Welcome to the Windermere community fitness park (WCFP)

How to use the Exercise Stations

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Explore 16 stations and learn dozens of different fun and challenging exercises for a complete whole-body workout.

Scan to Learn

It's easy to learn as you go. Simply scan the QR code on each station to visit a page on the website with dozens of exercises.

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Additional learning resources will be added to this page frequently to you can expand your experience at WCFP

We make it easy to learn how to use the new Windermere Community Fitness Park (WCFP). Each station has a QR code that you can scan with your smart phone to take you any of the posts below. That's 16 stations and a lot of exercises to explore and learn! We've also included an Exercise Database, a resource that you can download that lists all the stations and exercises, as well as information on muscles, anatomy and movement.

How to Get the Most From Your Fitness Park Visits

In this article you will learn some key points on how to get the most out of your visits to the Windermere Community Fitness Park. Empowered with this information, you’ll be able to master correct form and posture for each exercise; you’ll be able to gauge exactly how much work you need to do; you’ll be able to reduce the time you take for a workout; and you’ll be able to optimize recovery to help your muscles rebuild. In essence, with this information, you’ll become your own personal trainer.

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Exercise Database

Welcome to the Windermere Community Fitness Park, Exercise Database! This is a master list of the all stations in the WCFP and the many exercises you could learn to do on each of the stations. In addition, we’ve included some resources to help you learn about muscles, anatomy and types of movement.

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Our Online Resources are now Live

Bring your smart phone to the fitness park! Our new “scan to learn” information system for finding out how to use the stations at Windermere Community Fitness park is now complete. The online information system was a collaboration between Brad White, Windermere PE Director, and a local volunteer who just happens to be a retired NSCA-certified Personal Trainer who worked the front lines of fitness centres with the city of Vancouver for 35 years! How’s that for fortuitous?

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How to use the Multi Pole, Station #1

This exercise station consists of a single pole with multiple (“multi”) anchor points a varying heights for attaching stretchy bands or a suspension trainer. The anchors are purposely offset from each other so several people can use the pole at the same time.

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How to use the Rope Climb, Station #2

The Rope Climb Station (#2) offers challenging exercises using muscles of the upper body, mid-section and lower body. There are several climbing variations you can try, and other exercises that target the mid-section.

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How to use the Parallel Bars, Station #3

The Parallel Bars station seems pretty simple with the three bars offset and parallel. Yet, this simple configuration presents the opportunity to perform many standard exercises that work the entire body. The bars are at an optimum height for stretching both the lower and upper body.

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How to use the Low Rings, Station #4

The Low Rings is an extremely versatile double station allowing two people to workout at the same time. The range of exercises you can perform here is vast, but we have included a dozen or so of the very best for you to try. The Low Rings act as suspension trainer-style device, anchored at one end, and a set of rings on the active end. The rings can he held with the hands and you can place your toes through the openings for a whole range of core exercises.

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How to use the Press Machine, Station #5

The Press Machine consists of two exercise stations back to back. One is a squat station where you could also add a shoulder press at the top of the movement. The other is the chest press station where you sit and push. This station is a throwback to when fitness parks consisted of limited single-use exercise units, which are comparatively expensive and not very practical.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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How to use the Speed Ladder, Station #16

What’s the only two dimensional station in the fitness park? That’s right, it’s the SAQ Ladder. SAQ stands for Speed, Agility, Quickness and while the ladder itself is no more than coloured rubber, it’s a valuable and indispensable asset to any comprehensive fitness park.

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