15 Outdoor Spots in Milwaukee to Do Bodyweight-Resistance Exercises

A list of Milwaukee County green spaces to stay in shape outdoors

Summer offers lots of ways to stay in shape outdoors, including workout stations where you can do sit-ups, push-ups, back extensions and a few other bodyweight-resistance exercises. The list of green spaces with these amenities has grown long, so no matter where you are in Milwaukee County, there’s most likely a place nearby where you can pull over and tone up.

Cannon Park
303 N. 95 St.

Doctors Park
1870 E. Fox Ln.

Humboldt Park
3000 S. Howell Ave.

Jackson Park
3500 W. Forest Home Ave.

Johnsons Park
1919 W. Fond du Lac Ave.

King Park
1531 W. Vliet St.

Near Northpoint Custard

Lincoln Park
1301 W. Hampton Ave.

McCarty Park
8214 W. Cleveland Ave.

Mitchell Park
524 S. Layton Blvd.

Moody Park
2201 W. Auer Ave.

Scout Lake Park
5902 W. Loomis Rd.

South Shore Park
2900 S. Shore Dr.

Warnimont Park
5400 S. Lake Dr.

Washington Park
1859 N. 40 St.

Beware: What’s ‘Weightlifter’s Gut’?

Looking for the most effective way to burn fat? According to a Harvard study, weightlifting is better at controlling flab than an equivalent amount of aerobic exercise, probably because of the former’s long-lasting effects on body structure.

But before you go all in on pumping iron, beware the dreaded “weightlifter’s gut,” an unwanted side effect common among male lifters whose lower abs have bulked up, giving them a pot-bellied appearance. To avoid such a belly, steer clear of heavy squats or dead lifts, which work your core in a way that encourages the hypertrophy of the lower abs.

If you’ve already got a touch of muscle gut, you can mitigate its appearance by working on your hip and shoulder posture.

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Matt has written for Milwaukee Magazine since 2006, when he was a lowly intern. Since then, he’s held the posts of assistant news editor and, most recently, senior editor. He’s lived in South Carolina, Tennessee, Connecticut, Iowa, and Indiana but mostly in Wisconsin. He wants to do more fishing but has a hard time finding worms. For the magazine, Matt has written about city government, schools, religion, coffee roasters and Congress.