Instructing Boot Camp Fitness Training


The aim of this qualification is to provide you with the knowledge and understanding required to plan and deliver safe and effective boot camp fitness training sessions that incorporate the use of natural resources, natural features, and temporary structures.

You need to have achieved one of the following prerequisite qualifications: Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (QCF) in any of the following disciplines: Level 2 Fitness Instructor. Exercise to Music Instructor, Water Based Exercise Instructor or Children's Fitness Instructor.

The units covered are:

1. The benefits of Boot Camp fitness training and exercising in the outdoors
2. Methods of minimising the health and safety risks associated with Boot Camp fitness training
3. Environmental considerations associated with Boot Camp fitness training
4. The importance of considering other users of the outdoor environment during Boot Camp fitness training
5. How to plan and deliver safe and effective boot camp fitness training
6. Ways of motivating participants during ‘extreme’ Boot Camp fitness training sessions

Help your students take the next step in their education


During their four years of high school, students have many teachers, coaches and role models. However, as a school counselor, you are the one person who sees the entire picture of a student's high school career and can bring all the information together.

Some of the things you can do to give students the best chance of being accepted by the college of their choice include:

  • Help to plan a challenging course schedule.
  • Keep records of classes and grades.
  • Track graduation requirements.
  • Suggest which college admission tests to take and when to take them.
  • Connect students to information on various colleges, majors and careers. 
  • Recommend colleges to match academic profiles and career goals.
  • Advise on "safety," "probable" and "reach" colleges.
  • Make sure transcripts are sent to colleges.
  • Write letters of recommendation.
  • Explain how aid awards and financial aid work, and connect students to local scholarship opportunities.

As a counselor, your encouragement plays a critical role in helping students prepare for college. Your students rely on you to ensure that they are prepared for the college admission process. Your goal is to convince your students that college is within their grasp.

Course selection

College admission requirements are typically more stringent than high school graduation requirements. They

often require a higher level of demonstrated competence in mathematics and science, and may even require a minimum number of years of foreign-language study. Make sure that all your students have the opportunity to participate in a college-prep academic program. Share with them what courses colleges expect to see on their transcripts.

In addition to course topics, it is important that you encourage all students to take the most rigorous and challenging courses suitable for their academic level. The Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides

willing and academically prepared high school students with the opportunity to study and learn at the college level. Successfully completing these courses — and doing well on the exams — demonstrates to colleges that students are capable of success at the college level.

Standardized tests

A strong performance on standardized tests also helps students convince colleges that they are ready for the challenge. Encourage your students to take the PSAT. This experience gives them the chance to practice for important college admission tests such as the SAT®. It also links them to practice resources on Khan Academy, AP coursework, and college planning resources.


Colleges also expect students to have interests outside of academics. Sports and other extracurricular activities show admission officers that students are well-rounded and can contribute to life on campus. Volunteering or working part-time also indicates a sense of duty and commitment, further proof that students are ready for the responsibilities college entails.

Essential tips before your boot camp trip


There is a lot to consider when booking a stay at a fitness, weight loss or a yoga retreat. We have compiled a few pieces of advice and tips.

Fitness or Yoga Checklist

Download our essentials checklist to ensure you are fully prepared for your fitness or weight loss retreat. This our list of items that you may require to ensure you get the best out of your time away.


Often our personal banks add mark-ups to their exchange rates or high charges to transfer money abroad; making the process unnecessarily expensive. We recommend using Transferwise to transfer any money (including paying for your boot camp). The easy to use site displays all fees and offers excellent exchange rates.


A large part of the cost in attending a boot camp or retreat is the flight to your destination. Compare the flights available to ensure you get the best deal for what you are looking for at convenient times, from a suitable location or just at the best price.

We recommend using Skyscanner. One of the largest comparison sites online of all the flight options available.

Travel Insurance

Whilst purchasing travel insurance is not compulsory, it is certainly advisable. Cover can vary and with the many different policy types, but comprehensive cover will usually provide you: medical treatment, emergency repatriation, theft, cancellation, loss of baggage and public liability.

