There’s no better time to work out outdoors than summer, and many of us have developed a taste for it while gyms have been closed.
Here are JLife’s top picks for outdoor exercise activities in the sun:
Play Tennis | Various Prices
As to be expected from the place that bore tennis legend Fred Perry, there are plenty of places to play in Manchester. Various free tennis courts are located in parks around the city. Delamere Park, Alexandra Park, and Wythenshawe Park being a just a few of them. If you’re willing to splurge a bit, Manchester Tennis and Football Centre is a great option. The centre was originally built as one of a number of host venues for the 2002 Commonwealth Games but is now open to the public. It boasts floodlit outdoor tennis courts and can be accessed on a pay and play basis, as well as with a membership.
Ben Malton Outdoor Personal Training | £40 per session
Coach Ben Malton is bringing personal training to you with outdoor training sessions. You can experience a fully personalised one-to-one workout in your local park or nearest convenient location. The sessions will use the topography of your location to provide an interesting and varied workout using slopes, park benches, children’s parks, sports courts, and more. And if the weather is less than fair you can take advantage of a guest pass to train at his gym on Deansgate. The best of both worlds!
Be Military Fit at Heaton Park | £39.99 per month
Military Fit is a 60-minute intensive workout. The programme is designed to get your heart rate up from minute one. Military training strategies are used to give the most effective and demanding workout possible, while still staying within what your body can do. If you’re looking for a training regime to challenge you this summer, this is it.
Park Gyms | Free
Getting fit outdoors doesn’t have to break the bank. There are a plethora of free park gyms dotted around Manchester. Salford alone contains 16 of them! Equipment varies from location to location, but you’ll have access to hurdles, parallel bars, step-ups, pull-up bars, and benches as well as some of the less easily found treadmills, bikes, and cross-trainers. If you’re willing to show off your best moves to the entire community, park gyms are a great way to keep fit for free.