Frequently Asked Questions
I’m not in shape. Can I still join?
Class is designed to accommodate ALL levels of fitness, and is executed safely and soundly. You will be pushed to your own limit, and progress each day at a slightly higher intensity. Everyone will be challenged appropriately. If, however, you are in the process of recovering from an injury, this is not the class for you.
What types of exercises will we be doing?
Each workout will vary from week to week, progressively incorporating running short distances, strength and toning, agility training with obstacle courses, core training, and more! Note that this is NOT a CrossFIT style program; the program does not promote excessive quantities of exercises. That kind of training does not benefit runners, who are more susceptible to injury based on the repetitive nature of the sport. We instead focus on movement patterns and mobility to keep you running strong, and speed/efficiency drills to make you fast and light for race day. We also have a special ‘barefoot’ day to teach you the fundamentals of ‘ground-up’ training for healthy feet (held inside).
When do we meet?
Boot camp conditioning class meets Thursday mornings at 7:00am and bi-weekly on Sunday mornings at 9am for a group run at different locations around Portland.
All classes run approximately 60 minutes, including warm-up and cool-down.
Where do we meet?
We typically meet mid-block on SE Salmon off SE 60th, near the park entrance. Class meeting location may change, and class will be alerted.
What if it rains?
Class is on rain or shine. In the case of extreme and dangerous weather such as a thunderstorm or ice, class will be postponed to the day after the last scheduled day in your schedule. Updates will be posted on the website, and participants will be notified accordingly in these rare cases.
What do I need to bring?
Participants will be responsible for purchasing:
• An exercise or yoga mat
• A set of two dumbbells, 5 or 8 lbs
• Exercise Band
• Water bottle
• Sneakers and comfortable moisture-wicking workout clothes
A full detailed list will be given to you one week before class starts. For participants who would like to fine tune their group class experience by setting some personal goals, a private Initial Evaluation with Natalie is available at an additional cost of $60.
What happens at the Initial Evaluation?
One week prior to kickoff, you can meet privately with Natalie to go over health history and determine what you hope to accomplish at camp. Girth measurements will be taken, you will be weighed, perform a movement screen, and go over nutritional guidelines.
What will I do at the end of camp?
At the end of the program you can meet again with Natalie for final measurements to track your progress. After that we have found that most people come back for another round or two of camp to maintain and improve their progression.
How much does it cost?
Private sessions with an elite trainer like Natalie can run as high as $100 per hour. Our high-quality group workouts are a smashing deal compared to the competition.
10-week Winter Running Program – $175
5-week Conditioning Only (Thurs evening workouts) – $60
Is there a refund policy?
If for some reason you are not able to attend class, we will offer you credit towards a future boot camp. Packages are non-transferable and there is no cash refund. Additionally, if you miss class for any reason, we cannot refund your money. Participants are expected to attend all classes for which they have registered in order to see the kinds of results promoted.