There are many different layouts and combinations of outdoor fitness equipment a park department can choose from depending on the park's footprint, existing amenities, and design goals. Outdoor fitness equipment will see the most success when it's clustered together and in a visible and accessible area of the park. Another effective way to enhance the success of the installation, which isn't often discussed, is to have a combination of functional, bodyweight, and resistance-based fitness stations to cater to people who enjoy a particular type of exercise.

Functional, bodyweight and resistance outdoor fitness stations come in single and multigym configurations. An outdoor gym comprised of single fitness stations requires a large footprint, and the stations are spread out. This is great for proper social distancing, and since it requires a lot of space, the installation will look impressive in your park. On the other end of the spectrum, multigym fitness stations are compact, making them an excellent option for parks of all sizes and large and small budgets.

Single Fitness Stations 

Installing multiple single stations requires a lot of space and money to give users a total body workout. There are 11 major muscle groups people want to strengthen and tone while exercising: calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest, upper back, lower back, and abdominal muscles. To choose all single stations to achieve a total body workout means you need the space to accommodate 11 single stations, which requires a minimum of 1,000 square feet. Single Fitness Stations can be limiting if you don't have a lot of space, but also if you don't have a large budget since the more space your outdoor fitness installation requires, the more expensive the total project can be. Click here to read more about how minimizing your footprint will help maximize your park's return on investment.

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Multigym Fitness Stations 

Space is often a luxury for many parks, especially in urban centers, so single fitness stations may not be the logical choice if trying to provide full-body fitness options to the community. A multigym configuration, like the Apollo Multigym, only accommodates five users at once but delivers 19+ different functional, bodyweight and resistance exercises, providing everyone with the options to exercise how they choose in as little as 150 square feet.