23/02/2016 19:43 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Youngsters Enjoy Street Workout

Introduced to Vietnam in 2012, street workout has been widely practiced by many youngsters. Bar Brothers Team in Hanoi and Saigon Calisthenics in Ho Chi Minh City are among the first groups to do the sport. So far, several teams in many localities nationwide have been established and connected to share technical and practical experience.
Street workout incurs little expense as no training equipment is required and practitioners can take advantage of public exercise facilities in outdoor parks like horizontal bars or parallel bars. It can be performed almost anywhere.

In Ho Chi Minh City, youngsters often choose public places like Hoang Van Thu Park (Tan Binh District), Phu Tho Sport Complex (District 11), September 23 Park (District 1), Phuoc Binh Park (District 9), Binh Phu Park (District 6) and Ton Duc Thang University (District 7) to practice street workout.

Unlike gyms which focus on muscle building with a lot of equipment, street workout uses the strength of joints, muscles and body weight in performing. Practitioners can practice on their own or in groups to have better support.

A street workout team practises at Hoang Van Thu Park in Tan Binh District.

Practitioners can perform alone or in group.

Strengthening the arms.

A girl practises with an available horizontal bar in the park.

Building the strength of the arms with rings.

Keeping balance on his hands.

A team practice.

Combining body fold and handstand into a unique hold.

Teammates Duong Dao Thoai and Pham Thi Thu Mai practise in Binh Phu Park in District 6.

Street workout attracts many girls to practise and perform.

A performance of Pham Thi Thu Mai and Minh Minh.

Street workout practitioners can have a fit, flexible body with resilience and tenacity.

21-year-old Nguyen Hoan Vu, member of the street workout team in Hoang Van Thu Park, said, “I practice it because I want to improve my physical condition and figure as I suffered from malnutrition when I was small. After a year practising, I am now confident in my health and fitness”.

His team has about 20 members who practice daily. 39-year-old Nong Binh Phuong, the oldest member, acknowledged that he shed 6 kilos after practising for a year and now he felt healthy and agile unlike in the past.

Practitioners often find guidance for their practice from the Internet as well as from each other. Sometimes practitioners can create new holds and movements themselves. Movements with technical difficulties require diligent practice and a particular capability to conduct.

22-year-old Pham Thi Thu Mai, a female member in the street workout team in Binh Phu Park, has combined movements of yoga into street workout. Therefore, she has unique exercises with tough and tenacious, but smooth and deft movements.

In addition to doing it alone, competitions among street workout teams are held annually. There are often two categories of competitions: group performance and solo rivalry. Resilience, beautiful holds and technique are the main criteria to assess practitioners. These competitions are also opportunities for practitioners to learn from each other and form a firm connection in their circle.

Realising the advantages of street workout, 23-year-old Nguyen Dang Anh Duy intends to introduce it and guide his colleagues in practicing. He said that flexing muscles a little after a hard  day at work can help regain the energy and release stress.

Story: Son Nghia – Photos: Nguyen Luan