Last week on our Facebook page I shared a TED talk about how the fitness industry in general is failing and why introducing play to fitness is so important.
Here it is in case you missed it.
Following on from that here is a workout I did recently where I introduced a bit of fun contest into the sprints.
My clients flew up the stairs round after round with out even realising how hard they were working until they got to the top.
Run Don’t Walk
Time: 45 minutes
Go for a 5 minute run with your group. We then played Peg Tag.
For this workout I split my group into pairs of similar fitness level. They will be racing each other at some point so they will want to keep that in mind.
I started half the pairs on the Sprints with me and I started the other half with my assistant trainer on the Chipper.
The time limit for each part is 15 minutes.
Part A – Sprints
This drill is adapted from one of the games we included in our new ebook Beyond Burpees.
You will need a set of stairs (60+ steps), a hill (40m or longer) or a stretch of grass (60m or longer). Half way up the stairs/hill/course place 1 to 3 cones per person.
I used cones easy to pick up like these ones.
Have pairs line up facing each other at the bottom of the stairs. These two lines are now the two teams. I called one red team and the other blue.
Pairs will sprint up the stairs attempting to score a point for their team.
To score a point:
Clients must attempt to get a cone to the top of the stairs. They can do so by being first to grab a cone and get it to the top of the stairs.
OR if their competitor grabs the cone first, they can still score a point by tagging their competitor before their competitor reaches the top.
So one can score a point by either getting the cone to the top uncaught or catch the other person before they do.
The pair returns to the start to race again (have other pairs race while they are returning) and the cone goes to the winning side.
To stop people waiting by the cones to tag the other person as soon as they grab a cone, set a short distance of immunity where you can’t be tagged. I used one 5 step flight of stairs.
Run through until all cones are used up or the other group doing the Chipper is completed. Add up scores and announce the winning team.
Part B – Chipper
This part is much simpler then the sprint section.
Write on a whiteboard:
Working by themselves, clients should aim to complete everything written on the whiteboard. Clients can choose between normal and advanced for each exercise.
Clients will need a bench or large step to complete exercises.
Stretch it out.
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