On this side of the fence, pretty much spoilt for choice when it comes to park workouts. Whether you work from the suburbs or the big city, there’s always a patch of land for your park workout.
All you require is an area, maybe an hour’s area, some loose equipment and you’re good to go. Some park workouts don’t require any equipment at all. You might think that this could be a problem – but it doesn’t.
Park workouts do not need any specific equipment to start with. You can either do free weight workouts if you want, or whatever you have available to you.
For some people, fresh air is what they crave – in which case a simple free-weight workout bench will do just fine.
The trick is to vary the exercises so that your muscles get used to exercising in different conditions.
This will help you avoid getting too used to doing the same exercises in the same way every time you exercise.
Your next step is to choose a gym in your neighborhood. If you live in a big city, like New York, it may be difficult to find one.
Even if you do find a place to exercise, you probably won’t find it large enough for you to feel comfortable working out there.
The next best thing is to join a gym that’s not too far away, so that you can commute – and gain the fresh air and exercise benefits… or whatever else you want.
You don’t have to commit to working out in just one gym, and depending on where you live, it might not be possible to find a big gym close enough.
Free weights are the simplest way to start a park workout, as long as you get some dumbbells or barbells. Dumbbells work more than barbells, since you can hold them anywhere besides over your head.
With free weights, you can focus on working out specific body parts – chest, arms, legs, back, shoulders, etc.
You can also target smaller muscle groups with free weights. For example, you can perform push-ups, pull-ups, pistols, dips, and other exercises with dumbbells instead of barbells or a machine.
Another simple way to begin a park workout is with cardio exercises, like running or jogging. You can run for only a few minutes, or for as much time as you’d like. Jogging in itself is a great cardiovascular workout – you’ll get a great cardio workout in a hurry, and it’s easy to do in a park setting, since there’s no need to go to the gym. So if you’d like a quick cardio workout for the day, then jogging is an ideal choice.
But even more popular than cardio workouts are lower back exercises. The reason that lower back exercises are so popular for park workouts is that they are not only very low impact, but they also target a very specific group of muscles.
That means that you’ll be able to see fast results. One of the easiest lower back exercises is the standard push up, and since push ups require you to use your entire core to lift the weight (body fat will be lessened), you’ll be building muscle mass and using your muscles to stabilize your spine.
Probably the most effective exercise for park workouts is the single arm dumbbell row. With this exercise, you stand facing each other and lock your arms so that they form a straight line between your shoulders and your hands.
You then bend your knees and move your right foot forward until your butt touches the floor. With your arms locked, you slowly bring your right knee towards your left, and your shoulders meet your elbow.
Do ten reps per side for three sets, and you’ll be lifting large amounts of weight through your chest and biceps.
To finish your workout, try doing a couple sit-ups. Sit ups build muscle in your stomach. They also improve your posture, which can make you look slimmer.
And remember that these three park workouts are an excellent way to quickly build muscle.