How to Set Up a Boot Camp


Have you ever wanted to start your own boot camp? What better way to get into shape than at a place where you can have fun and encourage each other. Boot camps can be created in your back yard, in a park or even in a meeting room. The great thing about having your own boot camp is that you can be as creative as you want. The location, clients and exercises are all up to you.

Things You'll Need

  • Workout space
  • Stretch or yoga mats
  • Resistance tubes or hand weights
  • Music
  • Fliers

Organize and Exercise

  • Decide on where and when you want to conduct your boot camp. Many ideal locations are free. Locations may include your house or back yard, a local park, a local beach or even a meeting room at the office. Once you've decided on where, pick a time that will work for your target market.

  • Decide on your target market. Perhaps it's a group of your friends. It could also be your local neighborhood or even kids. Even if you are looking at starting a boot camp as a business, it's always fun to invite your friends to get the program started.

  • Organize the workout. An ideal workout will be 30 to 60 minutes and include cardiovascular exercise, strength training and stretching. Ideas include starting the program with a warmup jog. Then, you can start to intensify the workout by adding in calisthenics such as jumping jacks or sprints. Next, you will want to do strength training. Hand weights or resistance tubes are ideal because they are portable. Otherwise, you can do bodyweight strength moves such as push-ups or sit-ups. Be creative. Next, add flexbility training. This may include basic stretches or even more advanced yoga moves.


  • After you've organized your workout and your target market, promote your boot camp. A great, low-cost resource is You can create your meetup page and choose to have your program be free or you can charge members any amount you wish. If you do charge, set the RSVP status to not allow people to RSVP "Yes" until they have paid the fee.

  • Also promote your program are through fliers. Great places to advertise are at local health food stores. These are normally high-traffic areas with health-minded individuals. Having your first class free will also help draw a crowd.

  • When you are ready to launch a full-fledged program, create your own website. It will draw people to your program and educate them. You can create your own site through a company like VistaPrint ( or hire a web developer. Advanced sites may include a blog for your clients to give feedback, pictures or even a place to shop and sign up for classes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Boot camp does not have to have rules. You are the creator of your own bootcamp. You can dress in camouflage and wear dog tags, or you can have a sport-specfic or demographic-specific program, such as "Ballerina Boot Camp" or "Boot Camp for Moms."
  • It's a good idea to have your clients sign waivers before they exercise with you. In addition, it's good to advise clients to check with their doctors before they exercise.

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