Boot Camp or On Campus: Where to Study

Is user experience design calling your name? Not only is the skill set in high demand, but its combination of design, technology, research, and psychology also make it appealing to people from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. Beyond a world of opportunity, 

There is no one right way to study UX design either. Unlike some disciplines, UX designers often enter the field from other careers entirely. They use the tools they’ve learned as graphic designers, marketers, psychologists, developers and so on to create amazing user experiences. Some UX designers are self-taught, while others learn from a more formal education. How do you know what’s right for you?

In this piece, we look at some of the differences between college, university, boot camp and hybrid UX design programs in America.

UX Boot Camps

UX boot camps are often perceived as one of the quickest gateways into a career In UX design. With no governing board, each program offers something different. They each have their own curriculum, focus on specific tools and skills, vary in the caliber of the professors and the learning environment, and offer different formats (typically immersive, part-time or full-time) at various costs and for various lengths of time.

Some boot camps partner with local organizations and businesses to provide students with real world experience. Others focus on their history of placing graduates in jobs and market their ability to adapt their curriculum at any time to suit contemporary UX design issues and trends. Some of these programs churn out rock star designers. Others do not.

Bootcamps are popular choices for people who are looking to transition into a new career, or who have some related experience but want to learn more about how UX design works and what it looks like to put things together.

Some notable boot camps and certificate programs include:

However, says Dylan Wilbanks, founder of design consultancy Hêtre, too many graduates of boot camps expect to immediately find success as a UX designer.

“All a boot camp is meant to do, in the old army parlance, is to turn somebody from a civilian into a soldier. It’s not about making you a General. It’s about making you someone who is a soldier,” he said.

“I think too many people go into these boot camps with the belief that they’re going to come out as Generals. It just doesn’t work that way. You’re going to be a grunt and you’re going to have to work bottom up. You’re always going to be in some ways behind people who have more experience and more education, so how are you going to fight through that?”

Wilbanks, who sometimes consults teachers at General Assembly, says these programs are great for a certain kind of person, one who, to borrow from Hamilton, is “young, scrappy and hungry.” They’re not for everyone though, and he encourages would-be UX designers to do their research not just into the programs themselves, but also into what you hope to get out of the program.

“Know what you want. Be willing to do the practice necessary to learn what you want, what you need and what you love,” Wilbanks said.

University or College

For those who are either just beginning their careers or who don’t already have a four-year degree under their belts, university or college is often the natural choice. Many academic programs are nationally recognized with established curriculums and reputations for producing high-caliber designers with both soft and hard skills.

However, you may be hard pressed to find a program with “user experience design” explicitly stated on the diploma (though, there are a few).

These are just a few examples. Often it is through these programs that many first discover user experience design, while others will choose electives and specializations strategically aligned with UX.

University degrees carry weight in the job market and show a commitment to learning a craft. According to Wilbanks, many people find deeper fulfillment from these programs. He recommends pursuing a degree if you don’t yet have one, though again this is a personal choice that may or may not be right for you.

Postgraduate Level UX Certificates

Additionally, many colleges offer postgraduate level certificates in user experience design. If you like the college-style of learning, already have a degree in something, or need something that aligns better with your schedule, this option might be for you.

Many of these programs require students to complete a handful of mandatory courses as well as several electives, allowing you to choose the courses that interest you most. The certificate program at Bentley University, for example, has electives in three streams: user experience design, user research and assessment, and human behavior. There is a wide variety of options for students to choose from, allowing for a more customizable education.

Some other notable certificates from universities include:

  • California State University, Fullerton (UX and Customer-Centered Design)
  • San Francisco State University (Mobile UX/UI Design Intensive)
  • University of Baltimore (UX Design)
  • University of Washington (User Centered Design)
  • UC San Diego (UX Design)
  • Pratt (UX/UI Mobile Design)

Boot camps have the flexibility of updating their curriculums as they go due to the fact that they don’t have to go through rigorous and lengthy approval processes. Many postgraduate programs share this flexibility, but also maintain the tried and true methodologies of academic institutions.

