Regent’s Park: Best for Fitness Facilities
Reviewed by Jason Doggett, Personal Trainer Regents Park
The Jungle Gym in Regents Park is an extra-ordinarily useful piece of fitness apparatus, especially for a personal trainer. This massive structure comprises wooden logs and netting, like an adult-sized obstacle course. Curiously, it is not marked on the park’s own map and perhaps for this reason – and the fact that children love playing on it – the jungle gym is underutilised as a fitness destination, by the legions of joggers passing by.
I find it invaluable, as a personal trainer. It’s a structure that tests the body in unlimited ways – perfect for creating unusual and challenging bodyweight exercises.
When my client told me she wanted to look great in a backless dress, I created a workout that would make that happen. She’s hanging off the underside of the netting in the photo above. I believe she’s having fun, but she’s also working her ‘latissimus dorsi’ – the two fan-shaped muscles on either side of her back.
Climbing over or under the jungle gym, requires unlimited combinations of movements, which are a real test of strength and endurance. When I asked my client in the photo, to review her experience of our training together in Regents Park, she said:
“Jason is very inventive, using … nature and other ‘props’ like a jungle gym in Regents Park, to provide variations to exercises in order to challenge me. This flexibility of routine means that I am never bored doing the usual mundane or routine reps that one associates with training and dare I say, its actually fun (well sort of)!”
[comment by Juliey]
The jungle gym is a source of inspiration for me, as a Regents Park personal trainer. The angles, height and stability of the structure, all contribute towards making interesting exercises – and making exercise interesting.