Baton Rouge is First in Louisiana to Make Outdoor Fitness Free for All

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Free fitness has arrived in the greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana metro area! Parish leaders have joined the National Fitness Campaign and installed the first Fitness Court® in the state. This vibrant community has decided to provide no-cost bodyweight circuit training workouts for adults of all fitness levels — and launch their local campaign to ignite healthy lifestyles for all.

The Fitness Court is designed to transform this thriving public park into a community wellness hub. A free Fitness Court App allows residents to track their training progress, learn simple seven-movement routines and compete in exciting fitness challenges!

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Fitness and wellness are priorities for the leadership of East Baton Rouge, and this project came to life thanks to the hard work of a dedicated team. Led by Baton Rouge Mayor-President, Sharon Weston Broome, and the BREC Director of Parks and Recreation, Reed Richard, the new Fitness Court has attracted supporters and Ambassadors from all across the parish — excited to share their expertise to strengthen an active, free facility for everyone.

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To give residents a jump-start on their summer workouts, a Fitness Court Launch event is planned for May. Attendees can sign up for free express classes, one-on-one Ambassador training opportunities, and giveaways from local vendors! Participation is open to all attendees ages 14 and up, and workout attire is encouraged.

We’ll see you on the #FitnessCourt!


Thanks to Foster City, Free Fitness Sweeps Across the Bay Area

The Foster City Fitness Court is NOW OPEN!


Here’s How It Happened:


Foster City unveiled its brand new Fitness Court to the community on Saturday, April 27th, joining San Francisco and Sacramento as partners in the National Fitness Campaign.

Located in Shorebird Park, this outdoor gym is surrounded by 3.5 acres of bay-front green space. The park also features convenient parking, picnic facilities and direct access to the area’s most popular jogging and biking route – The Bay Trail.

San Francisco’s Marina Green Fitness Court was the first to be installed along the iconic 365 mile trail – thanks to Foster City, users can now enjoy strength, calisthenics and circuit training at not one, but TWO trail locations! As always, this one-of-a-kind gym is completely free to the public, and available to during standard park hours.

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The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is committed to providing innovative services that contribute to a healthy community, and participating in this national campaign aligns with the City’s goal of promoting social equity for residents.

The Foster City community had a chance to try out the new facility and free mobile app during the fun Launch Party event in April. The event featured a quick fitness challenge and healthy snacks from local vendors, as well as express group classes and demonstrations.



Oregon Residents Launch Free Outdoor Gym For All in Ohio


Oregon, Ohio has become the second city in the state to install a Fitness Court! In 2018, the City of Avon made headlines by partnering with Cleveland Clinic to install Ohio’s first ever Fitness Court. This year, Oregon has joined National Fitness Campaign to bring the initiative to residents in the greater Toledo area!

Soon to be available for public use at Coontz Recreation Complex, the new Oregon Fitness Court will be a cutting-edge amenity for adults and seniors, transforming the park into a multi-generational destination!

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The effort to bring free fitness to Oregon was led by the city’s Parks and Recreation staff. Under Director Tim Borton, the city officially applied for participation in the Campaign in summer 2018, Oregon is one of only 200 cities accepted into NFC’s 2019 grant program.

In celebration of their new Fitness Court, Oregon will host a special Launch Party for all to attend. This exciting kick off event will give community members the opportunity to learn how to most effectively use the outdoor gym. Certified Fitness Court Ambassadors will be on-site to lead a series of express classes and workout demonstrations.

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Come out to Coontz Recreation Complex on May 17th at 4 PM for a sweat session to remember!


Palmdale Residents Launch Free Outdoor Gym For All in Southern California

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“Healthy communities are thriving communities and it’s very exciting to see Palmdale becoming part of this great movement that is growing nationally,” said Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer. “A special thanks to our partners Antelope Valley Hospital and Kaiser Permanente. It’s these kinds of partnerships that strengthen our community and give our residents more opportunities for engagement and healthy fun.”

The City of Palmdale, located in the beautiful Antelope Valley, has joined the National Fitness Campaign and constructed a new outdoor Fitness Court! This healthy community has decided to provide no-cost bodyweight circuit training workouts for adults of all fitness levels — and launch their local wellness campaign for the spring.

“This partnership between the City of Palmdale and Antelope Valley Hospital allows us to extend our message of healthier living into the community where families are already gathering,” said Antelope Valley Hospital CEO Edward Mirzabegian. “As a local healthcare leader, we are not only focused on taking care of people when they’re sick or injured, we want to help local residents live healthier. The Fitness Court is one more way we’re accomplishing that goal.”


Located in family-friendly Pelona Vista Park, visitors to the Palmdale Fitness Court can bike, jog or run to the Court before getting their simple seven-movement workout on! Thanks to the support of local healthcare sponsors and engaged residents, users of all abilities will have access to a free, world-class workout.

“As a nonprofit integrated healthcare system, we have a social mission to improve the health of the communities we serve and we can only do that in partnership with others,” said Kaiser Permanente Administrator for the Antelope Valley, Maybelle Liquigan. “Good health extends beyond the four walls of Kaiser Permanente. Health happens in parks, in community, in the places we live, learn, work, play, and pray. We were thrilled to provide the City of Palmdale with a $20,000 grant to support the construction of this new place for health.”

Residents are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the Court at an Opening Day Launch Party in May. With some great music, a fun community fitness challenge, free giveaways, and all-ages express classes, this Fitness Court will be open in style.

Let’s meet at the #FitnessCourt!


Bedford is First in Virginia to Make Outdoor Fitness Free for All

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The Town of Bedford, Virginia, has partnered with National Fitness Campaign to install and activate a state-of-the-art outdoor gym facility for all ages in Liberty Lake Park, one of the community’s most vibrant and active spaces. Thanks to an outpouring of support from leadership, residents and Ambassadors, this town is making fitness free — for everyone!

The Fitness Court is an outdoor bodyweight circuit training facility designed to transform this thriving public park into a community wellness hub. As part of the national campaign ecosystem, the free Fitness Court App allows residents to track their training progress, learn new routines and compete in exciting fitness challenges.

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The new gym was made possible through the generosity of many groups, but especially thanks to the efforts of D.W. Lawhorne, the Town’s Director of Parks & Recreation. This project is another unique way for Bedford residents to celebrate making healthy choices every day.

“It is a complete workout system that allows people to do a complete full body workout in seven minutes,” said Town Director of Public Works, D.W. Lawhorne. “Bedford would be the first locality in the state of Virginia to have one of these fitness courts.”

Speaking about the new Court, Assistant Town Manager Sonia Jammes said, “This will be a community project because it is free for the public. People don’t have to pay membership fees at something like this.”

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To help everyone get their best workout, a special Fitness Court Launch event is scheduled for the week of May 6th. Residents can attend a free express class to give the Court a try, as local Ambassadors lead circuits for all ages and abilities. This celebration will provide residents a chance to enjoy their new outdoor space, and demonstrate how to stay fit with seven simple movements.

Let’s meet at the #FitnessCourt in May!