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Jul 10 2013

Get Fit with Harrow’s Outdoor Gyms This Summer

outdoor_gymAre you looking for a cheap and new way to get fit this summer? Get down to your local park and use Harrow Council’s outdoor gyms with the help of a free fitness trainer.

Earlier on this year, Harrow Council recruited a team of Outdoor Gym Activators – volunteer sports trainers who will be helping the community use the outdoor gyms, encouraging safe exercise in a way that will encourage communities to become more active by making use of Harrow’s outdoor spaces free of charge. All activators have been trained through Stanmore College to get a nationally recognised fitness qualification.

Outdoor gyms are a new way to look at health and fitness. They include much of the same equipment found in an indoor gym, but the difference is that they are specifically designed for outdoor use. Outdoor gyms are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, and you don’t need any experience to use them. Best of all, there are no expensive membership fees to pay so it is perfect for those who cannot afford to use a gym.

The Outdoor Gym Activators is a Harrow Community Sport and Physical Activity Network project, funded by Harrow Council and delivered in partnership with Harrow Public Health, Harrow Sports Development and Stanmore College. It is one of several projects in Harrow helping to deliver a lasting Olympic legacy for residents.

All activators recruited are not presently in employment, and the scheme aims to increase their chances gaining paid employment, helping to reduce unemployment in Harrow.

The Outdoor Gym Activators will be at the following parks on the following days and times:

  • Alexandra Park:
    Fridays from 12-1pm
    Saturdays from 10-11am
    Sundays from 1-2pm
  • Saddlers Mead Recreation Ground:
    Tuesdays from 12-1pm
  • Harrow Recreation Ground:
    Saturdays from 8-9am
    Sundays from 1-2pm
  • Byron Park:
    Wednesdays from 10-11am.
    Tuesdays from 5-6pm
  • Kenton Park:
    Thursdays from 5-6pm

Harrow Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Cultural Services, Councillor Nizam Ismail, said: “This is a fantastic partnership scheme which will bring a lasting Olympic legacy to the borough. It could also really benefit those who may not be able to afford an expensive gym subscription. It will give residents the chance to get free fitness advice and guidance from a trained professional to help them lead healthy, active lifestyles.”

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