With the arrival of summer the airs getting warmer, the sky’s getting brighter and the nights are getting lighter, for me its the perfect conditions for training. I have a couple of big events coming up a little later in the year and I need to be on top of my game. That’s why with the brighter nights I’ve decided to step my training game up!
Instead of just doing my normal cardiovascular exercises, I am now also focusing on my strength training, in the wild. Never mind being on the gym floor, with this perfect summer weather I have decided to start my strength training outside. I don’t take equipment or weights with me, instead I look for the routines that are all around me.
I’ve started with, Lifting big rocks, performing pull ups on (secure) tree branches, open water swimming (caution should always be taken), log rolling, tree climbing and stone wall building. I’ve never felt better, something about being outside taking in those deep fresh breaths and feeling yourself connect with nature really inspires me to perform better than ever. I think being stuck inside the gym all the time really dampens spirits, you forget why your there in the first place. Its not to become obsessive with your body image or to overly use one piece of equipment, we are there to better ourselves and train to better our performance.
It’s no secret that in hot countries like America and Australia, outdoor and beach gyms are everywhere. What could be better than exercising for free, outside, getting some sun light and fresh air. Besides when it comes around to competition time, it’s all outside, so why sit all your training indoors?
Going up against the elements on a regular basis can take its toll so it’s important to be prepared.
I would advice a good pair of running trainers (no expense spared). When it comes to running trainers it’s always best to spend a little more money and get a pair that are going to protect your knees and ankles.
Keeping your body temperature regulated is very important if you want to be well enough to exercise night after night. While your exercising your body is getting warmer and warmer, as it gets later into the evening the temperature naturally drops. So make sure you have Underarmer under your t-shirt, or better yet wear a light jacket.
Pushing logs, lifting rocks and pulling your body weight up on trees is a lot of work for your hands. Get yourself a pair of good fingerless lifting gloves, you will thank me for it – that’s all I need to say on this one.
So I challenge you to take the Jeremy Lefton outdoor challenge. Take your normal gym routine but adapt it the wild, cut free from the memberships, the florescent lighting and the droning air con.
Prepare your body and mind for the great outdoors, get back to the wild and earn your stripes!