Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to unleash the dorky part that is inside of every group fitness instructor with a special Valentine’s Day Workout.
No matter how serious your workouts normally are, days like these are great opportunities to surprise your clients with something that’s a little different.
Below I’m going to share with you some favourite workout ideas from the Bootcamp Ideas community, but first, in case you’re planning on creating your own, I want to show you the simple system for creating a show stopping Valentine’s Day group fitness workout:
Valentine’s Day Workout Creation System™️
Step one: Create any workout (bonus points if it’s a partner workout)
Step two: Add love hearts. For example:
- Station cards in the shape of a heart
- Draw a giant love heart on your whiteboard and write the workout inside
- Heart shaped candy/lollies
- Heart shaped stickers on everything!
Step three: Done!
Yes, that’s a bit of a joke. But also is seriously how it works as you’ll see in the workout ideas below.
Don’t like Valentine’s Day? Run a Galentine’s Day workout instead.
Our Best Valentine’s Day Workout Ideas
- Valentine’s Day Workout Creation System™️
- Our Best Valentine’s Day Workout Ideas
- Bonus: Song Finisher Ideas
- Final Thoughts on Valentine’s Day Workout Ideas
1. Valentine’s Card Partner Workout 🃏
The night before: Create (or re-use) a partner workout that uses lots of partner exercises. Print off multiple copies and make them into several Valentine’s Day cards (enough for half of your campers).
At your session split your campers into 2 groups. Give each member of one group a Valentine’s Day card. Then tell the card holders to ask one member of the other group to be their Valentine by giving them their card.
Together the pair will complete all exercises and reps inside the card.
Set a time limit (eg. 30 or 40 minutes) to get done as much as they can.
- 10 ea: Jump Squat w/ Hi 5, Cross Body Mountain Climbers, Squat w/ Ball Toss, Sit Up w/ Release & Pass, Hi 5 Push Ups
- 20 ea: Jump Squat w/ Hi 5, Cross Body Mountain Climbers, Squat w/ Ball Toss, Sit Up w/ Release & Pass
- 30 ea: Jump Squat w/ Hi 5, Cross Body Mountain Climbers, Squat w/ Ball Toss
- 40 ea: Jump Squat w/ Hi 5, Cross Body Mountain Climbers
- 50 ea: Jump Squat w/ Hi 5
- 100: Step Ups (50 per leg)
Idea from: Janice Ainsworth
2. Love Yourself Workout 🤗
This workout will take up a full hour session so complete a quick full body warm up and then get into it!
Set up 5 stations, each focusing on loving a different part of the body.
Have your campers run 200m. When they return they can pick one of the stations to start on. The group on that station will then become a team, completing the workout together.
After everyone in the team completes the station, the group will run 200m again before moving to the next station. Rinse and repeat for all 5 stations.
Use these exercises (fairly equipment heavy) or come up with your own:
Love Your Legs:
- 50x Weighted Squat to Wall Ball
- 40x Weighted Hill Lunge (L+R=1)
- 30x Weighted In/Out Squat Jumps
- 20x KB Stiff Leg Deadlift
- 10x Weighted Split Squat (ea. leg)
Love Your Bum:
- 50x Donkey Kicks (L+R=1)
- 40x Glute Bridge
- 30x Elevated Deep Squat
- 20x SB Hamstring Curl
- 10x Single Leg Deadlift (ea. leg)
Love Your Heart
- 50x High Knees (L+R=1)
- 40x Dumbbell Punches
- 30x Full Range Mountain Climbers (L+R=1)
- 20x KB Swing
- 10x Get Up Burpees
Love Your Arms:
- 50x Battle Rope Wave
- 40x Band Rows
- 30x TRX Pull Ups
- 20x Tricep Push Ups
- 10x Arnold Press
Love Your Core:
- 50x Weighted V-Sits
- 40x Weighted OH Crunch
- 30x Standing Oblique Crunch (L+R=1)
- 20x Turkish Set Ups (ea. side)
- 10x Ab Wheel Roll Outs
Idea from: Dyann Prosser
3. Team Conversation Hearts 💗
Split your campers into 4 teams, each team in a corner of the room.
In the center of the room place a big bowl of those conversation heart candies.
Give each team a copy of the same workout (see example below).
Everyone works individually, but FOR their team completing the workout at their own pace. When they are done they have to run to the center of the room, grab a heart and announce what it says to their team. This goes on for 10 minutes. At the end of the 10 minutes each team counts up their hearts and shares their favorite saying with the whole group….they are usually pretty amusing.
Collect the workout sheets and hand them a new one (with new exercises). Repeat.
Example Workout Exercises:
Idea from: Christine Cook
4. Candy Spelling 🍭
In this classic Valentine’s Day group fitness workout you’ll need a bunch of those candy hearts with phrases on them.
Working in pairs, campers pick a heart from the packet. They must then spell the phrase on the heart by completing the corresponding exercises (in the order of the word/phrase).
Set a time limit for the workout and at the end of the time the pair with the most hearts wins (the winner is totally luck based as some phrases are longer than others).
Here’s an example of exercises from Jorgia Weeks. Feel free to use these or come up with your own (be mindful that vowels like A and E will be done quite a few times).
Idea from: Original author unknown. It’s been shared by multiple trainers over the years.
5. Blind Dates 🧑🏻🤝🧑🏾
Before the session create 28 valentines day cards, each with one exercise on them.
Place cards face down and have 2 campers come forward to choose one card each (picking for the whole group).
The format is 4 reps of each exercise for 40 work:15 rest (2 Rounds).
For example: Shoulder taps and plank jacks were picked. 4 x shoulder taps – 4 x plank jacks repeating this combo for :40 seconds with :15 seconds rest (2 Rounds).
Exercise Card Ideas:
- Power Jacks
- Jumping Jacks
- Power Jumps (forward)
- Push ups
- Plank ups
- Mountain Climbers
- Reverse Lunge
- Ski Squat Pulse
Happy Valentine’s Day
Idea from: Lori Watson
Bonus: Song Finisher Ideas
Many trainers like to set up a custom playlist of upbeat romantic songs to play during their Valentine’s Day workout.
Here are some ideas of how to turn the final song in your playlist into an epic finisher:
1. Jump (For My Love) by The Pointer Sisters
Campers pulse in a mid squat position. Then, when the word Jump is sung, campers do a jump squat. Repeat for the entire song.
2. Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
Start in squat hold. Every time Love is song do a burpee.
At 55 secs switch to non-stop mountain climbers.
At 80 secs switch to explosive star jumps.
At 115 secs switch back to squat hold with love = burpee.
3. Love Stinks by J. Geils Band
Hold a squat, when LOVE is said, BIG jump, back to squat.
For a warm up version of this song have campers moving their body (eg. jogging on the spot, high knees, butt kicks) and then complete one jumping jack when Love is said.
Final Thoughts on Valentine’s Day Workout Ideas
The main thing with any kind of Valentine’s Day group fitness workout is to have fun: make it a bit silly and over-the-top.
This is a chance for your campers to laugh and have a good time whether they like Valentine’s Day or hate it.
If you liked these group fitness workout ideas then you’ll definitely like the hundreds of other ideas we have on BootCraft. BootCraft is an ever-growing collection of all kinds of group fitness workouts, games, warm ups, HIT sessions and more. Check it out.
If you’ve got any Valentine’s Day workout ideas that you like to run, add them to the comments below.
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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