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?
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!