Optimising outdoor training

Having a strategy and tracking results is important for outdoor training is equally as important as for training in the gym, but it's often overlooked.

You certainly don't have to record every exercise or session in an app, but there does need to be some way of measuring progression from the training sessions.

A good way to think of it can be: “you're spending two hours per week in the park doing this, how will you know if you’re getting better at it?”

This can be a fitness or strength test, such as tracking the time it takes to complete a work, running a certain distance or achieving x amount of reps on a certain exercise (often push-ups).

At the other end of the spectrum, you can certainly track every rep and monitor the training load and progressions in different exercises.

Weights in the gym are easy to track because the equipment itself is labelled numerically, but bodyweight training can also be tracked using reps and body weight as the key progressions.

An exciting element of bodyweight resistance training is that as you progress with your training, the reps increase from a combination of more strength, refined technique and a decreasing bodyweight.

Having a strategy also means you know what you will be doing during any individual session.

Bodyweight training has endless possibilities and comes without the clues that a gym can give you.

When you walk into a gym - even without a plan - the equipment options begin to build a workout in your head.

But this isn’t as strong when you’re walking into your living room, backyard or park - there are plenty of non-exercise distractions to that their place.

Tom Fitzgerald