Since it is a boot camp, why not start off with the dictionary definition of the word:
boot camp, n.
1. A training camp for military recruits.
2. A correctional facility that uses the training techniques applied to military recruits to teach usually youthful offenders socially acceptable patterns of behavior.
And they thought they were in a fitness class!
Hope this helps 🙂
Great idea from Karin!
I’m not sure what your objective for your workshop is but one of the opening lines I’ve used for educational workshops for consumers is “Will you burn more calories running a mile or walking a mile?” Take a vote by a show of hands and allow participants to share their rationale.
The answer is you will burn about the same amount but walking will take you a bit longer. (this is not a technical physiological analysis, it is merely making a very basic point) The point is that each of us will cross the finish line in his/her own way and we will all succeed. It’s a great message to beginners who feel they have to sprint out of the starting gate.
I like to start with some partner drills. One fun one is a warding drill: I ask them to pair up with someone they don’t know.; one person stands with hands together out in front shoulder level, the other person stands at the side and pushes against the hands. The person with the arms out front then touches each foot in back while maintaining the mid-line hand position. They repeat from the other side then switch. When they are done (and usually laughing) I tell them they just worked their core while standing up. After that they are all mine.