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Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Games for Large Groups, Games for Small Groups | 0 comments



Here’s a great way to put good use to some old tennis and wiffle balls…

Players: 2+

Equipment: Balls w/ Exercises Pre-written (preferable in a bucket or basket) (Boot Camp Equipment Guide)

Game: Before playing, you will need a bunch of balls that you can clearly write on (I prefer wiffle balls) and possibly some old tennis balls.  Write a different exercise and number of reps on each ball with a Sharpie (ie: a ball might say 30 Diamond Pushups).  Put all these balls in a bucket (I use a milk crate).  You can have each person play individually or make teams of even size.  Put the basket of balls a good distance away from where the players are setup, maybe 100-200 feet.  When the game starts the players/teams will simply run and grab a random ball without looking, bring it back, complete the exercise on the ball, put the ball in their personal or team pile, and then run and grab another ball.  All players/teams will do this for a set time length (or until all the balls are gone).  The player or team with the most balls at the end wins.

Running to grab balls for your team...

Running to grab balls for your team…


  • Clean Up the Balls: As an addendum to the base game, you will play a follow up round where players/teams do the exact opposite: they will complete the exercises on their balls one at a time, and then run and put them back in the basket.  The first person or team to put all the balls back wins!
    • Battle-Balls: This is another way of playing Clean Up the Balls.  Have each player/team disperse their balls among the other competing players/teams before starting, and then compete to finish and put back those balls. This way the players/teams are completing different balls than they did the first round.
  • Burpee Ball: Add 10 or so blank tennis balls into the mix of balls – these will be the Burpee Balls.  They will each count as 10 (or 15, or 20 – you pick) burpees.  These will mostly be avoided until the end of the game as balls run out so it makes the games finish even tougher.  Having these balls in play also makes Battle Balls more fun because they can be given away. 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, or my new eBook with over 40 premium fitness games.  Thanks for your support!