There was a time scarcely a century back when most of us used to travel on foot or on horseback. But modern transportation and communication systems changed that and now we spend most of our time in cars, or at home or office. The lack of exercise, as well as near unrestricted availability of processed foods, has led to a pandemic of obesity and heart-related illnesses. However, it does not have to be this way at all. Not if you invest time and effort in building and using an outdoor gym. Let us take a quick look at what you need for your very own outdoor fitness gym.
Ye Humble Pull-Up Bar
You cannot trust expensive electronic equipment to the great outdoors. Sun, rain, and a host of other factors can ruin it all pretty effectively. This is why it makes a lot of sense to start with something simple yet very important. Enter the Pull-up bar. The almost ubiquitous pull-up is one of the most important exercises when it comes to building strong arms, back, and inner core. Add to that the fact that there is virtually no end to the variations you can perform once you get a rock-solid pull-up bar to set in your backyard or any other outdoor place. You can simply make a couple of gravel-filled holes for your stout wooden posts and hang the iron bar in between them and you are done.
Bench, Stand, and Weights
You will need a bench press that is rugged enough to withstand the external environment but not too hard so that it becomes uncomfortable for regular workouts. Apart from that, you will need a stand to go with the bench. You should best make sure that it is an incline, decline bench so that you can use the same piece of equipment for all of your bench press needs. Apart from the stand, you will also need barbells, disc weights, and dumbbells (as per your size, weight, and capability). This way you will be able to optimize your workout with your bench.
Power Tower with Resistance Bands
A power tower helps to tone your glutes, stomach, and arms. Throw in resistance bands for the legs and you can also exercise your calves and hips at the same time. Best of all, it is almost completely impervious to the weather outside. You just need to wipe the dust off and commence your workout any day of the week.
An adjustable dip bar is a great piece of equipment for your outdoor gym. Not only will you be able to exercise your arms, triceps, and biceps but you can also attach weights to your legs to increase the intensity of the workout. This is one must-have piece of outdoor gym equipment. And since it is so simple it doesn’t cost much either,
This is a rugged cross between a treadmill and an elliptical machine. It doesn’t have any of its electronic components but works much the same way to help you burn off all of those extra calories in as short a time as possible. If you get one with moving hand rests you will be able to get full-body workouts ranging from your calves, hips, and thighs all the way to your chest and arms too.
A jumping trampoline is a great way to have plenty of fun while you get your fresh air and exercise. If used correctly it also helps in burning calories very fast indeed.
Buying Proper Gym Equipment
Buying the proper gym equipment is very necessary, especially if you plan on using it all outdoors. It is also very important to find the right gym equipment that will be able to survive both hard use as well as the outdoor environment. Here the best thing to do is to buy once and buy right.
Creating an outdoor gym is one of the best decisions you have made in life and it will be sure to give you rich dividends almost immediately after purchase. Equipment like benches, weights, and bars will help you to keep the excess weight off as long as you continue to use them.