It’s not always possible to get down to the gym. Then, it isn’t always necessary! The urban environment is full of potential improvised gym equipment. Everyday environments can be used to build muscle, get toned and burn body fat.
With a bit of imagination you can work-out all your major muscle groups and get a great functional workout. The focus here is to use your bodyweight and what’s available around you and get a short, intense workout.
High ledges or platforms can be used for ‘lift me-ups’ or pull-ups which work your arms, shoulders and back, as well as abdominal muscles. You can work the inner and outer muscles of legs and quads if you include jumping off platforms too. Guard rails or low walls can take the place of a workout bench for side-hops which works almost every leg muscle and narrow grip push-ups for inner chest and outer triceps. A stair rail can be used for reverse pull-ups which work your back and arms.
When you start to consider the debris usually left lying around, rocks take the place of kettle bells used for deadlifts to get upper and lower muscle group workout. Tires are the ultimate improvised gym equipment when you consider all the major muscles that are worked when you do tire flips. The weight doesn’t have to be heavy, because remember, you’re going for a fast and furious workout!
To compensate for weight, up the number of reps with shorter rest periods.
If you combine running between each of your exercises, you can keep your heart rate up and melt that fat right off. Also adding running gives your whole workout a cross fitness functionality, which we sometimes neglect in a gym.
Urban workout can add variety to your usual routine especially if you’ve started to feel a bit bored at gym. Plus, you get to be outside, in the fresh air, and changing up the exercises your muscles do is actually really good for them. Think of it as a wakeup for your body that promotes muscle growth and all round strength.