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Requirements to Run a Fitness Boot Camp

Updated July 18, 2017

Fitness professionals frequently look for ways to maximise their services and income. The fitness industry continues to grow fast, and the potential for generating revenue remains great. Time restrictions have limited one-on-one sessions, which has driven many fitness professionals to start fitness boot camps in areas with a high volume of potential participants. Take the neccessary steps when setting up a new boot camp.

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Business Formation

The first step in starting a new fitness boot camp involves the formation of the business. The most common of these for fitness boot camps is limited liability companies (LLCs). An LLC offers personal liability protection and great tax flexibility. For those who already have a business set up for training but would like to add a name specifically for their boot camp, a DBA (doing business as) provides a great way to differentiate the business.

Personal Trainer Insurance

Insurance plays an important role in training individuals, but even more so with groups. When training groups, you'll have trouble observing everyone all the time. Relatively inexpensive, personal trainer insurance provides protection from liability and injury claims without constraint to location---an important part of a boot camp scenario with an often-changing location.

Regional and Local Permits

The increase in the popularity of boot camps it has led most local officials to create programs to let a professionals use public land to generate income. Public parks typically require a weekly or monthly permit fee for boot camps. All professionals should know their local permit requirements, as the citation for not having a permit usually carries a substantially higher cost than that of the permit itself.

Instructor Qualifications

Group training differs from personal training, and each boot camp instructor should obtain a nationally recognised group exercise certification in addition to any personal training certifications or educational degrees.

Participant Liability Protection

For added protection, require all participants in your fitness boot camp to fill out and sign a liability waiver that releases the instructor from any responsibility from any injury or overuse.

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About the Author

Jared Jones

Based in Las Vegas, Jared Jones' fitness experience includes being an educator, an athletic coach, and an individual and group trainer. His educational degrees include a B.S. in physical and health education, and an M.S. in human movement. He holds advanced specializations from the NASM in corrective exercise and performance enhancement. In addition, he teaches for World Intsructor Training Schools' personal training program.

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