How to Master the Ultimate Jungle Gym Workout (Without Freaking Out Parents)


The playground is a fitness paradise. The problem? Kids. Avoid creepiness and freaking out parents with these tips from monkey bar expert and Nerd Fitness blogger Steve Kamb.

Then, put your tips to the test: Strength coach and avowed low-impact bodyweight training fanatic Zach Even-Esh, of New Jersey’s Underground Strength Garage, offers up his favorite jungle-gym workout:

Perform for time—15 minutes—or with these descending rep ranges:

A) Parallel bar hand walk (walk from one end of the bars to the other)
B) Dip
(10, 8, 6, 4, 2 reps)
C) Leg raises on dip bar
(10, 8, 6, 4, 2 reps)
D) Pullup
(10, 8, 6, 4, 2 reps)
E) Run (200m)
F) Lunge jump
(10, 8, 6, 4, 2 reps)
G) Squat jump
(10, 8, 6, 4, 2 reps)
H) Recline row under parallel bar
(10, 8, 6, 4, 2 reps)
I) Knee tuck and pushup w/feet on swing
(10, 8, 6, 4, 2 reps)
J) Walking plank on fireman’s pole
(10, 8, 6, 4, 2 reps)

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Tip 1: Engage parents ASAP

“Understand that it’s a potentially weird situation to begin with, so go out of your way to be respectful to parents,” Kamb says. “Say hi and carry yourself as though you know it’s a playground first, your gym second.”

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Tip 2: No trench coats

“I make sure I’m in workout clothes and listening to headphones to show I’m actually there to do a workout,” Kamb explains. “And, you know, not be a perv.”

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Tip 3: Go at night when kids aren’t there

“If at all possible, you don’t want to smack a kid in the face while doing burpees,” Kamb says.

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