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Published January 23rd 2014
Get fit the right way - the affordable way
Forget gym memberships and bank accounts that are in constant need of some serious financial loving!
Here's a park that will really test your motivation to get fit and healthy.
Victoria Park (native name: Bakkabakkandi) is a park located in the Southeastern Parklands of the South Australian capital of Adelaide.
It is bordered by Fullarton Road, Greenhill Road, East Terrace and Wakefield Road.
The park's most prominent feature is the Victoria Park Racecourse. It has had a recent development of becoming a "people's park", incorporating wetlands, community sporting facilities, and walking trails.
There are arm and leg stations set up at every 15 minute interval. There are three main pieces of equipment for arm pull-ups, chin-ups and another that pushes you up by using your arms to move the rods sideways.
My friend and I often do 3 sets of 15 with each of these machines, and you can really feel it by the end of your sessions. If arms are your point of focus, then take full advantage of this equipment. And make sure you stretch for a good minute or two to avoid tense muscles.
Working hard at the Arms Station
Anyone who has been to a gym, or does an intense workout at home is well-aware of the significance of leg day. As an unwritten rule, if you plan to work out, don't forget about the health of your legs!
Leg day is one of my favourite types of workout days - and these machines provided at the leg stations are some of the best for achieving that goal. If you're a fan of cross-fit training, then you will want to check out this station! 3 sets of 15 should get your beginning fitness goals sorted.
As usual, remember to stretch after your workout or you may end up with noodle legs!
If you're the kind of fitness junkie who loves to have a huge, full body workout, then I'd highly recommend you to try out the Sweat Course that is set up in the heart of the park.
There are a number of small stations that are set up to allow you to work on different levels.
The Step Ups station has two bars - one for tall people and another for the shorter people (which would include me). I have tried both, and of course the one at the lower level is easier. But if you really want to challenge yourself, then I'd say the higher level bar is the one that will make you feel like you've had a huge workout. 3 sets of 20 should suffice.
The running hurdles are one that make me huff and puff for all the good reasons. It has been noticed that most people start off with their workout by walking towards the running hurdles, followed by doing 30 second sprints over the hurdles. It's really effective and I can assure you that you will feel it for the next two days.
If you're a fan of cycling, or use it as your main means of transport, then why not use their cycling route? Considering how it's only 20 minutes out of town, this is a great way to have a morning workout before you start uni/work.
If you want to get fit but cannot afford a gym membership, then this is the place for you. There's only room for hard work, strong motivation and great friends who will push you to the limit. Go wild, be free and explore this amazing piece of land. Work out to get the body you desire and deserve!