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4 Tips for Strength Training Outdoors

Discover a few of the top tips to remember as you take your workouts outdoors for the season.

With cabin fever setting in, you may start to consider moving your gym sessions outdoors. The great news is that the change of scenery can not only boost your motivation but may also help stimulate your body in a new manner, ensuring you see better results than ever.

You might think the only type of workout you can do outdoors is conventional cardio training, however, this is not the case. When done properly, you can easily perform a strength training as well.

Let’s go over four strength training tips that you can put to use during your outdoor workouts this season.

Select Compound Bodyweight Exercises

First, choose your exercises wisely. For best results, you’ll want to pick some compound bodyweight exercises that hit both the lower and upper body muscles.

Great choices include lunges, squats, step-ups (using a nearby bench), push-ups, as well as pull-ups if you happen to have an overhead bar wherever you are training.

Time Your Rest Periods

Since you won’t be able to add extra external weight as resistance, you’ll instead want to focus on timing your rest periods. Consider shortening up your rest periods so they’re around the 20-30 second mark. This way, you’ll still induce that level of muscular fatigue necessary to see progression with your routine.

Plus, as an added benefit, you’ll also get excellent cardiovascular conditioning results as well.

Invest in a Resistance Band

If you really want to take your outdoor strength training routine to the next level, consider investing in a resistance band as well. This will open the door to being able to perform a much greater number of exercises, allowing you to include more variety in your workout routine.

With a resistance band, which you can easily transport wherever you happen to be training, you can perform band bicep curls, shoulder presses, lateral raises, tricep extensions, as well as chest presses.

It’s a great way to add more variety to your routine.

Don’t Neglect Your Stretching

Finally, remember that just because you’re outdoors, this does not mean you should forget to include stretching as part of your workout routine. You’ll still be taxing the muscles heavily and stretching is a great way to cool-down from the workout session, while also reducing your chances of experiencing muscle soreness.

By adding stretching to the end of your workouts, you may also help to lengthen the total range of motion you can move through, which in turn may help boost your performance on all the exercises you do complete during the workout session at hand.

Remember these points as you go about your outdoor strength training workouts this season and you should have no problem seeing great results while enjoying what the outdoors has to offer.

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