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Outdoor Exercise: The End of the Gym?

This article from Details got me thinking. And I’d be interested to hear your thoughts: is the next big thing in workout to get out of the gym? I’ve been running GoGreen Bootcamp with some other great trainers for a while now, and we’ve seen first-hand the benefits of outdoor exercise. But will it come to the mainstream? Or will people continue to incorporate indoor training with the occasional run? It’s one thing on the West Coast, but NYC weather doesn’t really lend itself to a year-round open-air fitness routine…

THE FUTURE OF FITNESS IS TAKING THE WORK OUT OF WORKING OUT

HOW PLAY AS EXERCISE IS CAUSING THE DEATH OF THE GYM AS YOU KNOW IT.

PHOTOGRAPH BY REBECCA GREENFIELD

“As I wait my turn in line at Gleason’s Gym outside Minneapolis, I get tips from the guy ahead of me about how to get more power out of my Kong vault—a move where you sprint toward a four-foot-tall gymnastics apparatus, extend your arms, push off with your palms, and swing both legs over as you sail forward. He is probably 12 and I could be his dad, but at this moment we’re just two guys trying to clear a wall.

It might seem weird to work out with guys who aren’t old enough to drive, but this parkour class is for ages 11 and up, and the middle-school demo is all over it. They are at an age when jumping over things is considered an acceptable way to blow off steam.

Lucky them. If adults threw more fun into their time at the gym, we would go there more often, do smarter exercises, and be better-looking. We’d also feel younger…Read More 

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