Circuit in the Park

Last week, we used nothing but a swing set for a fabulous full body workout. Today, you’ll learn a circuit workout you can do to condition your cardio, lower body, upper body and core.

We are so fortunate to live in a city full of so many wonderful parks…Marshall Center park, Esther Short, KlineLine Park, and so many more. Instead of just thinking of them as a wonderful place for kids to play and to walk the dog, think of them as a fitness gym with incredible views! There are literally so many things you can do at a park using nothing but your body weight or the bars in the kiddie section (just don’t hog the equipment from the kids). Monkey bars become chin-up bars.  Steps and benches are perfect for step ups, push-ups and dips. Kids ‘out of school’ doesn’t need to mean ‘out of shape’!

Here’s the workout specifics.

*Remember to do a gentle warm-up before you begin.*

Single Leg Squats

There are plenty of poles to hold onto at a park.  Find a pole and hold onto it with arms fully extended. Balance onto one leg, keep your front knee over top of your ankle as you slowly squat backwards as low as you feel comfortable.  Perform 8-20 reps each leg. Excellent exercise for buns and legs of steel.




Chin Ups

Every park has monkey bars also known as a chin-up bar!  Since most adults can’t do full chin-ups, most of us will have to perform a modified or ‘jumping chin-up’.  Grab the bar with an underhand, shoulder width grip.  Now slowly jump using your legs to get your chin above the bar.  Hold for 1-2 seconds and then slowly release towards the ground.  As you get stronger, the goal is to use less and less of your legs and more of your upper body to perform the chin-up. Perform 8-20 reps. A great exercise for your back and arms.


Rotation Plank

Place your hands on a surface 1-2 feet off the ground.  Position your shoulders and elbows over your wrists, your abdominal muscles contracted and keep you back elongatedHold for a few seconds.  Then slowly lift one hand and rotate towards the sky.  Return to the starting position and repeat to the other side. Continue for 30-90 seconds. This is a great exercise for your core.



Many parks have a path/trail around them. Run or walk around the park for your cardio set. If this is not available, just do knee jogs for one minute.

Repeat the above set one time if you’re just getting started. Complete it twice, if you’re intermediate. Complete it 3x if you’re advanced.

Yours in health & fitness,
Sherri McMillan

Note: As an avid Columbian reader, you can redeem a 2 week pass at her world-class training studio to help get you started.  Contact 360.574.7292 for more details. 

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Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan, holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for more than 33 years. She has received numerous industry awards including 2010 CanFitPro International Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year, 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, 1998 CanFitPro Fitness Presenter of the Year and 2005/2006 ACE Fitness Educator of the Year - Runner up. She is a fitness trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers, author of five books and manuals including "Go For Fit - the Winning Way to Fat Loss" and "Fit over Forty" and the featured presenter in various fitness DVDs. She has presented hundreds of workshops to thousands of fitness leaders throughout Canada, Australia, Mexico, Jamaica, New Zealand, Germany, England, Spain, South America, Asia and the U.S. She is the owner of Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver, the founder of WHY Racing Events & WHY Community, participates in various community fundraisers and can be found running, biking, or hiking around the community. Find more information at

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