People don’t make eye contact as much anymore.
Their heads are down, peering into their smart phones as they go about their day. They’re like zombies. Too busy in their own world to be interacting in yours.
They don’t seem to be having fun or getting much enjoyment out of life. One way to add fun and enjoyment to their lives is to introduce them to Fitness Games. You’ll immediately notice a boost in motivation and enthusiasm. They’ll relearn teamwork. They’ll relearn interaction.
It seems to me that if you can make fitness fun, then most of the “work” is done. In my bootcamp world, fun doesn’t mean that my clients are just standing around, cracking jokes and doing a few hula hoops. No, to me it means you implement fun from the start, in the warm ups, in the dynamic warm ups, maybe in the workout and definitely during the end of the class.
I just finished my workout for today. I did the Crossfit workout called, Fight Gone Bad. My version went like this:
3 Rounds, 5 stations, 60 seconds at each station, 60 second rest, after each round (5 stations = 1 round). The exercises were:
Box Jumps 24″
Barbell Push Press 95lbs
Medicine Ball Slams
Kettlebell Squat With High Pull
My “score” was 256 points.
At the end of the workout, I was wiped out, my heart rate was screaming. Once my heart rate got down to around 90 BPM, I was ready for the next activity. This is a great time to implement fitness games into the workout. You’re already toast, but you still have enough energy to finish up the workout and play something fun. Here’s a game that you can try with your clients. All it requires is a deck of cards for each team and a bowl (or something similar).
This game can be played with a regular deck of cards. The goal is for each team to get the most points. Each team has one bowl about 6 feet in front of them. You can split the group up into teams of 3 players in order to avoid chaos by using just one bowl.
Shuffle the cards and deal the deck evenly among the players on each team. Now try and flick the cards into the bowl. After your cards are all thrown, count your points. The team with the most points wins (count the points on the cards or just the total number of cards). Each team must do the exercises that they missed. The exercise that you choose is up to you. Do up to 10 reps per exercise so if you have 40 cards that didn’t make it into the bowl, you would do a total of 400 reps. Use your creativity as to how you want to go about doing the 400 reps of various exercises. Make it a race to see which team finishes their exercises first. This game has a built in rest period while throwing the cards – a great way to recover after a workout.
By the way, this game (the original version) comes from a product called Strength Stack 52.
Here’s the video explaining more:
And here’s the kickstarter project for this product -> http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1172471035/strength-stack-52-playing-cards-the-game-of-fit?ref=live
For more fun fitness games like this, check out Bootcamp Fitness Games!
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Some trainers and coaches spend hours if not days looking
for great boot camp fitness games and fun workouts.
They get stuck coming
up with new ideas. And once they think that they’ve
found something, they have no idea whether the game
or workout has actually been used in an actual bootcamp.
So not knowing where to turn, they spend MORE time
online trying to come up with ideas.
If you’re spending way too much time looking for
“fun boot camp games” then you’re going to love
Bootcamp games are a must in every one of my
classes because they are a great way to wake
up, warm up and get my clients focused while
I used to spend hours online looking for resources
that I could tweak and work into my own bootcamp
but that seemed to take forever. Time is money.
Now within minutes, I can pick out one of the PROVEN
76 games or workouts that currently come with “Bootcamp Fitness Games”
and use it immediately with my boot camp group.
These games are easy to implement, they’re fun
and you can use them either indoors or outdoors.
Each game can be changed up a bit to create a
brand new fitness game so there is virtually unlimited combinations
to try for your fitness bootcamp classes.
Now if you’re thinking that these games are for kids
then I’ve got to tell you that they most definitely
are not! Some of the games will feel more like
boot camp “workout” games.
I remember one time when I was setting up some cones
for that mornings workout. The workout was “Pyramid
Overload Circuit” (POC). One of my veteran
bootcampers recognized what workout we were going to
be doing and quickly drove off!
Now none of these games or workouts are going to hurt
anyone. They can be adjusted to make them harder or
So if it’s been a tough day and you’re flustered –
don’t feel like you have to come up with bootcamp
games and workouts out of “thin air”. Check out
Bootcamp Fitness Games and within minutes you’ll
be grinning from ear to ear. There’s nothing like
digging into a bunch of new workouts for your
Grab them now at BootcampFitnessGames.com
What happens when you have the guts to follow your dreams?