Unique UX Programs

Somewhere in the middle of a boot camp and a university sits Center Centre, a two-year, full-time UX design school based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Co-founded by Jared Spool and Leslie Jensen-Inman, Center Centre is an authorized post-secondary institution currently in its first cohort. After interviewing hundreds of hiring managers and UX professionals, the curriculum was built to generate “industry-ready” professionals that are ready to take on a job upon graduation. It is tailored to feel more like a job than a traditional university experience, and the projects the students work on come directly from real organizations. Each student graduates with their own portfolio comprised of projects that take weeks and sometimes months to execute, giving students something tangible to show potential employers.

The program has attracted what Spool calls “career shifters.” Since design experience is not required, many students have never worked in technology before, though some do come from illustration or graphic design backgrounds.

“For the most part the students we attract are people who don’t like the way their current career is going, are looking for something new, and have heard that UX design is a cool place to do that and want to become really awesome at that,” he said.

Center Centre is becoming well known in the design community for its innovative approach to UX education. Other unique programs are slowly popping up too, including the one-year Interaction Design and Social Entrepreneurship program offered at the Austin Center for Design. With so many different programs, how does one decide which path is right for them?

“What you’re really doing is you’re making a bet,” Spool said. “You’re making a bet on, is this education going to give me a job that will then give me a salary that will give me a quality of life that allows me to easily pay for this education? You’re betting on your future. That’s different than say, buying a car. I’m going to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a car, but at the end of the day it’s just transportation and most of the time it’s going to sit in our garage or a parking lot. It’s not going to be used. But your education is something that is fundamentally going to change your life if you make the bet right.”

Questions to ask about any UX program:

Before betting on your education, the experts interviewed for this piece recommended asking the following questions:

  • What is the program’s success record in terms of graduate employment?
  • What do successful graduates of this program look like one, three, five and ten years down the line?
  • What sort of industry connections does the program have?
  • How does the program leverage, complement and expand your skills set?
  • What specific skills, programs and issues does the program concentrate on?
  • Who are the teachers and of what caliber is their expertise?
  • How much does the program cost, what funding opportunities are available, and how long will it take to pay back?
  • What is your goal upon graduation of the program and how can the program help get you there?

As UX grows in demand and popularity, UX design enthusiasts will have more to choose from in terms of education. At the end of the day though, employers want to see that you can do the work. No matter which route you take, make sure it’s the one that will take you wherever it is you want to go.

How To Run Faster


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If you don’t run very fast in practice, you won’t be able to run very fast in races.

At the University of Copenhagen, Danish scientists studied experienced runners who had been running 60 miles a week at a fast pace. One group was told to cut their mileage in half to only 30 miles a week, but to run a series of around 50 to 100 yard dashes as fast as they could. The other group continued running 60 miles a week at a fast pace. Runners who ran fewer miles at a faster pace had a 7 percent improvement in their body’s maximal ability to take in and use oxygen.

Runners who did not increase their speed in practice did not improve, even though they ran twice as many miles. Jogging slowly reduces your chance of injury, but it won’t help you to run fast. You can race only as fast as you run in practice, but don’t try to run fast every day. Intense exercise damages muscles. Try to run fast once or twice a week, never on consecutive days and don’t run fast when your legs feel heavy or hurt.

When I trained seriously for marathon running, I thought that the runner who ran the most miles would be the best. I didn’t become a great runner, but I did become an expert on injuries. My patients seldom come to me with a running injury that I haven’t had.

Many top runners run more than 100 miles a week because their bodies have the genetic ability to withstand such abuse, but the vast majority of runners will never be able to run 100 miles a week without being injured frequently. Furthermore, running a lot of miles slowly will slow you in races. The ability to run fast in races depends more on how fast you run in practice than on how many miles you run each week. However, every time you run fast, your muscles are damaged and feel sore on the next day, and it takes at least 48 hours for your muscles to heal enough to allow you to run comfortably again at a very-fast pace. After every workout in which you run very fast, take the next day off or run at a much slower pace. Most top athletes plan their workouts so they run very fast only two days a week. The same principles apply to any endurance sport.

