Feel the burn: The hardcore world of extreme outdoor gyms

Independant Newspaper review of Fild Forest Gym

The Independent Newspaper

Saturday 16 March 2013

By Jamie Merrill

Original article

If you go down to the woods today…prepare to sweat, burn and have your stomach turned. The latest fitness fad is ‘extreme outdoor exercise’, and it’s not for wimps, says Jamie Merrill.

It’s a cold winter afternoon and I’m ankle-deep in mud and struggling to lift a felled tree trunk on to my shoulders. I’m not a tough guy who lifts weights in the gym and the last time I took my dust-covered road bike for a spin around the park was nearly three months ago, but my coach doesn’t seem to care. His name is Michael Cohen and he’s soon got me down on my hand and knees in the thick, black mud of Ruislip Forest in west London. Continue reading

Women are going mad and wild for Wild Forest Gym!

female wild forest gym warrior
In the last week Wild Forest Gym has had a huge influx of Facebook likes facebook.com/wildforestgym from women.
Women not only want to get their hands into the mud trails, but they want to get fit outdoors!Now is the time for outdoor fitness training in the forests where they can here the birds, see the wildlife and the changing colours of the trees, whilst training hard and having some fun. This is in stark contrast to the windowless, air-conditioned, music blaring and testosterone filled gym.


Wild Camping with Wild Forest Gym

natural movement exercisesJust like the 1-day Experience Workshop the 2-day Experience Workshop will cover the same elements. However the 2-day Experience Workshop is structured so that the experience will be more intensive, and you will have the opportunity to spend more time working on the individual elements. We will break the technique down and make sure that you have good foundations.

PLUS – You get the opportunity to sleep out in the wilds of the forests. Experience the awesome side to the forests by sleeping under a basha sheet rather than locked away in a tent. Hear, see, feel and touch all the elements of the forest around you with a roaring fireplace. Continue reading

Immerse yourself in a Wild Forest Gym for 7 hours

natural movement exercises

20% DISCOUNT when booked 30 days in advanced

This is your opportunity to experience 7 hours of outdoor fitness training and learn the basics to Wild Forest Gym’s 10 fundamental ‘functional natural movement’ elements – crawl, walk, run, jump, climb, throw, catch, lift, carry and balance.

These 10 fundamental elements will give you an insight into how you can develop your body to its full potential when it comes to natural movement skills of: balancing, standing, bending, leaning, climbing, sitting, pulling, jumping, falling, lifting, twisting, crawling and carrying.

On this intensive 1-day Experience Workshop as well as learning the basics to the 10 fundamental elements your outdoor fitness workshop will including how to: Continue reading

Take your general fitness onto new levels

general fitnessWild Forest Gym’s outdoor fitness is suitable for you if you are a beginner looking to develop your fitness levels, and for you if you are a more seasoned trainer looking to move your general fitness onto new levels.

The great thing about our outdoor fitness training program is that it is progressive training i.e. each session will move you forward. Unlike other training gyms no two sessions are the same. So each session will push, test you and reward you! Continue reading

Are you training for an Obstacle Course Challenge?

Spartan Race Obstacle

Obstacle Course Challenges and Adventure Races are not for the light-hearted. They will test ever fibre inside you!

How ready are you?

Training for the known, unknown and unknowable!

You can learn to climb those cargo nets, ropes and jump over fire through sport specific training but will that be enough. You see, Sports Specific Preparedness (SPP) training will teach you the skills of the individual disciplines and obstacles, but what they do not do is train you in an all-weather environment that challenges you with the cold, the mud, the rain, the ice, frozen ground, rutted, rooted and slippery surfaces. Neither how to deal with the thousands of competitors and lunatics (there is always some) around you. Just consider about how the terrain is going to be once 2,000 competitors have ploughed through and left the remnants on the obstacles. Continue reading

Tough Mudder meets Tough Guy

Tough Guy Obstacle Course Challenge

I have been training hard for some months and today I decided it was time to test / evaluate fitness levels for the forthcoming Tough Guy Extreme Obstacle Course Challenge coming up for the 27 January 2013. First race for 2013.

I thought I should test it out on myself before putting any of my warriors through it!

tough_mudder_logo_2As much as you can prepare yourself, until you get out on the obstacle course you never know what you are up against and how ready you are. I couldn’t find anything about training on the Tough Guy Website.

So I went onto the Tough Mudder website, which is another extreme obstacle course challenge and found their training program. Continue reading

Wild Forest Gym for the Athlete and Sportsperson

runner jumping over log

Wild Forest Gym offers amateur and professional athletes, sportsmen and sportswomen an opportunity to develop a multilateral training program to integrate with their Sports Specific Preparedness (SPP) training.

Wild Forest Gym is a Functional Natural Movement Fitness outdoor fitness training program, that takes functional movement onto a new level by taking all the elements of the unpredictability that you get from natural movement and fuses them together. This develops you on all levels – spiritual, mental, psychological, physiological and biomechanical. Continue reading

Do Wild Forest Gym bark orders at you or are they different to other bootcamps?

We do not bark at you with orders or instructions. We are warriors rather than soldiers!

A lot of outdoor fitness bootcamps are centred around drills that just like the gym train muscles and your mind in isolated ways. In many cases these aren’t functional movements.


Nothing about us is repetitive drills and exercises!

Wild Forest Gym’s outdoor fitness training  is about movement, natural movement. About learning about your body, its sensitivity, balance, co-ordination and agility. How to experience your centre of body mass and use gravity for FREE. Continue reading