Get fit for free with new outdoor exercise equipment in Spalding

Posted on 29 May 2019

OutGym1Residents in Spalding can now get fit for free thanks to brand new outdoor exercise equipment opened at The Hayfields, funded by money from the National Lottery Community Fund alongside budgets from the Ward's District Councillors.

The Trim Trail, which opened earlier this month, received almost £10,000 of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, which was then matched by Spalding Wygate members Cllr Christine Lawton and Cllr Roger Gambba-Jones through their designated budgets.

The installation was part of South Holland District Council's Active Outdoors project, aiming to improve residents' health and wellbeing by enabling them to exercise for free. The Hayfields was identified after a resident questionnaire showed that 84% of respondents would be more likely to use the park with outdoor exercise equipment and 97% felt that it would benefit the local community.

The Trim Trail includes a variety of different equipment for exercising different parts of the body, including:

OutGym2·         Tricep and core bars for whole body strength

·         Lateral pull and shoulder press for upper body strength

·         Bench press and seated row for upper body strength

·         Cross trainer for whole body cardio workouts

·         Recumbent bike for leg and core strength and cardio workouts

·         Smart energy hand bike for upper body strength and cardio workouts.

The hand bike contains the added feature of utilising the energy created while exercising, as it allows for smartphones or similar devices to be connected and charged while it is in use.

South Holland District Council portfolio holder for communities and facilities, Cllr Gary Taylor, said: "It's fantastic to see this new equipment introduced into Spalding, which will encourage people to get out and enjoy the outdoors, whilst also feeling all of the benefits of getting fitter and healthier.

OutGym3"I know that there has already been a really positive response from local residents using the new kit, and with summer just around the corner it is a great time to introduce it and to encourage people to enjoy the health benefits of exercising in the great outdoors, completely free of charge."

Cllr Christine Lawton said: "I am delighted to see the new equipment in place and I hope that Wygate can now go on to be a trendsetter across the rest of the district. I have seen similar outdoor areas being enjoyed elsewhere in the country and always wondered why we can't have something like that here. I am so pleased that we now do and to see it being used."

Cllr Roger Gambba-Jones said: "It is great that this new equipment is up and running, which achieves a long overdue ambition of ours to be able to cater for a wider and more diverse age and range of people looking to enjoy the outdoors in Spalding. I hope to see other similar sites appearing soon following the positive reaction we have had here."

Image Caption: Cllrs Lawton and Gambba-Jones get to grips with the new outdoor exercise equipment.