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It’s time to cancel your gym memberships because San Diego is now home to a free outdoor gym. This “fitness court” from the National Fitness Campaign (NFC) hit Imperial Beach in November 2018, offering the public a full-body workout free of charge. Your open-air fitness game just got a whole lot stronger.
The first fitness courts landed in San Francisco and Stanford University 39 years ago, and NFC has been expanding across the country ever since. The new campaign started in 2012 and is reinventing the fitness courts for the 21st century.
“[I] wanted to bring fitness outdoors to make it fun and accessible back in the ’80s,” says NFC founder Mitch Menaged. “[The] new campaign is designed to make first-class fitness available outdoors and free.”
The fitness courts include seven stations — squat, agility, push, core, lunge, pull, and bend. For the entire workout, you’ll spend 45 seconds working at each station with a 15-second break to rest and move to the next station. By the end of seven minutes, you will have completed a full-body workout, all using your own body weight.
However, this isn’t the same workout the started with 39 years ago; they’ve stepped up their workouts, and their technology. You can download the free Fitness Court app to track your progress. The app will show you how to use the court and allow you to compete with yourself, as well as other users.
With impeccable year-round weather and seemingly endless oceanfront space, San Diego was a perfect fit for Menaged’s next fitness court. “We always go where leaders see value in healthy infrastructure and want to invest in healthy living,” says Menaged. “In IB, the mayor is a huge champion and wanted to be a leader in the region.”
According to Menaged, fitness courts will be popping up everywhere during 2019 — 200 cities by the end of the year, to be exact. And by 2021, he aims to have 1,000 locations. And while we might be a bit bias, we think Imperial Beach is no doubt one of the more stunning locations — our fitness court is set up right on the beach after all. So grab your water bottle and head over the IB to check out this new-age Muscle Beach.
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