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The city of Sturgeon Bay Parks and Recreation department will be installing new outdoor exercise equipment Tuesday at Sunset Park by the half-mile walking/running track.
“We are also excited to announce that the Door County YMCA has agreed to offer a class utilizing the equipment that would be free to the public, whether or not they are members of the YMCA,” said Jennifer Lenius, secretary of municipal services and the parks dept.
Lenius said by offering this class, the department will introduce the new equipment to the public so it is quickly utilized. The class will be a circuit-type class that will use the track and will be geared for people of all abilities.
This new equipment is comprised of four outdoor stations, each offering 24 exercises that will give users a total body workout that can be done at their own pace. This will allow enough options for a complete three day a week workout program.
Each station comes with instruction signs that feature three different skill levels from beginner to advanced. These five stations will promote the four key types of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular, flexibility and body composition.
No registration is required to use the equipment or take the class and both are free and open to the public. The exercise class will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays beginning July 2.
“Anyone interested in doing the class that night just should meet at the tennis courts,” said the new outdoor equipment class coordinator at the YMCA, Mary Claire McHugh.
Class participants need to be at least 13 years old, McHugh said. Also, those under 18 need to be accompanied by a parent.
Lenius said the new workout options will benefit the community for several reasons:
• Will help make exercise fun by bringing it outdoors
• Is environmentally friendly since no electricity is needed
• Helps bring the community together by promoting a healthy lifestyle and bring people of all ages and abilities together for the same purpose
• Allows people to exercise at a time that fits their schedule
This project has been made possible through partial funding from Ministry Door County Medical Center and the Raibrook Foundation, she said.
For more information on the exercise program using the new outdoor equipment call Mary Claire McHugh at the YMCA at (920) 743-4949.