Regular users of Western Park have now got the opportunity to get extra fit by using the new outdoor gym.
The heavy duty weatherproof equipment has been installed by Leicester City Council as part of its drive to encourage more exercise and physical activity.
The sixteen pieces of cardiovascular and resistance equipment are free to use and have already proved popular with many. Jogger Aaron Watson said: 'I run around the park a couple of times a week, now I stop off for a few minutes to use the gym kit. It's great. The trouble is I'm knackered by the time I get home!'
Regular park user, Julie Freeman is also enthusiastic about the new equipment. 'I walk my dog for exercise but now I'm tempted to see if I can manage a pull-up or two!'
The new outdoor facilities also include equipment specifically for disabled people, better signs and presentation boards explaining how to get the most from the equipment. A smartphone app to help people develop exercise programmes is also being developed.
Leicester Council has invested over £900,000 in sixteen free to use outdoor gyms in parks across the city specifically aimed at those who would not visit private gyms or visit leisure centres but would like to exercise in a local environment without the cost. Locally, this includes a gym and parkour area on Bede Park, opened last year, and a mini gym on Fosse Recreation Ground off Glenfield Road.
The cost has been met with £727,000 public health funding, along with £131,000 from Section 106 developer contributions plus some additional money from the council's housing budget.
The equipment is suitable for all fitness levels and anyone over 14 years of age. A full list of outdoor gym locations and instructional workout guides are available for download from the Leicester City Council?s website.