It’s nice outside … forget about the gym

Quit going round in circles.

Give it a rest. Seriously.


Even in the extreme corners of the country, spring brings some of the best opportunities to be outdoors, especially for fitness reasons. (However, I must confess that my climbing session this past weekend was not too pleasant, weather wise. Multiple pitches on cold rock, up a north-facing, sunless wall, can grow old real quick.)

My buddies and I bagged the gym today for a series of stair and hill runs at a local park. Several times up and down at 25, 50, 75 and 100 percent; broad jumps up stair sections; staggered push-ups into planks on the steps; several rounds of side steps; and then a series of hill runs. It was great stuff and an outstanding way to alter the gym schedule.

For those of you hitting the gym daily, I urge you to get outside at least twice a week until the heat of summer floats in. Trail runs, of course, are the ideal outdoor running experience. But even if you do a lot of core or crossfit work in place of LSD (no, it means long slow distance), your alternatives are endless. A neighborhood playground makes an ideal outdoor gym, as any of one the implements could be used in a multitude of ways to simulate gym equipment. Use your imagination. The point is, get outdoors. Hell, push-ups and ab work can be done just about anywhere.

Anyway, get outside when you have the chance. No one needs to be on an elliptical machine anyway. Ever.