Throw Your Weight Around

Regent’s Park: Best for Fitness Facilities

Jungle Gym

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.

Personal Trainer Regents Park

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.

4 Responses to “Throw Your Weight Around”

  1. Hey,
    Could you tell me exactly where the Jungle Gym is in Regents Park? It sounds great!
    Thanks a lot

  2. Hi Tuula,

    Yes, it’s a lot of fun. All my clients enjoy training on the Jungle Gym – even when they are doing inverted rows, like in the photo. If you’d like me to teach you this move, check out our Membership Plans.

    I’ll ask the office to send you a map link for the Jungle Gym’s location. If you come by and see me waiting for a client, say hello!

  3. Hi Jason,

    I’m a student in the US and will be living right in front of Regents Park in London during the summer. I saw your article on excercising in the park and the jungle gym and it looks great. I’m on a student budget and unfortunately can’t afford your services but wanted to ask you, if you don’t mind, where the jungle gym (and any other good work out spots in the park) are located as I can’t find them on the map.

    Many thanks in advance for your assistance.

  4. Hi Nico,

    In addition to keeping fit on the Jungle Gym (our office will email you a map link for the exact location), I’d recommend you check out nearby Primrose Hill, which boasts one of the best trim trails in London. Or for a change of scene go for a run alongside the Regent’s Canal.

    I remember being on a student budget myself, Nico! But if you’d like to make effective use of your exercise time, then keep in mind that our pay-as-you-go personal training plans are designed to spread the cost and fit round your monthly budget. Give us a call in the office anytime, to talk it over: 020 7491 1235.

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