By now we all know that fun plays a big role in keeping our bootcampers motivated and enthusiastic. But before we jump right in here are several tips to consider when implementing bootcamp fitness games into our workouts.
- One of the most important ingredients to running a successful “general” fitness bootcamp is to keep an atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable with their own current level of fitness and ability. Nothing wrong with friendly competition just try to keep it fun and fair.
- Take safety precautions to prevent injuries and accidents. I heard a loud “pop” once during a routine warm up in my own bootcamp. Next I saw a lady writhing in pain on the ground as she had popped something in her ankle. As an instructor or coach, it’s important to be a “broken record” and tell people over and over to start off slow – even during warm ups.
- Establish a regular routine. Warm up, dynamic activity, game, workout, cool down is my routine. I try to steadily build intensity, raise heart rates and then slowly bring them down again during the cool down. Mixing it up is important, but this is my basic workout formula.
- Keep directions simple. Use cues and keywords in your verbal descriptions.
- Provide visual demonstrations as a lot of people are visual learners – particularly in the early morning hours when your clients may still be waking up..
- Make sure everyone is participating. There’s no benefit to just standing around watching. Have them do jumping jacks, squats, planks or wall sits while they are waiting their turn.
- Avoid activities that are too advanced or complicated. If your bootcamper feels confident about her abilities, she’s more likely to keep actively participating in your program.
- Balance your fitness game activities. Switch up partners, teams, running, strength, and length of time regularly.
- Offer praise and reward for teamwork, positive attitudes, good sportsmanship and effort. Winning is cool, but it’s not the main focus.
- Bootcamp training should be a positive experience for your bootcampers, the bootcamp instructor should be enthusiastic about what they are doing. This is a great opportunity for your bootcampers to fall in love with fitness and get them on the path to lifelong exercise!
Don’t be afraid to play very basic games with your clients as a lot of them are de-conditioned, have less than average hand-eye coordination, space awareness, body coordination, balance, listening skills, and participation skills. Bootcamp fitness games don’t always have to be of the highest intensity. Have fun with the basic games as well.
Here’s a video of a very basic boxing drill that you can use in your bootcamps. The owner instructor, Julia Feighner is an undefeated amateur boxer with a record of 10-0. She has the class do 2 minutes of this drill which is fun and is a great warm up. Check out the more experienced ladies in the background. Watch their footwork – this drill will definitely get your heart rate up. Also, pay attention to how much laughing you can hear during the drill!
Above all, take a deep breath, have fun, laugh and create a fun workout program that gets results!
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