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Canberra’s array of free outdoor fitness stations are now open once more.
With the right gear, it’s a great time to get outdoors and take your workout with you. Here are nine of our favourite (completely free!) outdoor fitness stations across Canberra.
Please use common sense when visiting outdoor fitness stations and stay within your local region.
Practise physical distancing and wipe equipment before and after use.
Central Canberra – Inner North
Glebe Park is a great option for those looking for a DIY outdoor lunchtime workout. You can walk or run its trails, do some shuttle runs, some walking lunges, grab a park bench for some modified press-ups—there are heaps of options!
Oh, and it’s great if you’ve got kids—they can play while you work out nearby.
Central Canberra – Inner South
Deakin Fitness Station
Deakin Fitness Station is a great facility to add to your fitness routine. It’s right near parkland and walking trails, so it’s easy to add in some strength work mid-run or work, or even to make a bit of a circuit.
Do a few sets of bodyweight exercises and then go for a short run; then repeat. There are handy boards showing you how to use the equipment just nearby, and some good stretch instructions, too.
Lakeside at Yarralumla
The facilities here at Yarralumla aren’t fancy and new, but they’re perfect for adding some strength work into your run or walk—or stretching out afterwards.
It’s just a stunning spot, looking out over Lake Burley Griffin, and spring is the perfect time to enjoy it.
Weston Fitness Station
Weston Fitness Station is a beauty—it’s a little tucked away (which is good if you suffer from performance anxiety) but right near other recreation facilities in Dillon Close neighbourhood park.
Kambah Fitness Station
Kambah Fitness Station is a compact facility, well kitted out with modern equipment like a chin-up bar (don’t freak out—you can do jump chins if you can’t quite get the full movement), a sit-up bench and horizontal bars.
These pieces of equipment may sound basic, but they lend themselves to a whole array of exercises.
Fadden Pines is another great spot for exercising if you’ve got the kids with you. What an amazing facility! Heaps of fitness options and just an all-around beautiful park.
John Knight Memorial Park
Make sure you slide down the slippery slides here, they’re heaps of fun! That’s probably the best thing about John Knight Memorial Park in Belconnen—it has some great dedicated fitness facilities, like bars and benches, but there are oodles of things to occupy the kids just nearby.
There’s also a big open space for running, groundwork, and whatever else you choose to do. Oh, and there’s a lake view here, too. Nice.
Crace Recreation Park
Crace Recreation Park is almost enough to make us want to move northside. It’s amazing! Just like an outdoor gym. You’ll find pretty much all the ‘fixed weight’ equipment you’d find in a standard gym here, but it’s outside, free and accessible to anyone.
You could easily DIY a strength training circuit here a few times per week, mix it up with some walking/running/walking on the other days, and that’s you sorted.
Chifley Fitness Station
We decided to round out this article with Chifley Fitness Station for a few reasons. Firstly, because it has a great range of activities—from balance beams to parallel bars and more. Plus it’s just near a great big oval and a cracker of a park.