It seems that Boot-Camp fitness training opportunities are available everywhere these days. How can you tell the potentially good from the potentially not-so-good? Before joining a program, you should find out this basic information about the instructor and the program.
- Does the instructor have a valid fitness certification and liability insurance?
- Will they provide a health screening questionairre to know you are fit to join?
- Is the payment and refund policy covered in the informed consent/waiver?
Once these critical points have been met then here are 8 additional points to consider when deciding if the program is a true Boot-Camp or potentially a Booty-Camp or even a Broken-Down-Camp.
|Instructor is prepared and welcomes everyone||Instructor is somewhat prepared but makes-up for it in looks||Instructor is not prepared and makes up excuses|
|Instructor pays equal attention to everyone||Instructor pays too much attention the “pretty people” and not enough to others||Instructor pays little attention to you or anyone else|
|Instructor provides constructive feedback to everyone||Feedback is in the format of flirting||No specific feedback is given to anyone|
|Encourages challenge with no pain||Provides encouragement with racy innuendos||Demands more with no regard to ability|
|Modifies exercise to affect intensity||Modifications are sexual in nature||No modifications are given to anyone|
|Explains purpose of each exercise||Purpose is suggestive in nature and not helpful||Does not explain the purpose of any exercise|
|Exercises are safe and functional||Exercises are awkward, uncomfortable and ineffective||Exercises are too intense and complicated|
|Suggests progress and commitment||Suggests you should go out for dinner and a movie||No suggestions, no connection to you or anyone else|
Ultimately it comes down to how you feel…
Safely Challenged Violated and Uneasy Unwanted and Unsure
Here are some final tips to consider before joining any fitness program:
- Inquire about a trial session
- Ask participants for their feedback
- Observe how the instructor interacts with the participants
- Decide if it is right for you before signing any forms
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