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Published March 4th 2015
Enjoy a free full body workout at Minnippi Parklands
Gym memberships are a bit like a swimming pool in winter – expensive and rarely used. Save yourself some cash and get out of the local gym sweatbox by toning up at the Minnippi Parklands' outdoor gym instead.
The outdoor gym opened last year as part of a $220 000 Brisbane City Council initiative designed to get residents off the couch and active in the great outdoors. It's nestled within the open green spaces of Minnippi Parklands, which straddles the border of Carindale and Tingalpa. The gym and other appealing features of the Parklands are best accessed via a car park on Meadowlands Road.
The outdoor gym offers enough equipment to test yourself with a challenging full body workout. Exercise stations include: cross trainers, treadmills, a hand bike, a recumbent bike, lateral pull down and shoulder press, leg press, dips and leg raise, pull up and assisted pull up and a bench. This range of equipment really lends itself to circuit training with alternating lower and upper body exercises.
Those no-necked muscle heads looking for a Venice Beach style free weight workout need not attend. The equipment is designed more for bodyweight and low stress exercises, not lifting the equivalent of a small car above your head.
A real sweetener is the basketball/soccer court located adjacent to the gym. It offers the chance to integrate some cardio into your workout by shooting some hoops, kicking the soccer ball or playing a bit of cricket, all within the confines of a small but beautifully presented court. It's a great place to let the kids play while you focus on toning up too.
Two playgrounds are also just metres away, offering more entertainment to keep the kids amused. Like the gym, they're both constructed on soft fall surfaces to keep things nice and safe. There's also toilet facilities, plenty of space for a run on the grass, concrete paths for bike riding, a small skate bowl and even a large fenced off leash area for the four-legged member of your family.
The outdoor gym equipment has a supposed lifespan of about 25 years so offers a fantastic long term alternative to wasted gym membership expenses. With the range of other activities available in The Parklands, it really has something to offer the whole family.
Fantastic facility!! Our family uses this all the time. Great initiative by Council, Brisbane needs more of this equipment as it delivers results and is far superior to the run of the mill outdoor fitness equipment that does little or nothing.