Fun and Games - Get Fit With Play

Why use games in your fitness training?

I’ve been incorporating games in my Personal Training for years, because guess what? Everyone needs to have some FUN! As adults we don’t get enough opportunities to just play. Some people get bored of lifting weights, especially for those who are training multiple times per week.

Here are a few reasons why you should incorporate games into your workouts:

– They provide variety and uniqueness to the workout

– The session will go by quickly for the client.

– It will push clients harder.

– Clients get a chance to PLAY.

– Have FUN while getting fit at the same time.

If you haven’t tried using games in your sessions with clients try a card game. It’s simple; just pick two upper body exercises for red suits, two lower body exercises for black suits and a core or cardio move for an Ace. You can play with Jokers and make them burpees or an extra special exercise. The number on the card equals the number of repetitions you do. Simplify face cards (Jacks, Queens and Kings) to all be 10 repetitions. Set a timer for 20 minutes and see how many cards client can get through in that amount of time. For partner sessions, compete to see who can get more cards in allotted time.

Have Fun!

AUTHOR- Amanda Fontaine is considered the Chief FUN Officer of Personal Training and Health/Fitness. She's a Personal Trainer at Empower and Founder of Thrive Alive. She specializes in creating FUN, creative yet challenging workouts for her clients and promoting a lifestyle of play for adults.


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