Bootcamp Games: 3 Fun Drills to Use in Your Workouts

Today I have three fun bootcamp drills shared by readers.

Games in your bootcamp sessions is what makes them stand out from any other fitness class. Use them as a way to build community and get some laughter in your sessions.

Bootcamp Chess

From Mark Couldry

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Equipment needed: 3 bean bags per team, different coloured cones to use as the Chess Board and Home Bases.

Here is a game I like to use as a finisher. Not only is it challenging but fun and tactical all at the same time.

2, 3 or 4 teams can play at the same time. Teams consist of 2, 3 or 4 players.

Each team needs 3 coloured bean bags or team markers. The numbers on the board represent number of burpees to be performed at each station.

The Aim

Be the first team to move all the bean bags from the home base to the base diagonally opposite.

Each team must take turns to grab a bean bag, one player at a time, run out to a coloured marker on the chess board, perform the relevant number of burpees, leave the bean bag and sprint back.

Teams must work together to identify the route of least burpees to the opposite base.

The Rules

  • Teams can only move 1 bean bag at any one time.
  • Bean bags can only be moved across the board one burpee marker at a time.
  • Bean bags can be moved in any direction, forward, backward, diagonally.
  • Teams CAN have all their bean bags in play on the board at the same time

The Twist

There can only be ONE bean bag from ANY of the teams on any ONE burpee marker at one time.

This forces teams to move their bean bags backwards and forwards to avoid already taken burpee markers as they make their way across the board.

This game can get very challenging but is great fun. Hope you enjoy!

About Mark

I run Benchmark Fitness in Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK. I have been interested and involved in fitness for over ten years and am extremely motivated towards helping people meet their goals as quickly as possible.

Training and exercise should be interesting, challenging, but most of all enjoyable! I firmly believe workouts should be more than just spending hours pounding away on a treadmill.

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Bootcamp Poker

From Loren Mallett

One of our favorite games is poker.

I have marked up 2 -3 decks of cards with various exercises. The number of reps depends on the card (i.e. Ace = 1 and King = 13).

I have also included random cards like no sugar (or artificial sweetener) for rest of day. We then play various games with the cards.

One game has a leader who places the deck of cards in a new location each round (great for rookies as they control where the cards are put). People gather cards throughout the 15 – 30 minutes of poker and who ever can come up with the best Poker hand wins. You only get to keep the cards that you completed the exercises for.

Showcase Showdown

From Loren Mallett

Each player takes turns collecting two cards from the deck.

Like the Price is Right, the player looks at the first card and decides to keep it or pass. If he or she keeps it the rest of the group gets the second card. If the player passes on the first card, the group gets the first card and the player has to do what is on the second card.

This usually results in group begging, bullying or trying to coerce the player to accept the harder card. It is quite the scene when the player passes on 8 burpees only to get 13 burpees as the second card.

About Loren

I run an informal bootcamp for co-workers 2X per week outside at lunch (rain or shine and as we live in Vancouver Canada we get a lot of rain). I am not a personal trainer but have worked with several trainers over the years and have borrowed (stolen) many bootcamp ideas from them.


Images: Domiriel

Train Like An Animal [Competition Entry]

This workout is an entry in our annual Bootcamp Ideas competition from Michael O’Sullivan.

Workout type: HIT, team, fun, cardio endurance.

Length: 60 minutes

Equipment needed:  Cones/Markers

Train like an animal

Warm Up


Jog and body weighted reps. Ask clients what exercise is the favorite and get the group to perform 10. Do this 10 times – 100 reps.

Also do the touch knee warm up game will always get a laugh from all clients. (Client’s try and touch partners knee’s. Agility warm up)

Dynamic Stretching


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‘Escalating’ Partner Drills [Competition Entry]

This workout is an entry in our annual Bootcamp Ideas competition from Jamie Harvey.

Workout type: Cardio Endurance

Length: 60 minutes

Equipment needed: Medballs (4-8 kg), Cones, Agility ladders

‘Escalating’ Partner Drills

Warm Up

5 minutes

Five laps of area + dynamic stretches (high knees, butt kicks, lunges, squats, over the fence, arm swings)

Game: Medicine Ball Over and Under

10 minutes

  • Split the class into two or three teams and have each team line up with team mates one behind the other about one metre apart.
  • Each team is given a medicine ball which begins at the front of their line.
  • The participant at the front of the line must lift the ball over their head and hand it to the participant behind them. That participant then puts the ball between their legs and hands it to the participant behind them.
  • This is then repeated throughout the line.
  • Once each individual hands the ball to the person behind them they must complete a burpee, before running to the back of the line to rejoin the game.
  • The first team to reach the other end of the court or marked out area (about 20 metres) wins. You can make it best of three games to determine an eventual winning team.

‘Escalating’ Partner Drills

35 minutes

  • Firstly get the boot campers to pair up with someone of similar fitness level.
  • There are six drills which each have an exercise to be completed on the spot and an exercise involving shuttles
  • One participant from each pair must complete a shuttle while the other participant completes the exercise on the spot.
  • As soon as the shuttle is completed, the participant tags their partner and they swap exercises.
  • This is continuously repeated. If you want to make it competitive get each pair to count and record the amount of times they tag their partner at each station
  • Two sets of two minutes each drill. 30 seconds rest in between each set.
Drill Shuttle Exercise Exercise On Spot
1 Sprint (15 metres) Mountain Climbers
2 Broad jumps (10 metres) Toe touch jumps
3 Hands through ladder (5 metres) Burpees
4 Lunges (15 metres) Sit ups
5 Bear crawl (10 metres) Push ups
6 Ladder side to side hop (5 metres) Squat jumps
Layout of ‘Escalating’ partner drills: number represents drill, red dots represent cones.

Layout of ‘Escalating’ partner drills: number represents drill, red dots represent cones.

Warm Down

Static stretches

About Jamie

Myself and Oarey McWilliam have been running indoor boot camps at Advance Fitness Club in Invercargill, New Zealand, for over a year. We have over 70 clients across four classes and have developed a 12 week program that is achieving some brilliant results.


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