and work with those who need more modifications and form monitoring. Good luck!
Some advice directed more at the specifics of your question.
Not everyone wants or should run. And not everyone has the proper motor skills and/or neuromuscular integration to run safely. While you can work on progressing some clients to be add running, I don’t make it a goal or push it on any client. Running can be great exercise or it can be the last straw for an arthritic knee or ACL, etc. (I always get arguements from the run community, but I see the people that dropped out because it was not a good thing for them in my work. The run coach just thinks they didn’t come back because they weren’t tough enough.)
Your course layout is the easiest way to help accomodate novice and non-runners. One way is to have the run elements go out to a point and come back to the “in place” exercise area. You can use cones with colored tape or a colored ball on top designating distances for different participants. The participants can choose the distance they feel up to, along with your guidance.
There are many other modifications if the out/back course doesn’t work. If you want more advice, contact me through my profile or my website www.hawaiifitnessacademy.com
I design my bootcamps to accommodate ALL levels of fitness.
I run by bootcamps in 6 week cycles/1 week off
Each time we start up we go back to basic bootcamp drills. New people learn them, returning boot campers perfect them. It’s a win win
If a person can’t or won’t run, they walk
I suggest re thinking your plan of “sprinting” and start all motions at the basic level. Work from the lowest to highest
Also, it would be beneficial to you to complete your fitness connect page.
Are you certified with a Nationally Accredited Organization? It’s not mandatory but it is important!