Congratulations! This is so exciting and being on the beach opens up a world of opportunity. I’ve been running bootcamps on my own for about 6 years now and in all honesty my best ones have required no equipment. I’d have them bring a beach towel or mat (thought the towels actually clean easier in my experience) for floor work. When everything is body weight based modifications are way easy. If you’re looking to add some resistance methods, bands are a good place to start. With only 5 to start, be careful that your overhead stays low. Think outside the box and be super creative. You’ve come this far already and you already have clientel: this is the fun part 🙂
First off, I would ask what are your City’s restrictions? Do you have a permit? This matters either way as if you are not going the “legal” route…the less you want to bring attention to yourself.
I myself, would not do this without a city permit; but it is not for me to judge other’s choices.
I will check back….with some ideas if you are indeed within the City’s code.
Sand jogging is challenging and you have that to use at the beach!
I’m assuming you’ve followed all the necessary procedures in order to use that area for your boot camps.
Look around the beach and use what is available… are there stairs, benches, maybe a recreational area with monkey bars?
As far as equipment, bands and tubes are inexpensive and travel/pack well.
Why not bring beach balls to toss and catch while doing crunches?
How about pool noodles to use in place of a body bar for forward reaches when doing squats or overhead extensions and then side to side.
You could always do circuit stations if you don’t have enough equipment.
I use my TRX at the beach and you’ll definitely attract those onlookers while using it!
Definitely resistance tubes or bands, medicine balls of different weights, and definitely mats. With these three things you can offer lots of variety, full-body exercises, and some partner exercise training. Good luck, I think it’s great that you’re venturing out on your own! 🙂