Why pick Boot Camp


There are plenty of new and hip workout routines out there. The health and fitness industry has recently been in flourishing growth over the past couple decades. People are becoming aware to the fact that if they do not exercise and eat whatever they want, then they will be suffering major consequences in the future. The time is now to do something about your weight and wellness.

Boot camps are arguably the best form of exercise that can be tailored to practically everyone. Professional trainers are the people behind the success of boot camps. They are guaranteed to be well constructed, timely, efficient, and effective in weight loss efforts. Most of the exercises use body weight which is best for any individual. They provide a complete aerobic workout that is needed in order to see results and feel better about yourself.

Most boot camps offer free trials, so why not get out there, get a workout in, and evaluate what is best for you. In most cases, boot camp is the answer. They are guaranteed to be good workouts and keep your heart rate within a peak performance range. When we exercise, we are not only working out our skeletal muscles, we are working out our main muscle as well, the heart. The key to a good workout is creating an aerobic environment for our bodies, one in which our cells need oxygen to produce energy. When our bodies are in aerobic exercise we are burning fat to fuel the need for more energy released.

Boot camps are not only good workouts, they are social. This means that you can bring all of your friends and enjoy not only a sweaty 45-minute workout, but one filled with laughter and enjoyment as well. Group workouts are great because you can push each other to do better and get more out of the workout. You only get out of something what you put in. Effort to be a better and healthier person starts with your internal motivation. Let a boot camp get you up, moving, and motivated to be a healthier, and fit individual.
People will always be looking for quick fixes and easy solutions. The solution to your problems is boot camp. One must be disciplined, dedicated, and motivated in order to accomplish anything in life. Let boot camps be your outlet to a healthier, happier life.

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What happens in boot camp and what happens to people who have problems with the training?


Basically, if you are unable or unwilling to complete training (for reasons other than medical; if it’s medical reasons, they take a slightly different route), and you’re not coping with military lifestyle, they write a report and label you as a “failure to adapt.” In my Basic Training, this happened to 2 people. One (we’ll call him Smith) was simply a screw up, and had the worst time trying to get the simplest things right, though he certainly tried his best. The other (let’s call him Johnson) decided he’d made a mistake, and basically refused to participate in any training.

Both Smith and Johnson were kept around through the end of our Basic Training class before officially being labeled “Failure to Adapt.” In Johnson’s case, the Drill Sergeants made his life absolutely miserable. After Basic Training, they both got put into anotherBasic Training course, since they couldn’t pass/qualify in the first one. Smith stuck with it and passed; we were both in PsyOp and I’m happy to say that he also got through AIT and (unlike most of my fellow PsyOp soldiers) was placed in an office position and never saw a single deployment. Why am I happy about that? Because he tried so hard and he really wanted to be a soldier, but at the same time, I feared the day his screw ups overseas might cost a fellow soldier his/her life. This was the best of both worlds.

As for Johnson, by the end of his second Basic Training, he still wasn’t participating in training, so he was given an Entry Level Performance and Conduct Discharge. Basically, if you’re still considered Entry Level (I believe for active duty, that’s your first 6 months in service), your command can discharge you on the grounds of failure to adapt.

On a funny side note, a person who was in a Basic Training class 3 weeks behind mine decided he couldn’t handle the training, so he snuck down to the payphones one night, called a cab, and asked to be brought to the bus station. Apparently, this happens often enough that the cab drivers have a code for it, so he radioed this code back to his boss, who contacted one person or another, and next thing we know, the Drill Sergeants across all the basic training classes are taking head counts to see whose missing. Meanwhile, the cab drive apparently drove in circles, giving soldiers enough time to get to the bus station to pick the kid back up. Or maybe he drove in circles just to rack up the fair a bit. Either way, by the time the kid got to the bus station, he paid the cab driver and was immediately intercepted by soldiers.