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Group Fitness Class – Bootcamp Game Ideas

I try to keep things interesting in my group fitness classes by changing up the format of the workouts.  For my morning cycle bootcamp class, I can change it up in the cycle portion, in the bootcamp portion, or both!  This helps my participants stay engaged and on their toes, and incorporates a little of the unexpected anticipation to keep them coming back for more!

It’s no secret that I love games.  I come from a family where cards and games like cornhole, Boggle, and Bananagrams are almost guaranteed to be had every time we visit.  I had been wanting to incorporate a game into my bootcamp class and decided a bootcamp relay was just the ticket.

After the cycle portion of my classes this week, I put together two “bootcamp relays” to see what worked best, and below you’ll see just how we did it.  The first is a non-competitive relay where you’re working together as a group, and the second we split into two teams. You can to decide what will work best in your class, and can tailor the exercises to meet the skill level of your usual group.  As always, I offer modifications and progressions of each exercise so participants can honor their bodies and make the exercise work best for them.

Relay 1 – As a group!

Select an appropriate number of exercises for the size of your group and time allotted.  Write each exercise on a small card or piece of paper (I used post-it notes) with a number of repetitions to perform of that exercise (i.e. 10 push-ups, 20 squats, etc).  Place in a bag, basket, ballcap, etc. at one end of a basketball court (track, whatever you have) and everyone lines up at the other end.

Each participant takes a turn running to grab a new card out of the bag and brings it back to the group.  The group performs the exercise for the number of repetitions on the card.  Once all participants have completed the exercise on the card, the next participant runs down, grabs a new card, and brings it back for the group to perform.  This continues until all participants have had a turn.

Once all participants have had a turn, complete all exercises straight through as a group one final time without running in between.

Note: while waiting, you can have participants doing jumping jacks, high knees, marching in place, etc. to keep moving.

Relay 2 – In teams!

The second option is to split your class into two teams to perform a relay.  It’s important to note there are no winners and no losers, and no “us against them” mentality.  The team that finishes first can celebrate by planking until the other team finishes!

Select an appropriate number of exercises for the size of your group and time allotted.  Write each exercise on a small card or piece of paper (I used post-it notes) with a number of repetitions to perform of that exercise (i.e. 10 push-ups, 20 squats, etc).  Place in a bag, basket, ballcap, etc. at one end of a basketball court (track, whatever you have) and everyone lines up at the other end.  Duplicate this for your other team.

In teams, each participant takes a turn running to grab a new card out of the bag and brings it back to the group.  The team performs the exercise for the number of repetitions on the card.  Once all team participants have completed the exercise on the card, the next participant runs down, grabs a new card, and brings it back for the team to perform.  This continues until all of the exercises in the bag have been completed.  The team that finishes first can cheer on the other team while performing burpees, a plank, etc.

Bootcamp RelayExercise Ideas

Not an instructor, or looking to switch up your routine on your own?  You can complete option #1 on your own by running down, bringing an exercise back to perform, and repeating until all exercises are complete.

A note…

Safety is the #1 priority (as always!), and proper form and level of exercise is important!  Always demonstrate the exercises that participants may be selecting out of the bag before beginning the relay, offering both modifications and progressions so participants can make the best choice for them.

Have fun!  Let me know what you think if you give it a try.

Disclaimer: while I’m a certified group exercise instructor and personal trainer, the above may not be best for you.  Always honor your body, and talk to your health provider before switching up your fitness routine or lifestyle.

 

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