I started doing outdoor fitness bootcamp in St Albans several years ago and won’t be stopping anytime soon. I’m a 26-year-old woman who has a full-time job and at least once a week I get to an outdoor fitness session, and absolutely love it. 

When I was taking A-Level sport at school we would go to the gym as part of our course, I quickly realised that this isn’t somewhere I would choose to come to, to stay fit. I felt quite uncomfortable, and thought that people were always looking; having massive mirrors in there didn’t help. I also wouldn’t know where to begin, or what I would want to do when I got there and also having enough self-motivation. 

However, when I get to the park I don’t have to worry about any of this. Everyone is getting on with the exercises, the sessions are all planned out so I don’t have to think about anything, and there is plenty of motivation from the instructors and everyone else around you. 

I would choose to have a bright red face in the summer to mud-smeared leggings in the winter over going to a gym any day. 

I think the benefits of training outside are huge and having that fresh air is a real bonus. I know when I've not done a session for a while as I feel very low and have a need to get out and about. 

The adrenaline rush I get from doing a session in all weather is massive. That feeling of getting back into the car drenched because it’s absolutely chucked it down with rain, and I’ve slid around in the mud for an hour, but know that my heart rate has got up high and I’ve worked every muscle in my body is great. 

I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to keep fit that doing an outdoor session in St Albans is the way to go. 

Plus, mud is good for the skin right…?!