The video below features a brief demonstration of a playground workout. I enjoyed the video for a few reasons. First and foremost, many of the exercises can be performed almost anywhere. It’s also nice to see a playground display that includes basic exercises that can be performed by the masses. Many of the popular playground/bar displays on Youtube highlight much more challenging exercises. And while I certainly enjoy more difficult movements, it is important to spread the message that anyone can get up and exercise with little or nothing. You also don’t need to possess gymnastic abilities to exercise at the playground. There is a starting point for anyone.
As for options and potential, the sky is the limit in terms of combining bodyweight exercise with conditioning exercises such as running. The bulk of the population could thrive with this simple combination. Bodyweight exercise can always be made more difficult or less challenging. It is something that anyone can start, yet you’ll never outgrow.
Unfortunately, such exercises and routines still do not get much widespread attention from the fitness industry. If you are wondering why, the answer is quite simple. You won’t fatten the wallet of an equipment manufacturer, gym owner, or trainer if you only exercise at the playground. As a result, such routines will never get much love from the industry. Speaking from experience however, the lack of attention certainly doesn’t reflect the potential that exists with even basic bodyweight exercises. One can do very well with such movements.
In summary, just because the industry cannot charge you for exercising on the playground doesn’t diminish the significance of such work. Get up, get outside, move regularly, and constantly seek out new challenges. Exercise doesn’t need to be complicated to be effective. As long as you are willing to work, you will do well with almost anything.
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. – Confucius