They may avoid the gym but a group from Huddersfield definitely do not have couch potato bodies after taking exercise to the streets.
Using the great outdoors as their fitness playground, Huddersfield Calisthenics Collective have been using everyday objects to help them get fighting fit.
No climbing frame or bench goes unused when the foursome come to train in the town’s parks several times a week, come rain or shine.
And the imaginative group have no qualms in using each other’s bodies as obstacles if they are faced with an empty patch of grass, to prove that expensive equipment is not needed to get a beach-style body.
They have been creating fast-paced and intensive workouts that see them perform impressive, almost acrobatic displays that make press ups glide effortlessly into somersaults and push ups and twist and turn on bars and poles.
The group was started when Brighouse man, Shane Godliman, got together with several friends, who all decided to get behind the trend, which has has made a comeback across the world over the last few years as a wallet friendly way of toning up.
Shane, who works as a personal trainer, said: “We all met at a gym session but we’d heard about calisthenics and wanted to exercise outdoors because that’s where we all preferred to be, so we set up our own group.
“What’s brilliant about it is that it encourages you to get outdoors and back to nature, get moving and get fit in what is basically a free gym session.
“By not relying on lots of equipment, it also allows people to get re-connected with their bodies.”
He and his group now train several times a week throughout the town in spaces such as Greenhead Park and Almondbury Park.
Anyone is welcome to join them on their workouts, where they will be taught the basics of calisthenics.
For more information on the group, go to www.facebook.com/HDCalisthenics