By “dreams” I mean following the things that excite you the most,
more than anything else in the world.
It’s October 2004, I get the call.
I’m penciled in to work the night shift down at the old paper mill.
This was my 6th year. I loved my job but looking back I realize it was
just a graveyard for shattered hopes and dreams. Everybody had an
epic story, and a compelling excuse.
I could have been this…
I could have been that….
I almost set up a business once..
Etc, etc, etc.
I believe there’s a divine spark in each of us, it’s that thing that’s
always nudging, always pressing, always guiding, but only
for those who take notice.
It’s March 2004; I get the call.
I was almost laughed out of the building when I broke the news to my
coworkers that I had joined the military, except for the boss who’s
lad was in the army. I often heard the other guy’s taking the piss,
placing bets on when I’d be back.
It’s now mid November 2005, I get the call.
I’m being deployed to Afghanistan with the British Royal Marines!
I was 6 weeks out of training when I received the notice. It was a day of
stark realization. The penny had finally dropped so to speak as I realized that
our only limitations are the ones we choose to place upon ourselves, this single
thing will determine the degree to your success.
It’s March 2010, I get the call.
Sound Fitness Team Training is born. 14 people show up for the first session,
2 people join. The talk of team games, fun challenges and creative circuits soon fill
the town, and not before long I’m 75 clients strong.
Workouts based on team work, forge friendships. Team games, if only for a brief
moment, are capable of revealing the child in us, the child which is usually obscured
by our daily troubles.
It’s March 2013, I get the call.
My website is all set, I’m ready to share my ideas with the world. I had worked hard,
months of planning, motivated by the endless hours that had passed, scratching my eyes out,
searching endlessly on the internet for new workouts.
My main passion, even more so than my business, revealed itself. A passion that would
see me fulfill a goal that was close to my heart. I wanted to inspire trainers all around
the world with my ideas I wanted them to have more fun doing what they loved, without
the stress of not knowing where their next awesome workout would spring from.
It’s July 2013, I get the call.
It seems so surreal.
Unique Bootcamp Workouts has just been published. My first ebook, which I nicknamed The Ultimate
Workout Creation Tool.
Consisting of 10 unique books (161 ideas in total). Ranging from team games, team challenges,
creative circuits and more. The whole point of the book is to mix and match the ideas to
create your own fun, unique and exciting workouts.
Even better, there are literally millions of different workout combinations that you can make,
giving you an unlimited supply.
My name is Leon Melnicenko.
I am Creative Director of Sound Fitness in the United Kingdom.
I answered the call.
P.S. And life has never been better!
P.P.S. Find out how you can get a FREE copy of Leon’s ebook, Epic Team Games ($49.00 Value) which includes games like:
- Walk The Plank
- Plank Runner
- Points Catcher
- Rack Up The Points
- Race To The Finish
- Sit Up Swapper
- and 30 more Bootcamp Team Games
This offer expires in 48 hours according to Leon. Check out the offer here!
They’ve been around for a while – they make playing cards for sports activities. From their website, they describe their products as:
FitDeck is a custom deck of playing cards that makes exercise more simple, convenient and fun. By shuffling the cards, you constantly create new and exciting workouts no matter what type of fitness activities you love. With 40 different titles to choose from, you are sure to find a FitDeck that fits your lifestyle.
Our primary tool to deliver this information is a custom deck of playing cards – in both physical and digital formats. These cards allow you to specify the type of workout you want by choosing from our library of 40 unique FitDeck titles. Shuffle your cards to create an ever-changing, always-fresh workout in 15 seconds or less.
Click the image above to get a free no strings attached demo of what they offer. I have the “fit deck” and use them in my own training from time to time when I want to go “brainless”. Just flip the card, do the exercise on the card for a preset number of reps and keep going until the timer goes off or when you’ve completed the full deck.
What could be easier? The founder of fit deck, Phil Black, is a former Marine so I suppose he knows a thing or two about fitness. Anyway, I’m on their email list, received an email from them yesterday and just thought I would share with you guys because you ROCK!
P.S. Their website is at http://fitdeck.com if you want to check them out. I’m not an affiliate or anything – just sharing a resource.