Gyms Add More Popular Obstacles to Fitness

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    Jun 19, 2014 12:39 AM GMT
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    Jun 19, 2014 12:52 AM GMT
    I used to do these a lot back in high school. Our football coach had us doing them at least once a month. I actually did one of these about 2 months ago at UCLA! was a really great experience doing them again. Was sore as hell for a good 3 days.
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    Jun 19, 2014 4:31 PM GMT
    I've been "planning" one of these for years (without actually doing anything). It seems like a good use for some of the steep rocky woodlands on my farm. Nothing too grueling - one reason is that it's something that the dogs could do with me. (They just give me hurt looks when I take off bicycling or sailing without them. And they think I'm nuts when I'm inside in the gym on a nice day.) But now the dogs have gotten too old for that sort of thing anyway. icon_redface.gif

    One problem, aside from finding the time to build trail, is deciding what to build. I think the army has a web site with descriptions of a few really large-scale obstacles, but I haven't found a lot of good small-scale examples. And also, I think one has to sort of design these things to fit the terrain. So I keep thinking.
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    Jun 19, 2014 11:36 PM GMT
    stratford ontario used to have a great obstacle course in the park back in the 70's under the "participaction" program, dont know if anyone has any pics
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    Jun 20, 2014 12:38 AM GMT
    At first glance while scrolling down, I mistakenly read the thread title as "Guns Add More Popular Obstacles to Fitness."

    And I was like OMGWTF. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 20, 2014 1:29 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidAt first glance while scrolling down, I mistakenly read the thread title as "Guns Add More Popular Obstacles to Fitness."

    And I was like OMGWTF. icon_lol.gif


    At first glance while scrolling down, I said - that's the worst thread headline ever. What in the hell is a 'popular obstacle' - and will it cause more people to stay home and remain fat?
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    Jun 20, 2014 9:39 AM GMT
    Reminds me of those obstacles at my local park that are always covered in Goose poop.
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    Jun 21, 2014 1:56 AM GMT
    I think that what we're essentially creating is playgrounds for adults. Same concepts. It was fun to learn how to swing as a kid, or get awesome at propelling yourself upwards on a teeter-totter. It was a great way to burn off calories and tire us out. I think this is a positive step for society, hopefully this will stick and less competitive gyms will exist as well.
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    Jun 21, 2014 2:00 AM GMT
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    paulflexes saidAt first glance while scrolling down, I mistakenly read the thread title as "Guns Add More Popular Obstacles to Fitness."

    And I was like OMGWTF. icon_lol.gif


    At first glance while scrolling down, I said - that's the worst thread headline ever. What in the hell is a 'popular obstacle' - and will it cause more people to stay home and remain fat?
    The only thing that causes people to stay home and remain fat is laziness. And cold weather.
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    Jun 21, 2014 5:36 AM GMT
    Well, when I read the headline, my first thought was that it must mean ice-cream counters in the gym lobby...
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    Jun 22, 2014 5:05 PM GMT
    Here is the biggest obstacle to health and fitness ever constructed:

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    Jun 22, 2014 5:17 PM GMT
    Jack_NNJ saidHere is the biggest obstacle to health and fitness ever constructed:

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    I thought it was this:
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    Jun 23, 2014 1:22 AM GMT
    Matt_TO83 saidI think that what we're essentially creating is playgrounds for adults. Same concepts. It was fun to learn how to swing as a kid, or get awesome at propelling yourself upwards on a teeter-totter. It was a great way to burn off calories and tire us out. I think this is a positive step for society, hopefully this will stick and less competitive gyms will exist as well.



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    Jun 23, 2014 1:49 AM GMT
    owl_bundy saidokay, can someone explain to me the benefits of this or crossfit? it seems fun but what is the point of it? i understand if people do it for fun because it looks like it BUT i see people doing it for "health reasons" though?

    I used to do the obstacle courses in the Army on my own, whenever I could. They were usually only required for soldiers undergoing specific training phases & programs, and in select combat units, but I did them for 3 reasons:

    - the outdoor fun that's been mentioned
    - they more closely simulated the combat tasks soldiers must perform, better than the repetitive exercises we commonly were doing
    - the strength, flexibility and endurance benefits I felt in my body
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    Jun 25, 2014 1:06 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Jack_NNJ saidHere is the biggest obstacle to health and fitness ever constructed:

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    I thought it was this:


    indeed
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    Jun 25, 2014 1:07 PM GMT
    Snaz said
    Matt_TO83 saidI think that what we're essentially creating is playgrounds for adults. Same concepts. It was fun to learn how to swing as a kid, or get awesome at propelling yourself upwards on a teeter-totter. It was a great way to burn off calories and tire us out. I think this is a positive step for society, hopefully this will stick and less competitive gyms will exist as well.



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    We should also institute mandatory national snack and nappy time, followed by fingerpainting in the afternoon.