How To Play Boardgains Gym Game + Exercise Guide

The Basics: How To Play Boardgains Workout Game

Step 1 of how to play this fitness game
1) Set The Gains Needed To Win

1 Gain = 1 Lap Around The Board.

(3 - Easy, 5 - Medium, 7 - Hard)

Step 2 of how to play this fitness game
2) Roll, Move, Exercise, Repeat.

Roll Dice, Move Game Piece, Complete Exercise You Land On. Repeat This As You Complete A Lap Around The Board.

Step 3 of how to play this fitness game
3) Collect Set # Of Gains To Win

As You Complete A Lap Around The Board Passing Gains Start Here You Collect 1 Gain.

Video Tutorial: How To Play Boardgains Fitness Game

Detailed How To Play Boardgains Workout Game

Illustration of person completing jumping jacks and burpees for a warmup
WARM-UP

A warmup must be completed before starting the game. Complete your own warm up or use the one provided.  

Refer to the exercise guide for any exercises you do not know. 

How to play this workout game by choosing your match option
Determine the Match Type

Solo / Multiplayer / Teams

When playing as a team, each player on your team must complete the corresponding exercise and reps. However reps can be transferred within the team. You must also wait until everyone on your team completes their reps before going to the board to roll again.

Example:  A team of two players lands on 10 pushups.  Each player must complete the 10 pushups and as a team 20 pushups should be completed between the 2 players. However, player A can transfer 5 pushups to player B so Player A does 5 pushups and player B does 15. 

How to play this fitness game by setting up Workout Stations  7 feet away from Boardgains workout game
Go Over Exercises & Setup Workout Stations

Go over all exercises on the board, to ensure each player knows what each exercise is. If there is an exercise you don’t know, refer to the exercise guide for instructions. Setup workout stations for each player or team, ideally 7-10+ feet away from the board.

How to play fitness game by setting the number of GAINS (Laps Around The Board) needed to win and writing that number on the middle of the board.
Set the number of GAINS (Laps Around The Board) needed to win.

Write that number in the Gains Square on the board. After your initial roll, play the game by going around the board clockwise collecting 1 GAIN every time you pass GAINS START HERE. The first person/team to collect the designated number of GAINS wins the game.

SUGGESTED GAINS

Easy - 3 Gains / Medium - 5 Gains  / Hard - 7 Gains  / Expert - 10 Gains

How to play this workout game by choosing Gamepieces & Setup Starting Postions
Choose Gamepiece & Setup Starting Postions

Each player/team must choose a game piece and then write their name/team name and game piece colour on the board’s player section.

To set up the starting positions, each player/team rolls the dice and moves their game piece clockwise across the board according to the number they rolled. The game will begin once each person/team has rolled and moved their game piece. After all the starting positions have been set up, do a countdown 3, 2, 1, GAINS to START the GAME!

Gamepiece lands on jumping jacks spot on the workout game and person completing jumping jacks
Roll, Move , Exercise, Repeat

Wherever you land, you must do the corresponding exercise and reps. (There are substitution exercises for those who have any limitations pg 12). Once completed, return to the board and roll again. There is no need to wait for your opponents to finish their exercises. 

Watch Out For These spaces when playing boardgains fitness game
Watch Out For These!

If you land on a CIRCUIT CHALLENGE or 100 HIGH KNEES, you must complete that before rolling the dice again. If you land on 1 MINUTE PLANK, you must hold the plank as best as you can for 1 minute before rolling again. Use a sand timer to track the minute. If you land on GO TO PLANK, you must move your game piece BACKWARDS to the 1 MINUTE PLANK spot on the board and hold the plank for a minute before rolling again.

Feeling Lucky?  Game Cards with this gym game
Feeling Lucky ?

If you land on a LUCKY SPACE you must pick up a game card.These game cards can be good or bad. Game card instructions must be completed right away except for the PLAY THIS CARD game cards. They can be saved and used at any point in the game.

Meeple passing first spot on the workout game and collecting a point
Collect Set # Of Gains To Win

Every time you go around the board and pass  GAINS START HERE you get 1 GAIN. Record your GAINS on the gains column. The first player/team to collect the set number of gains wins the game.

People stretching after playing gym game
Complete Cooldown & Stretch When You Are Done Playing.

At the end of the session, complete a cooldown / stretch routine.  You can do your own or use the one provided. 

EXERCISE GUIDE - how to perform each bodyweight exercise properly with correct form & modifications

How to Lunge Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Alternating Lunge (Reverse & Forward)
How to Ab Twist/Russian Twist Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Ab Twist/Russian Twist
How to Bicycle Ab Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Bicycle Abs
How to Burpee Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Burpees
How to Calf Raise Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Calf Raise
How to Glute Bridge Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Glute Bridge
How to High Knees Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
High Knees
How to Inchworm Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Inchworm
How to Invisible Jump Rope Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Invisible Jump Rope
How to Jumping Jacks Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Jumping Jacks
How to LYING LEG RAISES Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Lying Leg Raise
How to Mountain Climber Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Mountain Climbers
How to Plank Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Plank
How to PLANK PRESS Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Plank Press
How to Push-up Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Push-Up
How to Seal Jacks Properly : Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Seal Jacks
How to Seated Punches Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Seated Punches
How to SHOULDER TAPS Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Shoulder Taps
How to Squat Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Squat
How to STANDING BODY CRUNCH Properly: Correct Form, Mistakes, and Variations - A Step-By-Step Guide
Standing Body Crunch 

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