Skip the Gym Membership: Seven Urban Guerrilla Workout Stations
Mount Mitte in Berlin
It’s summer. Which means it’s beach season (yay!). Which, unfortunately, also means it’s time to revise your fitness plan (boo). Who wants to go to a sweat-filled, dark, expensive gym when you could be outside basking in the sun? And while programs such as those offered at Brooklyn Bridge Park (free yoga, free kayaking, and free pool access) are a step in the right direction—making working out seem less like work and more like play—there’s a need for more exercise initiatives that infiltrate our urban infrastructure.
Over and over again we are told that diabetes and obesity are prevalent problems in America (and many other countries). But no matter how often we point out the issues, actually convincing people to dedicate time, and often money, to exercise can be more onerous than climbing Mt. Everest.
Fortunately, architects and planners can encourage a fitter lifestyle through the built environment, making it more accessible physically and financially. Inspired by the Center for Architecture’s current exhibition, FitNation, which explores the concept of the urban playground as…well…just that. Based on their idea, we’ve rounded up our own favorite guerrilla tactics for gyms in the city.
Citi Bike Stands, New York
New York City introduced the Citi Bike infrastructure into the city this summer. Although these bike stations have ruffled a few feathers (thanks, Dorothy Rabinowitz), they have also inspired a wonderful plethora of urban hacking. The New York Times did a great roundup of uses for the bikes, which highlight the blatant lack of public seating in the city. However, why sit when you could instead have a free Citi Bike spin class? Alternatively, you can do pull-ups on the subway.