Presidential Park Getting New Exercise Stations
Each station comes with a barcode that allows people with smartphones to scan it, giving users access to instructional exercise videos for 120 different exercises.
Residents and park-goers soon will have a new place to work on their fitness in the outdoors.
Once the ground thaws, five new outdoor exercise stations will be installed this spring at Presidential Park. The installation has been already started, thanks to a warmer than anticipated December, said Steve Ludwig, parks and forestry superintendent for Algonquin.
Named the ENERGI Total Body Fitness System, the stations are developed for ages 13 and up, and each one comes with an instructional board that shows how to do 24 different exercises. There are three levels of intensity and the exercises combine functional fitness and body-weight training. They even come with a barcode that allows people with smartphones to scan it, giving users access to instructional exercise videos for each of the 120 exercises.
"It's like if you go to a trainer at the gym," Ludwig said.
The stations will cost a total of $13,000, but Ludwig said it was time the existing ones — installed in 1994 — get replaced. He explained that they have aged and have splinters, because they are made from lumber.
Presidential Park was the chosen location for the new stations, since it is a high-use area, Ludwig said. He hopes to have them up and running in the next couple of months.