Enjoying Rio’s Outdoor Gyms at Ipanema Beach

Brazil_Fit_Fathers_Vacation_Fitness...10Experienced by Adrian McQueen

The Fit Fathers motto is simple, “vacations are meant to energize the body and revive the mind.” So wherever we venture to, whether local or global, the formula has to remain constant. My latest escape took me through Brazil to explore the high-octane energy of Rio.

Along the lively beaches of Ipanema you will witness traditional sporting activities like volleyball, fútbol and surfing in unison with circuit training. In addition, along the waters are outdoor gyms ready for usage by buffs and neophytes. Very similar to the coastal gym at Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California, these fitness facilities are used by people of all ages and include familiar exercise equipment such as pull up bars, elliptical machines and spinning bikes. Classes incorporate CrossFit, Yoga, Pilates and many more group exercises. Aside from the beautiful location of the gym, the best news we discovered was that usage is free. With that, there should be no excuse to staying healthy and improving your quality of life. On top of my typical walk, run or swim, I also added the Rio formula to the mix. Some of the circuit training included a series of exercises and obstacles with medicine balls, elastic bands, cones and hula hoops.

unnamedAdmiring the exotic Brazilian view and listening to the crashing ocean waves is a sure fire channel for reviving the mind while the body is being energized. Remember not to forget water for hydration since the sun is very strong in Rio de Janeiro and you will sweat more than normal.

This was indeed a great surprise and welcomed addition to vacation with my wife. When in Rio, be sure to check out the outdoor gyms as they do not disappoint.

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Fit Fathers “Santa Monica Muscle Beach” Workout

Fit_Fathers_vs_Santa_Monica_Muscle_Beach.....11Santa Monica Muscle Beach was made famous by the godfather of physical fitness himself, Jack LaLanne. Since the outdoor jungle gym was directly across from our hotel during a business trip to California it only made sense to get physical for an hour in the sand with fellow Fit Father Cyejuan Cj Washington from Evolve. The routine included Plyometrics, sprints, knee tucks, abs, core work, dips, push ups, sit ups, rope climbing and much more! Three sets of 15 per exercise made for a magnificent workout while inhaling fresh ocean air from the Pacific! We also found a few other Fit Fathers igniting their kids for future success in the sporting department.

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