Small Group Team Bootcamp Workout

Last weekend I subbed in for a local bootcamp group called Home Grown Fit (check out their awesome logo).

It had been 4 months since I had trained a group (3 months since the London Workshop) and I didn’t know what kind of group I was going to be teaching. It had also been a while since I had run a workout as long as an hour. So I wanted my workout to be easy for me to teach and versatile to match potentially a lot of different fitness levels.

I also didn’t know how many people I was going to get, so I planned for a minimum of 4 participants. This workout is definitely small group friendly.

This is what I came up with.

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Time: 60 minutes

Equipment: Cones, Mats, Dumbbells

Warm Up

Mobility drills from the Strong Inside Out workout. Hamstring rocks, quad stretch, side lunges, reverse lunge and twist, seal jacks.

Game

Point collector game (via Unique Bootcamp Workouts)

Main Bit

Have people pair with someone of similar fitness level then break them into two handicapped groups. Read more about how to do this here.

Teams will aim to be first to complete the following challenges.

Challenge one: Strength

Complete 300 reps (or 50 reps per person if groups are small) of each exercise. Any order and reps divided any way.

  • HRPU
  • Walking Lunges (300 total)
  • Heavy 1arm DB Rows (300/side)
  • DB Goblet Squats

First team to finish wins.

Challenge two: Cardio

Cone Collector

Leave your cones scattered from the point collector game. Move the teams around 20m away.

One person at a time from each team (or two people at a time if you have large teams) must sprint out to the cones, grab one and run back to their team.

As soon as all of the cones are collected the teams swap their stack of cones. You can explain that this will happen at the start. This will incentivise them to collect more cones because the more cones they get, the more they will get to give to the other team.

Now the race continues, this time as a rep countdown. Starting at the top of their new pile of cones, the entire team must complete the corresponding exercise to each cone in the order that they are stacked.

I only had two colours, but if you have more variety you can add more exercises.

Orange: 5x Jumping Jacks
Red: 2x Chest to Deck Burpees

The first team to finish their stack of cones wins.

Challenge three: Crosstraining

Set up 5 cones around 10m apart in a straight line. Place two piles of dumbbells at the start cone. Split dumbell pairs between each heap (one 5lb DB here, the other 5lb dumbell there, one 8lb DB here, one 8lb DB here).

You want around 4 dumbbells per person. Fitter people will end up doing more then less fit.

Every person on each team starts by picking up a dumbbell.

Then they must run to the first cone in the line with the DB, do one goblet lunge on each leg, then run to the next cone and repeat until they reach the last cone.

After the lunges at the final cone the client reaches the end they place the DB on the ground and run straight back to get another and repeat the process. Teams race to be first to get all their DBs to the other end.

This is not a relay. Every person goes at the same time.

Once a team has gotten all their dumbbells tot he other end, they must now bring them back. They follow the same method except instead of goblet lunges they do 2x DB shoulder presses on each arm.

The first team to get all their dumbbells back to the start wins.

Finisher

Tabata mashup in pairs.

  • Box squat on ledge
  • Fast-feet on ledge

Stretch

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The Battle Royal Team Building Workout

Your workouts and your personality are only part of the reason that your bootcampers keep coming back. The next biggest reason (or the biggest to some) is the other people who attend your bootcamp.

It’s important therefore to try and get new clients to get to know your awesome campers as quickly as possible.

The best way to to this is during your group sessions. Include ice breakers, games and team based drills to get them talking and building some camaraderie. Tough situations bring people together, and your tough bootcamps can do that in small doses each day.

Team relay

Keeping Score

Score keeping is one of the easiest ways to get teams to compete against each other. Each drill in this workout has a different scoring method as a bit of an example on different ways you can score.

Use a white board to keep track of the score through out the workout and get people excited by calling out the scores at the end of each drill. Let teams at the bottom know how close they are and the teams in the lead that the wolves are hungry at their door.

Important! Don’t turn your bootcamp into an anti-competitive environment. Keep things light by adding and subtracting points through out the workout for things like not paying attention, doing poor reps (especially if it’s a very fit client who is slacking off) and good team work.

Before you start this workout, make sure you start off with a good warm up.

Then split your group into teams of roughly equal fitness. This workout works best if you have an even number of teams (2, 4, 6, 8, etc)

Card Race

Grab your trusty deck of playing cards and remove these numbers: jokers, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Place the deck at the top of a short hill (think 30 metres) with the teams assembled at the bottom. Each team will send one member to sprint up the hill, grab a card off the top of the deck and then run back down to their team.

