Playgrounds aren’t just for children – at least, not the functional kind. It might be a good 20, 30, 40 or more years since you swung from monkey bars in the park and pretended to be Tarzan, but learning to train on a functional rig will bring that childlike euphoria flooding back.
It may look intimidating – it’s long been used by the army to train soldiers – but there’s no reason to be daunted by the functional rig. It’s just like the park you used to play at as a kid, only with much better equipment. Ready to put the ‘fun’ in functional? Here we go…
A functional rig is a bespoke workout station designed for bodyweight exercises, assault courses and suspension training. Put simply, it’s training that suits how your body was designed to move – with natural movements at the core of every workout. Rigs come in all shapes and sizes with a wide range of add-on accessories, from step-up platforms to dip bars. You can use them to train individually or as part of a class, whether you’re a complete beginner or seasoned rigger.
The rig is perfect for endorphin-pumping circuit training. With a diverse range of equipment to target every inch of your body, you can combine bodyweight exercises with cardio, in the form of high intensity interval training (HIIT).
Practice these four exercises next time you’re at the rig – they’re perfect for beginners. Perform three to four rounds of 30 seconds, then rest for 30 seconds and repeat.
At EVO, our designated rig is a functional fitness dream. From our bespoke octagonal climbing frame and textured traverse wall to our gymnastic rings and Swedish ladders, there’s plenty of high-tech kit for an effective freestyle flow.