Make the Most of Columbia’s Outdoor Exercise Stations

October 20, 2022

Celebrating #Walktober is the best in Columbia. With 95 miles of pathways, there’s no shortage of places to take a walk and reap benefits like less stress, more energy and a better mood.

If you want to kick those benefits up a notch, embracing the outdoor exercise stations alongside Lake Kittamaqundi and Lake Elkhorn is the perfect opportunity! According to CA personal trainer Darrell Gough, people of all ages and fitness levels can use these stations for a boost of strength, endurance, agility and FUN.

Here are some demos from Darrell along the Lake Kitt loop to inspire you!


Stretch kicks

Warming up before a workout is always a good idea for reducing your risk of injury. There are plenty of ways to use the bar for support, and stretch kicks are one of Darrell’s favorites.


Step up station

The step up station is a great aerobic exercise that helps improve your balance and coordination. There are three different levels to choose from, so you can go at your own pace and comfort level.


Monkey bars

Okay, so attempting the monkey bars for the first time since childhood can feel a little discouraging. Darrell promises that regular practice is worth it — monkey bars are amazing for your shoulders, back, arms, core and grip strength.

Balance beam

Balance beams aren’t just for gymnasts! Everyone benefits from better balance.

There are so many ways to add variety to this exercise station. If you’ve mastered walking across the beam, try to balance with your eyes closed for a challenge. Darrell even adds Tai Chi moves to his balance beam routine!


Share your favorite moves with us!

These are just a few ways you can take advantage of our outdoor exercise stations as you walk the pathways in Columbia. The best part is that there’s so much room for creativity and fun.

We want to see how YOU enjoy our fitness stations. Be sure to tag us on Facebook and Instagram to celebrate #Walktober and inspire others all year round!

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