Workout with a View: Seattle’s Kerry Park
There are certain Seattle vantage points that remind us just how lucky we are to call this place home. Kerry Park is one such spot. Many say that this 1.26-acre park on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill offers the most iconic view of this city. From the park you can watch ferries slicing their way across Elliott Bay, the Space Needle rising above the downtown skyline and, on a clear day, Mount Rainier in the backdrop.
Not only is the park an ideal spot to soak up the Seattle splendor, it also offers a great workout if you use a little creativity. Tackle these five exercises below to get in a heart-pumping workout while you enjoy the view.
Bring a jump rope and warm up by channeling childhood playground days. Spend a minute doing basic jumps, rest for a minute, and then spend a minute doing alternate-foot jumps (which should feel as though you’re running in place).
Sit on the edge of a bench or low wall, and place your palms behind you on the seat, fingers facing forward. Maintaining a neutral spine, lean back slightly and lift your legs off the ground, so that your knees are suspended in the air at 90-degree angles. While keeping your shoulders back and your chest lifted, keep your right knee in place as you gently touch the ground with your left toe, and then raise your left knee back to the start position. Switch sides, and repeat. Tap the ground 10 times with each foot.
This step-up squat tones your lower half, engages your core and gets your heart pumping. Begin on the ground in a squat with your left foot up on a bench (or low wall), your hands pressed together and elbows bent in front your chest. Push off your right foot to step up on the bench, and tap your right foot lightly next to your left (still in a low squat), driving your elbows back by your sides. Return to the beginning position. Do 15 reps, and then switch sides and repeat.
PLANK IT OUT
Time to work your core! Place both forearms on the ground, with your elbows under your shoulders and straighten your legs behind you. Hold for 30 seconds and then rest for 10 seconds. As you build strength, increase the hold and rest periods by 10-second increments until you can hold for a full minute. Complete two reps.
HIT THE STAIRS
To complete the workout, use this Queen Anne Public Stairs map to plan out a stair run that tests your stamina around Kerry Park. Start with a quick-step, running up the staircase and hitting each step along the way. Then try alternative workouts like moving up the staircase laterally or moving upward with squat jumps (both feet, about shoulder width apart, help you spring from step to step).
Enjoy your workout – and the view!