2018 Campaign

National Fitness Campaign Expands to North Carolina With Free Fitness For Columbus County

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Columbus County has put free fitness on the map in North Carolina with the world’s best outdoor gym!

Selected as one of the first 100 NFC grant awardees in 2018, Columbus County is now ready to cut the ribbon on its newly installed Fitness Court®. Residents can visit this exciting new amenity in the city of Whiteville, on a county owned 10 acre open space — fittingly named Fitness Park.

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Julie Strickland, Columbus County Recreation Director, knew when she saw the Fitness Court that it would be a great fit for their existing development and park plans. She explained that “…Initial development objectives were to meet fitness and wellness needs of the county. This park property already serves annual events that promote better health and wellness.”

In addition to the new outdoor Fitness Court, the centrally located Fitness Park features a ½ mile walking trail, making free fitness easily accessible to all!  NFC is thrilled to bring the Campaign to North Carolina, and act as a model for other counties nationwide who prioritize healthy living.


In honor of their new Fitness Court, the Columbus County Recreation Department will host an exciting launch party event on Wednesday, July 31st at 9:00 AM. All are invited to try out the new outdoor gym by participating in free express classes. Attendees will learn to use the Fitness Court and the integrated free mobile app, all in an afternoon of fun in the summer sun.

You don’t want to miss this — see you on the #FitnessCourt!


Town of Burlington and Lahey Health Partner to Join 2019 National Fitness Campaign

The Burlington Fitness Court is NOW OPEN!


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The Town of Burlington, located in the Greater Boston Area, is proud to launch their first free outdoor Fitness Court at TRW Playground. They have partnered with Beth Israel Lahey Health and National Fitness Campaign to make world-class fitness free for everyone!

Burlington’s leaders are ready to activate TRW Playground with the digitally connected, best-in-class gym where residents can get a full body workout, solo or in a group! Residents are encouraged to download the Fitness Court mobile app to easily learn all 7 workout stations, engage in challenges and utilize pre-guided workout routines — all for free!

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Blazing a trail as leaders in the region, this town isn’t cutting corners on building the best outdoor gym out there! Residents can expect a one-of-a-kind, fully customized, navy blue Fitness Court — designed specifically for Beth Israel Lahey Health and the Burlington Recreation Department.

Major thanks are owed to Beth Israel Lahey Health — their generous support made this new Fitness Court a possibility for Burlington. From the earliest days of the project, the hospital was inspired by the town’s desire to promote healthy living in a free and engaging way.

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Beth Israel Lahey Health plans to spearhead ongoing integration with the Fitness Court mobile app, sponsoring various workout routines that the community can easily follow and share. With a nearby playground, baseball fields and manicured open green space, TRW Playground will be a great hub for family and friends to stay active at no cost!

Local Ambassadors launched the Court at this summer’s fun-filled opening day kickoff event. Adults of all ages and abilities joined in the fun and got a quality, hands-on workout — along with free gear and giveaways from local vendors and health care providers!



Big Rapids Makes Outdoor Fitness Free for All in Mecosta County

The Big Rapids Fitness Court is NOW OPEN!


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The City of Big Rapids, Michigan is making world-class fitness free with a brand new Fitness Court®!

Carefully selected as one of hundreds of cities nationwide, Big Rapids’ city leaders commitment to wellness and fitness for all was a major reason the National Fitness Campaign selected them to build a community health program around cutting-edge outdoor infrastructure. The new Fitness Court in Triangle Park will be a high quality exercise experience available to adults of all abilities — and completely free of cost!


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

Triangle Park, located behind the Spectrum Health Hospital and near River Street Soccer Fields, is the city’s newest premier destination for free fitness. Residents can walk, bike or skate from the Riverwalk, which connects all the city parks along the Muskegon River.  Its location is convenient for those that play and watch the busy soccer games across the street — what better way to enjoy time between games then get a free workout!


To give residents a jump-start on their summer workouts, a Fitness Court Community Block Party & Health Fair was held in June. Attendees enjoyed free express classes, one-on-one Ambassador training opportunities, and giveaways from local vendors!



Tewksbury is First in Massachusetts to Make Outdoor Fitness Free for All


The Town of Tewksbury has partnered with National Fitness Campaign to install and activate a state-of-the-art outdoor gym facility for all ages in Livingston Park, one of the community’s most vibrant and active spaces. Thanks to the generous support of leadership and residents, 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 effort to bring free fitness to Tewksbury was led by the town manager’s office, who officially applied for participation in the Campaign in fall 2017. This incredible community is one of only 100 cities accepted into NFC’s 2018 grant program. Now, they’re the first to join the Campaign in all of Massachusetts!


An exciting launch event is scheduled for Saturday, June 22nd, where city leaders will cut the ribbon, and introduce residents to their new outdoor space — NFC is thrilled to welcome Tewksbury to the national campaign, and to share a system that can keep residents fit for life with seven simple movements.

See you on the #FitnessCourt!


Palmdale Residents Launch Free Outdoor Gym For All in Southern California

The Palmdale Fitness Court is NOW OPEN!


Here’s How It Happened:

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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 celebrated the grand opening of the Court this June 21 with some great music, a fun community fitness challenge, free giveaways, and age 14+ express classes — this Fitness Court opened in style.