Work Out at Home

Create the Perfect Backyard Gym

Use the gear in your garage or backyard to craft an intense total body circuit that will keep you in top shape all spring and summer long


For a total-body exercise that will get your heart rate up, Jack suggests this move: Unravel a 30 to 40-foot rope or detach a garden hose from the spigot and pull it out across the yard. Grab one end and snap the rope or hose by swinging your arm up over your head, creating a wave.

Or secure a 10-foot rope to a tree limb or other anchor point and use it as a makeshift TRX suspension trainer, says Jack. Tie loops on both ends, wear training or gardening gloves to protect your hands, then try squats or inverted rows. Or put your feet in the loops to perform suspended pushups.

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