Cards Against Obesity
This is my favorite fitness game to play at boot camp…
Equipment: 1 x Cards Against Obesity deck or more depending on class size, timers (optional)
Game: If you don’t know, Cards Against Obesity is a multiplayer fitness card game which pits players of all ability levels against each other to compete for a card which represents an exercise. Whoever earns the most cards by the end wins. Here’s some example cards:
For boot camp, you are essentially going to take the normal card game, and simply have groups of people each competing against each other for a set length of time (you can even run a whole class doing this; finishing a deck can easily take an hour). I have found that the sweet spot for playing this at class is groups of 3 to 5. You can mix ability levels since each card has a modification for easier and harder, or you can choose to have groups based on ability. Each group will need one person to volunteer to act as the time-keeper, or the players can take turns as needed. Your job as instructor will simply be to monitor the groups and help answer any questions about the cards and check form. My classes have really enjoyed playing this…we generally play about once a month, and usually for about half an hour. Here’s what it looks like:
- One Big Group: The whole class will compete in one big group free-for-all for each card. Instructor acts as time-keeper for everyone.