I love using fun bootcamp games. But they have to be challenging, which can be hard to come by.
Although there are literally hundreds of free bootcamp games floating around the net. The high majority seem to be adapted playground games which are fun, but not at all challenging.
And that’s not great for your fitter members, because for them, every second counts.
Over the years I have designed hundreds of fun team games that challenge all ability levels. You can find them all and many more bootcamp ideas inside the WDC Group Fitness Search Engine.
Today I’m going to share with you…
15 Fun Bootcamp Games You Need To Try
Workout game 1: Roll, Win, Benefit
In this fun 10 minute team workout, the objective of the game is to score points and make the opposing team work harder. You can create many different bootcamp games with this drill by switching out the exercises.
Equipment: 3 Markers, 2 dice
Time: 15 Minutes
Method: Split the group in to 2 teams and have them facing as shown.
Step 1: Give the end 2 players from each team a dice, and ask them to roll it.
Step 2: Show the group an exercise to complete for 60 seconds (I.e. Push ups).
Step 3: The team that rolled the highest number stops at 40 seconds whilst the losing team completes the full 60 seconds.
Play 15 rounds in total. After each round the dice is passed to the next 2 players in line from each team. The team with the most points at the end of the challenge wins.
Fitness game 2: I call this bootcamp game the Mexican wave, and it uses the same formation shown above with 2 teams facing in a line. Starting at one end of the line, players take turns completing a single burpee. The first team to finish wins a point. Play 4 games in total.
- If you have odd numbered teams join in.
Next up is one of my favourite
and fun bootcamp games
I call this bootcamp drill a game of sprints. In this 10 minute HIIT challenge player battle for top position by winning at paper, rocks, scissors and completing a series of tough sprints. It’s the ultimate game of luck and speed.
Click on the video below to access this fun bootcamp game.
2 Ninja Bootcamp Games
From Commando Training
Royal Marine training brings back some fond memories. Although it was physically and mentally demanding, I got through it and earned my Green Beret. In the picture above I was putting my troop through a few tough bootcamp drills
This workout side of things (phys as they call it) included things like..
- Log runs
- Assault courses
- Circuit training
- Team building workouts
- Combat training
- Speed marches (run walk repeat with heavy kit covering a large distance)
- Rope climbs
- Battle field drills
And a hell of a lot of push ups, especially if you got in trouble. I’m going to share a couple of push up based drills with you, then I’ll add on the team game element in the optional extras.
Bootcamp Drill 1: Pec Attack
Get your clients in the push up position. Shouting arms bend, arms stretch = 1 full push up.
Round 1: Shout arms bend, arms stretch 5 times. Then shout 5 push ups in your own time go on. Play 10 rounds without stopping. It’s very challenging.
Optional Extra: You can turn this in to a team game by doing the following. Write everybody’s name on your note pad before the challenge starts. Each time a player moans during the challenge (and they will) cross their name off the list.
- Players with their name crossed off face a forfeit.
- Players without their names crossed off win the challenge.
Note: Don’t reveal what you are doing until the end of the challenge
Bootcamp Drill 2: The Pressure Test
Complete the following workout drill.
- Plank for 60 seconds then complete 10 push ups
- Plank for 50 seconds then complete 10 push ups
- Plank for 40 seconds then complete 10 push ups
- Plank for 30 seconds then complete 10 push ups
- Plank for 20 seconds then complete 10 push ups
- Plank for 10 seconds then complete 10 push ups
The goal for your fitter clients is to keep their feet off the floor the whole time. Even to this day I still find this drill really hard. In your next session, tell your clients that your buddy Leon (ex Royal Marie Commando) sent in 2 drills for them to try. That way they won’t get mad at you when the going gets tough. Over and out.
Optional Extra: You can turn the above challenge in to 2 unique bootcamp games by doing the following.
Team game 1: Break the workout up in to rounds. I.e.
- Round 1: Plank for 60 seconds then complete 10 push ups
- Round 2: Plank for 50 seconds then complete 10 push ups
Give each player a coin. After each round (as the challenge is still going on and players are in the plank) players quickly flip their coin.
- Heads = Score 0 point
- Tails = Score 1 point
1 Point equals 10 burpees. All burpees are completed when the challenge is over.
Team game 2: Split the group in to pairs
After each round (as the challenge is still going on and players are in the plank) players play 1 game of rocks, paper, scissors.
- Win = score 0 point
- Lose = Score 1 point
1 Point equals 10 burpees. All burpees are completed when the challenge is over. Encourage teams to split the number of burpees between them.
Next up is the mighty Sandwich Drills, which is..
A Simple HIT Workout I Adapted
To Create 2 Fun Bootcamp Games
Last night I was in the mood for a workout, so designed and completed this bad boy.
Title: Sandwich Circuit
Complete 10 rounds
- 25 Medicine ball slams,
- 20m shuttle sprints 1 minute
- 10 pull ups
This simple routine is great for developing power, strength and speed.
When I design strength based workouts, I like to add a sprint element somewhere in the middle to break things up. That’s why I call it a sandwich circuit.
For me adding a sprint element to a strength based workout kills 2 birds with one stone. See, I play football for the local Spanish team (Aston Viñuela), so mixing sprints in a strength based training is perfect.
The next time you design a strength based workout for your group, break it up with shuttle sprints. It makes things much more intense and they’ll work up a good sweat.
Here’a How I Turned The Sandwich
Circuit In To 2 Tough Team Games
Most trainers won’t have a slam ball and a pull up bar per person, so we’ll change the exercises for this variation.
