In many ways physical activity is already a part of Copenhagen’s culture. It is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world and public sport centers and accessible parks are the norm.
But the capital of Denmark wants even more and pursues the goal of creating an even more active society.
In Denmark, most 11-year-olds meet the recommended levels of physical activity. But by the age of 15, this trend breaks. To encourage an active lifestyle, the city of Copenhagen has therefore initiated a series of innovative approaches to develop parks and public spaces. One example is the outdoor gym at Sundby Sports Park.
The outdoor gym is designed to promote physical activity
With a combination of KOMPAN’s Cross System and Workout System, hundreds of different exercises at scalable levels are available. The vandalism-proof fitness solutions attract people of all ages and abilities.
The outdoor gym is designed to promote physical activity. With a combination of KOMPAN’s Cross System and Workout System, hundreds of different exercises at scalable levels are available. The vandalism-proof fitness solutions attract people of all ages and abilities. A second motivation factor is the free app that guides new users in how to perform exercises, and helps experienced users to monitor their activity level and to stay fit.
KOMPAN and the Copenhagen conducted a user survey 3 months after the installation to prove the concept of the project. During one week 388 users were observed. Of those 388,105 users filled out a survey and were interviewed about the facility. Survey results show that the gym is being used by all ethnicities and age groups, and 23% of the users have not been active before exercising at the new outdoor gym.
The system can be used by anyone.This includes children, the disabled and the elderly. It is simple, straightforward and is freely available. At the same time, it is located in an area where many people do not traditionally work out. So the whole idea is to try to get more people to exercise.
Culture and Leisure in Copenhagen
Zealand, Copenhagen , Denmark
The outdoor fitness park is divided into four zones. Each zone offers a different fitness experience and that way targets a different user group - young or old. There is a street workout space for top athletes doing calisthenics. There is a zone for cross training and one for bootcamp, where also beginners, seniors, and even handicapped people can work out. The fourth zone is free space made for outdoor yoga or dancing classes. Overall the park takes up space similar to the size of a football pitch, but the capacity is much higher. More than 150 people can work out at the same time.