The Great Outdoor Gym Company supports the NHS Forest
The Great Outdoor Gym Company (TGOGC) is sponsoring a tree for every piece of gym equipment bought since 2012.
TGOGC design, supply and install outdoor gym equipment and fitness spaces. Since 2008, TGO have installed hundreds of outdoor gyms, including over 50 Olympic adiZones with partner adidas. adiZones comprise outdoor gym zones, London 2012 Olympic floor markings and a range of other sporting activities such as basketball, football, climbing, tennis, aerobics and dance. Olympic athletes past and present such as Jessica Ennis and Daley Thompson have been involved in the adiZone programme, inspiring communities to participate in free outdoor exercise.
All TGOGC outdoor gym equipment is UK-designed and manufactured and all pieces comply with essential European safety standards (EN1176 and EN957). From fitness bikes to ski machines, seated rowers to assisted pull ups, the equipment has been designed for optimum fitness benefits.
Placed in the heart of communities, TGOGC outdoor fitness spaces are designed for people of all ages and abilities to get fit in the open air, no pressure. TGOGC works with partners across all regions of the UK, including Councils, the police, the NHS, schools, colleges, universities, prisons, care homes and the military.
Some examples of successful schemes include:
NHS Camden and London Borough of Camden:
NHS Camden carried out research into 8 outdoor gyms they installed in 2009. Headline findings included 46% of people surveyed had increased their levels of physical activity since the outdoor gyms had been installed and 26% of people did not previously exercise before the installation of Camden’s outdoor gyms.
Hull City Council:
Hull City Council have installed eight Olympic adiZones across the city.
The Regeneration Programme Manager in Hull, Mitch Upfold, said at the start of the adiZone programme: “We want less sickness and less absenteeism. We know that 57% of people in Hull are inactive. We know that the right quantity of physical activity prevents the onset of obesity, diabetes and coronary heart problems and promotes wellness.”
Upfold worked with NHS Hull to map their 8 adiZones to areas in Hull with the highest rates of heart disease and diabetes. In the summer of 2011, Hull’s sports development teams piloted a 6 week fitness programme run by Daley Thompson and his team with 358 self-referred participants from Hull’s over 50s sedentary group. And in 2012, the programme is being joined up with the GP surgeries. Overweight patients are referred by their GPs to the adiZones. Upfold’s vision is that GPs and health workers will take their clients down to the adizones for training sessions in wellness.
National adiZone rollout:
In the summer 2010, global measurement company, Neilsen carried out 478 interviews (5 minutes each) across 10 adizones in England. This is what they found:
Frequency of adiZone usage:
61% visit the adiZone at least once a week
59% spend at least 20 minutes per visit at the adizone
23% spend an hour or more per visit
Impact on sports participation:
62% said the adiZone had helped them be more active
The gym area was the most popular with 41% who use it regularly
75% do not have a gym membership
84% of ethnic people from ethnic minorities said it had helped them get more active
For information about TGOGC please see their website: www.tgogc.com
To view TGOGC’s brochure: http://www.tgogc.com/tgobrochure/