Park outdoor gym tipped for greatness on travel website

An outdoor gym in a Hull park has been named the second best outdoor gym on a travel website.

Not surprisingly Where Are You Now (www.wayn.com) named Muscle Beach in California as the world’s top place to train outdoors. The beach, where a young Arnold Schwarzenegger trained is a popular tourist destination.

But Hull’s Shaw Park’s Green Heart Outdoor Gym came second in the website’s top ten.

According to WAYN, run primarily as a social network for travellers, the gym is "Perhaps the most versatile outdoor gym on our list, the equipment in Green Heart’s outdoor gym manages to convert the energy created from people using the equipment into electricity. This powers the lights around it at night, so they are being green and keeping fit."

The £70,000 gym was installed last year by Hull City Council and has since featured on American news network CNN.

It generates electricity from users' workouts for lighting at night, allowing them to carry on training in the dark.

Leisure portfolio holder Terry Geraghty told the Hull Daily Mail that people went to the park with their dogs and then used the machines, which also provided a place for people to exercise while making friends,

TGO has installed 390 similar gyms.

In October Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy opened one in the grounds of Sir George Monoux College in Walthamstow, a further education college. The gym harnesses students’ energy, charges their phones and sends the surplus energy back into the college.

Creasy said: "It's when I come & see projects like this and I meet young people like you that I know we're going to be OK. Because if we can come up with something as amazingly scientific as this, where you can charge your phone, not feel guilty about eating fried chicken for lunch, and help the college save money so it can put money into scholarships, we can overcome the world."

Hull topped Kiev, Brazil and Bangkok in the list.


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