A few months ago there was a lot of buzz around ChatGPT, an AI that you can chat with that feels like chatting with a human. People were using it for all sorts of crazy things from asking the meaning of life to getting medical advice.
Now we’re seeing AI being added to lots of the apps we use. My note taking and project tracking app, Notion, is using it to help plan projects and write summaries. Canva has begun incorporating it as a quick way for users to create designs. And my podcast editing software Descript is finding ways to use it too in editing audio and video.
It made me wonder, how would the AI go at creating some fitness games for a bootcamp?
So I loaded up ChatGPT and began a conversation with the AI.
Did the AI do a good job?
To start with I had it plan a full workout. The results were so cookie-cutter plain that I’m not even going to share them with you.
I had the thought that maybe if I got more specific it would do a better job. So I picked something creatively challenge: creating a brand new group fitness game.
The results were pretty interesting (I’ll share them in a moment).
That said, due to the AI not being a real artificial intelligence (it’s basically just a collection of a LOT of data) it’s results were limited.
I gave it 3 goes to plan a game to see if it would simply do the same thing over and over or mix it up. To give it credit it did change things up each time.
But while the bones of some decent games are there is a not a lot of creativity there (I’m guessing that’s because it’s picking the most common types of games in it’s database and mashing them together).
Each game leaves me with some questions about how exactly the rules work. I feel if I gave them as-is to my campers there would be a lot of confusion.
The games the AI created
Here’s what the AI created for me. While you won’t be able to use them as-is, they might inspire you to some new ideas.
Kyle Wood: Create a game that could be played in an exercise class
1. Musical Chairs Circuit Training
AI: One idea for a game that could be played in an exercise class is a game called “Musical Chairs Circuit Training.” In this game, participants would move around a series of exercise stations set up in a circle, with one fewer station than the number of players. Each station would have a different exercise for the players to do, such as jumping jacks, push-ups, or squats.
The game would start with music playing, and the players would move from station to station, doing the exercise at each station for a set amount of time (e.g. 30 seconds). When the music stops, the players would need to find a station to do the next exercise at. The player who does not have a station to go to is out, and one of the stations is removed. The game continues until there is only one player left, who is the winner.
This game would be fun and engaging for participants, and it would also provide a full-body workout as they move from station to station. It could be easily adapted to different fitness levels and could be played with a variety of exercises.
Kyle Wood: Great, what’s a another one?
2. Team Tag
AI: Another game that could be played in an exercise class is called “Team Tag.” In this game, participants would be divided into teams, and each team would have a designated area to start in. One player from each team would be the “tagger,” and they would start in the center of the room.
The game would start with the taggers trying to tag as many players from the other teams as possible. When a player is tagged, they would join the team of the tagger who tagged them. The game continues until all players are on the same team.
This game would be fun and active, and it would also encourage teamwork and cooperation among the participants. It could be easily adapted to different fitness levels and could be played with a variety of exercises (e.g. using different types of movements to avoid being tagged).
Kyle Wood: Awesome, and another one?
3. The Hula Hoop Challenge
AI: Another game that could be played in an exercise class is called “The Hula Hoop Challenge.” In this game, participants would be divided into teams, and each team would be given a hula hoop. The goal of the game is for each team to move the hula hoop around the room using only their bodies (e.g. by stepping through the hoop, rolling it with their hands, or passing it over their heads).
The game would start with the teams at one end of the room, and they would need to move the hula hoop to the other end of the room as quickly as possible. The team that reaches the other end of the room first, with the hula hoop still in motion, wins the game.
This game would be fun and active, and it would also provide a good cardiovascular workout as the teams move the hula hoop around the room. It could be easily adapted to different fitness levels and could be played with a variety of exercises (e.g. using different body parts to move the hula hoop).
Bootcamp Games Created By Real Humans
Thanks for your help AI but don’t quit your day job.
There’s nothing quite like a fitness game created by a creative trainer who has tested it over and over with real humans.
That’s one of the reasons I created BootCraft, I wanted a place where I could put everyone’s awesome bootcamp games in one spot for easy reference.
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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.