Once they arrive back at their team with the playing card, the entire team must carry out the exercise that card corresponds to. Here are some examples you can use:

Hearts = tuck jumps
Diamonds = KB deadlift high pull
Spade = sit up fives (feet locked with a partner, high 5 at the top of each simultaneous sit up)
Clubs = chest to deck push ups

The number of reps to be completed (by each member) equals the number on the card. Aces and face cards = 12 reps.

Once the card has been completed another team member can sprint up the hill to retrieve another card. Teams should continue until all of the cards are gone. If you have a lot of teams (6 or more) you will want to use two decks of cards.

Point scoring. Once a team completes a card they should put it in a team pile. Teams get 1 point for every number card they completed and 2 points for every face card and ace.

Mindfield

This is a top secret drill of Garry’s that I can’t share unfortunately. I can tell you though that those coming next month to our London Workshop will get to do it live (Yay!). By the way, there is still 4 tickets left but once they are gone they are gone. You can come for a tank of petrol (everyone else in the world needs to stop complaining about gas prices until they come to the UK – crazy expensive!).

Point scoring. Teams lose 2 points for each mine they fail to bring back.

Tug-of-war

Finish off the workout with a good ol’ fashion game of tug-of-war.

Pick a safe area to set up and keep the games short by playing the first team to have a foot to cross the centre line loses.

Assuming you have four teams. Team 1 and 2 play 3 rounds against each other. Then teams 3 and 4 play 3 rounds against each other. Then the two winning teams play each other and finally the two losing teams.

Tip: If one team is really struggling to win, sneakily give their end of the rope a bit of help.

Point scoring. 5 points for every tug-of-war won.

A final word on point scoring

I’ve allowed for small amounts of points to be scored at each drill. You may decide that you want to make things more exciting by allowing teams to score 100 points for each card and so on.

Also a little tip for time efficient team naming. Set a 30 second timer for the teams to brainstorm a team name. For every second they take longer then 30 they lose a point (and therefore start at a negative).

Who else uses point scoring or team building drills in their bootcamps?

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Team AMRAP Bodyweight Bootcamp Workout

I ran this workout last Friday. I don’t know if it was the fact it was Valentine’s Day or what but my groups were ferocious in their competitiveness to be the winners of this workout.

I hope it inspires the same enthusiasm in your groups.

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As Many As Possible

Concept

Form clients into handicapped teams of 4. If you have less than 8 people, form them into smaller groups and adjust reps accordingly.

Teams must complete as many rounds of the circuit as possible (AMRAP) in the given time. For each round they complete they score one point. Points are added together at the end of the game. Include partial rounds (¼ points per completed exercise).

The repetitions shown is the TOTAL number of reps the team must complete (eg. 100 reps/4 = ~25 reps each). Fitter clients can do extra for less fit clients. Teams may only move to the next exercise once ALL reps of the previous exercise have been completed.

The run at the end of the circuit is only completed by one member. The team chooses which member they want to send. The others can rest while they wait for that person to return.

Circuits

Circuit 1 – Upper (6 minutes)

  1. 80x push ups
  2. 80x mountain climbers (L+R=1)
  3. 80x railing dips
  4. One client runs 100m

Rest 2 minutes. Use this time to explain circuit 2.

Circuit 2 – Lower (6 minutes)

  1. 100x squats
  2. 80x high knees (L+R=1)
  3. 40x glute bridge marches (L+R=1)
  4. One client runs 100m

Rest 2 minutes. Use this time to explain circuit 3.

Circuit 3 – Full (8 minutes)

  1. 20x rolling get ups (use partner if need be)
  2. 40x tuck jumps
  3. 60x partner high 10 sit ups
  4. One client runs 50m

Total points from all 3 rounds wins!

Penalties - Stay strict on technique to keep things fair. On a third warning about technique, the client loses a ¼ point for their team.

Modification – For a 60 minute workout increase the first 2 rounds to 8 minutes and the final round to 10 minutes. Increase rest breaks between rounds to 3 or 4 minutes.

Exercises

Rolling Get Ups

Assisted Rolling Get Ups

Glute Bridge Marches

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Images: Garden Chess by Beverley Goodwin

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A Commonwealth Approved Bootcamp Workout

While staring absentmindedly at a picture of the Australian flag over the Australia Day weekend I had the idea for this workout.

