Turn Your Summer BBQ Into A Field Day

There’s something about running around like kids again that makes for better relationship-building. Happy hours and group dinners are fun, but the activities we use at Throwback give people a chance to interact in a way that is very different than what they are subjected to in other settings. The games encourage employees (and friends!) to work together, creating a fun, active team-building element and allowing them to bond on different levels. 

Below are a few of our games published by Well + Good NYC that you can try at home with some friends. You can even increase the difficulty by adding a drinking element as well. Check out the full article by clicking the image on the right.

If you'd rather have us do the planning for your outing, like ClassPass, MasterCard and Venmo, check out our private events page by clicking below:

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Capture the Flag

Teams are split into opposite sides of the field with the goal of retrieving as many flags as possible from the other team.

You may play defense by using water guns to squirt a member of the opposing team if they enter your team’s territory. If you’re hit with water, you’re temporarily out of the game until you run to a designated re-spawn area and return to your team’s territory.

Increase the physical exertion by requiring players to perform the following circuit before attempting to capture a flag: 12 pushups, 12 squats.

Flip Cup

Split group into even teams, lining up single file, facing a cup of beer (amount is up to you) about 10 yards away.

Starting at the back of the line, the last person performs 8 push-ups, then the next person closest to front, then the next, until the line gets to the front person. The front person performs the exercise, then sprints towards the cup of beer, drinks it, flips it over, and runs back to their team.

Complete as quickly as possible, with the first person returning to their team crowned the winner of that round. Repeat as many rounds as desired, changing exercises each time.

Here's a bonus game that wasn't included in the article...

Water Balloon Freeze Tag

Split group into two teams. For the first round, team A will be lunge walking while team B completes a number of reps of a given exercise (ie 8 burpees).

Teams will begin lined up next to each other and on 3-2-1-go, team A will begin lunge walking away from team B while team B completes the burpees as fast as possible. When the first person from team B finishes their burpees he/she yells 'freeze' and everyone on team A must stop lunge walking. Members of team B each grab a water balloon and may take 3 steps forward closer to members on team A. They then can throw their balloons at any member of team A and a point is awarded for each member hit.

Repeat with team B getting the opportunity to throw balloons at team A. Rounds can be repeated with different exercises and different walks (crab walk, bear crawl, gallop, broad jump, etc).

Goodbye Office Happy Hour, Hello Field Day

A team that sweats together, stays more productive together. There is no question about the value of building camaraderie between coworkers. Happy workers perform better and are more loyal to their employers.  Instead of the usual happy hour or long group dinner, more companies are opting for more unique options, like group fitness. We’ve even decided to begin a Throwback Fitness corporate tradition: an annual Six Flags outing!  

But don't just take our word for it. A recent Mashable article took a closer look at the value of corporate outings.  The results: “strong relationships foster happiness and productivity”.  A RedBalloon/Altus@ survey found that companies with high employee engagement levels were to up ten times more likely to see increases in sales, productivity, and employee retention.

You’re already spending 40+ hours a week together, so what’s the best way to spend the time and money for corporate outings?  U.S. News and World Reports found one of the top five most productive outings was a group fitness or sports activity.  We happen to agree, and so do many top companies around NYC.

Small financial services companies like Falcon Edge Capital, to large tech companies like Venmo and Classpass, are ditching the drinks and opting for healthier, more active outings like those hosted by Throwback Fitness. Employers are seeing the value in investing more in employee well-being

“As a company focused on making the world a happier and more active place, it’s no surprise that we wanted to hold a physically engaging offsite for our employees. That said, we couldn’t have dreamed up a better experience for the ClassPass team than our field day with Throwback! Over 150 employees participated, and it was the perfect way to bring all levels of our quickly-growing company together. By fostering social interaction, team-building, and playful competition, Throwback created an effective platform for our team members to get to know each other outside of the office. There were no awkward conversations over drinks or employees struggling to make small talk with their colleagues... Just a genuinely FUN time that felt more like a treat than an obligation. And months later, everyone’s still talking about it! Thank you, Throwback!”
— ClassPass

 

Our philosophy is simple: Have fun regardless of ability. Games like dodgeball and water gun fights help create friendly competition that will give employees a great workout while sharing lots of laughs. The unique team building games we’ve created encourage colleagues to communicate and build relationships in ways they cannot inside the office.

Instead of taking a shot at the bar, take a shot at one of your colleagues during a game of dodge ball!  And by focusing on growth of inter-office smack talk, you’ll likely find the increased camaraderie amongst employees beneficial for the whole organization. 

Check out our Private Events page to inquire about an inter-office field day.