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Outdoor Workouts
Come summertime I much prefer an outdoor bodyweight style workout than being in the gym. The sun is out. The ladies are in full bloom. The parks are a hopping place these days.

I normally just try to find some monkey bars or a soccer goal and knock out a bunch of pullups, pushups, situps, air squats, etc. I bring TRX bands and a jump rope with me to give me a few more options.

I'm curious if there are other park goers and what your routines are.

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06-04-2019 11:41 PM
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RE: Outdoor Workouts
I used to go to this park on campus when I was a junior and senior in undergrad.

My park had multiple bars at various levels so I could do lateral pulls, and it also had two parallel bars where I could hold myself up in a dip position and walk across them and do Russian dips and the variation of dips where you drop down to your armpits. I would also hold tucked and one-leg out front levers.

I worked my way up to being able to do muscle-ups during this time and after years of not working out with muscle-ups in my regime I can still do them. A Bulgarian guy who would do calisthenics at that same park told me about how doing reverse muscle-ups was the best way to train up to being able to do slow muscle-ups.

Basically, if you have a real old school set-up where the park has a variety of quality bars, you can hit every part of your abs and upper body. And you have so many options that you can start with exercises that are doable yet will get you on a quick path to banging out legitimately impressive moves. Think 360 degree dip jumps, human flag crunches, clapping dips, front lever pull-ups, muscle-ups to standing on the bar, etc.

Even though I'm a big believer in these things and the rewarding path calisthenics carve for people, pistol squats and countless air squats probably don't cut it for most people. The one guy who swore by air squats was a pretty big guy so maybe I'm the outlier (that guy was actually rudebwoy).

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06-05-2019 12:42 AM
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RE: Outdoor Workouts
Yeah I prefer outdoor workouts too in the summer. I used to have a park with a lot of callisthenics apparatus but unfortunately they took it all away. I know other parks with callisthenics apparatus but it ain't nearby... So I used to the all the apparatus that were there. Pull ups, chin ups, push-ups, dips, leg raises etc.

I also sometimes exchange my indoor squat rack for some kettle-bells and workout in my garden.

And I enjoy some cardio from time to time... Long bike rides or some short tabata running sessions in the forest. Good to be out in nature!
06-05-2019 01:57 AM
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RE: Outdoor Workouts
As someone who’s into calisthenics only, the park is my default training ground all year round. There’s always enough apparatus for training a wide variety of fundamental bodyweight exercises which you simply cannot get anywhere else. You can even carry gymnastics rings along and hang them on one of the swings or pull-up bars to complete the experience.

But there’s this guy who owns a bar on a beach I usually go to. He recently set up an outdoor gym complete with a bench press, a pull-up bar, and a rack with barbells and dumbbells of various weights. Anyone is welcome to use them for free. He actually made the weights himself using concrete, and solid pieces of wood for the bars. It’s quite impressive.

Anytime I’m there I just set up two barbells parallel to each other in the sand to create a pair of parallets, which I can then use for L-sits, straddle Ls, tuck planches, and push-up variations. I then proceed with my upper body pulling exercises, front lever and back lever training with the pull-up bar. I also realised training pistol squats in the sand is slightly more difficult since it doesn’t provide a level surface to plant your feet. But since your core is tasked with more work to keep your centre of gravity stable throughout the movement, I gladly accept the challenge.

You also do have your fair share of long stares from hotties on the beach. You only have to make sure it doesn’t get to your head and try to pull off movements you’re not strong enough for. You’re only going to feel stupid for hurting your wrist or shoulder girdle just because you were trying to impress some girls.
06-05-2019 02:06 PM
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RE: Outdoor Workouts
Got myself a set of club bells. These things light enough to pick up but damn heavy/hard work to swing around.

I used this video to learn the different movements...



07-02-2019 05:43 AM
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RE: Outdoor Workouts
Kettlebells are great for outdoor workout because you can bring them with you wherever you go. One 35lb kbell will give you a great workout.
07-02-2019 06:20 PM
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RE: Outdoor Workouts
Working outdoors is the shit. Been doing it for years and I'm in the best, leanest shape of my life. No more gym fees, no more dudebros doing bicep curls in front of the mirrors, no more women attention whoring and distracting me from gains. Calisthenics is a godsend.

If you are looking to get started, I would highly recommend the Recommended Routine, which is perfect for those lost in a sea of conflicting information.

https://www.reddit.com/r/bodyweightfitne...ed_routine

I keep it super simple:
- Planks / Side Planks
- Hollow Holds
- Pull-Ups
- Push-Ups
- L-Sits

That's my entire workout, and it keeps me stronger and more functional than about 95% of people I come in contact with. All I need is a bar for the pull-ups, and a floor for everything else. When it gets cold, one can either
A) Bundle up and keep hitting the bar
B) Workout indoors and get an indoor pull up bar
C) Lay off pull ups for the reason and replace with indoor alternative

Welcome to the world of calisthentics my friend. You have a great journey ahead
07-05-2019 02:26 AM
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(07-02-2019 05:43 AM)fktax Wrote:  Got myself a set of club bells. These things light enough to pick up but damn heavy/hard work to swing around.

I used this video to learn the different movements...




Where do you buy the club bells
07-07-2019 11:53 PM
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