Lacombe sets up series of outdoor workout stations

Lacombe residents have a new opportunity for some fresh air flexing.

Lacombe residents have a new opportunity for some fresh air flexing.

The city has just set up a series of outdoor workout stations along the trails around Cranna Lake so residents can add some muscle toning to their walking regimes.

Eight sets of equipment at six fitness areas have been set up as part of the $30,000 project, said Sandi Stewart, the city’s recreation and culture manager.

Adding outdoor fitness equipment has been on the city’s wish list for some time. Lacombe looked to Red Deer for feedback and was encouraged by the success of this community’s experiences with its 10 outdoor gyms.

“We did our research on outdoor fitness equipment,” said Stewart. “We heard good things about the ones in Red Deer.”

The same supplier will provide the equipment in Lacombe, which will include pull-up bars, quadriceps machine, tai chi wheel, push-pull chair and other muscle-challenging apparatus.

RBC donated $1,000 towards the project and Lacombe plans to put the word out that it would welcome sponsorships from others interested in expanding the gym project.

In Red Deer, the string of outdoor fitness sites was the result of a partnership between the city and Red Deer Primary Care Network, a partnership between Alberta Health Services and more than 60 local doctors.

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