June 21

Fun Bootcamp Class Ideas


If you spend a lot of time each week searching the internet for bootcamp class ideas, then this is going to be the best blog post you read all week. 

Over the years I have created lot's of different bootcamp ideas that I can mix and match to create full length session plans. Quickly! 

The idea is to keep a swipe file. workout swipe file is a digital or physical folder where you keep all the fantastic workout ideas and exercises you've encountered or written over the years. 

  • Screenshots
  • Articles and blog content 
  • Podcasts
  • YouTube videos 
  • Magazines clippings
  • Emails from industry experts
  • Cheat sheets (like a list of fitness acronyms
  • And so on

The Different Types Of 

Bootcamp Class Ideas

When it comes to creating bootcamp class ideas, you're only limited to your imagination. Let take a look at some of the things you should be creating. 

  • AMRAPS: As many rounds as possible
  • EMOM: Every minute on the minute
  • WOD: Workout of the day
  • Supersets and compound sets
  • Time trials 
  • Fitness tests (the beep test is a good one)
  • Fun warm up games
  • Circuit training  
  • Fun finishers (I like music finishers)
  •  Bootcamp games (relays, tag, bulldog etc0
  •  Dice, playing cards, tyres and coins
  • And the list goes on

One Of My Favourite

Bootcamp Class Ideas

Master selector is a fun finisher drill thats lets your clients choose how they want to finish the session. Here's the written description.

Write 3 lower, 3 core and 3 upper body exercises on your whiteboard then ask players to choose either the 3 lower, 3 core or 3 upper body exercises.

Players complete the 3 exercises they choose for 1/minute each without stopping, immediately followed by 3-minute sprint clockwise around the two markers. 

These types of drills are some of my favourite bootcamp class ideas because they give a bit of power to your clients, in a fun way.

Plus, you can use whatever exercises you like. Bodyweight, equipment based, or a combination of both. Here are..

22 Fun Bootcamp Exercises

Another great ideas is to become a collector of exercises by creating a spread sheet and dedicating each column to an exercise type. I.e.,

  • Lower body 
  • Core
  • Upper body
  • Kettlebells
  • Resistance bands
  • Battle ropes
  • Dumbbells
  •  Slam ball
  • Etc

The more exercises you have to choose from, the more variety you can pump into your sessions, meaning your clients will be kept engaged, happy and motivated to show up.

Another way to keep your sessions fun and highly effective is to design them around the 11 components of fitness. That way you cover all angles and get the best possible results for your clients. 

  1. Agility
  2. Balance
  3. Body Composition
  4. Cardiovascular Endurance
  5. Coordination
  6. Flexibility
  7. Muscular Endurance
  8. Muscular Strength
  9. Power
  10. Reaction Time
  11. Speed


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