Title: Points Blitz
- 10 Push ups
- 2 x 20m shuttle sprints (there and back)
- 10 Burpees
Split the group in to 2 teams. Players have 12 minutes to complete as many rounds as they can (AMRAP). When the challenge is over ask 1 player from each team to add up all individual scores with a calculator. The team with the most points wins.
For version 2 we’ll use the same exercises as an example.
Title: Partner crush
- 15 Squats
- 2 x 20m shuttle sprint (there and back)
- 15 Sit ups
Split the group in to teams of 2 (pair weaker with stronger if possible) then mark out a large running circle.
Step 1: Player 1 jogs clockwise around the circle whilst player 2 complete all 3 exercises in the middle of the circle.
Step 2: Player 2 jogs clockwise around the circle whilst player 1 complete all 3 exercises in the middle of the circle.
Teams have 12 minutes to complete as many rounds as they can.
- Optional: The top 3 teams with the highest score avoid a forfeit of 20 burpees, 10 for beginners.
Next lets talk about..
The 11 Components of Fitness And How You
Can Use Them To Design Fun Team Games
When I studied to be a trainer, one of the first things I learnt was the 11 components of fitness.
Here’s a drill that combines speed, agility & muscular endurance
How many of these components do you include in you training programme? Utilising the 11 components will help you create a more effective and fun training programme for your clients.
Going over my old course material today has made me realise just how much I’ve forgotten, and how much I forget to apply when I’m creating new bootcamp drills.
I mean, when was the last time you incorporated reaction time, coordination or agility in to one of your group sessions?
2 Bootcamp Games that develop muscular
strength/endurance and reaction time.
Fitness game 1: Copy Cat
Time: 18 Minutes
Method: Split the group in to teams of 2.
Step 1: Player 1 copies players 2’s movements for 60 seconds. Player 1 is only allowed to use the following movements.
- Touch the floor
- Jump up
- Shuffle left touch the floor, return to centre.
- Shuffle right touch the floor, return to centre.
Step 2: Same again, this time player 2 copies player 1 for 60 seconds.
Step 3: Show the group an exercise to complete for 4 minutes (40 work, 20 rest).
Play 3 rounds in total. After each round as players to switch partners.
Next up is a drill I call Partner Mirror HIIT.
Title: Partner Mirror HIIT
Time: 18 Minutes
Method: Split the group in to teams of 2.
Step 1: Player 1 randomly switches between any exercises they like for 90 seconds. Player 2 mirrors player 1.
Step 2: Player 2 randomly switches between any exercises they like for 90 seconds. Player 1 mirrors player 2.
Step 3: Players take turns sprinting out 20m and back for 3 minutes.
Play 4 rounds in total. After each round ask players to switch partners.
Final thoughts on this.
A while back I watched the eagerly anticipated boxing match between George Groves & Eubank jr. Eubank jr was the hot favourite to win, but Groves won in convincing fashion making Eubank jr. look like an amateur. When asked, what was the secret to beating Eubank jr, Groves replied.
“It all comes down to one thing, boxing fundamentals“
That’s what give me the idea to dig out my old course material for a refresher on the 11 Components of Fitness. Whenever you’re creating a new workouts, have the 11 components of fitness to hand and make sure you include as many as you can.
You can create bootcamp games, finisher drills, team workouts, partner challenges etc.
Fun Bootcamp Games Using Board Games
There are loads of board games you can adapt to create fun fitness games and different bootcamp workout ideas. I.e.
A while back I had a go a creating my own. You can right click and save the image.
Title: Bomb Proof
Time: 20 Minutes
Method: Split the group in to teams of 2. Give each team a dice and a counter to move on the board.
- Show the group the following 5 bootcamp exercises
Round 1: Teams complete 10 reps of each exercises. Once finished they roll their dice and move forward that many spaces. If they land on feature (bomb, smily face etc) they complete the action.
Teams have 20 minutes to complete the board. The team that finishes first, or advances the furthest wins.
How Tanya Created Her Own
Snakes & Ladder Workout
Tanya Dikes explains the workout in her own words.
“Hey Leon. Here is a snakes and ladders workout I did. Label 6 exercise 1-6 on something the group can see. Roll the dice and move your marker on board. Whatever the number ends with that you land on do corresponding exercise followed by a 50 metre run before you roll dice again (e.g if you land on number 13 you would do exercise number 3 then complete run then continue) . Land on a ladder and move up , land on a snake head and move down. Some numbers have an extra exercise to do after the run (e.g if you land on number 25 you would complete 5 Dumbbell Lunges with row, 50 meter run and then an extra 25 meter run) First one to square 100 wins.”
I love that Tina took the time to create something really fun for her clients. Now they’ll almost certainly go away and tell everybody how fun her classes are. If you keep things consistently fun for your bootcampers, you can grow your business with client referrals.
Finally, here is a bootcamp ideas template which will enable you to create lot’s of different workouts variations.
Template Based Bootcamp
Games For Extra Varsity
Most of the bootcamp ideas I create are in a template format, meaning you can slot in your own exercises. Be that bodyweight exercises, equipment based of a mixture of both.
I do it this way to give my Workout Design Club members the flexibility they need when creating workouts.
The following (ghost busters) workout can be changed up in lot’s off different ways.
Need More Bootcamp
Games and Workouts Drills?
You can find my entire collection of bootcamp workouts inside the Workout Design Design Club. AKA The group fitness search engine. You can join today 100% free for 7 days. Click the image below to get started.
Leon (workout wizard) Melnicenko
P.S If you have any questions about any of the bootcamp games and workout drills on this page please let me know in the comments below.