Ijams Primal Playground

Welcome to Ijams Nature Center’s Primal Playground, a green workout space for everyone. People who exercise in nature do so at a higher intensity level and are better stewards of the environment. Ijams created the Primal Playground to give people of all fitness levels an opportunity to exercise in a nature using natural equipment, and challenge themselves in unique ways.

The Primal Playground is elegantly simple. The rock and wood elements provided for your workout can serve in a wide variety of ways. One boulder can be used for step-ups, box jumps, dips, push-ups, and much more. One rock can serve as resistance weight for carries, weighted lunges, dead lifts, presses, etc. The Primal Playground is just as challenging and full-service as your imagination will make it.

How to use Ijams Primal Playground 

Ijams Primal Playground is divided into three sections: Stone, Wood and Boulder Field. Each section provides different elements that can be used in a variety of ways. You can make up your own workout or download one of the workouts below. The Ijams Primal Playground Youtube channel will be available very soon and will allow you to see a variety of exercises and how they can be scaled to suit your personal needs.

Ijams Primal Playground Workouts

These workouts were developed by Mark Rice, fitness expert and designer of the Primal Playground. They are scalable to your fitness level and give a wide breadth of challenging experiences.

Primal Playground Challenge     Tharp Trace Challenge      Stonehenge Challenge

How to get to Ijams Primal Playground

Park at the Mead’s Quarry parking lot, walk across the railroad tracks and look to your left for a large tree stump with a blue and white Ijams Primal Playground sign pointing down Pink Marble trail. Simply follow the sign to the first section of the Primal Playground. There are three sections; Stone, Wood, and Boulder Field, along the trail.