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Building an Outdoor Fitness Area for Your Recreation Center

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Creating an Outdoor Fitness Area

If you’re looking for a way to set your recreation center apart, an outdoor gym could be the perfect thing to do it. Working out inside, especially on a nice day, can decrease customer experience and create a dull atmosphere. Your patrons will appreciate the option to workout in the sunshine and fresh air. Today in this Sports Facilities Management blog we’ll talk about what you’ll need to make this addition happen.


If you’re looking to make an outdoor addition to your facility, first ensure you have the proper space. You’ll need to make sure the surface you choose is a flat, clear area to install the outdoor equipment. Make sure you have ample room to include every piece of equipment in your plan.


Next, you’ll want to decide what kind of equipment you want to include. This is meant to be a replacement for an indoor gym, so you want to give the people who choose to use it everything they’d need for a full workout. Most outdoor exercise equipment is bodyweight focused, meaning it’s equipment is built so that the person using it uses their own bodyweight for their workout as opposed to machines or free weights. This means you’ll probably want to include options like:

  • Pull-Up Bars
  • Sit-Up Benches
  • Ski Machines
  • Trapeze Rings

These are just a few ideas for what you should include. Whomever you choose to buy your equipment from may have other suggestions for you. Another aspect to consider is a running trail around your outdoor gym. This will give your patrons an easy and enjoyable cardio option.

Built to Last

It’s also important to remember that your equipment will be exposed to the elements. You want to buy equipment that’s built to last in an outdoor environment. Look for equipment specifically made to be outdoors. Equipment that fall into this category include:

  • Stainless Steel Construction
  • Rust-Proofing
  • Powder Coating.

Equipment that includes these features will be able to withstand wind, rain, mud, and even salt if you’re near an ocean.

Contact Sports Facilities Management

If you’re looking to open a new sports complex or recreation center, or if you’re looking to make an addition to your existing facility, Sports Facilities Management can help. We’re experts in the industry, so you can trust you’re in good hands when you choose us. Contact us today for more information and to see how we can help you.

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