Outdoor gyms vary a lot in terms of the equipment on offer. Some have the basics such as bars and benches to equip you for a great callisthenics style workout. Others have a wide range of machines, many of which may be similar to what you’d find at a traditional indoor gym. Or maybe you’re making the most of your local playground equipment for your outdoor gym workout.
Whatever the setup is at your local outdoor gym, here are some top guidelines to follow when it comes to using outdoor equipment for a workout. These tips will help to set you up for a safe and effective workout.
Although all outdoor gym exercises differ in the way they are performed, there are technique guidelines that can be applied to all of them:
Sometimes outdoor gym equipment might get damaged so that it’s either unsafe and/or not working properly. It’s possible that no one who would do something about fixing it would know about the issue. This is because outdoor gyms aren’t staffed the way most indoor gyms are. Before you start any exercise, check to see that the equipment appears safe. If something looks unsafe or like it needs fixing, report it to your local council.
Many machines at outdoor gyms will have instruction cards attached to them. If you’re new to using a piece of equipment, read the instructions first to help yourself learn the exercise. Some callisthenics equipment will provide exercise ideas which you can try. To be sure you are using your local outdoor gym equipment effectively, ask a local personal trainer to take you through a few sessions with it.