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This drills are designed to get your clients to work together in teams. Always a good way to build community and loyalty in your bootcamp.
Ton Up Partner Workout
By Rubin Allen
Split the group into uneven pairs of fitness level (fastest and slowest ) The aim is for both partners to finish 100 reps each and complete as many shuttles as possible.
Set up cones to shuttle between 15 metres apart.
The format is 1 person completes 10 reps of the first exercise while partner 2 must get as many shuttles between two cones directly in front. For example: If 2 gets four shuttles by the time 1 has finished the first exercise , 1 carries on from four and adds his shuttles on.
There are 10 exercises written on a white board:
- Push ups
- KB squats
- X star jumps
- Close grip push ups
- Squat jumps
- KB swings
When 1 finishes push ups 2 takes over whilst 1 does shuttles. When 2 finishes, 1 goes back to push ups then adds on 10 reps of KB squats. So starting at the beginning and adding an exercise on each round. On the last exercise the client will have achieved 100 reps total, shuttles must be accumulated as well.
I live in Cambridge, UK working as a PT and outdoor fitness instructor with Parkfit.
Filthy Fifty – Partner Workout
By Nancy Krueger
- 50 sit-ups
- 50 Burpees
- 50 Kettlebell Swings
- 50 Box jumps (or jump squats)
- 50 Pull-ups (or ring rows)
- 50 Push-ups
- 50 walking lunges (count each leg)
- 50 Tricep Dips
- 50 Squats
- 50 Heels to Heavens
One partner works, while one partner rests. HOWEVER, the resting partner must hold 10-20lb medicine ball (or weight) above their head. If the weight or ball comes below their head at anytime, 10 burpee penalty for both!
Partners can choose to break up the exercises however they wish, if one is really good at something, or more fit, they can do more. The first set of partners to complete the “Filthy Fifty” win and decide the finisher exercises for the day. This really encourages BOTH partners to work hard for each other as well as cheer each other on!
I have been running my own Boot Camp in my small town for 3 years now. I do it on the side outside of my “day job”, so still have no website or link to share, but LOVE this site and sharing ideas with others!
Fetch the Frisbees
By Bob Andrews
Break group into several teams (4-6 each team).
Each team is assigned different color Frisbee, I throw the Frisbees in the open field and call out an exercise (squats, push ups, burpees, mtn climbers, planks etc.) then blow the whistle, one member of each team runs to get Frisbee and back. While their teams does that exercise until teammate gets back.
Then we do it all again with a different teammate running after Frisbee.
Do for 28-30 minutes.
I run a free bootcamp in the evening from 6-7pm at my church, most are not members but live in the area, some travel over 20 mi., been doing this almost 4 years, just this past February opened my own morning warehouse from 5:30-6:30am. We do crossfit type exercises but this is for the average person. Morning groups are small but evening groups I’ve had 64 on a few occasions but average around 30. I’m WITTS certified as well as TRX COURE COMPLETION.
By Luci Romano
For 10 players.
Using cones form 2 circles. One small inner circle. One large outer circle.
A STRAIGHT line of cones from the inner circle to the outer circle. For example from the centre of a clock all the way to 12 o’clock.
Player start off by standing around the smaller inner circle were they perform 50 jump ropes.
From here the PLAYERS form two straight lines, against the line of cones leading to 12 o’clock, facing back to back to one another.
The players that arrive to the line first must jog on the spot, waiting for remaining players to join them.
The players closest to the inner circle must hold a plank, while the 2 players closest to the outer circle both sprint around the circle as quick as they can. One player sprinting clockwise and the other sprinting anti clockwise. All other players must perform a quick jog around the circle, 3 jogging clockwise and 3 jogging anti clockwise, and back to the beginning.
All players then return to the inner circle for the next drill for 40 star jumps. Repeat the drill above with 2 new players sprinting around the circle while 2 new players hold a plank, and all other players perform a quick jog around the circle.
The drill continues with 30 squats, 20 pushups, and 10 Burpees. Repeat the entire drill 3 times.
I specialize in Both One on One Personal Training and Group Boot Camp Sessions. My Bootcamp workouts are intense exercise sessions that challenge every muscle in the body.
I advocate eating healthy and regular work-out sessions. I enjoy jogging, cycling, boxing and kickboxing. I have a black belt in Martial Arts – the style Chuan Fa. My inclination for sports started while I was at school.
