Saturday, August 2, 2014

MONKEYING AROUND: PLAYGROUND WORK OUT #WorkOutOfTheWeek (WOOTW)



Although I usually get Kinesis in at least three times a week, and whatever other workout I feel like doing like Barre 3 and Yoga on other days, There are times I just head over to the gym in my building and do some cardio and weights. The thing is, since my workouts are all over the place, I sometimes forget to renew my monthly membership in my building, and if I happen to go down on a Sunday on an expired ID, there's no way I can get it renewed on the day because no one will be at the offices.

Thankfully, there is a playground right next to the pool, and on some mornings, if I go early enough, there is nobody there and I can use the monkey bars, swings and slides to do a few workouts- the fun way! If you have access to a playground, you can do things like pull ups (It's hard, and this will need lots of practice- I can't even do it yet) and leg lifts on the monkey bars, run up the slides and jungle gym to complete a circuit. You can use the poles to help you do handstands and so much other stuff. Be creative! Just because you don't have time to go to the gym, doesn't mean you can't sweat ANYWHERE. A bonus is if you have a child like I do, you can hit two birds with one stone by working out, and spending time with her at once.

Here are a few suggestions for Playground work outs:


  • Leg Lifts. Start with just 3 sets of 5. Reach for the monkey bar until you are hanging. Slowly raise both legs up until they are completely horizontal and hold for one second before slowly bringing it back down. 
  • Pull Ups. You might not be able to do this immediately but try your best to lift your body weight as high up as you can. Eventually, you will be able to get your head over the bar. Patience. Try to do at least 3 sets of 5 even if you are not going all the way up.
  • Slide Pushups. Put your feet up on the bottom of the slide and your arms on the ground, like you are in plank position. Slowly lower your arms down into a push up and repeat 10 times. Do three sets.



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