If you’ve been following me on social media this year, you’ll probably have noticed that I’ve been leading a lot of Trail Fit sessions in partnership with KEEN. These sessions were all about getting people outside and removing obstacles to people keeping fit. Gym memberships can be expensive and with a busy schedule, exercise is often the first thing to go out the window.
Enter Trail Fit — fitness that fits to where you are, wherever you are. Most of my training is done outside and the Trail Fit sessions are all about highlighting how you can make the most of the world around you and challenge yourself in any environment.
If you haven’t managed to get along to one of these sessions, here’s a little sample so you can grab your training buddy and try it out for yourself. I usually throw some of these into my running sessions to mix things up.
Warm Up (Around 5 minutes):
Fast paced walk up a hill / lightly jog up stairs, walk down.
Jog on the spot — alternate between jogging with “high knees” and jogging with “butt kicks”.
The Main Event:
Sprint between 2 landmarks — i.e. 2 trees in a park, 2 lampposts in a city. Got some training buddies with you? An old fashioned game of “Tag” or “Stuck in the Mud” is another fun way of getting some sprints in!
Bench press ups (works on railings, too!) alternated with tricep dips:
Split lunges (great for stretching out those hip flexors!)
Partner squats with a cross grip (wrist to wrist)— taking it in turns to drop right down (outfit colour co-ordination optional)
Partner squats version 2 — back to back, push against your partner to get up from the ground and drop down.
Single leg squats with a cross grip to your partner
Jump lunges — alternating legs. Great for building power in the legs!
Wheelbarrow runs — brilliant for core stability, especially when they make you laugh!
V-up with tuck jumps: One of you sits and holds in “V” position, the other tuck jumps over! 10 jumps and then swap over.
Piggy back rides! Not just a game for children…
Press Ups with a High-5!
Make sure you remember to stretch out!
I hope this gives you some ideas! If you do incorporate any of these ideas into your next workout, I’d love you to tag me on social media so I can give you a virtual high five! Find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
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