Minute to Win it Exercise Edition

Minute to Win It: Exercise Edition!

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If you love a good Minute to Win It competition, fitness challenges and watching people squirm, then this exercise edition of the games is for you!

It was spontaneously invented when our power went out at 6:30 pm while on vacation in one house with 10 adults and 16 kids. Yes, you read that right. 10 adults. 16 kids. The electricity was out for a total of eight hours. Eight hours of no electronics.  This meant… and this may be hard to believe… but this meant that we were forced to talk to and interact with each other and our children.

GASP!!

As it started to get dark and still no power, the kids were getting antsy and the parents were getting frustrated. Thus, I decided to put my years of gym experience and physical therapy moves to good use and make up a fun game for the kids to turn this disappointing power outage into a fun and memorable moment.

The best part, there are no materials required (other than a timer and some willing participants) which means that this Minute to Win It exercise extravaganza is absolutely, positively FREE and a lot less messy than some of the original games.

Before you start, make sure players have enough space. Have them spread their arms out to the side. If they are touching anyone they need to move so they aren’t.

As for scoring, you don’t necessarily have to keep score or hand out prizes. I found out really quickly that kids in my family and close friends group are COMPETITIVE. I mean, like…whoa. But I also think having points and an ultimate winner brings about chances to teach good sportsmanship and how to handle yourself when you are not the top competitor. Treat everything as a learning opportunity, right?  If you’d like to keep score, you can make up your own method or use this one:

  • 1 point goes to all who participated
  • 3 points to those who successfully complete a task
  • Add up points for tasks that fall into the “how many can you do in one minute” category. For example, if they do 20 push ups in a minute then they get 20 points.

Let’s get started! There are 20 tasks in all so if you run through all of them with instruction it will most likely take you between 40 and 45 minutes to complete. I recommend, as the administrator of the games, that you demonstrate how to properly do each task before starting so take that into consideration when planning for time. Also, take into consideration that kids like to talk.

Here are the events:

Plank

Have them hold a plank on their elbows for one minute. Demonstrate the plank first, holding your body in a straight line and keeping their booty down. Yoga mats are not necessary for these activities but may make it a bit more comfortable on their elbows.

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Side Plank (Left and Right)

Have them hold a side plank on their elbows for one minute keeping their body in a straight line. Their hips can’t raise up but they also can’t touch the floor.  Switch sides and repeat.

Single leg stance (Left and Right)

Have them stand on one leg for one minute.  You can decide if you want their hands down at their sides, arms across their chest or arms out to the side for balance. Or you could not specify where their arms and hands need to be and let the players do what comes naturally (probably best for a younger crowd). They cannot hold on to anything for support. If their other foot touches the floor they are out. Have them switch legs and repeat.

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Single Leg Stance with Eyes Closed (Left and Right)

Have them stand on one leg with their eyes closed for one minute.  You can decide if you want their hands down at their sides, arms across their chest or arms out to the side for balance. Or you could not specify where their arms and hands need to be and let the players do what comes naturally (probably best for a younger crowd). They cannot hold on to anything for support. If their other foot touches the floor they are out. Have them switch legs and repeat.

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Tandem stance (Left and Right)

Have them stand with one foot positioned directly in front of the other like they are standing on a tightrope for one minute.  You can decide if you want their hands down at their sides, arms across their chest or arms out to the side for balance. Or you could not specify where their arms and hands need to be and let the players do what comes naturally (probably best for a younger crowd). They cannot hold on to anything for support. If they wobble out of this position they are out. Have them switch and put the other foot forward and repeat.

Tandem stance with eyes closed (Left and Right)

Have them stand with one foot positioned directly in front of the other like they are standing on a tightrope with their eyes closed for one minute.  You can decide if you want their hands down at their sides, arms across their chest or arms out to the side for balance. Or you could not specify where their arms and hands need to be and let the players do what comes naturally (probably best for a younger crowd). They cannot hold on to anything for support. If they wobble out of this position they are out. Have them switch legs and repeat.

Wall sits

Give a demonstration of this one before you start. Have them spread their legs hip-width apart and lean against a wall, lowering themselves down in to a seated position. Their backs need to be flat against the wall. Their hips and knees should be at a 90-degree angle and they cannot rest their hands or arms on their arms or legs. Have them hold this for one minute.

The most push-ups in a minute

Have them see how many FULL push-ups they can do in one minute. No “on the knees push-ups.” You could also have them partner up for this one and have the partner count the number of push-ups for one minute and then switch so the other partner is the counter.

The most sit-ups in a minute

Have them see how many sit-ups they can do in one minute. Have them partner up for this one and have the partner hold the feet of the person doing sit-ups while counting. Then have them switch so the other partner is the counter.

Superman

Have players lie down on their stomach and lift both arms and legs up into the air for one minute.  Have them hold arms and legs straight out and up like they are soaring through the sky like superman. If they come out of this position they are out. Instruct them to keep their eyes looking at the floor so they don’t hurt their neck or get dizzy.

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6-inch killers

These are the worst. Have players flip over onto their backs and lift their feet/legs approximately six feet off the ground. Hold that position for one minute. Arms should be flat on the ground beside them. They can keep their heads flat on the ground or lift their heads up some so their chin is tucked into their chest. If they come out of this position they are out. Again, yoga mats not necessary but they do make things a bit more comfortable!

Single leg bridge (Left and Right)

Have participants lie on their backs with knees bent and one foot up off the ground. Arms can be resting on the ground at their sides. Have them lift their booty up so their torso is in a straight line. Have them hold for one minute. Switch legs and repeat.

Isometric hip raise, no hands

This one is a little more advanced and may not be appropriate for all players. You be the judge. Have everyone lie on their backs and lift legs straight up into the air so feet are facing the ceiling and hips are off the ground. Have them keep their hands flat on the floor at their sides. Hold this position for one minute.

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Wheel pose

This one is a little more advanced and may not be appropriate for all players. You be the judge. Have them start on their back and lift up into a wheel or bridge pose (see picture). Have them hold for one minute.

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Tripod headstand with knees on elbows

This one is a little more advanced and may not be appropriate for all players. You be the judge. Have them kneel and place both hands on the ground. Have them rest the crown of their head between their hands and lift both legs so their knees are resting on their elbows (see picture below). This is a tricky one! Have players hold for one minute.

I hope this is a fun challenge for people! Let me know if you try it out! What worked for your group? What didn’t?

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Minute to Win It Exercise Edition

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