Bodyweight squats can get boring for your campers really fast.
Luckily, other than just adding weight, there is a lot of variations you can use to keep your bootcamps fun and interesting.
How to come up with ideas
Try to get creative by adding things like:
- a rep of another exercise between each squat rep
- jumping – on the spot, forwards, backwards, side to side
- a second person
- equipment – bands, tyres, dumbbells, kettlebells
Scale your exercises
Don’t be lazy though and dish out over-complicated squats to clients who aren’t ready for it. Always scale your exercises so everyone can do them.
It may seem like fun to get your clients doing all sorts of crazy exercises but it won’t be so fun when half your bootcamp is missing due to injuries.
For example a Tuck Jump is tough exercise. If you lack power in your legs you just end up stomping your feet into the ground each rep. Instead, if you were to plan Tuck Jump Squats (see below) into your routine you could just have the advanced clients do that, the intermediates do regular Squat Jumps and the beginners do squats.
Here are some ideas to get you started: [Read more…]