What Are The Yard Games And How To Prepare

woman doing deadlifts at bluecoats

Bluecoat Sports is delighted to announce Yard Games, a friendly fitness competition where participants perform a series of strength, endurance, and metabolic exercises to raise funds for the Olive Tree, a local cancer support charity.

  • Date: Saturday 13th July 2024
  • Time: 08:00-13:00
  • Entry opens: Friday 31st May
  • Entry Closes: Sunday 23rd June
  • £10.00 entry fee 
  • Compete as an individual, couple or in a team
  • 16+ years

Learn all you need to know about Yard Games in this blog post, and sign up today!

What are the Yard Games?

The Yard Games are a brand new dynamic community event that brings together individuals of all ages (16+ years) and fitness levels for a day of fun, fitness, and friendly competition. Participants engage in a series of challenging yard games designed to promote physical activity, teamwork, and community spirit. We are hoping this event will become a highlight in our community, attracting a diverse audience and creating lasting memories for all involved. 

Have you seen the worldwide Hyrox event taking over the fitness world and felt inspired to participate? The Yard Games is our local take on the popular Hyrox events, and the race course is inspired by our popular Yard classes. It takes exercises you may already be familiar with to the next level. 

Spectators are welcome to cheer on the athletes with a suggested donation made towards the Olive Tree upon your entry.

Woman working out in the fitness yard at Bluecoat Sports

Event programme


The event programme will be kept secret until competition day to keep you on your toes! But if you want to know how to prepare, here’s an idea of what to expect: 

The programme will be made up of 3 zones: 

  • Zone 1: Strength
  • Zone 2: Cardio 
  • Zone 3: Metcon 

This event is open to Members and Non-Members; you can enter as an individual, pair, or team of 6. Our fitness team will be ‘coaches’ who will help support you around the track. We will also have refuel stations around the course, with goodies from My Protein Ball Company and Lucozade to keep you going as you compete. 

How to get ready for Yard Games

You can enter the games as an individual, pair or team, meaning you can take on the whole course yourself or play to your strengths! 

Here’s how to prepare for each section.


Strength workouts focus on building muscle strength and power through resistance training. These exercises utilise heavy weights and low rep ranges to challenge the muscles maximally. 

Common strength exercises include weightlifting moves like squats, deadlifts, bench presses, and overhead presses. 

Lift zone written on the floor with a barbell weight
Three treadmills at Bluecoat Sports gym


Cardio workouts are any exercise that elevates your heart rate for an extended period. Cardio aims to improve heart health, burn calories, and increase endurance. Mixing steady-state cardio with high-intensity interval training is an effective way to challenge your cardiovascular system.

Common cardio exercises include running, cycling, swimming, rowing, and using cardiovascular machines like treadmills or ellipticals. 


Metcon stands for metabolic conditioning and refers to exercises intended to boost your body’s ability to better utilise oxygen and energy substrates like carbohydrates and fats. Metcon exercises typically involve high-intensity full-body movements performed in a circuit fashion with little to no rest between sets. 

Common examples of Metcon exercises include burpees, kettlebell swings, box jumps, and battle ropes.

Group of people doing kettlebell swings in the Fitness Yard at Bluecoat Sports
Personal trainer putting together a workout plan

Getting ready for the course

If you know you excel in one particular area, focus your training for the next few months on your preferred exercise type to compete at your best. This especially works well if you’re joining as a team and you all pick a different area you’re strong at.

Looking to take on the whole course yourself? Then balance your workouts evenly, concentrating equally on strength, cardio and metcon exercises to ensure you’re ready for the Yard Games.

Sign up for Yard Games

Ready to sign up for Yard Games? Booking opens on Friday 31st May via our online booking system.

Select Saturday 13th July on the calendar & choose either Individual, Couple or Team entry! Entry costs £10.00 (which will be donated to the Olive Tree). Booking will close on Sunday 23rd June – don’t miss out!