It's been created so that while exercising, you won't have to put up with thumping gym music or being holed up in a sweaty room; especially on days when the sun is shining. You can complete a full workout there, teaming it up with a walk or jog through undulating parklands if you choose. At the same time you'll be able to enjoy the natural elements all around you.
The Cross Trainer
The Outdoor Gym is located on the edges of the Coburg Lake so while counting out sets on the cross-trainer or racking up kilometres in the cycle seat, you can watch the Merri Creek trickle its way over a short waterfall and see the ducks floating by.
Moreland City Council purchased this special, outdoor set of gym equipment to be used freely by any member of the public. As part of an active living plan to keep its community fit and healthy, Council takes away the excuses about gym memberships being too expensive. The gym has no tall mirrors to make you feel self-conscious either. The only thing it's waiting for is your own commitment and effort.
Some of the park scenery.
Specifically, the gym has a 'Cross-Trainer' with which to work your cardio, legs and arms, an 'Ab-Hip Swinger' to target your middle, a 'Butterfly Press' so that you can gain definition in your pectoral muscles, a 'Shoulder-Press' for your triceps, a 'Stair-Stepper' for quads, calves and hamstrings, an 'Ezy Rider' to strengthen the all-important lower back area, a 'Cycle Seat' and 'Rowing Machine', all set in rubberised matting. Clearly labelled instruction boards in the park will explain to you how to use each one of the machines and describe exactly what exercise it is used for.
ForPark Australia, the makers of the outdoor gym pieces state 'this range is suitable for ages from teenagers through to seniors.' It's important to remember that this is not a children's playground. In fact the machine warnings recommend that no persons under the age of twelve should be operating the devices.
The Outdoor Gym is located in the Coburg Lake Reserve, directly in front of the Newlands Road carpark. A few visits will leaved you feeling toned, tanned and terrific.