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Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Games for Large Groups | 3 comments

Light the Dynamite

Light the Dynamite

This large group team game brings the burpees!

Players: 8+

Equipment: None. (Boot Camp Equipment Guide)

Game: Split players into any number of teams of the same size (at least 4 people per team).  If a team isn’t perfectly even you’ll be able to change their reps.  Teams should set up lengthwise in a straight line next to each other with arm’s length, like below:

Light the Dynamite Fitness Game

2 even teams facing across from each other.  Imagine each team as one long stick of dynamite.

Players will have one of two roles each round: “fuse” or “dynamite”.  The goal of the “fuse” players will be to progress through the fuse, player by player, to reach the “dynamite”.  The “dynamite” players will then”explode” by doing jump burpees!  The base “fuse” exercises I use are plank, sit-up, and v-hold sit, but you can play around with your own.

All the players start in plank and hold plank until they are activated.  When coach says “Light the Dynamite!” the players at the end of each team’s “fuse” flip over from plank and do 10 situps, finishes in a v-sit hold, and then “lights” (tags) the player next to them who is then “lighted” themselves and does the same .  This continues down the “fuse” until one of the dynamite players is “lighted” (tagged).  Once a “dynamite” player is “lighted”, all the “dynamite” players on that team must start doing jump burpees until together they have combined for 30 jump burpees.

You should play several rounds so each person has an opportunity to be both the “dynamite” and the “fuse”.  On the second round you can just have the fuse start at the team’s other end.  If need be you can have players swap spaces.  As always, experiment with the exercises and reps that will work best for your group. is a totally free, ad-free web site run by me, a regular ‘ol boot camp instructor.  If you appreciate the content here and want to see more, please consider purchasing Cards Against Obesity, the fun fitness card game I created and use with my own clients.  Thanks for your support!

  • Kristal

    Hi! How many “fuse” and “dynamites” per team? Does the trainer nominate who the dynamite is and they keep it to themselves? How does two teams come into play? Are they competing against who doesn’t blow up?


    • Thanks for the question. You can have any number of “fuse” and “dynamite” players on each team as long as the teams are even this way. The teams work by competing to see who can go through their “fuse” the fastest and “blow up” first (by completing shared burpees), like a stick of dynamite burning down. Hope this helps.

  • Amanda Fontaine

    I used this in my Sundy Funday class. It was fun!