Outside the Box Fitness Station Ideas
When you think of fitness stations, you likely think of stations involving a piece of fitness equipment, like dumbbells, jump ropes, resistance bands, or medicine balls. Sometimes you need to switch it up to keep fitness and fitness stations fresh!
Below are four creative fitness stations that I have used. These unique and easy-to-use stations have really motivated my students to be more physically active and get their sweat on. To get started, simply divide your gymnasium or physical education space into 4 quadrants.
Station 1: Fidget Spinner PE Spin Boards
As we all know, fidget spinners are popular right now. Why not jump on-board and be the “cool teacher” that actually lets students use them in class? I’m a firm believer in building relationships with students and this will help you do just that.
While searching twitter, I came across these cool pre-made Fidget Spinner PE Spin Boards. All you need are a bunch of Fidget Spinners (I bought mine at the Dollar Store) and these awesome Fidget Spinner PE Spin Boards, created by Pete Charrette AKA @CapnPetesPE on twitter.
Station 2: Fitness Puzzles
My next station combines teamwork, cooperation, fitness, and literacy all into one station. All you need to do with these Fitness Puzzles is print, cut, laminate, and you are done. Put the puzzle pieces on the floor and let the students solve the fitness puzzles. When the group solves a puzzle, have the students perform the exercise and how many reps it says until it’s time to rotate to the next station.
Station 3: Themed Fitness Workouts
Switch your stations up using themed fitness circuits or workout routines. Darebee.com allows you to pick from a variety of themed circuits and workout routines, all you need to do is print, laminate, and display the workout.
Station 4: Fitness Tic-Tac-Toe
This activity can be used for 2 vs. 2 or 3 vs. 3, depending on how much wait time you want. Use the ACTION! Quick-Tac-Toe Set or use hula-hoops for a DIY version.
The objective is to have your team get three in a row like in tic-tac-toe. If all the objects have been played and there is no tic-tac-toe, the next player in line will run down and move one of their own objects into an open hoop.
How to Play:
- Each player has one scarf (or any object they can carry).
- On the signal, the first person in each group runs as fast as they can down to the tic-tac-toe board and places his/her object into one of the nine hula hoops.
- After he/she places the object, he/she runs back to the team line and high fives the next player in line.
- The next player will then run down and place their object in an open hoop.