Seven Exercises for your Fitness Boot Camp That Don’t Require Expensive Equipment

Recently my friend Georgette Pann,the creator of SureVictory Fitness Boot Camp, Fitness Boot Camphas been sending me some great boot camp drills for trainers to add to their fitness boot camp classes and a couple weeks ago she sent me this fantastic list of exercises that you can get your fitness boot camp doing to whip them into super shape.

You do not have to spend lots of cash on equipment in order to provide your bootcamp trainees an excellent boot camp workout. Indeed, you can do a lot of bodyweight workouts or other no-equipment exercises. But to add variety to your bootcamps – which keeps trainees interested and excited about remaining a member — you can occasionally bring some exercise equipment to class.  However, that doesn’t mean you need to max out your credit card just to stock up on boot camp equipment. You can simply scope out your basement or garage and then look over your work out area (such as a playground) – you’ll likely discover all the bootcamp equipment you’ll ever need.

I like to save some of the gold nuggets for my subscribers but seeing that spring is around the corner and I’ve had so many requests for extra outdoor workouts that I decided to post this up on the site for everyone to enjoy.  This is one of my favorites because it exemplifies how we truly learn to react and live in the Marine Corps -always improvise and adapt to your surroundings and this is exactly what this fitness bootcamp workout shows you to do.

So here it is – Georgette Pann’s rockin’ outdoor boot camp workout using your surroundings and some makeshift equipment.

Fitness Boot Camp – 7 Exercises – no equipment needed

By Georgette Pann

Here is a great seven-exercise circuit utilizing minimal or low-cost equipment…

TIP: Be sure to begin and end each session with five minutes of light physical exercise, so that your trainees correctly warm up and cool down.

Pull ups -  You do not need to be in a gym to have your boot camp trainees do pull-ups. Get creative. If you are working out in a park, look around for a tree having a low, sturdy branch. Or if you’re working out near a playground, there’s probably plenty of equipment there that may double for a chin-up bar like a jungle gym or monkey bars.

Jump Rope – Make this station more interesting by having your fitness boot camp trainees race against the clock. Challenge them to get to a specific number of jumps before the time interval is up.

Weighted Squats – Instead of doing bodyweight squats, you can make this boot camp exercise more intense by adding weights. Typically the trainee would have a barbell resting on his or her shoulders or they would have a set of dumb bells in their hands. If you do not have these items handy, then you are able to improvise by picking up rocks, jugs full of sand or liquid, small pails filled with concrete or other heavy items.

Farmer’s Carry – In this bootcamp exercise, the trainee develops their grip strength by carrying something heavy for as long as possible. It’s called a “farmer’s carry” simply because farmers frequently use large pails full of water, sand or rocks. But you are able to use most any kind of weight (including things like rocks).

Box Jumps – For this fitness camp exercise you’ll require a sturdy platform that trainees can jump on and off repeatedly for the duration of the interval. (Note: Have your bootcamp trainees lace their fingers behind their heads while jumping.)

If you are near a park with a baseball field, scout out locations like the dugout or even the stadium seating region to see if there are stairs or chairs (bolted down) that could be utilized for this purpose.

Elevated Push Ups - Here your trainees will perform push-ups. The only difference is that their feet will be elevated to make it more challenging. You can elevate their feet using a box, a stepping stool, a stair or even something unusual like a fallen tree or a boulder.

Power Medicine-Ball Drop – For this fitness boot camp exercise you’ll need a medicine ball or a similar piece of gear, and your trainees will need a partner.  Have them lie on the floor, face up, arms extended towards the sky/ceiling. The other person holds the ball and stands on a box or other elevated platform at his partner’s head. The person with the ball drops it. The person on the floor catches it, brings it to his chest and then launches it back to the standing individual with as much power as possible.

Repeat – If you don’t have assistants to act as partners for your trainees, then your trainees will have to partner up with someone for the circuit and switch positions midway through the allotted time.

Fitness Boot Camps Don’t Require a Big Budget

To sum it up, a big equipment budget isn’t needed to whip your trainees into top shape!  For even more great fitness boot camp workout ideas, go to — you won’t be disappointed!

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