Whether you're a victim of ClassPass' recent sky-high price hike or you're tired of shelling out hundreds of bucks on a gym membership, you're in luck. Nearly every city and town in America boasts a public gym with a plush ground for planking, dedicated paths for cycling and jogging, and complimentary vitamin D supplements: a park.
To help you save a little cash (and build that summer tan), here are three trainer-approved workouts you can do in the park in 20 minutes or less.
Sean Bykerk, owner of Breakthrough Bootcamp in Mississauga, Canada, has developed a solid set of principles for a good fat-burning workout. "[It must] work big muscles, work lots of muscles, include strength training, and increase intensity," he says. His 20-minute park workout does just that, and the only equipment you'll need is two cones (or any other visible markers).
Set up two cones 30-300ft apart -- the farther apart, the harder you'll sweat.
- Perform 10 push-ups, 10 burpees, and 10 sit-ups at the first cone.
- Sprint to the second cone.
- Perform nine push-ups, nine burpees, and nine sit-ups.
- Sprint back to the first cone, then perform eight of each exercise. Repeat until you get down to zero.
- Need to modify? Bykerk suggests jogging or walking between cones (instead of sprinting). You can also substitute squats for burpees and crunches for sit-ups for a lower-impact version of this intense workout.
You don't have to wait for a Tough Mudder to test your skills on an obstacle course. Josh York, founder of GYMGUYZ, a mobile fitness service that provides in-home personal training, has developed a park-based obstacle course workout that will tone every muscle in your body. Look for an area that has a few benches and a hill for maximum effectiveness -- this one is certainly not for the faint of heart, and you can mix any combination of these exercises to make it more palatable or specific to your fitness needs.