THROW IN THE TOWEL
"Something to wipe down slippery-when-wet bars is always handy. But a towel can also supercharge your grip strength.
"Loop it over, take an end in each hand and do five chin-ups.
"This upgrade will boost your bench press if you ever head back to the gym."
HAVE LESS IMPACT
"Your joints aren’t made to withstand concrete, which means power-boosting plyometrics could wear them down.
"Perform your squat jumps and bounds on the rubber matting around park equipment to burn fat without feeling the fire in your knees."
STICK IT IN NEUTRAL
"Swap your standard pull-ups and chin-ups for a “neutral-grip lift” – just as effective, but kinder on your wrists and shoulders.
"Hang sideways on the monkey bars, palms facing each other, and pull until your shoulders graze the bars to hit your back and biceps in one rep."
CALL FOR AID
"If you’re a recent initiate to body-weight training, don’t jump straight into muscle-ups or you risk injury.
"Break up complex moves into stages and practise each in isolation. A resistance band turns any horizontal bar into an assisted pull-up machine.
"It’s a whole lot less embarrassing than dislocating your shoulder."
DON’T GRIP, GRASP
"Maintaining a hold with your thumb sitting on top of your fingers – not curled next to your palms – increases the strength and muscular endurance of your forearms.
"And because your forearms are usually first to fatigue, this new power lets you work harder on filling out your T-shirt."