Get Out. Get Fit. Do it Now.
Fitness doesn't have to be kept
indoors and constrained within mirrored walls and poor lighting. New pieces of outdoor exercise equipment
are being designed all the time—the real question is, what should you look for and how can you implement it into your facility?
There are many benefits to placing outdoor fitness equipment
in your office
complex, sports field or any other facility you see fit. Whether it's improving employee moral, creating a more
efficient sports area or a long-term benefit of lowering the cost of insurance policies, both your company and those
who use the fitness equipment will benefit from the outdoor area.
There are five main categories that outdoor fitness equipment can generally be divided into.
Each different fitness machine allows for various exercises that will help improve and strengthen the targeted
1. Upper Body and Core
Machines like the Lat Pull Down
, Chest Press
strengthen the shoulders, chest, and upper abdominals. Regularly using
these machines can also help broaden shoulders and tighten core muscles to improve posture.
2. Lower Body
Machines like the
Lying Leg Curl
strengthen the large muscle groups in the lower body such as quadriceps,
hamstrings, and gluteals. Regularly using these machines can also help strengthen and tone leg muscles while
enhancing knee and joint stability and functionality.
Other common lower body fitness equipment includes the
Triple Jump Bars
Jump Bars can be used to enhance leg exercises like lunges, squats, and plyometrics to make them more difficult or to isolate one
leg or muscle.
While you may wonder why anyone would use a cardiovascular machine in the outdoors, you should consider
the strain that running and walking on pavement can cause to the knees, hips, and joints. Low impact equipment like
and Cross Country Skiers
simulate the running motion in a smooth
motion to help reduce and even eliminate this stress.
Other pieces of equipment that can be used for cardiovascular training are the Upright
, Jump Bars, and the Stair Climber
. All of this
different equipment can be used to improve cardiovascular endurance which can help reduce the risk of obesity-related
diseases, lower cholesterol, and boost energy.
4. Strength and Flexibility
Strength and flexibility machines like the Multi-Bars
and Tai-Chi Spinners
important for stretching, which can help reduce muscle soreness and increase workout recovery.
Regular stretching can help increase range of motion and prevent future injuries of joints and limbs.
Hanging from bars like the Horizontal Ladder
or Pull-Up Pole
can also help relieve tension in the shoulders and neck, and improve blood circulation throughout the entire
body. Stretching is often taken for granted so it's important to include these machines at your facility.
5. Combination Equipment
Often times equipment is available in a configuration that combines two or more of the machines you
may be looking for. The standard Lat Pull Down and Vertical Press comes together.
Also, cardio machines often come in one, two or three person models so the user can enjoy the workout with the company of a friend.
Other pieces of fitness equipment that may be combined are the
Leg Press Machines
, and many others. Each vendor is different, so if you have
specific requests be sure to voice them!
There are many safety precautions, instructions, and rules that should be enforced if you
choose to implement an outdoor fitness area. Posting these messages on Message Boards
is a good way to ensure
the rules are seen and abided by.
Most pieces of exercise equipment are made with powder-coated steel, usually
available in a wide range of colors that can be mixed and matched for a custom multi-color finish to match the facility the
equipment is being placed in.
Top of the line exercise equipment will be finished with a e-coat primer and super durable
polyester top coat to eliminate rust, corrosion or chipping from occurring. Environmentally conscious buyers should look for a
finish that contains no PVC and does not utilize lead in the manufacturing process. Also, most pieces of outdoor exercise
equipment are usually bolted to the ground but also have an in-ground component for added stability.
A level surface is required for proper installation of outdoor fitness equipment. Concrete footings must be poured
to stabilize the in-ground mount components of the equipment. Please note: You should completely assemble the unit prior to pouring the
A new trend in park management is to place them along running trails. People running along the path can stop
and get a muscular workout in addition to working on their cardio.
"Outdoor fitness equipment is on the edge of
becoming the hottest trend in the park and recreation industry."
Office complexes are another great place to implement outdoor fitness equipment. Being tied to a desk all
day can often create complacency and fatigue in employees. Having an outlet right outside the building will allow people
to escape from the daily office pressures and release stress, produce endorphins, and come back into the office feeling
refreshed and motivated. Healthier employees mean higher productivity levels, improved morale around the office,
and may lower insurance rates in the long-term.
Sports fields are another convenient place to implement outdoor fitness
equipment. Football, baseball, track, and soccer fields are great areas to place Pull-Up Bars
Jump Bars, Stationary Bikes
whatever else you see fit.
Junior High to professional level practice fields could find good use to having this equipment so close to
the field. It can be used for extra low impact conditioning during practices, for easing back into the groove of things
after an injury or for rehabilitation and strengthening purposes.
Tourist attraction spots like beaches, hotels, and resorts are another great place to implement outdoor fitness
equipment. Creating a place where visitors can workout while still being surrounded by the beautiful beach or ocean-front and not
bare gym walls will be greatly appreciated by all.
There are many different layouts of the outdoor exercise equipment that will best suit various environments. When
choosing your layout, you'll want to consider the order of exercises users might partake in. Putting the Leg Extension and Leg Curl
near each other might be a good idea. Same with the Butterfly and Reverse Butterfly Machines and other machines that work similar
muscle groups with different variations. Click here
for some suggestions on how to layout your outdoor exercise equipment area.