January 17

22 Outdoor Bootcamp Ideas That Will WOW Your Clients

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If you're a group fitness trainer running outdoor classes then you're going to love these outdoor bootcamp ideas.

In this weeks update over in the Workout Design Club, we've got a diverse mix of outdoor bootcamp ideas that you can use to design better sessions.

This weeks outdoor bootcamp ideas include. 

  • Metabolic conditioning circuits: which are perfect for burning fat and getting your clients great results.
  • Relay drills: For a bit of friendly competition and getting your clients to work a lot harder than usual.   
  • Song finishers: Perfect for ending every session on a high so your clients are excited to return, and refer other people. 
  • Bootcamp circuit ideas: which are perfect for building muscular strength and endurance. Look out for the mighty bootcamp accumulator workout. 
  • Themed bootcamp ideas: These are a fantastic way to stand out from what all the other trainers in your area are doing.  Bootcamp bingo is my favourite this week. 
  • Bootcamp accumulator workouts: These types of drills are very challenging, especially when you set your clients a target goal to achieve. 
  • High intensity interval training: I love designing outdoor bootcamp ideas around HIIT because it's so effective. Not only does HIIT burn more fat and increased metabolism, but zero equipment is needed. 
  • Cardiovascular conditioning drills: This type of outdoor fitness training (which I like to put a fun twist on) increases your lung capacity, helps reduce your risk of heart attack, combats high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.  

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22 Outdoor Bootcamp Ideas For Planning Better Bootcamp Workouts

Each week I create fun outdoor bootcamp ideas for group trainers who love keeping their sessions fresh and fun. Here are some of the outdoor bootcamp ideas I create. 

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Can’t Stop The Feeling: Fun is highly addictive, which is why I created this ‘HIGH ENERGY’ and fun packed song finisher. Song based finishers are not typically outdoor bootcamp ideas unless the weather is good.

Steady Hero: The ultimate muscle confusion workout that keeps your body guessing from start to finish. In this tough 30-minute HIT workout comprising of 3 unique bootcamp drills (including a shuttle sprints random generator), players are tasked with completing all 6 rounds without stopping.

Burpee Bomber: In this team game style running drill, the object of the game is to find and detonate the burpee bomber which will force the opposing team in to a quick forfeit. You can use this secret workout technique to spice up almost any running drill.

Action Relay: A super-fast paced shuttle sprint challenge that I pinched from football training the other night. It starts off very easy (great for a fun warm up drill) then progressively gets harder. It’s a great HIT sprint drills that I think you’ll love.

You’ve Been Bingo’d: This has to be my bootcamp game of the year, and all you need to play is a handful of markers. That means no printed sheets, plastic counters or even a full bingo set. But don’t be fooled, this cleverly designed bootcamp game (disguised as fun) is also very challenging.

Mighty Accumulator: This monster EPOC drill takes circuit training to a new level. Including 2 unique running drills and a muscular strength endurance element, it’s the ultimate fat burning workout that your clients must embrace.

Boss Roller: It’s a race against the clock in this ‘triple loaded’ high intensity metabolic conditioning workout. Just slot in your favourite strength training exercises and away you go. The first team to destroy the grid (containing 11 bootcamp exercises) wins.

HIIT Cyclone: If you pride yourself on getting your clients great results then you must try this 40-minute high intensity interval training challenge. Combining cardiovascular conditioning and muscular strength endurance, it’s the ultimate calorie burn.

Grand Accumulator: One way to smash through a plateau is to change the kind of activity you are doing. That’s why I created this hybrid bootcamp drill that combines speed training with strength training. This killer workout will challenge your body in new ways for better fitness results.

Thunder run: As far as I know, this is the only bootcamp game in existence where you can gain an advantage by losing, and lose the advantage by winning. It’s also a very sneaky way to get your clients working super hard without noticing.

Shuttle Monster 13: In this 13 minute HIIT drill teams are tasked with completing the dreaded cube. Or should I say the workout monster with 1000 eyes. Only one team can beat the cube and prevail in this fun packed sprint based challenge.

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Creative Outdoor Bootcamp Ideas

Each weekly update comes with a totally unique supply of outdoor bootcamp ideas, so your sessions stay fresh week to week. 

