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 4 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.