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Taking the idea from eighteenth century Italian villas which often had an outdoor pavilion used for exercise and deep conversation as well as garden paths meant for walking briskly to improve

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circulation, today garden and fitness enthusiasts are reviving the trend and creating gardens specifically designed to accommodate and facilitate an effective workout. The innovative concept encourages the development of strategic and unobtrusive garden landscape features that double as an exercise circuit. Danny Campbell, former professional boxer and founder of Title Boxing Club, which was named by

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of 2015’s fastest growing franchises, recommended some ways to make gardening and the elements of your garden your gym. “First, make the way you garden most effective to your workout,” says Campbell. “When you hoe, for example, stand a little further away from the area in which you are working to increase your reach. This will improve how you use your muscles and incorporate more of the muscle group into the workout.” He also encourages gardeners to squat rather than bend. “Aside from being bad for your back, bending does not help your fitness goals. Squat whenever possible and give your legs and glutes a great workout.” Garden gyms also use the specific features of the garden as they would equipment in a traditional indoor fitness gym.

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“Benches can be a used for working out your triceps. Just face out and use your arms to hold onto the bench and raise and lower your body, which is in a sitting position. You can also sit on the bench and raise and lower your straight legs to work your core,” Campbell explained of incorporating garden features into the workout. ‘’Steps can be used to get a great cardio workout, as can

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various heights of a retaining wall. Decorative paving patterns can be placed in such a way to serve as jumping or sprint markers,” furthered the fitness expert.

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Think about the space requirement for each exercise you want to incorporate into your workout circuit, and plan the garden

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Include circuits for different levels of fitness so even beginners can enjoy the benefits.

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Look at existing elements of the space to see how they may aid in your workout.

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Hide elements in common garden features, such as installing a chin-up bar in a garden arch, which braces the archway, but adds a fitness element.

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Ropes tied high within a tree can be used as a row exercise training system, and tucked away when not in use. Gardens can do more than provide beauty, they can provide the

space and inspiration for a highly effective workout space. KCH&S May 2015

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