Circuit training workouts

I Just Got Paid: End your next session on a super high with this high energy music finisher that will get your clients buzzing & excited.

HIIT Striper: The objective of this fun 15-minute HIT challenge is to ‘literally’ throw away your own circuit. There are so many twists and turn it’s impossible to know who will win. It’s anybody's game.

Rocket Rounds: This is the most inclusive team challenge you’ll ever see, because every single player is responsible for how the challenge pans out. Getting your clients directly involved like this is a great way to build that team feeling. Prepare for 6 rounds mayhem in this ingenuous 25-minute drill.

To Hell And Back: Designed to build cardiovascular endurance, this brutal 20-minute finisher will challenge your mind, body and soul. If your client’s embrace a challenge then they will love this.

Win, Lose or Draw: In this fun 10 minute HIIT drill, I’m going to share with you a secret workout concept that will make your clients fall in love with shuttle sprints. You’ll never look at shuttles the same again I promise you.

Dark! I’m not going to lie. This workout will take your clients to a dark place physically, mentally and emotionally. It’s a ninja tough 30-minute drill that must be conquered to gain its respect.

Concentrated Bursts: An unusual 14-minute finisher that keeps the body guessing and challenged in new ways.

Champions of Cardio: In this ‘beat the trainer’ style drill, teams battle to steal points whilst completing a difficult cardio conditioning drill. Good reflexes and an eagle eye will separate the winners from the losers.

Carry On Endurance: With a built in ‘Help’ mechanism that promotes team bonding, this 30-minute creative fitness test is designed to show your clients they’re improving. And that your training is delivering noticeable results.

HIIT Battle Matrix: A killer 24-minute strength circuit design to build muscular strength endurance. With a unique training layout, this workout is extremely effective at burning fat.

HIIT Tormentor: Tabata on its own can be a bit boring, which is why I created HIIT Tormentor. In this 25-minute challenge, I’ve turned the traditional Tabata protocol on it’s head to bring you something fresh, fun and super-duper challenging.

Luck Shuttles: Based around the card game ‘higher or lower’. This 10-minute cardio conditioning drill will get your clients laughing, giggling and having fun. It’s the perfect way to end a session.

Outdoor Bootcamp Ideas Top Tip

Each week I choose my top 2 outdoor bootcamp ideas from my daily emails and share them here. Let me know what you think. 

1. An Ingenious way to write bootcamp exercises on your training markers. One thing I hated doing after the session was scrubbing the black marker off my cones. It never came off. Well, unless I used my Links deodorant. That worked a treat.

This neat little trick I'm about to show should save you some serious time. This ninja bootcamp idea was sent in a while back by group fitness trainer Natalie Smith-TGIF Fitness, Echuca, Vic, Australia. 

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Natalie said:

I have a heap of markers with Velcro underneath so I can stick exercises to them. That way they can't pick and choose if they see an exercise they don't like lol"

Pretty cool eh?

If you have any ingenious strategies like this then hit reply and let me know.

How a $1 book can give you 100's of Outdoor Bootcamp Ideas.

Last week I picked this up from the local charity book shop for just $1. I've been putting together some fun outdoor bootcamp ideas. 

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For those that are not familiar with who wants to be a millionaire, let me explain very briefly.

Contestants can double their cash prize with each correct answer and win up to 1 million pounds.

This book (which you can purchase from amazon for around $5) gives you 2000 multiple choice questions.

I can think of lots of different ways to use this book to create outdoor bootcamp ideas, PT workouts and studio drills such as...

So I'll be putting together some really cool outdoor bootcamp ideas for my Workout Design Club Members. Does the idea of using this popular TV show as inspiration for your own workouts sound interesting?

Then why not buy the book and start creating. Trainers that are able to make each and every session unique and consistently amazing are the ones that get recommended above all others.

That's why you see some bootcamps with 100+ clients, and others barely surviving. It's all in the quality of the workouts.

This is where the WDC Group Fitness Search Engine comes in. The Workout Design Club lets you plan interesting and varied bootcamp workouts in a matter of minutes, which is extremely valuable when you live a busy life.

Unique Outdoor Bootcamp Ideas Weekly Round Up

Boot camp challenges

Each week I take the most important parts of my daily emails and condense them for your convenience. In this weeks emails I shared 4 outdoor bootcamp ideas that got a lot of positive feedback. I hope you like them.

