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What is outdoor gym equipment?

Outdoor gym equipment brings all the traditional benefits of an indoor gym to the great outdoors.

Outdoor fitness equipment is sturdy, weatherproof exercise equipment which you will find installed in any outdoor location from public spaces like parks and community gardens, to private grounds in schools, hospitals or places of work. In the same way interior gyms provide a selection of equipment to work different muscle groups, outdoor gyms have a range of different pieces of gym equipment to provide a challenging workout and ensure the whole body is exercised through cardiovascular, strength, balance and flexibility fitness training.

People exercising on Fresh Air Fitness gym equipment outside

Outdoor Gym Equipment by Fresh Air Fitness

Fresh Air Fitness is the market leader in outdoor fitness equipment, having carried out over 2,000 installations across the UK, and boasting the largest range of equipment available.

Fresh Air Fitness provides outdoor gym equipment for primary schools, Outdoor gym equipment for secondary schools and we work with parish councils, town councils, borough councils and county councils to provide outdoor gyms for parks, recreation grounds, green spaces and community projects.

The team has three main passions driving our success: dedication to our customers and end users, obsession with the quality of our products, and the ambition to help the people of Britain beat the country’s growing obesity crisis.   

At Fresh Air Fitness we work in partnership with our customers from the first enquiry through to the installation to ensure your outdoor gym equipment meets your needs perfectly, and will deliver just what your end users require. With ranges for adults, children, and for people with disabilities and special educational needs, we have made sure our equipment is fully inclusive for all to use.

To make sure that our products are exceptional quality we use only the very best manufacturing methods, and are installed using the latest state-of-the-art techniques. As a leading outdoor gym equipment specialist, we are constantly reviewing and adding to our product range to ensure it brings the array of outdoor fitness equipment to offer flexibility to our customers and users.

The founding ethos of Fresh Air Fitness was born from a desire to help the people of Britain to get fitter and healthier - all in the open air - and at no cost to the individual. Starting out small, the company has grown in success every year, proving that our philosophy resonates with people everywhere. We can now boast that Fresh Air Fitness are actively contributing to the fitness of the nation having installed outdoor gym equipment for customers across the country for over 13 years.     

People exercising on Fresh Air Fitness equipment in field

What are the Benefits of Outdoor Gym Equipment?

The undisputable benefit of an outdoor gym is the ability to exercise in the fresh air rather than a stuffy gym. However, there are many, many more advantages to outdoor fitness equipment.

Outdoor gyms in community spaces are free for the public to use. There are no costly membership fees or contracts to tie you in, making outdoor fitness accessible to people no matter their financial situation. In addition, there are no gym opening times to be tied to, or off-peak-only timings to negotiate: simply turn up and use the outdoor fitness equipment whenever suits you.

Outdoor gym equipment is the environmentally friendly option for getting fit. Unlike much indoor gym equipment which requires electricity to run, once installed an outdoor gym is designed to only require the power of the person using it. Outdoor fitness equipment gets people outside, appreciating the green spaces in their communities.

There is no need for an instructor when using outdoor fitness equipment. The apparatus is simple and safe to use, and resistance is provided by the users own bodyweight. Because of the public nature of the gym equipment, an outdoor gym becomes a sociable place, and can help to build strong and healthy communities.

The health advantages of exercising outdoors are not confined to strengthening muscles and burning calories. By moving your workout outside, you benefit from extra doses of vitamin D from the sun, and the mood boost that comes from being out of doors, breathing fresh air while you exercise.

Wide Range of Outdoor Gym Equipment Available

Fresh Air Fitness outdoor gym equipment has been designed and developed by sports and exercise professionals with a view to providing a range of fitness and wellbeing benefits. From building strength in all the major muscle groups, developing cardiovascular fitness to improving flexibility, balance and co-ordination. Each product is rigorously tested, far beyond the required standards. Robust and durable, our gyms come with extensive guarantees, offering a great investment that will stand the test of time.

3 men exercising on Fresh Air Fitness gym equipment

Adult Outdoor Gym Equipment

With over 40 different pieces of Fresh Air Fitness outdoor fitness equipment to choose from, it is easy to design a bespoke outdoor gym equipment for adults. With gym equipment for a range of purposes from playful aerobic exercise to serious muscle building Fresh Air Fitness has the range to ensure each outdoor gym is perfectly tailored to suit the requirements of the user.  

For example, young adults using an outdoor gym on a university or college campus might prefer the challenging Horizontal Ladder or the sociable Table Tennis Table, while in areas with aging populations the older adult might find more benefit in using the Hip Twister, Air Walker or Recumbent Bike.  

Exercise gives people the chance to play and have fun, and much of the outdoor gym equipment is designed to be sociable and help build connections. The Double Rower, for example, allows two people to row face to face for motivation and conversation, as does the Double Cross-Country Skier. The Cardio Combi is perfect for a friendly workout and can be used by one, two, three or four people simultaneously. The Big Rig is the most sociable product, allowing up to 15 people to use the equipment at one time – great for teams or for groups of friends to get active while catching up.

Fresh Air Fitness gym equipment in school

Child Outdoor Gym Equipment

Outdoor gyms are ideal to encourage healthy active children. An outdoor gym provides the perfect transition from the playground through to using gym equipment which can specifically keep muscles strong, and to foster a life-long love of exercise.

For younger infant and junior aged children Fresh Air Fitness has tailor- made, smaller versions of the most popular pieces of equipment. Outdoor gym equipment for primary school children includes bestsellers include the Children’s Air Skier, Children’s Hip Twister and Children’s Monkey Bars.

