It’s that time of year again: headline acts are announced, insta-worthy outfits have been laid out and we’re crossing our fingers for a bit of sun… yes it’s festival season! But as anyone who has carted their tent, suitcase and barbecue from the car to the field, you’ll know it also requires some serious stamina and strength. So here’s a quick workout for some festival fitness – full of squats, leaps and lunges – from David Lloyd Clubs fitness expert, Alistair Crew, to help navigate the season with ease. A pair of wellies as added weights will supercharge your workout.
Everyone intends to pack light, but… This means preparation is key; building strength will enable loaded up ladies and gents to arrive at camp still smiling. Grab a heavy bag or rucksack lift up and over to sit comfortable on your shoulders and aim for 10 lunges. Swap direction and repeat for 10 more. This move will train the shoulders to tackle bags, tents, even friends on shoulders.
This festival fitness move prepares for the worst; when you just want to get home and have a hot shower but the mud and the car just aren’t getting along. Doing this move to build upper body strength will not be regretted! If you’re out in the field get your hands on a good old tractor tyre, ensure it’s flat on the floor (not standing up… that would be way too easy!) and sprint with all your power to push it along the floor. Aim for 20 seconds maximum effort, followed by 10 seconds recovery. Four rounds.
This move needs no introduction. It’s all part of the festival experience. Sit deep, feet hip-width apart, hips parallel or just below knee height, squat and release 10 times. Next, sit deep, this time hold a wide sumo squat for 45 seconds.
A bag in each hand, one on the back, one on the front is a common set up for festival goers. This long walk can be made a little easier with this simple but effective arm strengthener. Grab some heavy kettlebells or dumbbells (or your heavy festival bags). Walk for about 10 feet for 10 rounds; give yourself a 10 second breather between each walk.
A great one for the kids, this move will ensure every family member is ready for fun. Jump and travel from side to side like you were ice skating or leaping over puddles. And if you don’t have access to puddle you can just use cones as a target to jump over. Place 10 cones in a straight line on the floor – jump over the cones from side to side until you reach the end. Repeat.
When the walk to the campsite is over and the tent it up, you can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Then wind down with a quick yoga sequence. Get down on the floor, from a push-up position push your hips to the sky (you should look like an upside-down V) drive your heels to the floor. Push back into push up position for an upward dog: have the arms by the side of the body, with elbows bent push the palm of the hands into the floor, lift the head, chest, abdomen, hips, thighs and knees off the floor until you are balancing on your feet and hands with arms straight. It’s important not to compress the lumbar discs, so if it feels too strong carefully lower the legs down on the floor.