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Outdoor fitness stations installed at Confluence

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Photo by Pat Sunderland The outdoor fitness stations at Confluence Lake are not only free to use, they also come with a great view.

Five outdoor fitness stations have been installed around Confluence Lake. The stations were selected with every major muscle group in mind. With regular use, they will help build upper body, leg and back strength, and enhance agility, flexibility, endurance and cardiovascular health.

Manufactured by Outdoor Fitness, the equipment is built of heavy gauge steel designed to last in outdoor environments. Next to the purple and green pieces of equipment are plaques that explain the benefits of each exercise and how each should be done.

A spring balance beam helps improve balance, while a sky climber helps develop upper body muscle groups and strengthen the grip and forearm.

A hip twister stretches internal and external obliques, as well as abdominal and extensor muscles. A two-sided rotator has one rotary seat and one stand which swivel a full 360 degrees to stretch the obliques and the abdominal muscles. The exercise also serves to align the spine and lower back.

A rower simulates the action of pulling in a row boat. It builds the strength of the latissimus dorsi, as well as the shoulders and the muscles that support the spine.

An elliptical trainer provides cardiovascular and stretching benefits without impact.

The pushup stand allows for the correct position and a full range of motion while avoiding contact with the ground. Pushups are a basic, yet effective, exercise for developing the shoulders and triceps.

The uneven bars accommodate a variety of strength exercises including chin-ups and dips.

Gary West, the fitness coordinator at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, successfully enlisted business support for the fitness stations. Donors included Dairy Queen, Main Street Printing, Doughty Steel, In Motion Therapy, Mountain Off Road, Hellman Motors, Bert and Mary Sibley of RE/MAX Mountain West and one individual who elected to remain anonymous.

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