It’s not going to rain non-stop this fall, so get outside and take advantage of your local parks and trails that have exercise stations. You can work on cardio, strength training, and flexibility while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Here’s a list of parks that have exercise stations, fitness zones, and even a couple reflexology foot paths (for mind and body wellness).
- Bitter Lake Resevoir Open Space – A 4 piece gym consisting of a Free Runner Station, Flex Trainer Station, Leg Lift Station and Sit-Up Bench Station around playground.
- Centennial Park – A 3 piece station with the best view ever (see above photo) located on the trail.
- Green Lake Park – Only one 3 piece high bar set for pull ups or hanging knee ups (you could also hang a suspension trainer from it).
- John C. Little Sr. Park – This South Beacon Hill park as Life Trails exercise stations.
- University Playground – A 5 piece exercise equipment station located at the playground.
- Northacres Park – 1/2 mile health walk with 18 exercise stations.
- Bataan Park (West Seattle) – 8 piece circuit fitness zone.
- Montlake Playfield – 2 stations at playground – gliders and a 3 piece strength circuit.
- Atlantic Street Park – 5 stations set around playground.
- Hickman Park – A trail through wooded area has workout stations.
- Shasta Ridge Park – Outdoor fitness stations located near playground.
- Northpointe Park – A series of outdoor fitness stations.
- Tam O’Shanter Park – 3 stations located at the playground. *Use one arm or one leg at a time to increase difficulty on the back row machine and leg press machine.
- Bastyr University – No known exercise stations, BUT it does have a reflexology foot path, along with many hiking and biking trails at Saint Edward State Park.
- Marymoor Park – 5 pieces of equipment around playground equipment and a reflexology path just east of tennis courts. The gliders have no resistance, so they aren’t great for cardio. Try using them as a balance tool instead. Slowly glide feet forward and back as you stand tall and barely touch your hands on the bar. As successful, take hands away and move arms overhead, to the sides and behind you. The motion is slow and controlled.
- Sammamish River Trail – Outdoor workout stations located along the trail in Redmond by the public library.
- Black Nugget Park – 6 pieces of equipment on east side of water reservoir.
- Yellow Lake Loop Trail – A 3 piece station is located near the baseball field (see photos below).
- Titlow Park – 18 stations for various fitness levels.
These photos below are from the exercise station at the Yellow Lake Loop Trail in Issaquah. All these exercise examples are considered intermediate level exercises. They will work for any exercises stations that have low bars, balance beams, and chairs (or a bench).
Here’s my husband and son below showing an inverted back row (see exercise details here) and some balance moves…
Note: I haven’t been to all these parks, so I can’t tell you if they are all worth it (worth the effort or deemed safe). If you live close and know the park, then why not try something different?! Each park is linked to more info, so feel free to click it.
If you know of any local parks that I have missed, please fill free to comment so I can add them!
*Consult your physician before starting any new exercise program.