Tulsa Business Journal: Tell us a little bit about your business. When did/will you start it? Why? What is the overall mission of your business?
Bootcamp Tulsa: Bootcamp Tulsa, founded by Jonathan Coneely in March of 2008, is Tulsa’s first outdoor fitness program exclusively for women.
Bootcamp Tulsa is a training program where women have fun, get great results and build lifelong relationships with other women. It’s a program for women of all ages and all fitness levels.
In addition, Bootcamp Tulsa now offers “Dude Bootcamp,” a bootcamp for men only.
TBJ: What is your background? What made you interested in starting this particular business?
BT: Jonathan Conneely (Coach JC) is regarded as one of the top strength and conditioning coaches in the country. He has a passion for helping people live their lives to the fullest. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Health & Exercise Science and is a certified SCCc Strength Coach.
Conneely is often sought after for consulting as a young, savvy business entrepreneur. He is the founder and president of Dynamic Sports Development as well as Bootcamp Tulsa.
In addition, Coach JC is the director of strength and conditioning at Oral Roberts University and the developer of The Health4life Transformation Challenge.
TBJ: What triggered your idea for your business concept?
BT: The need in Tulsa for something fresh and new. Bootcamp-style workouts have been a popular concept on the east coast, where I am from. It was time for Tulsa to experience what the coasts are talking about.
TBJ: What was/is your goal when you started your business? How has it changed (if it has)?
BT: My goal was to show the women of Tulsa that it is possible to have the body that they always desired and deserve. To show the women of Tulsa that you can look good and feel good again. To provide The Tulsa people with a legitimate weight loss, fitness program that cares about them and their results. The goal has not changed but has been enlarged and expanded.
TBJ: How are you funding your business?
BT: Personal funds and re-investing back into the company.
TBJ: Have revenues been what you expected and/or hoped?
BT: Yes and much more.
TBJ: Where would you like to take your business in the next year?
BT: Our goal in the next year is to expand to be able to cover a larger audience and provide more services to a larger audience. We have just added men’s bootcamps, and our goal is to provide the men with a quality service just like the women have been getting for the last 15 months.
Along with our bootcamps, we are excited about our corporate wellness program. Over the next year our goal is to be able to provide quality corporate wellness bootcamps to at least five corporations a month.
TBJ: In the next five years?
BT: In the next five years our goal is to increase our women’s bootcamps to be able to provide a bootcamp in all major cities of Oklahoma.