Thursday, March 11, 2010

Getting Creative With Your Workout!

Spring is here ... uhhh sort of ... so that means warm weather and a whole lot more sun shine than we've been having. There is no two ways about it, everyone wants to get out side and start enjoying the friendly weather. I'm sure you've already been out walking the down town streets shopping, going for lunch, or just enjoying some time in the park, but don't forget about one of the best parts of spring/summer ... outdoor workouts!

It's always this time of year where you see the typical jogger out running in the park or around the block ... but what about us , how can we get outside and get an amazing workout using the things we can find outside? Well, its much easier than you would think to find a whole plethora of things to aid in your Jungle Fit workouts!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, outdoor play parks/jungle gyms are amazing things for getting a great workout! They all have bars to do chin ups on , or polls to climb up and down. If you're really lucky you might even have a park that has some dip bars or even a set of rings to challenge your self. There are a million different workouts you can do with just a pull up bar and a little creativity!

Where there's a park I bet you can find a picnic table! I love them, they are great for box jumps up onto the seat or the top of the table. Or how about step ups or split squats ... if you're legs are really strong you could even do pistol squats while standing on the seat with your free leg hanging off! Why not grab the table from one end and get in a couple sets of push press?

At some larger parks you may find stairs, these are great for adding depth into your workout and challenging your body in different ways! You could run sprints up the stairs, bear crawl down them, and get in a couple sets up push ups at the bottom. If push ups are a problem you could always use the stairs as a tool to get stronger. Put your hands on a step that allows you to do 8-10 push ups with correct form,(click this link for a video on push up form) then when that becomes too easy just go down one step and so on! Soon enough you'll be doing push ups on the the ground!

So there you have it, with a little creativity and some searching around your local parks you can build a gym out of anything at all! For more great ideas on training both indoors and outside take a look at the new Jungle Fit YouTube channel at


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