It was simple and involved tyres and ropes which my clients always get a kick out of using.

(By the way that heading is very tongue in cheek)

yarn bombing

Union Jack Attack

Time: 45 minutes

Equipment: MatsCones/Markers, Battling Ropes, Skipping Ropes

Set up all equipment and stations in the centre of a large rectangular field (I used a cricket pitch). This will act as the centre of the union jack.

Place cones at each corner of the rectangle as well as half way along the perimeter along each side (8 cones total). These act as the points of the union jack.

union jack diagram

Form your bootcamp group into teams of 5 or 6 mixed fitness level clients.

Each team must complete two rounds of the circuit set up in the middle.

In between each station the team must run one leg of the Union Jack while carrying a battling rope on their shoulders before completing the next station.

Have a team take a drink break after their first circuit.

Exercise Stations

1. Tyre flip, jump and sprint across 30 meters. Description on Instagram.

2. 20 two handed rope slams each with their teams battling rope. Team members will need to take it in turns as only one person on either end of the rope can go at a time.

3. Overhead tyre lunges across 30 metres (15m up and back). Description on Instagram.

4. 100 skips (jump ropes) for each member.

Example

Just to clarify the order of exercise here is a little sample of what a teams workout might look like:

  • Run to left most point of Union Jack and back
  • Complete tyre flip drill
  • Run to upper-left point and back
  • Complete 20 rope slams each
  • Run to upper point and back
  • Complete overhead tyre lunges
  • Run to upper-right point and back
  • Complete 100 skips each
  • Short drink break
  • Run to right point and back
  • Complete tyre flip drill
  • Run to lower-left point and back
  • Complete 20 rope slams each
  • Run to lower point and back
  • Complete overhead tyre lunges
  • Run to lower-right point and back
  • Complete 100 skips each

Total workout time = 25-30 minutes on a good sized field.

I hope your group gets a kick out of this workout!

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Images: Yarn Bombing by George Rex, Bootcamp Ideas Instagram

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P.S.

In case you missed it. Garry and I have just opened the doors to our first ever live bootcamp training ideas workshop.

New South Wales residents, you can expect some new workout ideas, plenty of fun and a chance to pick our brains over lunch afterwards.

Early bird tickets are available for this week only at $99.

Find out more information.

- Kyle

Important Pull Bootcamp Workout

We all went to Personal Trainer school. We all know how important including some pulling movements is for the modern day woman (or man).

But be honest, do you always balance your workouts properly at bootcamp?

It’s really hard to include pulling actions with out weights and pull up bars. So I put aside a whole workout in my last round of bootcamp to do some much needed posterior chain work. All I needed was a few TRX‘s (any suspension straps will do – check out the Jungle Gym XT) and some dumbells.

In pinch you could use some high resistance exercise bands instead of straps.

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Bootcamp Gives You Wings

Time: 45 minutes

Equipment: Mats, TRX (or alternate), Whiteboard, Dumbbells, Interval Timer

Warm Up

Run through 30 to 60 seconds each of these mobility warm up exercises: Frog squats, lateral lunges, star jumps, seal jacks, standing obliques. Play some knee tiggy.

Drill 1 – TRX Rows

Set up 4 TRX’s (or less for smaller groups – I had 16 in my group) around a tree at the far end of your training area. About 30 metres away is good.

At the other end assemble the clients and break them into teams of 4 (you want at least 3 teams so you may have teams of just 2 or 3 too).

How it works:

Set your timer for 10 minutes. When the timer starts, team one runs to the TRX tree and does 15 inverted rows each. Everyone else stays behind and does push ups.

When they are finished with the rows they run back and the next group goes. At this point you can change push ups to another exercise or keep it the same.

The trainer chooses the exercise randomly each round by calling out push ups, plank or squats (or any other basic exercise you can think of). Double up with the same exercise two times in a row some rounds to keep it challenging. Keep going until the 10 minutes is up. My group completed 3 rounds.

Drill 2 – The Big Back Chipper

A chipper drill is a drill where clients have a set number of reps that they must complete on each exercise. The goal is simply to finish all reps on an exercise and then move onto the next one.

Have clients change into a new team of 4 with different people. Teams will work together to complete 150 to 300 reps total (see exercise) on a series of exercises.

Teams can complete the exercises in any order but encourage them to prioritize equipment based drills over non equipment drills so you don’t end up with everyone trying to use the TRX at the end.

Exercises:

Cooldown and Stretch

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