When the weather is nice, it feels good to train outside!

Cardio exercises like jogging may seem to be the obvious choice for an outdoor workout, but you can also get a serious strength training session without hitting the weights.

Since calisthenics workouts require very little equipment, they're easy to do at a local park or playground. You might get a funny look or two, but you'll also get a fun, full-body workout without needing to shell out for a gym membership.

Pull-ups and Hanging Leg Raises

Pull-ups and hanging leg raises are two great exercises that you can do with nothing more than a bar. If your playground has rings, those work well, too. Anything sturdy that you can hang from is fair game.

Pull-ups emphasize your back and biceps, while hanging leg raises target your abdominals. Both exercises also provide additional grip work. To get the most from these moves, aim to perform them with a full range of motion, avoiding the use of momentum.


If your park has a pair of parallel bars, you can use them to do dips, which are one of the best exercises for your chest, shoulders, and triceps. Again, make sure you go all the way up and all the way down on every rep, keeping your legs straight in order to avoid swinging.

Squats and Lunges

Speaking of your legs, feel free to add in some squats, lunges and/or sprints to turn this into a full body workout!Aim to perform each exercise for 3 sets of 5-15 reps, taking breaks as needed, depending on your strength level.

Due to their rugged construction and flexible fit, HYLETE’s Verge II shorts are the perfect choice for your playground workout this summer.

Go head to the park for your next strength workout – maybe I’ll see you there!

about the author

Al Kavadlo is one of the world’s leading experts in bodyweight strength training, and author of several books including the Amazon bestseller Get Strong. As lead instructor for the Progressive Calisthenics Certification (PCC), Al brings his unique coaching style to fitness trainers and enthusiasts around the globe. For more information, visit www.AlKavadlo.com.