With heavy restrictions on in-club classes and PT in most states, parks and green spaces offer a lovely alternative for circuit and group training sessions. (Who doesn't love some fresh air and sunshine?!) Aside from the obvious perks of training in the great outdoors, escaping the confines of a club can offer a less intimidating experience for both client and trainer. In fact, a 2013 study found that "Green exercise may help motivation to undertake physical activity by increasing enjoyment and escapism from everyday life, with both a social and entertainment value." The study also found that "there is even some evidence to suggest that exercise may feel easier when performed in the natural environment. When allowed to self-select walking speed, participants tend actually to walk faster outdoors, compared to indoors. Paradoxically, they report a lower rating of perceived exertion."
In light of these fortuitous findings, we asked Quincy Williams, Health & Wellness Coordinator for the State of Ohio and Owner of Q-Fitness to share some pointers for setting up the perfect outdoor circuit session.