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Fitness Trails
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A fitness trail consists of a path or course that has obstacles or stations distributed along its length for exercising the human body to promote good health.
Expanded Description:
The fitness trail, or par course, was invented in 1968 by Swiss architect Erwin Weckemann and by 1972 Europe had hundreds of courses.

In general, fitness trails can be natural or man made, located in areas such as forest, transportation rights-of-way, parks, or urban settings. Equipment exists to provide specific forms of physiological exercise, and can consist of natural features including climbable rocks, trees, and river embankments, or manufactured products (stepping posts, chin-up and climbing bars) designed to provide similar physical challenges.

The degree of difficulty of a course is determined by terrain slope, trail surface (dirt, grass, gravel, etc), obstacle height (walls) or length (crawls) and other features. Urban par courses tend to be flat, to permit participation by the elderly, and to accommodate cyclists, runners, skaters and walking.

The new concept of an outdoor gym, containing traditional gym equipment specifically designed for outdoor use, is also considered to be a development of the par course. ~from Wikipedia
Instructions for Posting a Fitness Trails Waymark:
1. Name your waymark in the following manner: Park Name Fitness Course for example: Crest Lake Park Fitness Course
2. Post a picture of the overall course (as much as possible) or Post a picture of the first station. If stations are unnumbered, please state this in your description.
3. Obtain coordinates at the first station, if not possible, please state in your description at which station they were obtained.
3. Describe the course. Is it in a city, a forest, a park? Do the stations have directions? Have you made use of the course? Describe your experience.
4. Fill out the variables
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
To log a visit to a Fitness Trail waymark please post a picture of yourself (or a partner) at one of the stations performing the exercise and let us know what the exercise is. If you are alone, an original picture of one of the stations will suffice.
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An older fitness trail in Warriors Path State Park along the TVA lake

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler

location: Tennessee

date approved: 10/8/2008

last visited: 8/26/2010

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