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How to plan a workout at an outdoor gym

It’s always a good idea to plan for any workout before your start it. This will help to minimise time “faffing” about and make sure you get the most out of your workout. Let’s take a look at how to plan a workout at an outdoor gym. There are a few extra things to consider when you’re exercising outdoors.

When will you schedule your outdoor gym workout?

Decide on the best slots for your outdoor gym workouts for the upcoming week. Will you work out before or after work, on the weekend, during your lunch hour, or at another time? Once you know when your workout is going to happen you can plan your day around it. For outdoor gym workouts you might want to check the weather forecast ahead of time so that you can plan appropriately.

What do you need to prepare for your outdoor gym workout?

There’s a saying that “there’s no such thing as bad weather…just inappropriate preparation”. If a typhoon is on its way you might want to reconsider your outdoor gym workout for the day.

However, if it’s not looking quite so serious, then prepare to bring weather specific items for your workout. Examples could include sunblock and hat or a raincoat.

Some lightweight pieces of workout kit can be very useful for your outdoor gym workouts because they increase your exercise options. For example, think about whether you want to take along items like a mat, skipping rope or resistance band.

What will you do in your outdoor gym workout?

Your outdoor gym workout should be tailored to suit you. It should consider and cater for your:

  • Health and fitness goals
  • Fitness levels
  • Medical and injury status and history
  • Exercise preferences
  • Lifestyle needs

The main components are usually:

  • Warm up and dynamic stretches
  • Resistance and/or cardio (huffy puffy) exercises
  • Cool down and static stretches


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