Every year thousands of trainers visit this site while on the hunt for the best bootcamp workouts for their bootcamps and group fitness sessions.
At the end of each year I like to go back through the stats and look at which group fitness sessions and articles on Bootcamp Ideas have been the most popular. Sometimes it’s a specific workout like a circuit, sometimes it’s a collection of bootcamp games (like number 1 below) and other times it’s an article on planning group fitness workouts.
This year it’s a real mix so no matter what kind of group fitness workouts you run, I’m sure you’ll find some great ideas to use in your sessions.
Note: These workouts and articles aren’t necessarily from the past year (see number 5 for that), but are instead from the past 13+ years of content on here. There are some real gems below that you might not have seen before!
Here is 2023’s best bootcamp workouts:
1. 9 Awesome Bootcamp Games
Award: Most Read Collection of Bootcamp Workout Ideas
There is something about this collection of games that makes it incredibly popular. Perhaps it’s just very SEO-friendly or perhaps as trainers we have an insatiable appetite for new bootcamp games (note to self: add more bootcamp games).
In any case, it’s found it’s way to the top this year with about 12,800 different trainers visiting this collection of fun bootcamp ideas over 2023 (click the image to view).
Behind The Idea: I originally published this collection of bootcamp games back in 2012. It was the first group of submissions for that years workout competition which was focused on group fitness games. Trainers sent in their ideas, I popped them up on the website and then we tested them out on our groups and voted on our favourites. I really miss these competitions, they were a lot of fun! P.S. The winners were Tennis Ball Madness by Kjell Crowe, 4 Corner Colored Ball Relay by Jess Griffin and Blackjack by Jamie Keifer.
2. Mini Circuits
Award: Most Read Individual Bootcamp Workout Idea
If I had a go-to workout, it would be this one. Apparently everyone agrees with me because it consistently finds itself as one of the most read bootcamp workouts on Bootcamp Ideas.
It checks a lot of boxes:
- it’s really simple to run
- it doesn’t require a lot of space
- it includes plenty of variety to keep your clients engaged and enjoying the session.
Behind The Idea: I can’t quite remember how I originally came up with this idea. I think it was because I didn’t have enough equipment for everyone for some of the exercises I wanted to do, so it was an easy way to make what I did have go further. I went on to create several more versions of this workout.
3. Bootcamp Monopoly Workout
Award: Most Discussed Bootcamp Workout Idea
This bootcamp workout, which is probably my favourite ever, is also the bootcamp workout idea that has generated the most discussion in the comments.
I’ve received dozens of messages and emails over the years who’ve taken this workout and made it their own. Some have added more rules and stations to the circuit, others have taken things away to simplify things down.
Behind The Idea: As revealed in the intro to the workout, Rubin Allen originally sent in the idea to me as an email. It was just a paragraph with an idea but I remember instantly wanting to turn it into a fully fledged workout. I later went back and fixed up the kinks in the workout and added extra stations. This version can now be found on BootCraft.
4. 5 to 30 AMRAP
Award: Most Popular Drill on BootCraft for 2023
Every year I share over 100 bootcamp workout ideas and fitness class ideas to Bootcamp Ideas’ premium membership, BootCraft.
Members can bookmark ideas they want to come back to later and in 223 we had one idea that members bookmarked 67 times making it the most bookmarked. I’m sharing with you the entire drill below. Thanks to Yvonne Waugh for creating and sharing this drill with us.
5 to 30 AMRAP
By Yvonne Waugh
For a shorter session, just do round 1. For a longer, session add round 2.
For this circuit drill you’ll need to set your timer for 4 minutes. Campers will spend 4 minutes on each station, doing the exercises AMRAP style at the reps stated.
Rest for 1 minute between stations. Clients can start at any station as long as all 5 are completed.
Station 1: 5 REPS per ex.
- Ball Slams
Station 2: 10 REPS per ex.
- DB Pec Fly
- KB Swings
Station 3: 15 REPS per ex.
- DB Bend Over Raise
- DB Shoulder Press
Station 4: 20 REPS per ex.
- Battle Rope Waves (20 arm movements)
Station 5: 30 REPS per ex.
- Mountain Climbers (30 total)
- Plank Hold (slow count for 30)
Rest for several minutes then repeat the circuit again, only this time only spending 2 minutes on each station.
This is a great format and a was a great workout. I did it solo and will use it on my group tomorrow. I changed a couple of the exercises. For the second round I changed the AMRAP to timed. 30 secs for each exercise x 4mins per station. With a 7-8 minute warm-up, the total time was 65 mins.Andrea M. – bootcraft member
5. 4 Bootcamp Stair Drills
Award: My Favourite New Bootcamp Idea
For this award I went back over the bootcamp workout ideas I published this year and picked out my personal favourite.
I think stairs are under rated and underused in bootcamps these days but I love them so this article, with it’s 4 bootcamp drills for stairs is my pick.
Behind The Idea: I originally published this collection of stair drills in 2011 but as articles age on the internet things can break. A video or article you’ve linked to no longer exists or browsers change they way they work and something breaks making it hard to read. So I revamped and republished this article this year adding the extra stair exercises.
Other ‘Best Of 2023’ Worth Mentioning
This article on bootcamp circuit training has been really popular this year. It’s all about how to make your circuits more interesting for your clients.
My favourite article from 2023 was this one I put together on marketing for personal trainers. I tried to cover all the different aspects of marketing (it’s not just what you put on social media) and how to tackle them. It was a bit of an underrated article but well worth checking out.
At the start of last year I launched a new podcast, Everything Bootcamp, which got put on hold due to other projects but people are still listening to it, with my episode on Living A Brave Life Together being the most downloaded. (P.S. I’ve plans to kick this back off again in 2024.)
My new podcast, Well Designed, hit 20 episodes this year with our most popular being:
I don’t post much on social media (you might remember from my email newsletter that I’m planning to move away from social media – more on that in my annual review that’s coming soon) but a couple of posts did seem to grab people’s attention so I thought I’d share them here.
- The first is post with a bunch of fun exercises to do with truck tyres.
- The second is a 30 minute main drill that uses only bands and bodyweight.
- And the third is a short video I recorded on how working less can paradoxically lead to feeling more successful.
Here are some lists of the top drills from previous years on Bootcamp Ideas:
- Best Bootcamp Ideas of 2021
- Best Bootcamp Ideas of 2020
- Best Articles of 2020
- Best Bootcamp Ideas of 2019
- Best Bootcamp Ideas of 2014
That wraps up the best workout ideas on Bootcamp Ideas of 2023! I’ll be back next week with my annual review.
Kyle Wood created Bootcamp Ideas in 2010 when he was hunting around on the internet for workout ideas. He ran a successful bootcamp in Victoria, Australia and spends his spare time managing this site, adventuring (or lazying) with his wife and find new ways to make bootcamps even better.