Dave Letele: On Virtual Boot Camps and Being Grateful

04/02/2020

Dave Letele spoke to the AFQY online attendees at the AFQY Online Event 26 March about being grateful, and about the work his organisation is doing in terms of their virtual boot camp. Watch the full video here!

Written by Gemma McKenzie, AFQY Editor

We're a lot more than exercise, we focus on exercise as the vehicle, but it's the connection. 

Between 2000-3000 people usually attend Dave Letele's BBB boot camps each week. And since everything the organisation does is free, attendance is at no cost to the people who come along.

"We're a lot more than exercise, we focus on exercise as the vehicle, but it's the connection. People come there, they feel a part of something. We talk about nutrition, we talk about mindset, we get the family relationships right."

What I realized straightaway is that people didn't miss the exercise, they miss the connection you know the connection to people, to belonging to something positive and coming in and interacting... 

All of the regular BBB bootcamps, and the world's biggest bootcamp that was due to be held in Eden Park, were cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

"What I realized straightaway is that people didn't miss the exercise, they miss the connection you know the connection to people, to belonging to something positive and coming in and interacting... and for that 45 minutes to an hour it might be the only time that people are around positive like-minded people that want to lift them up and not pull them down.

I realise I was very blessed in my journey to be surrounded with good people, but a lot of people don't, so we straight away went to online boot camps."

Even though the organisation's headquarters is closed, BBB have run virtual classes out of the headquarter's car park.

"Even though our headquarters are closed, we've actually added classes in and so we've got... maybe 15 classes this week including two family classes."

"We train with our kids and it's very important to keep active."

I'm very blessed, we all need to be very blessed, and look at this as an opportunity.

It's not just good for you physically, Dave says, it's good for you mentally to get outside because if you don't, you're cooped up inside your house with all the kids and it can be quite testing.

"We make sure we train them hard to get rid of all their energy. We're trying to keep in a routine."

"It's very important for all of us to be grateful for what we have. It's easy to be down and be negative and be depressed because we're at home but I look at the positives - it's the first time in a long time that I spent all day with my children."

"I'm very blessed, we all need to be very blessed, and look at this as an opportunity."

If you don't already, follow Dave on Facebook, @BrownButtabean, to find out more information on the free classes.