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    • Glad
    • By Glad 30th Sep 17, 3:28 PM
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    FREE outdoor gyms - could you save £100s a year on gym membership?
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    FREE outdoor gyms - could you save £100s a year on gym membership? 30th Sep 17 at 3:28 PM
    FREE outdoor gyms Ė could you save £100s a year on gym membership?

    I've just reread the above guide on the main MSE site there still isn't one near enough for me to use but has anyone tried one?
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 3rd Oct 17, 11:28 AM
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    Have you ever seen any of these?
    I can't say that it would ever be anything that would replace a gym. They are generally in parks and are sort of extensions to the play area. I don't imagine that anyone would ever use them for serious gyms.
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    • Robinio
    • By Robinio 4th Oct 17, 4:38 PM
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    You're likely to only be able to do body weight exercises, based on the ones I have seen local to me! Depends what your goal is, I suppose.
    • AirJoe
    • By AirJoe 5th Oct 17, 10:48 AM
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    We have them in and around Brighton. The idea is good but in practice they're not very useful.

    I'd say they were useful for someone who needs to keep it light such as the elderly but not much good for anyone else except kids who play on them. They're also not sheltered and often not lit so you're at the mercy of the elements and encroaching autumn darkness. I hardly ever see them in use.

    Parallel bars and a pull up bar are useful but sadly, not always included.

    If you're a more serious trainee than the above you'd be better to buy a pair of gym rings from Amazon (£30) and find a tree with a sturdy branch in reach. That's a much more capable setup for upper body work than these are. If you're feeling really fancy chuck in a medicine ball and an ab wheel and you've got no end of exercise variations.
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 22nd Oct 17, 4:59 PM
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    We have one in our local park and it’s being increasingly used by retired people and groups of friends who combine a workout with a social gathering. Admittedly the equipment doesn’t give your body the same rigorous workout as professional indoor gym equipment but it gets you moving. You spend time in the fresh air getting a dose of Vitamin D and enjoying the sunshine (or the wind!). You also don't have to put up with the awful loud pop music inflicted on you in indoor gyms, whether you want to listen to it or not.

    They’re free too!
    • kacie
    • By kacie 4th Nov 17, 7:22 AM
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    We have one here but it's right by a busy main road, so I think that puts people off using it, it's also right next to the place where teenagers go, which can be off putting as well. Either way I never see people use it.
    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 5th Nov 17, 10:24 AM
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    We noticed these when we were over in Australia. People used them quite a bit - it seemed quite normal for people to go out for an early morning jog, get to the outdoor gym, do a few exercises and then jog back again.

    I think the basic reason why they're un/under used in the UK is that our weather isn't quite what it is in Oz...
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 5th Nov 17, 10:32 AM
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    True about the weather, but our local exercise group uses ours in all weather, even in snow. We just wear appropriate kit and take a cloth to wipe the machines down if the seats are wet.
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