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Public exercise equipment?

By rebcart - 13 January 2010 25

Hey everyone,

I just moved to Canberra and, remembering that many of the older and larger parks in Sydney had wooden benches and bars to use for exercise, was wondering if anyone knew of any such facilities here in Canberra. I don’t really have the means to pay for a gym membership at the moment, so being able to do something basic like chin-ups until then would be useful.

Anything like that available within easy walking/cycling distance of O’Connor?

Thanks in advance.

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Public exercise equipment?
Jim Jones 10:40 am 13 Jan 10

There are exercise facilities (a nifty series of wooden bench and bar sets alongside big plaques demonstrating a variety of stretches and exercises – with levels from beginner to advanced) around both Lake Burley Griffin and Lake Ginninderra. This sounds exactly what you’re looking for.

I’d strongly suggest doing some recon on a bike (cycling around either of the lakes is great exercise, and the cycle paths are in very good condition) to see where the different facilities are.

If you’re in O’Connor, it’s a very short ride to Lake Burley Griffin via the ANU (you can get a cycle path map for a couple of bucks from most bike shops in Canberra).

Mike Bessenger 10:33 am 13 Jan 10

There is a bit around lake burly griffin. It’s spread out, but the ones I clearly remember are near the uni and over near the yatch club.

ryza 10:31 am 13 Jan 10

I know there is some around the Ainslie football oval on Angas Street. There si bound to be some in O’Connor, probably along the main cycle path that runs through the centre (just can’t recall where they are)

caf 10:23 am 13 Jan 10

There’s an exercise course with those kind of things around Ainslie Oval (the one that’s on the same block as the Ainslie Footy Club).

KB1971 10:11 am 13 Jan 10

Not sure about Oconnor but I ride my bike from the south regularly & there are a number on the southern side of LBG near the yacht club.

They are spread out across a couple of km. I think they are designed as a bit of a cross training course with a bit of running thrown in.

ThatGuy 10:07 am 13 Jan 10

There’s a few pieces of public exercise equipment on the ANU oval off of Barry Dr. They’re right near the tennis court. I often see boot camp/personal trainers taking people there.

ABC129 9:47 am 13 Jan 10
johnny_the_knife 9:46 am 13 Jan 10

I don’t know about O’Connor, but at Deakin there is some equipment on Dennison street north of the Mint.

There is also some equipment near the cycle path around the lake.

dtc 9:36 am 13 Jan 10

There is a pretty old exercise track – bars and benches and stuff – on Angas St in Ainslie (behind the enclosed oval, around the corner from the Aislie football club). Its a bit run down and there isnt a huge amount of equipment.

Many kids playgrounds offer monkey bars or similar which you can use for chin ups, although you can feel a bit silly doing them if other people are around (on the other hand – sticking a kid on your feet and doing some chin ups is a good workout). Another option is buying some rope, looping over something solid (like a tree branch in the backyard) and creating your own ‘roman rings’, which some trainers believe is more effective than using a fixed bar.

random 9:30 am 13 Jan 10

There’s apparently a fitness trail at the ANU, which is pretty convenient from O’Connor.

I’ve seen people using the monkey bars at my local primary school for chin-ups etc.

eebee 9:25 am 13 Jan 10

I recall that the (north-west?) side of Gungahlin Lake has something like that! It might even go all the way around the lake??

justbands 9:11 am 13 Jan 10

I’m not sure of any near O’Connor….however there’s some stuff on the other side of the lake (heading from the Yacht Club towards Commonwealth Ave bridge). Situp & chin-up benches & the like on a circuit.

antycbr 8:59 am 13 Jan 10

There’s a few Exercites (spelling?) scattered around the place. Close to O’Connor, there is a set near the tennis courts and the Sport and Rec Centre at the ANU.

Braddon Boy 8:54 am 13 Jan 10

There is some on the southern half, western side, of Angas St. in Ainslie.

I’d consider that walking distance to O’Connor, but I know others wouldn’t.

kennardly 8:31 am 13 Jan 10

There is a series of exercise equipment on Angas Street, Ainslie, behind the Ainslie Footy Club. Round about opposite House No. 22.

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