Outdoor gyms are great. Not only can I get a kick ass workout, but all I need is my body weight to get a good sweat. Being in park or surrounded by trees is just fantastic too. I think folks spend enough time in a box and being outdoors is always my preferred choice, where getting a good work out is concerned. I only wish there were more of these outdoor gyms around town.
These machines that you find at an Outdoor gym are actually designed for low-impact training as well, in an intuitive and easy way. The various machines target the lower body, upper body and core, not to mention cardiovascular and weight-based strength exercises. Some train you on agility, where you might find obstacles, such as parallel bars, hurdles, step-ups, pull-up bars and benches.
Others feature more recognisable gym machine equipment – cross-training machines and weights for resistance work. And best of all, you don’t need money to attend a regular gym.. these outdoor gyms are free!
Anyway, if you are first time to an outdoor gym, be sure you approach it like any other gym equipment you might try for the first time. First warm up with stretches. Then read the machine guide (should be labelled on the side) on how to use it properly. Always include a mixture of upper body and lower body exercises and aim to cover all the major muscles of the body. Warm-up with some gentle cardio and mix it with some strength machines to keep your heart rate up and finish off with some burpees, mountain climbers or high knees. Aim to go three to four times a week for at least 30 minutes, and ensure you finish with some stretching again. Have fun!