Outdoor Fitness Combats National Health and Fitness Crisis

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Access to outdoor fitness equipment is making a positive impact in schools, parks and newly installed fitness trails.

Outdoor Fitness Inc. has noted advancing sales nationwide of its collection of 36 durable steel exercise stations. Clients customize their outdoor exercise area by selecting the equipment which best suits their individual fitness goals. A selection of four or more units will provide for a complete workout, building all muscle major groups of the upper body, legs and back, enhancing cardiovascular fitness, agility and flexibility.

"We are pleased to have supplied equipment to elementary, middle and high schools, as well as city parks and recreation departments," said Barry King, President of the company. "We are also seeing senior centers and residential developments installing outdoor fitness areas," he continued. "There is clear evidence that communities are now fully aware that we have a national fitness crisis and they are stepping forward to do something about the health and fitness of their constituents."

"We are especially proud," he continued, "to have supplied equipment to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) where it is in use at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. We are also honored to have our equipment selected for training activities at a number of military bases."

The equipment is equally appropriate when installed as a cluster of exercise stations or spaced along a fitness trail. It is appropriate for all ages, elementary school children to senior citizens, and fits well both in a country setting and the inner-city. The apparatus is incredibly durable having been tested in the toughest conditions. And it is very attractive, and protected from the elements with a vibrant powder coating. And, perhaps most importantly, a community organization can build a meaningful fitness area for as little as $5,000.

The fitness concept has been adapted from a Chinese model that has over 30 years of development and testing. King estimates that there are more than 50,000 similar fitness areas throughout China -- usually situated in community parks and schools and accessible to the entire adult and youth population. King, a British Olympic participant in the Decathlon has partnered with China's Olympic gold medalist, Yueling Chen, who has worked closely with the Chinese manufacturer to enhance quality and introduce enhancements appropriate to the U.S. market.

"We are optimistic that we are beginning to make a difference," says Barry King. "I'm hoping that the long awaited fitness revolution is underway and I think the outdoor fitness equipment is a big part of the health and fitness solution."


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Kurt Isley