Workout Locations: The Park

Sometimes it's great to be outdoors.

Sled Dragging
Sled Dragging.
Sometimes it's great to be outdoors. If that feeling hits at the time when you'd usually be throwing iron around the room, consider taking a few things down to your local park. It makes a great change.

As with the beach, the park has all of the usual advantages of simply working out outdoors. You can throw things around and make a lot of noise without attracting the same type of attention that you'd get in a commercial gym. You're less likely to break things through being in a confined space, and you may get a little motivation from passers-by. Always great.

Parks vary widely in terms of the facilities they offer (and therefore of the exercises they lend themselves to), but some of the things worth keeping an eye out for are :

Some exercises - such as kettlebell swings and snatches, clubbell work and medicine ball throwing - can be done almost anywhere.


The gear you take will naturally depend on what you have in the home gym, as well as the facilities the local park offers. A few things you may like to have handy are :

As you can see, much of the equipment listed here will come in handy for other home workouts, and is fairly cheap and easy to obtain. Alternately, if you're DIY inclined, take a look at instructions for making a medicine ball, a sandbag and a whole lot more.

See it in action

A bit of video may give you that final bit of inspiration (although if the weather's anything like it is here, you won't need that - it's great). To get you started, try these :

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