For older senior school and college aged children the adult sized outdoor gym equipment is recommended, but perhaps with a more playful twist than outdoor fitness equipment for adults. Parallel Gym Bars, Twist & Step and the Air Walker are all popular choices for this age group.

Walkers exercising on Fresh Air Fitness equipment

Outdoor Gym Equipment to Promote Cardiovascular Health

Cardiovascular exercise is that which raises the heart rate, gets the blood pumping around the body, and ultimately helps to protect the health of the cardiovascular system. Doctors recommend 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week to keep the heart healthy. 

Fresh Air Fitness offers over 20 outdoor gym equipment products to promote cardiovascular activity. From the more traditional equipment such as the Bicycle or Cross-country Skier, to the more adventurous Air Skier or Arm and Pedal Bike, there is outdoor gym equipment to fit every brief.

Woman exercising on Fresh Air Fitness equipment

Resistance Training on Outdoor Gym Equipment

Resistance training is exercise that builds muscular strength and endurance, by lifting, pulling or pushing against resistance. Often these exercises use weights or gravity, or sometimes your own body weight.

At Fresh Air Fitness some of our most popular outdoor gym equipment for resistance training of specific muscle groups, including the Resistance Bicep Curl, Resistance Shoulder Press, and the Resistance Bench Press. For giving the legs a good work out there is the Resistance Stepper, the Resistance Leg Press and the Resistance Squat Station.

Man using Fresh Air Fitness equipment

Outdoor Gym Equipment to Improve Flexibility & Balance

Some exercises have the benefit of providing improved flexibility and balance. By building these exercises into a work out helps to increase the body’s range of motion in joints, and protect against falls and injuries. Fresh Air Fitness supplies 24 different pieces of outdoor gym equipment that can improve a user’s balance and flexibility.

The Hip Twister, Parallel Gym Bars and well-loved Balance Beams are designed to help build balance and coordination skills, which with a little practise can develop quickly. Equipment like the Big Shoulder Wheel, T’ai Chi Spinners and Elliptical Cross Trainer will help promote flexibility in the joints and muscles and avoid the associated issues with stiffness.

Man exercising outdoors on Fresh Air Fitness equipment

Strengthening Outdoor Gym Equipment

Strength training helps to build muscle strength, muscle mass and preserve bone density. Strengthening exercises have the ability to combat weakness, fragility and reduce the risk of osteoporosis and decrease the risk of injury. Using outdoor fitness equipment for strength like the Self Weighted Rower, the Push Up and Dip Station or the Sit Up Benches from Fresh Air Fitness can help to build essential strength. The Chin Up Bars, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Ladder all rely on the user’s own body weight to help develop strength. 

Students exercising on Fresh Air Fitness gym equipment for schools

Where We Install our Outdoor Gym Equipment

Outdoor gym equipment can be installed in nearly any outdoor space to provide benefit to anyone and everyone.

Boris Johnson on Fresh Air Fitness equipment

Outdoor Gym Equipment Case Studies

Haverhill Primary School, Clements Academy

Clements Academy wanted to inspire the children of Haverhill Primary School to get active, and the children requested some outdoor gym equipment which could be used during break and lunchtimes, as well as PE lessons. The school council worked alongside teachers and selected to work with Fresh Air Fitness and chose the pieces of equipment they would like.

The result is a robust and sociable outdoor gym which can be used by up to 15 pupils at one time, and provides a range of exercises for cardiovascular workouts, strength building as well as improving flexibility and balance. Lisa Dore Office Manager of Clements Academy said: “I would definitely recommend Fresh Air Fitness outdoor gym equipment to other schools. The children absolutely love it!”

Thoresby Hotel and Spa

Warner Hotels, who offer luxury adult-only getaways, commissioned Fresh Air Fitness to develop an outdoor gym at their Thoresby Hall Hotel and Spa in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire. The commission followed other successful projects for the Warner group.

The impressive Victorian country mansion hotel offers ‘luxury with a twist’ and they were looking for a high-quality solution that would match their reputation of quality and luxury. Fresh Air Fitness installed seven pieces of outdoor gym equipment set out as a ‘trim trail’ around the grounds, providing a perfect combination of cardiovascular and strength building equipment.

Set against a scenic backdrop of nature in the hotel grounds, the gym equipment is well used by guests who welcome the opportunity to work-out privately in the peaceful surroundings, without being overlooked by other guests. The outdoor gym adds another dimension for guests considering which hotel to select for their mini-break or luxurious long weekend.

People on Fresh Air Fitness equipment

Windlesham Field of Remembrance

The Field of Remembrance in Windlesham, Surrey, is a fantastic open space complete with a pond, woodland and a children’s play area. Used, owned and maintained by the village residents, it is the hub of the community, and hosts events, fetes, and football matches throughout the year, but it was felt that by adding outdoor gym equipment it could serve the village community all the more.

The trustees wanted to install gym equipment which would be suitable for the wide range of ages and abilities of all residents and would not interfere with the other uses of the field. The gym needed to be close enough to the play area to enable members of the same family to use both facilities simultaneously, and positioned close to where the existing bootcamp style classes took place.

Fresh Air Fitness worked closely with trustees to decide the best positioning of the equipment; this was decided to be in a curve running between one football pitch towards the playground, accessible from the wooded area and the carpark. Seven pieces of outdoor gym equipment were selected allowing 12 people to work out simultaneously, providing the community a chance to increase their fitness levels whilst having fun outdoors with their families.

Hannah, a local resident, said, “It's brought us closer as a family, we come up here together, we chat and we workout in our own local park which is superb!”

Speak to a Fresh Air Fitness outdoor gym equipment specialist today by calling 01483 608860 or 0151 329 3550 or complete our contact us form and a representative will be in touch to deal with your enquiry.