High-intensity fitness classes combine cardio and body weight exercises with the picturesque setting of Bosques de Palermo, one of the city’s most gorgeous parks.

After a few days in Buenos Aires, the local diet of steak and wine may have some travellers yearning for a little exercise.

Vitruvian, a high-intensity strength training program, combines cardio, body weight exercises, gymnastics and Olympic lifts within the setting of Bosques de Palermo, one of the city’s most gorgeous parks.

No outdoor element is off bounds, with trees, benches, hills and roads all used in workouts. The program is a great alternative to your typical hotel gym, and the park provides a welcome escape from the chaotic streets of Buenos Aires.    

Led by United States expat trainers Percy T Croffle-Siame and Max Rodman, both former college athletes, the small group classes provide an opportunity to meet other travellers and locals. The workouts – no two are the same -- are open to all levels and abilities, and last anywhere from five minutes to 45 minutes.

Classes are daily except for Sundays and cost $15 Argentinean pesos per class.

Tim Fitzgerald is the Buenos Aires Localite for BBC Travel. He also writes gringoinbuenosaires.com.