The training on the Switch Playground in Manhattan feels more like a party than a workout. Bright lights flash as a DJ plays the latest tracks from Drake and Rihanna as you and your partner sweat through a series of workout stations.
In fact, there are more options than ever before – from boutique gyms to iPhone apps to updated virtual reality fitness machines – to make your workout fun. The goal, of course, is to forget that your abdominal muscles are on fire and your arms are turning into jelly. "The time we spend in a gym doing something that feels like work only increases the working time in our everyday lives," Dr. Lenny Wiersma, sports psychologist at Cal State Fullerton. "Playing has a lot of benefits and you get an intrinsic motivation." Increase your daily workouts with these six ideas from the gamification age.
Win the Numbers Game
Trying to outperform your own training records is not as entertaining as tracking your friends' best marks on the mile or other fitness challenge
says Reebok coach Conor Murphy. Create a Facebook group with friends to determine the best times for classic training. Whenever you exercise, try to outperform someone in the group.
- Use this only for workouts with time requirements such as AMRAP (as many rounds / repeats as possible).
- Can not beat the record? You have to buy dinner for the group champ.
. 2 R – E – P – S
Apply the rules of HORSE from the field to the gym. Have your partner start and choose an exercise and a repeat goal. If it fails, it's your turn to choose a move. But if he hits, you have to do it. Miss it and you'll get the letter R. Miss another and you'll get an E. Spell "reps" and you lose – and make a move of your choice.
- Set The replay targets are high enough to challenge your partner, but not too high (20 to 30 reps per set).
- You will not only get one letter if you miss repetitions. you also owe 5 burpees to your partner.