When I talk about Fit with Friends, I typically use the phrase “it gamifies fitness.” Fit with Friends turns exercise into a game, complete with points, badges, teams, and a leaderboard!
Although Fit with Friends has only been around for a little over a year, the idea of turning exercise into a game is nothing new for me. As a Fitness Instructor and a self-professed wizard of fun, I have been gamifying fitness probably since I could talk. Maybe even before that.
Today I am going to share some different fitness games I play in my fitness classes, on my own, or with my friends. If you dare, incorporate them into your own workout!
This is a great game for one person, partners, or a group of people! It helps you take your mind off the work your core is doing while you focus coming up with answers to different trivia questions and categories.
- With a partner or a group of people, one person chooses a static hold that works your core or your back.
- For example a plank, v-sit hold, superman hold, bridge hold, and etc.
- The other person thinks of a list style trivia question.
- For example, name 15 presidents, name 12 green fruits and veggies, list 10 musicians or bands that start with p, list 15 state capitols, etc.
- Everyone holds the pose while working together to answer the question and relax only when you have come up with a complete list.
- Then switch!
- (You can also play this by yourself and ask yourself all the questions!)
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Hungry Hungry Hippos works well with a larger group of people. By working together to avoid collisions, participants easily forget that they are in plank position. It is always fun to start out easily, then add more and more discs and medicine balls to up the challenge.
- With gliding discs or medicine balls, all participants get into a plank in a circle on the floor.
- Chaotically pass the discs or the medicine balls around the circle, trying not to let them collide.
- If they do collide, everyone in the group must do 1 pushup.
- Play until the disks or balls have collided 10 times (or any other amount!)
- See an example here!
This is a great game for increasing your heart rate while alternating between sprints and static holds. It also gives participants the chance to practice lots of different throws, including overhead, chest pass, side throws, backwards, under the legs… and anything else you can dream of! Slamball Fetch can be played with partners or larger groups of people.
- Starting side by side with a partner, one person gets into a plank and the other one holds a medicine ball or a slamball.
- The person with the slamball throws it as far away from themselves and their partner as possible, then he or she drops down into a plank.
- The person originally in the plank chases the ball, grabs it, then runs back to the initial starting place.
- The roles are reversed! The person who just ran to get the ball throws it, then drops into the plank.
- The person holding the plank jumps up, chases after the ball, runs back.
- And repeat!
I hope you are able to incorporate some of these games into your workout!