May 20, 2015
With the mighty Mississippi River as your backdrop, the Memphis Riverfront is the perfect place to stretch your legs and get moving this summer.
1) Interval Training at RiverFit in Tom Lee Park – There are six fitness and exercise stations in the RiverFit course. Swing from the monkey bars. Get your ab workout on with the abdominal benches. Works those arms muscles with battle ropes. Get your heart rate up high and work those legs with the plyometric boxes. Have some good workout fun with this outdoor obstacle course – there is everything you could find at a gym and more!
Erin Edwards gets fit on the River with a battle rope exercise.
2) Get intramural – RiverFit in Tom Lee Park also has two full size volleyball (sand) courts and soccer field. Get a group of friends to get down to the river for a game or look for intramural leagues around the city that might host their games here.
3) Take the stairs – The stair machine at the gym is pretty boring and kind of hard to figure out, right? There are several staircases leading down to Tom Lee Park that would make for a perfect glute and leg workout.
Erin Dragutsky won #GetRiverFit contest in October and included the stairs in her River workout.
4) Hit the trails – With over 5 miles of paved walkway, the Riverfront makes for a perfect run especially when the breeze off the water hits you after you’ve worked up a good sweat.
5) Hit the trails with your bike – The Memphis Riverfront is bike friendly! With bike lanes, bike racks, paved walkways and access to Mud Island, it is easy to enjoy a nice ride along the river. Be sure to wear your helmet!
6) Kayak/canoe the river – Although the Mississippi River is mighty and can have some waves and tough currents, people have been canoeing and kayaking it for years. This guy went on a 20-mile trip from Shelby Forest to Mud Island back in 2011.
Joe and Jackson Royer brought home first place in the kayak race at the 12th Annual Maria Montessori Duck Race and Regatta this spring!