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Playground Strength Training

Use a playground area to do a creative strength routine. This workout will take you back a few years and gives you permission to try all those cool playground toys.

For: All athletes.
Time: Variable.
Description: Use a playground area to do a creative strength routine. This workout will take you back a few years and gives you permission to try all those cool playground toys.
Equipment needed: Playground.

Many of todayís playgrounds have set-ups that make the old swing set look lonely. If you happen to have an office that is nearby one of these playground areas, take advantage of some of the pieces (careful not to break anything) to do some strength training.

Begin with a 5 to 10-minute walk/jog around the area, checking out whether you can get away with a stint on some of the equipment without getting the evil eye from parents that happen to be nearby.

Look for the following apparatus:
  1. Swing set
  2. Slide
  3. Rope for climbing
  4. Pull up bar
  5. Monkey bars


Do the following routine with 30 seconds rest between each exercise. If you donít have some of the equipment available, be creative.

  1. 50 abdominal crunches
  2. Swing aggressively for two minutes; jump off at the end (if you have good knees).
  3. Climb the slide, slide down feet first, and take off running for 60 seconds, ending back at the play area.
  4. Climb the rope and hang for as long as possible.
  5. Do as many pull-ups as you can.
  6. Run for 60 seconds.
  7. Cross the monkey bars, using one hand at a time, turn without dropping and go back the other way.
  8. Do 15 pushups.
  9. Run 60 seconds.
  10. Do 20 leg raises, keeping your back in a neutral position; donít let your back arch.
  11. Repeat the whole routine two to three times or until you get kicked off.