The workout I have submitted is always enjoyed by my clients. By rapidly moving from exercise to exercise with little rest in between, they tone and firm muscles while getting a good cardiovascular workout at the same time.
What Lies Beneath
By Lindsey Hilliard
Equipment: Cones, labels
Aim: Everyone works together in this drill to get through all the cones.
Use approximately 15 cones (at least one per camper) and allocate an exercise to each cone by placing a card underneath (so the campers can’t see what the exercise is without lifting up the cone).
Start campers holding a plank in a line or in a circle. Cones should be placed around 30m away from group.
Pick a camper to go first.
While everyone else is holding a plank, the first camper sprints out to the cones, picks one at random and brings it back to the group. That camper then tells the group which exercise is in the cone they just chose.
Everyone in the group performs the exercise together, while the next person sprints out to get the next cone. Once that camper returns with the new cone, everyone performs changes to the new exercise.
This pattern continues on until all the cones have been collected and everyone has had at least one turn at sprinting out to a cone for collection.
The aim is for each person to complete as many reps as they can until the next person returns with a new cone.
It’s up to you which exercises you choose to allocate, depending on your group. I tend to use bodyweight exercises for this one.
I used this one recently when combining two bootcamp groups together. It worked well because as the group moved through the exercises and begin to tire, they really encouraged each other to sprint out to the cones and back.
It’s a great idea for the instructor to encourage each of the runner’s by name so everyone learns each other’s names too.
My name is Lindsey Hilliard and I run bootcamp sessions aimed at mums. Mums are generally a unique group, who don’t have the time to go to a gym or enough fitness education to work out on their own. Most of my clients come to me with a goal of losing their baby weight and have very low fitness levels (to start with). I put a large focus of my training into fat loss and core strength (as most have lost this during pregnancy).
I love training this niche group because it has a real ‘community’ feel about it and we all have so much fun together.
My business, Fit la Femme, has been running bootcamps for just over 2 years now.
By Jade Hough
Teams of 3 or so.
Equipment: 1 bucket each team (full of water), 1 sponge per player (I use the car wash sponges the big yellow ones), and 1 bottle – 1.25lt or 2lt soft drink or similar (empty of course).
Place the bucket approx. 30 meters away from the ‘start’ line.
Each team member must dunk their sponge in the bucket of water and race to the other end and try to squeeze as much water as they can in the bottle. Continue back and forth till the bottle is full.
I play this game where there is a tap to refill the bucket otherwise the water won’t last too long.
I found a 2lt bottle took around 10 or so minutes last week (bit longer than I had anticipated – and that was after giving both teams a few tips) so perhaps a 1.25lt bottle would suffice).
It’s very entertaining to watch!!!
I’ve been a PT for 5 years now and have played sport (baseball in particular) since I was 5 so love team games!! UB Fit Personal Training.
By Michael Havazelet
Split class into equal teams and you need one deck of cards per team. The cards mean the following:
A – 20 Burpee tuck jumps
K – 20 Pullups
Q – 20 Box jumps (24″ box)
J – 20 Thrusters
2-10 Hearts – Jumping jacks x 10
2-10 Spades – Squats x 5
2-10 Diamonds – Crunches x 5
2-10 Clubs – 100ft Sprints
Joker – Half mile run, must bring 2 teammates, remaining teammates can continue working and pulling cards.
6 of Hearts = 60 jumping jacks
3 of Clubs = three 100ft sprints
9 of Spades = 45 squats
When the whistle blows, members from each team start taking cards off of their deck one at a time, completing the exercise as per above. First team to finish their deck completely wins and others must complete some kind of punishment. Alternatively, the team that finishes first can get 1 “point” and you can play best of 3, 5, etc.
Works well as a warmup or as a main drill. Good way for people to get to know each other and the format pushes people to work harder since they are working for a team. Less fit clients also feel good because they are still contributing with each card they complete and don’t feel like they are behind as with more conventional drills. Works for any number of people assuming you have enough decks.
On a side note, you can substitute any exercises you want that work for your particular gym, just make A, K, Q and Js harder exercises and the rest more basic exercises. I save the two Jokers for some kind of twist such as a partial or full team run.
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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.
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