Today I have two short warm up drills for you.
The first drill is perfect for Apple season you Northern Hemispherers. If you don’t have apples you can use cones or tennis balls.
Apple Pickin’ Fun
From Linda Holliday
We always stand in a circle arm distance apart so we can clap and jump, laugh and be loud to get everyone pumped up.
We started our circuit workout with a game for warm up. Being Fall and all, I bought enough apples to put in the middle of huge circle. On the outside of the circle I had cones set up to mark the perimeter.
I had one less apple than participants so like musical chair theme but with big shiny red apples.
On the whistle they ran as fast as possible to center to “pick” an apple and run back to the marked perimeter.
The person without an apple had to run and collect the apples and place back in center with 1 apple taken out. Repeat until there is a winner.
I’m Linda in South Carolina and an independent contractor fitness boot camp instructor.
I’ve been into fitness myself for a long time but now I have the opportunity to help others.
The most fun I’m having right now is helping my husbands company workout with this bootcamp for free right now.
I hope to help other companies/groups outdoors once the word gets out.
Circle Warm Up
From Faye Castle
Form a large circle, each camper about 2m apart.
Start them side stepping clockwise for 15 secs and then anti-clockwise for the same, repeat.
Then do the following using the same format as above:
- Side stepping at a faster pace
- High knees
- Forward run
- Backward run (always a laugh!)
Then have everyone walk lunge to the centre and say ‘Hello!’ then jump squat backwards.
Bear crawl to the centre (don’t forget to say ‘hello’) and crab walk backwards back!
Still in the circle, in the upper push up position, ‘walk’ clockwise for 15 secs and then anti-clockwise for 15 secs.
Staying in that position, perform 30 secs of mountain climbers.
Warm up done!
I am a Personal Trainer based in Suffolk in the UK. I run boot camp sessions all year round with several sessions just for women. Children are welcome at all my sessions as I feel it is important they learn that exercise is something that you should do throughout your life. All of the parents tell me how their children ‘do boot camp’ at home, so it’s clearly rubbing off on them!
Images: Apples | Christian Guthier, Good Mornings | Quentin Jones