I am starting an outdoor bootcamp in my neighborhood and will like to attrack the runnners. I don’ t run, and other than knowing the cross training benefits, strenght training for legs with focus on power, the weakness of the glutes and hamstrings I will like to hear from someone who has can talk from personal experience.
Everything that has been said already is key. I am a trainer and I will be running my first Full Marathon at the end of the month. Doing some kind of boot class camp is a good way to spice things up for runners. A lot of times just running all the time isn’t as fun. So make all the stuff that has already been said sound FUN!
Also, if you can encourage them to come right after a run then your selling point could be targeted at their “Final Kick”. In other words the last 6 miles of a marathon are said to be the hardest, or that final sprint in a 5k can be really tough. But if they are doing some high intensity training right after a training run it will help them through those last few miles and that last little sprint. This is can be an especially big seller for runners who never do sprint workouts.
I agree with your reasons for wanting runners to be a part of your bootcamps. Cross training by participating in bootcamps is a great way for runners to both increase their endurance and gain strength.
I have a number of runners in my bootcamps and interval classes, and many of them run half and full marathons. Here are the benefits that they have told me they’ve gotten from class:
1. Increases in their endurance through modes other than running (I run an indoor Bootcamp and I tend to to do high intensity interval drills other than running, specifically so my runners experience different modes of cardio. Plyometric and calisthenics type drills can help with power, endurance, and agility).
2. Helps prevent injury by strengthening legs and hips
3. Helps keep the core strong (strong core helps with balance and posture which can help maintain good running form).
4. Provides a cross-training benefit that is a good total body workout
Also, the classes are a great way to do something new to alleviate some boredom.
Hope some of this information helps you. Good luck with your program!
I use my personal and professional experience and knowledge as the selling points to attract not only runners, but also people from various types of backgrounds. Cross training is probably the best one especially for someone who wants to improve their running. You need to point out the reasons why you can provide that extra knowledge and type of training thru your bootcamps, so you can attract that type of clients. If you have specific ways of incorporating running conditioning and strength training into your class, make sure you point that out. People want to know how you can help them and why they should choose you from others. All the reasons you’ve mentioned in your question are great points. Explain to those who might be interested in taking your class how you are going to help them improve those areas. Also, the reasons of why and how your class will benefit them and how it differs from other classes that are similar to yours.
I visited your site and I saw that you hold various certifications. Also you used to be a Y Group fitness Director, so if you can incorporate that experience into your selling points it will be enough to get people listen to you and take the class. Since you are not a runner (as you’ve mentioned in your question), it can be a little challenging for you to relate to runners, but this doesn’t mean you don’t have the knowledge to teach a class that will help that group.
I hope this helps.
Either way I wish you good luck :-).