“What are we doing today, Rob?” is not a question boot campers have to ask very often. Typically, they can look to the whiteboard to see what the day’s workout will be. Today I threw ‘em a curve ball.
It’s a priority to me to put together workouts that are both interesting and effective. From time to time the workout includes a movement or series of movements that some people might not consider their favorite. I’ve noticed that some will start focusing on the exercise they don’t like that they know is coming up. This prevents them from focusing all their attention on what they’re doing right then and it drags down their energy.
That’s why I chose not to write down what we were doing until we had finished the previous exercise. The built in recovery time offered plenty of time to accomplish this without throwing off the flow of the class. I probably won’t do this too often but it was effective and people even liked the mystery.
This is an example of the kind of thing you can do if you’re putting together boot camp or fitness class workouts. Don’t get stuck in a rut. It’s not good for you or those in the class. Collect ideas from people and programs you respect. Every now and then throw in a twist or a change. Spice it up to keep things interesting. However, it’s important to be consistent. Doing something differently every workout would be counterproductive and work against the goal of progression. Fitness training, personal or group, is not all science and math — it’s also an art.