I recently received some questions about Bootcamp Fitness Games from a reader and wanted to share the questions and my answers with you.
Here they are (plus 2 free games)
1. What are bootcamp fitness games? How do they differ from a “traditional” bootcamp workout?
Answer: Bootcamp Fitness Games were created by me out of boredom in my own bootcamp which I started in 2005. Back then, bootcamps were all about push ups, sit ups, running, squats, etc. There was not much laughing and not much fun. Yes, people got results but I figured if I could come up with fun games to use in the warm ups and workouts, that would complete a bootcamp workout. And it worked incredibly well. These games are a very athletic and fun way to warm up, cool down or fill time. People talked about my bootcamp with their friends which helped to rapidly spread the word, bringing in more potential customers. I knew I had to share bootcamp fitness games with my fellow bootcamp trainers and so I wrote the ebook, “Bootcamp Fitness Games” which is an instantly downloadable product with text, images and videos explaining the games. There are 21+ games and currently, there are 3 downloadable bonuses. The bonuses are: Fitness Workout Ideas #1, #2 and #3 which consist of 56 proven bootcamp workouts from my own bootcamp. The total number of games and workouts is 77.
2. I’ve already got a bootcamp in place – for example, I’m doing a six week body fat shred bootcamp. How would bootcamp fitness games fit into this?
Answer: Bootcamp Fitness Games will be a welcome change of pace for any bootcamp. Games create a more balanced total approach and allow people to lower their guards and be silly (like a kid). I’ve never heard anyone say “can we skip the games today?” but I have heard people say “can we skip the workout today?”.
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw
3. Do I need additional equipment to implement the bootcamp games? I’ve already invested in equipment and don’t want to raise my overhead costs.
Answer:This is a good question and a very common one. Remember, I started out bare bones with just cones, a medicine ball, and some dumbbells. That’s all I had when I wrote “Bootcamp Fitness Games”. Once you start using Fitness Games in your own bootcamp, the creative process will take hold and you’ll be able to create more with less. It’s not about the equipment, it’s about creating challenging fun games that have a purpose, are a touch competitive and help your bootcampers “engage” so that they are prepped for the main bootcamp workout. Some of the games require minimal equipment – cones, medicine ball, dodge ball, foam ball. Items that are inexpensive and will be worth their weight in gold, long term. Other games require no equipment.
4. What are the benefits of adding bootcamp fitness games in my bootcamp sessions?
Answer: The benefits that I experienced and others have experienced include:
* Increased Fun
* Increased Teamwork – Easier To Get To Know Fellow Bootcampers Due To The Fun And Sometimes Silliness
* Increased Word Of Mouth
* Increased Social Media
* Increased Bootcamp Participation – It’s Easier To Stick With Something That’s Fun
* Creates A More Complete Bootcamp Experience
* Does Away With The Notion That Bootcamps All Have A Military Theme That May Keep People From Joining
5. I’m worried that bootcamp fitness games aren’t going to give my bootcampers the intensity they’re looking for.
When I think of “games” I think of something more relaxed, and a lot of my bootcampers are pretty hard core.
Answer: This is another big concern. Bootcamp Fitness Games are meant to be used as a warm up or filler activity. Since we know that warming up and cooling down is important – especially with de-conditioned participants, fitness games are a great tool. Having said that, take a game like “Burpee Ball”. You have 2 teams and you play the game similarly to baseball. Flip a coin to see who bats first. The offense (batters) line up to the side of home plate. On the instructors “GO!” the first batter throws or kicks the ball (stability ball) out into the playing field. The batter runs around the bases (cones) as quickly as he/she can while the other batters do as many burpees as they can. The defense must get to the ball as quickly as they can and run to home plate. As soon as they run to home plate, the runner is out – unless they’ve already crossed home plate. The highest number of burpees done by any one person (batters) is the score for that runner.
A different fielder must run to home base each time in order to keep everyone involved. Bootcamp instructor watches form and keeps track of points.
That’s Burpee Ball and it can be tweaked in many different ways. For example, if I had a more advanced group, I would have them try to match the highest number of burpees (instructor would need to time the runner). So not only would the outfield be running around chasing the ball, they would be performing “competition burpees” after each batter. Non-stop action that’s equal to a hardcore workout.
I receive questions like this one (#5) constantly. Recently, I came across a couple of resources demonstrating youth games that can easily be modified for your bootcamp. Here are two new games you can implement right away with minimal equipment.
Hungry Hungry Hippo
Remember the childhood game Hungry Hungry Hippo where the Hippo tries to gobble the balls? This is a fun adaptation for your bootcampers. The goal of the game is for each player to “gobble” or capture as many balls in the time allowed. Points are awarded to each bootcamper for every ball gobbled. The team member with the most points at the end of the game wins.
30-40 small balls per group of four (ping pong or tennis balls work well), Bucket for each team member.
How to Play:
Create a large circular area of approximately 20 yards in diameter. Place 4 cones along the perimeter to mark the players start positions along the circle. Place the balls in the center of the circle. Set the timer for 3 to 4 minutes, depending on your preference. On the instructor’s go, each bootcamper makes it to the center of the circle as quickly as possible, grabs a ball, runs back to their cone and places their ball in their bucket. Each ball captured is a point. You can use buckets to place the balls in, but a cone marker worked just fine for us.
To add difficulty and FUN, the instructor constantly changes the requirement to reach the center of the cone. Here’s the sequence that worked well for us – you’ll have many ideas of your own.
1. Regular run to retrieve ball, run back to cone.
2. Long jump to retrieve ball, run back to cone.
3. One leg hop to retrieve ball, run back to cone.
4. Low side shuffles to retrieve ball, run back to cone.
5. Burpee long jump to retrieve ball, run back to cone.
You can rotate through these, add your own, etc for the entire three to four minutes. Depending on the number of balls you have and how quickly your bootcampers finish, you may need to reset the board. Just have them bring their buckets up quickly, dump balls in the center, and go again. To avoid this, try using ping pong balls – Amazon has a pack of 144 for approximately $8.
Frogger is a fun, fast paced game for your bootcampers that’s going to keep a team of three constantly moving.
Agility Rings – 7
How to Play:
For each frogger board, teams of three work well. To create a frogger board, set up 4 agility rings in a line at a distance apart that most bootampers can jump/long jump into.
The first bootcamper jumps into the first agility ring and continues jumping into each agility ring. As the bootcamper completes a jump, one of the other team members picks up the agility ring behind the jumping team member and runs it to the front. The other team member also picks up an agility ring and runs it to the front of the line as the first bootcamper is jumping. This continues until the first bootcamper has made 8 jumps.
When the first bootcamper completes 8 jumps, he/she calls out “switch” and the second bootcamper becomes the jumper with the other two as “ring runners”. When the second bootcamper completes 8 jumps, he/she yells “switch” and the third bootcamper becomes the jumper. A good length of time I’ve found is two jump rotations for each bootcamper. So in a team of three, each bootcamper should be the jumper at least two times.
The team that completes two rounds of jumps for each team member first wins.
For more Bootcamp Fitness Games and to download 3 Free Games, please visit BootcampFitnessGames.com