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How to Make a Boot Camp Obstacle Course

by Michelle Strockbine
Running through tires builds coordination, endurance and leg strength.

Running through tires builds coordination, endurance and leg strength.

Military boot camp conditions recruits and prepares them for combat. It includes agility, endurance and strength training. Obstacle courses include physical obstructions that participants must climb, run, jump and crawl through to get to the finish line. An obstacle course boot camp creates physical challenges for individuals to overcome while building endurance, muscle strength and coordination.

Place tires in a two-by-two line so that there are three columns and two rows. Have participants start by running or walking through the tires, putting their feet inside each one as they go.

Line up four plastic chairs approximately two feet from the last set of tires. Have participants crawl under the chairs, being careful do they do not knock over or disturb the chairs.

Lean a ladder up on one side of the swing set. Tie a rope directly in front of where the ladder lies on the swing set. Have participants climb up the ladder and shimmy down the rope.

Position picnic tables one in front of the other so that on approach there is a seat, table, seat, ground, seat, table, seat and ground. Have participants step up and down from ground, seat, table, seat, ground and so forth.

Leave a bike near the picnic tables. Have participants ride the bike top next obstacle.

Lie a yard stuck three to four feet away from the picnic tables. Have participants walk the yardstick like a balance beam, if they fall off they have to go back to the beginning.

Place three hula-hoops in a row. Have participants jump through each hoop without touching the hoop itself.

Set up a basketball hoop one foot from the hula-hoops. Participants must make a basket before moving on to the next challenge.

Put a scooter near the basketball hoop. Have participants ride the scooter to a finish line.

Time each participant from the beginning of the course to the end. The person who finishes in the shortest amount of time is the winner.

Items you will need

  • Stopwatch
  • Six old tires
  • Four plastic chairs
  • Swing set
  • Ladder
  • Rope
  • Two picnic tables
  • Bike
  • Yardstick
  • Three hula-hoops
  • Basketball and hoop
  • Scooter
  • Finish line

Tips

  • Make the course shorter by taking out obstacles.
  • Put a tarp or old sheet under chairs if participants are not comfortable crawling on the ground.
  • Be sure the yard in which the obstacle course is located is level and free of holes.

References

  • Nichols, Beverly. (1994). Moving and Learning: The Elementary School Physical Education Experience. McGraw-Hill; Boston, Massuchussetts.
  • Thomson, J. (1998). Making a Difference in Physical Education. UNEEDPE; Louisville, KY.

About the Author

Michelle Strockbine covers health, wellness, education and business for various online publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in health and physical education from the University of Southern Indiana, as well as a Master of Science in human resource development from Indiana State University. Strockbine is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in instructional design from Capella University.

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