Welcome to Playground Ninja

When’s the last time you played on a playground? Think about it. Can you remember the last time you actually played on a playground? Not just went down the slide with your child but actually played. Not surprisingly It was yesterday for me. I’m 40 years old and not many weeks go by where I don’t spend a little time on a playground. Why? Because I believe in two things: having fun and challenging our bodies. Social convention tells us that we should stop playing sometime in the teenage realm and then most of us never quite do so again. The biggest drawback to this is that we start losing our physical connection to movement, play and creativity. Playgrounds keep all this stimulated and are outside, easily accessible and available almost year round.

I started my reconnection process when I became a father. When I would put my son on the swings I would think, “that would be fun to do” but then life would go on and only the kids would go on swinging. Then one day I was on a walk during a lunch break and saw a park with a couple swings and I just went over and thought, “why not?” So I swung for a while and it was glorious. After a few minutes I decided to do something I hadn’t done in a long time: jump off the swings. As I floated through the air I thought, “oh I’m definitely doing this again!”

Fast forward a few years, add a few kids and the desire to be an American Ninja Warrior and you have the Playground Ninja.

I hope to use this as a platform for sharing my experience both in play and in training so that we can start inspiring a little bit more fun, a lot more fitness and some great ninja training!

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Playground Lava 2

Remember the game you used to play as a kid? The floor was lava and all you had to was not touch it. I love that concept and the playground offers a great environment. Here’s another place with great don’t touch the ground potential…

Playground Prop

So many playgrounds… so many angles and spots to prop your body between and challenge that core, grip, shoulders… heck, the whole body!

Playground Sand

People have been using the beach for workouts for a long time so why not take advantage of the sand that’s at so many of our local playgrounds?

Playground Tube

These aren’t just for hiding places anymore. A trip to the playground allowed me to discover a workout based around a little tube at the park…

Playground Swings

A few years ago a trip to the park to swing on the swings started it all. Now I’m a full fledged playground fitness fanatic. Today we celebrate that moment with a workout focused on and around the swings. Turns out there’s quite a lot you can do with some swings…

Playground Basics

Even though I tend to go a little overboard with what you can do at the playground sometimes I get back to basics. Here are my favorite 10 moves that are simple, easy to do at almost any playground and give you a great workout…

1- Squat

2- Incline Pushup

3- Stepup

4- Incline Body Row

5- Single Leg Squat

6- Dip

7- Pullup

8- Elevated Split Squat

9- Decline Pushup

10- Decline Body Row

Add a little run and/or sprint and that is all you need for a great workout.

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