I used to run a class that would travel through a large park in town. Along the way there are benches, stairs and other similar elements that we’d use to perform various exercises. We’d make a big loop–the route would change each time to prevent boredom–and end up back at the start within the hour. I’d plan each trip so that we’d pass by water fountains at least every ten minutes so the class wouldn’t have to worry about lugging around water bottles if they didn’t want to.
This is a really elaborate park that tourists travel to visit so it was a great way to get exercise and enjoy our local sites.
It was pretty popular.
However, you have to have people who are relatively close in physical capacity or you’d risk others falling behind and losing the way.
This type of class format works great with my Boot Camp and in my community. There are at least 4 parks we can hit on our route. I have participants of all fitness levels and ages ranging 28-60ish. I encourage them to walk or run/jog within their ability. When we arrive at our stop, we do Jumping Jacks or Hign Knee’s or some type of cardio until the others arrive. Once we ran to a friends house that has a porch with stairs going up one side and down the other. (I’d asked permission!) We also have a lakeside route which is not only beautiful, but there are park benches! And lastly, we are very fortunate that most of these stops are shaded so it works great on warmer days.
I also run a boot camp type class on Saturday at the beach – this class incorporates running on sand, trail and road and is interspersed with exercises on park benches, a tower run, beach volleyball nets. This class and terrain provides a great all round workout for all abilities, prevents boredom due to the variety and provides a workout for all body parts. The main key to its success is planning and running/planning the course before each workout to work out any pitfalls. Also water stops are incorporated at outside fountains and bathrooms !