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‘Get Yourself Moving’ with free outdoor gym sessions in city parks

Published on Thursday, June 7, 2018

VISITORS to Leicester’s outdoor gyms are being offered professional tips on how to get more active as part of a summer-long scheme.

The free sessions will take place at 12 of the 31 outdoor gyms that have been installed by Leicester City Council at parks across the city.

Starting this week, and running until Saturday 25 August, qualified instructors will be offering hour-long sessions at selected outdoor gyms to provide park users with advice on how to use the equipment safely and get the maximum benefit from it. All sessions are free to join.

The gyms feature a range of equipment such as rowers, ski machines and chest presses. The aim is to provide free access to aerobic, muscle-toning and strength-building activities that can benefit people of all abilities and fitness levels.

Along with tips for beginners, the instructors will also be able to suggest training plans that people could follow and fit in to everyday life once they feel more confident to use the equipment independently.

Deputy City Mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on public health, said: “Parks are the perfect place to kick-start and enjoy a more active lifestyle and outdoor gyms can play a big part in that.

“Outdoor gyms are a great way to get more active. Even if you’ve never been to a gym, our outdoor gyms are very easy to use. Getting out into our parks and doing some simple exercises on our outdoor gym equipment is good for your health and mental well-being and can be a fun way to meet people.

“They’re also completely free to use, there’s no membership needed and it’s really easy for people to just give it a go.”

Manjit Takhar, one of the session leaders, said: “The key thing we’ll be trying to get over in these sessions is that it doesn’t matter what your current fitness levels are, outdoor gyms have something to offer. They’re great for people who are completely new to exercise right through to those looking to introduce a new element or bit of variety into their training programmes.”

“Outdoor gyms offer lots of variety so it’s possible to tailor a routine for just about any fitness level or goal and we find that a lot of people really enjoy the chance to try this kind of activity with friends in the open air.”

Currently, the free training sessions are being offered at the outdoor gyms on the following parks:

  • Beaumont Park – Mondays from 2pm-3pm
  • Cossington Street Recreation Ground – Wednesdays from 4pm-5pm
  • Braunstone Park – Wednesdays from 6pm-7pm
  • Langley Walk – Thursdays from 9.30am-10.30am
  • Bede Park – Thursdays from 5.30pm-6.30pm
  • Jesse Jackson Park – Saturday from 3pm-4pm

From Monday 16 July, the sessions will move to Aylestone Park, Evington Park, Exchange Park, Nelson Mandela Park, Spinney Hill Park and Victoria Park.

Full details, as well as handy training tips and a map showing the location of all 31 Leicester parks with outdoor gyms, are available here