Issue 21 • February 2014Total body

Playground Workout AKA The “Playout”

Gorgeous weather typically translates to an invitation to a playground for my daughter and me. Being a child at heart, I look forward to these outings just as much as I did when I was 8 and in pigtails. Whether I am racing my daughter across the monkey bars, sliding down the BIG slide, or spinning in the tire swing, there never seems to be a lack of fun activity. This caused me to think one day after turning into a sweaty mess, why can’t we stop “working” out and start “playing” out. ‘The saying you don’t stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing’; I believe to be quite true. So next time you run across a gorgeous day, here is a compilation of a couple fun moves you can play around with.

L-Stand

This simple inversion will get all the kids on the playground talking. Start by placing your hands on the ground in front of you then slowly walk your feet up a beam or wall (whichever is available at the playground you have chosen). Ask your child or friend to let you know when you have achieved creating the letter L. Your hips should be directly over your shoulders and your legs and feet should be parallel to the ground. For added challenge bring one leg at a time off the beam or wall and hold it in line with the rest of your body, switch legs, and repeat the movement 5 times per leg. To ensure safety and proper form make sure you securely place your foot back on the wall before trying to lift the other leg.

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 Knees to Chest

Locate the monkey bars or a high bar on the playground. Grasp the bar firmly with both hands and lift your knees to your chest. Repeat this motion 15 times trying to not let your feet touch the ground. My daughter likes to claim there is “hot lava” below and if my feet touch the ground I will melt! Makes it a little more creative and gives her a way to be involved in making sure her and my feet stay off the ground.

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Jumping for Joy

There seem to be lots of varying heights of ledges in playgounds, find one that your are comfortable with and jump up onto it with both feet, jump back to the ground with both feet. Repeat 20 times. If you are nervous or unsure of your jumping ability try to find a ledge where you can stabilize yourself by placing your hand on a wall or beam off to the side.

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 Jumping Pull-ups

Stand below high monkey bars or hanging bars, in one fluid motion jump up and grasp the bars while pulling yours shoulders up to touch the bars. Repeat 15 times and hold the top pull up position for a count for added challenge.

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Repeat all these movements 5 times and you will have had a great time and “play out.”

Stylist: Jillian Hudson

Wardrobe: Jacksonville Running Company

Alison Myers

Alison Myers

4 Comments

  1. Alison Myers
    February 14, 2014 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    Also… A huge thank you goes to Jacksonville Running Company for providing wardrobe! Thank you!!!!

  2. Britt
    February 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm — Reply

    Great picture of the most fabulous mother and daughter I’ve ever met! Alison you’re such an inspiration with what you’ve created and always look forward to learning more and kicking my own fitness butt into better shape each week. Xoxo

  3. Kristina
    February 14, 2014 at 7:55 pm — Reply

    Wow! This is an awesome article! Thanks for the tips! 😉

  4. Andrew
    February 17, 2014 at 10:14 am — Reply

    Way to take the “play” out of playground and turning it into something more fun! Like “challenge” ground, because everyone should love a good challenge, whether with yourself a friend or a team. Which is why I enjoy your Myercise class so much, every workout is a challenge!

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