As we all know, kids and adults who spend more time outside see benefits to both their physical and mental health.
Now that spring is here, there’s no reason to be cooped up in a stuffy gymnasium or fitness center. Head to the great outdoors and join in on the fun with the new outdoor workout spaces cropping up all over North America: outdoor gyms and obstacle courses.
And of course, No Fault Sport Group has the recreational safety surfacing products used to make these environments safer, more attractive and more fun. So read on …
Once found only in military boot camps, the obstacle course now plays the starring role in the TV show Ninja Warrior and is the inspiration behind Tough Mudder, a series of muddy obstacle races inspired by British Special Forces training. It’s an aerobic workout like none other, and the more intense courses take endurance training to master.
These obstacle courses are tests of strength, endurance and—in some cases—smarts as participants look to find the best way over walls, up rope ladders and through mucky mud pits. Participants can time how long it takes to get through a course, adding a dimension of competitiveness and social interaction to the fun.
Today’s outdoor obstacle courses are publicly accessible and appropriate for a wide range of ages. Obstacle courses are a fun way to get kids and the rest of the family moving. Challenging courses for children might include foam-covered hurdles and plastic trapeze rings.
Many parks departments around the country are hosting organized "challenge course” programs that promote team-building and cooperation, while obstacle course races like the Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder are true athletic tests of stamina and fortitude.
Public Fitness Zones
In 2017, the public park isn’t just for slides and merry-go-rounds.
Now, kids and adults can get physically fit with a visit to their local park or public green space. Some parks are even adopting the term "outdoor fitness park” to describe what they offer. These parks provide exercise equipment strategically placed along jogging paths, letting users work on muscle tone, flexibility, and cardio training. Best of all, there’s no membership fee, unlike the local gym.
Outdoor gyms are an investment in healthier lifestyles while building better parks and stronger communities.
Free outdoor gyms are cropping up in public parks areas, residential developments and business complexes. These "adult playgrounds” have equipment to accommodate workouts of different types: strength training, cardio-vascular (aerobics) and flexibility/stretching.They incorporate ADA accessible equipment to make the zone inclusive for all.
All equipment is sturdy and made to withstand all weather conditions. Combined with nearby jogging trails, tennis courts or basketball courts, fitness zones make the outdoor fitness experience enjoyable for everyone.
While fitness equipment is equipped with state-of-the-art safety features, public parks and facilities require that safety surfacing be installed beneath these structures. This can be a variety of different surfaces, but No Fault Safety Surface is the ideal choice because of its seamless, poured-in-place nature.
Born to run? Why settle for a treadmill? Head for the happy trails outdoors, decked out in many cities with exercise stations that feature traverse rings, pull up bars, and climbing walls, so users can easily get in a whole-body workout. And as with stationary machines, No Fault Safety Surface is a perfect complement to these walking trails and climbing walls as an impact-absorbing surface. With certifications for fall heights from 4 to 12 feet, No Fault Safety Surface adds the final touch to any structure or walking / running area.
No Fault Safety Surface installed on fitness areas around a running track for Woodlawn School District in Rison, Arkansas.
No Fault Safety Surface installed on a jogging/walking trail perfect for CrossFit or Public Fitness Zones.
Public fitness zones can be great for CrossFit workouts, which incorporate interval training, weightlifting and more. There is probably already a trailside CrossFit group or outdoor boot camp near you. These social workouts are extremely fun and include drills, bodyweight exercises, and endurance training. So if you’re looking for community spirit and the kind of motivation that comes in a group workout outdoors, think about getting in the zone!
How No Fault Helps
If you’re building an obstacle course or a municipal public fitness zone, you might want to consider using a rubber surfacing product like No Fault Safety Surface. It is a combination of EPDM or TPV rubber granules to provide a visually-appealing top layer and a cushion layer of shredded recycled rubber. It is manufactured and poured in place on-site, providing a seamless, impact-absorbing surface.
Our list of satisfied customers includes federal government and military sites, park and recreation departments, resorts and hotels, children’s hospitals, public and private schools, private child care centers (corporate franchises and locally owned), health clubs, theme parks, and homeowners.
No Fault rubber safety surfacing products can incorporate creative designs, patterns and graphics that are limited only to your imagination. From jogging track surfacing to poured-in-place rubber, any outdoor fitness space is enhanced with No Fault Sport Group’s rubber surfacing products.