I love it when I hear from fellow bootcamp trainers. I received this email from Trish in which she says:
Here’s a few fresh boot camp workout games that my people love. Would love any ideas you may have as well.
Good luck and have fun. – Trish
I love how Trish has created a “theme” with this workout. Psychologically, it’s an “escape” from the regular routine. Everyone needs a break from the same old workouts, using the same old equipment.
Related side note – I walked into the gym to meet my training partner for our workout. There he was sitting on the couch in the gym reception area with a less than “time to kick ass” look on his face.
“Hey, Scott why don’t we skip today’s workout and head over to IHOP (International House of Pancakes) and eat, talk and hang out?”
This was so unexpected as this was a highly competitive national level bodybuilder who ate, slept and lived bodybuilding all of the time.
“Sure”, I said a little stunned.
We ended up having a great time at IHOP, I got to know him a little better than just from the gym and I learned a valuable lesson.
VALUABLE LESSON – Mix things up, think outside the box and never allow yourself to get bored. If you are beginning to get stale, SHAKE THINGS UP!
So don’t ever be afraid to try something completely new. I’m not sure that a trip to IHOP would be a good idea but certainly telling your group that you’ve got a brand new workout to spring on them and while there might be some snags or confusion during this NEW WORKOUT, everyone is going to have fun trying it.
OK, back to the workout.
So after your group warm up, you could do this workout as either an individual or team activity.
- Run 1 lap (220 yards or similar distance)
- 10 reps Body weight Squats
- 10 reps Shoulder Presses
- 10 reps Biceps Curls
(If you haven’t yet, click on the images above to read through the rest of the workout and then continue to read below)
So as per the workout, if you don’t have access to bleachers, cardio room, weight room, etc, you can try out your creative skills.
Here’s how I might utilize this workout at the outdoor park. I would create some index cards with the name of the country and the exercise and reps. Scatter the cards around the workout area to have plenty of space. Put a small rock (weight) on top of the cards so the wind doesn’t blow them away (happened to all of us, right?):
Russia (Medicine Ball Russian Twists for 50 reps)
SUMMARY: So you’ve got 11 different countries (stations) to visit. When you add in running one lap, squats, shoulder presses and curls in between each country – your bootcampers are going to be well seasoned travelers.
Thanks again, Trish for the great workout!
P.S. If you have another way to tweak this workout or if you tried it in your own bootcamp, let me know. Leave your comments below.