How to use the High Bar, Station #15

The ubiquitous High Bar is the most commonly included station in any fitness park. In fact, visit the many tiny “fitness parks” operated by Vancouver Parks and Rec. and you’ll be sure to find a high bar among the 2 or 3 stations. Here in Windermere Community Fitness Park, the High Bar is surrounded by 15 other stations but sits atop the pyramid of equipment importance as being the most challenging station, providing a base for dozens of exercises, even for the absolute beginner.

How to use the Parallettes, Station #14

Parallettes are, by definition, “small gymnastics devices, employed in pairs, used primarily to simulate the parallel bars that can be found in professional gymnasiums”. Aside from their appeal as equipment for gymnasts, parallettes are also appropriate for other athletes who want to develop strength by means of bodyweight exercises.

How to use the Balance Beam, Station #13

No fitness park is complete without a station to specifically challenge balance. Meet the balance beam! It may not be as exciting and the Low Rings or as rewarding as ringing the bell on the Rope Climb, but spend a little time walking the Balance Beam and realize how easy balance can slip away unless you work at it. Hello older adults!

How to use the Mid Bar, Station #12

The Mid Bar Station is the second of three “bar” stations consisting of a pair of bars set end to end. As the name suggests, this set of bars is about 36 inches off the ground, making it about mid-height for the average user.

How to use the Plyo Steps, Station #11

What Is Plyometrics? Plyometrics is a type of exercise training that uses speed and force to challenge muscle systems and build muscle power over time. Jumping from a 24″ plyo step, landing and then immediately bounding up onto the next plyo step is an essential plyometric exercise. Plyometric exercises involves large dynamic loads and quick changes in direction, amplifying loads. If this sounds a lot like real life activities and sport actions, you’re right!

How to use the Core Bench, Station #10

Core Bench, Crunch Bench, even Lunch Bench, this station had wide versatility depending on your intent. For those looking for a workout, this pair of benches set 2-3 feet apart offers many options, especially for exercises for the core mid section muscles, front and rear.

How to use the Low Bar, Station #9

The bar for access is set pretty low for the Low Bar Station! That is, anyone of any ability can use this simple, single bar set 18″ off the ground for a variety of exercises that work the entire body. As with any other station in the fitness park, be creative and make this station work for you as you workout on station #9.

How to use the Swedish Ladder, Station #8

Gymnastic wall bars (also known as a gymnastic ladder, Swedish ladder, Swedish wall or as stall bars) were invented at the beginning of the 19th century by the Swedish PE teacher Per Henrik Ling who, when suffering from arthritis, realized the therapeutic potential of wall-bars exercise. With this tall set of horizontal bars, the sky’s the limit for creating exercises!

How to use the Vertical Cargo Net, Station #7

The Vertical Cargo Net Station is a wall of nylon ropes set in a 12″ gridded pattern and it’s primarily used for climbing activities. The flexibility and suppleness inherent in a wall made from rope makes it ideal for a variety of exercises that involve gripping and hanging, like knee or leg lifts; or stretching and balance activities.

How to use the Peg Travel, Station #6

The Peg Travel station is a favourite for those with a strong grip and slight body mass. We’re talking kids here: little dynamos who can fly across the long row of pegs with ease and grace. For adults this station is just the opposite and presents a real challenge for most grown-ups to even hang from a peg with one arm. But many adults see this station as more than a obstacle. The most common use is for anchoring a suspension training device.