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Outdoor gyms with recycled materials

Outdoor gyms with equipments made from recycled materials

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Who is the target audience for your idea and how does it inspire the end user to lead a healthier life?

Persons who like to exercise, practice weight-lifting, those who like to do some work out while going outside.

Just remembered the outdoor gyms I saw in Ukraine. Equipments made with materials that used to be part of trucks, machines and furnitures. 

The interesting was that some equipments were very practical to use in several weights, although very simple, using irons, tires and wood mostly.

I couldn't attach the video, but below it's the link where I took the pics of the Bayern Munchen F.C endurance training:

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

From the feedback about the pianos on the streets, this items used on Bayern Munchen's training may inspire similar initiatives in public spaces

What skills, input or guidance are you keen to connect with from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea?

Recycling, fitness, artcraft, any suggestion is welcome

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Photo of Allen A

Have you heard of "play me, I'm yours" ( If you make your gym/work-out station small enough, perhaps it would be something that could be distributed "everywhere."

Photo of André Fernandes

Hi Allen,
Thanks for indicate Play me, I'm yours! I didn't know about and its concept is pretty interesting to spread everywhere.

Photo of Lauren Swersky

Love this idea! Would be happy to contribute!

Photo of André Fernandes

Hi Lauren,
I've already added you to the team. Feel free to send any suggestion!

Photo of David Min

I've seen some outdoor gyms in Malmo in a park - very good idea. Seeing other people exercise outside of an indoor gym somehow just has a casual feeling that makes me feel less intimidated to approach "the gym life" - it's far easier to feel similar and connected to a guy in the park than a guy in an underground iron-pumping dungeon!

Photo of Neel Rajani

Funded though local partnerships and communities - crowdfunded ideas for communities to build this

Photo of André Fernandes

Thanks Neel for indicate this initiative in UK!

Photo of Ivellisse Morales

André - I think this is a great idea, especially for low-income communities that might not have an affordable gym or local YMCA. Some low-income communities suffer as food deserts, which means there isn't a grocery store with fresh food within a mile distance. I can imagine that these food deserts are also gym deserts. Imagine if this gym was in the parking lot of the local grocery store? Or, partner with a grocery store and open up shop in a low-income neighborhood?

Photo of André Fernandes

Hi Ivellise,
Thanks for your feedback! I didn't think about this point to consider an outdoor gym linked to a grocery store and some other relevant place to promote health lifestyle. Such a great point!

Photo of Shane Zhao

Great connection between the lack of healthy food options and the absence of exercise space Ivellisse. That's a very keen observation. It really encourages us to consider how these amenities are connected at a systems level. And I love the notion of integrating a gym with a grocery store to create this hybrid health center - it's a great way to think about how one type of healthy activity can support another.