Cartoon courtesy of Joy of Tech
I saw this cartoon and I laughed--but dang it, I've always had this little fantasy that someone would open up a new chain of gym-like facilities that were just big playgrounds for adults.
(And no, I don't mean the X-rated version of "adult," though no doubt the porn googlers will find their way here, what with words like "adult" and "fantasy" and "equipment" and "swinging" and all.)
No, what I mean is an actual play ground with fun adult-sized equipment. Is it just me or do any of the rest of you walk by kid's playgrounds and wish you could take a turn on the swings or the merry-go-round? I would, except that most of the stuff is too small and adults aren't generally allowed. I'd hate to break something or get arrested as a suspected child kidnapper or something.
So what would we put in our adult playground? There's got to be better ways to combine fitness and fun than elliptical trainers. Maybe we could start with some adult-sized swings and slides and rocking horses, throw in a rock-climbing wall and some pick-up kickball games. Or how about some of these?
- Pedal-powered bumper cars
- Or pedal-powered roller coasters? (Not real scary ones though, okay?)
- Trampolines combined with bungee cords suspended from above so you could really go flying
- Mini American Gladiator contests
- Bigger, crazier pogo sticks
Would you sign up for equipment? Would there be time limits? How would you keep your heart rate up if, god forbid, it was time for the merry-go-round but other people were hogging it? Or would you have to pay a fortune to ensure that only a few people were using the playground at the same time so you wouldn't have to share?
Would you need helmets and pads? Would boys and girls play together? What about liability issues...
Sigh. Maybe the cartoon is right after all and playgrounds work better for kids.
What about you--would you go to an adult playground to work out? What would you want to see in there?