Community Leisure and Sports for All |17 March 2023
Roche Caïman weight-resistance workstation gets a facelift
After a two-week closure for renovation work, the body weight-resistance workstation, or outdoor gym as it is more commonly known, situated at the Roche Caïman fitness trail, is now available for fitness enthusiasts, following its re-opening on Wednesday.
The self-propelled cardio equipment and body weight-resistance workstation designed for various ages and fitness levels was officially closed at the end of last month for renovation work, including rust removal, replacement of bearings and other parts, along with a fresh coat of paint.
According to director for community leisure and sports for all within the National Sports Council (NSC), Francis Remie, the two-week repair work totalled to a cost of R33,000.
Based at the 2.23km fitness trail, the equipment at the workstation are those that were previously stationed at the Beau Vallon beach, beforerenovation work was carried out on them by the NSC, while the concrete base was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Victoria.
Such facility, other than promoting a healthy lifestyle and making fitness fun and accessible to all people, also serves everyone, regardless of their economic situation or physical ability.
Based on studies, physical activity outdoors lowers a person's blood pressure and heart rate and as a result, exercise outdoors feels less tiring than similar exercise indoors, which, in turn, pushes someone closer to his or her maximum performance.
Other advantages of outdoor gyms and training stations include fun and easily accessible form of exercise, simple exercises customised for different levels, as well as a natural and social meeting place for everybody.