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The Complete Guide to Creating an Outdoor Gym

Exercise and fitness have seen a huge growth in popularity in recent years with gym memberships seeing a boost in new memberships all over the world, but fitting in a regular exercise regime is not always manageable with a busy lifestyle so people are looking for other means to be active without having to visit a gym. Outdoor gyms are a great way to inject some variety into your fitness regime whilst getting all of the health benefits of spending time outdoors, the combination of rigorous exercise with spending some time outside can help on those days when you lack the motivation to be active. There are many advantages of using an outdoor gym as opposed to an indoor facility, for example, you don’t have to pay for membership and you can also see some of the great outdoor spaces your state has to offer. When it comes to creating an outdoor gym there are some key factors you must consider in order to make it beneficial and inclusive to any kind of person no matter their skill level.

 

Location

Where you choose to set up your outdoor gym is crucial in ensuring the facility is accessible for people from all walks of life, a public park would be an ideal location as they have a lot of visitors already especially those who are trying to be active. Running is a very popular pastime in Arizona with over forty percent of residents claiming to have gone on regular runs as a way of getting some exercise at some point in their lives. It would be a sensible strategy to try and put your outdoor gym in a location that is popular with runners who are going to make good use of the facilities you provide. Popular running locations in Arizona include the Arizona canal trail and Camelback mountain which offer picturesque outdoor locations with a wide range of running trails suitable for runners of different abilities.

 

A huge advantage that using an outdoor gym has is that it allows you to exercise within a beautiful natural environment, it may be a good idea to look into some form of landscaping to ensure you have the best location for your outdoor gym. Although it will come at an extra cost you may be able to find some pretty reasonably priced landscapers who can help ensure you have the perfect location for your outdoor gym.

 

Equipment

As previously mentioned you must remember to be inclusive with the type of gym equipment you select for your outdoor gym, it is important to cater to people of different skill levels, the less experienced should be encouraged to be active and those who have been doing regular exercise for a while should be given the opportunity to widen the range of exercise they do. To ensure you are catering to the needs of everyone I would research a selection of gym equipment that targets different parts of the body and that can be used by everyone, it is also important to look at the equipment that has the ability to increase and decrease the difficulty, for example, a weight machine. A huge part of successfully doing exercise is gradually increasing the difficulty in order to make your muscles stronger and capable of doing more after every session if your outdoor gym is too easy then over time people will be less inclined to use it. Whereas choosing machines that can become more and more challenging will keep people coming back to train even harder, which will not only ensure you have regular visitors to your gym but gives people the opportunity to make a genuine improvement in their health.

 

Advertising

Once you have taken all of the necessary steps in setting up your outdoor gym, like finding your perfect location and selecting the very best equipment, your next step would be to spread the word that your gym is opening. Advertising is a great way to inform people and you could choose to do this over social media, contacting a local events page and asking them to post about your gym will reach a wide range of people. You could also contact some existing gyms and ask for their support in providing other options for fitness, once word has gotten out the visitors are sure to come flooding in.

 

Feedback

The best way to find out what people think about your new fitness venture is to simply ask them, once some time has passed and people have had the opportunity to have a go on your new outdoor gym I would recommend visiting and getting some feedback in regards to how useful and effective it really is. Customer feedback is key to any business’s success as it allows you to make improvements based on real feedback from real people who have tried your gym.

Overall, setting up an outdoor gym is a great idea, health and fitness are extremely important in modern society and if this can be done in a new and interesting way, whilst encouraging people to enjoy the outdoor landscapes that Arizona has to offer then it can only be a positive thing. Gyms are proving to be very popular right now but an outdoor gym provides a totally different fitness experience that can be enjoyed by people of a wide range of experience and skill level