Work Out(Doors)

Men’s Fitness Editor-in-Chief Roy S. Johnson offers five great workouts you can do in your backyard.

When toning your pecs and buffing your abs, “why not take advantage of Mother Nature?” asks Roy S. Johnson, a Westchester resident and the top editor at Men’s Fitness. Here’s how:

1. Suspension training. “You need a suspension-training device called Jungle Gym, which you can get online at It’s a set of straps that you can attach to a tree limb or bars on a real jungle gym at a playground to do various strength-training exercises.”
2. Blockbusters. “This is a good running workout. You sprint one block at about seventy-five percent of your full speed, then you walk or jog a block, and you repeat that cycle for two or three miles. It helps you from hitting a plateau.”
3. Wheelies. “This is for your abs. You need a Power Wheel—a wheel with straps on it for your feet. Strap it on and get into push-up position, and start walking on your hands—at a park or on a football field. By the time you reach a hundred yards, you’ll have a six-pack.”
4. Hill sprints. “Find a hill, about seventy-five to one-hundred yards in length uphill. Sprint to the top, walk back down, and do that six to ten times. This is a short, high-intensity workout.”
5. Body weight circuit workout. “Go to any open area, do twenty jumping jacks, twenty push ups, twenty body-weight squats with your hands on your hips, and then sprint forty yards, rest about a minute—and then do it five more times. It sounds easy, until you get to the five-more-times part!”

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