Title: Legs Of Shaolin (Lower)
Time: 21 Minutes
Equipment: kettle-bell 

Complete each exercise for 1 minute x 3 rounds. Rest for 1 minute after each round if needed. 

1. Action Man 
2. Weighted Walking Lunge (K-bell or dumbbells) 
3. Power Jacks
4. Super Speed Freaks 
5. Sumo Rocket
6. Steamers 
7. Double Jump Overs 

Optional Finisher: Complete Kettle-bell swing and burpees for 60 seconds each. Then 50, 50, 40, 40, 30, 30, 20, 20, 10, 10. This totals 7 minutes. 

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Title: Core Ignition (Core)

Time: 21-24 Minutes

Method: List 6 cardio based exercises on your whiteboard 

  • Complete exercise 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 for 1-minute each.
  • Complete exercise 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 for 1-minute each.
  • Complete exercise 1, 2, 3, 4 for 1-minute each.
  • Complete exercise 1, 2, 3 for 1-minute each.
  • Complete exercise 1,2 for 1-minute each.
  • Complete exercise 1 for 1-minute each.

Finisher 1: Each player chooses their favourite exercise from the 6 and completes it for a 4-minute Tabata.

Finisher 2: Players hold the plank for 4 minutes. During the challenge players are allowed to break for as many 10 second rest periods as they like. Each rest period is counted as 1 point. When the challenge is over, players complete 10 push-ups for each point they scored.  

Upper Body 

Outdoor Bootcamp Ideas

Title: Body Builder (Upper) 

Time: 24 Minutes

Equipment: Towel, K-bell, dumbbells

Complete each exercise for 1 minute x 3 rounds. 

1. Half Push Ups

2. Chest Press Core Tension 

3. Walk Downs

4. Combat Attack

5. Crawlers 

6. Ups & Downs

7. Lat Pull

8. Dumbbell Curl Press

Optional Finisher: Complete 10 Burpees every minute on the minute for either 5 minutes, 7 minutes or 10 minutes.


Title: Cardio Reaper (Cardio) 

Time: 24 Minutes

Equipment: Slam ball, K-bell

Complete each exercise for 1 minute x 4 rounds. 

1. Double Hop Overs

2. Figure of 8 Agility

3. Slams

4. Speeding Burpee

5. Speed Star Jumps

6. Power Sprints

Optional Finisher: Complete 100 slams for time. At the end of tomorrows session complete this challenge again and beat your time. If you fail complete 50 burpees.

Use these drill to create outdoor bootcamp ideas, PT Workouts & Indoor sessions.

2 Tough Outdoor Bootcamp Ideas 

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Title: Legs On Fire

  • Complete 1 squat then 10 squat jumps
  • Complete 2 squat then 10 squat jumps
  • Complete 3 squat then 10 squat jumps
  • Complete 4 squat then 10 squat jumps
  • Complete 5 squat then 10 squat jumps
  • Complete 6 squat then 10 squat jumps
  • Complete 7 squat then 10 squat jump
  • Complete 8 squat then 10 squat jumps
  • Complete 9 squat then 10 squat jumps
  • Complete 10 squat then 10 squat jumps

This bootcamp drill works out at 100 squat jumps and 55 squats. I completed this challenge in 5 Minutes 38 and it gave me serious jelly legs. See if you and your clients can beat me.

Optional Finisher 1: Go back up. 10, 10, 9, 9, 8, 8 etc.

Optional Finisher 1: Between each set, players complete 2 x 20m shuttle sprints. Or you could send them off for a long sprint. Say 100m.

Research shows that anaerobic exercise (like sprinting) is far better at burning fat compared with aerobic exercise. The problem is, sprinting on it's own can be a bit boring. 

So, I put my brain to the test to see if I could turn this (usually mundane) drill in to something much more fun that your clients would enjoy.  This HIIT drill I came up with is still tough, but it's cleverly disguised as fun. 

Method: Line you group out ready for 20m shuttle sprints.

Round 1: Ask players to sprint out and back. Once back ask the group a true of false question. Players that guess wrong complete 5 burpees.  Play as many rounds as you can in 7 minutes. I love this type of HIIT drill because it's tough, yet cleverly disguised as fun.

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