How to Design a Safe and Effective Outdoor Fitness Circuit

Safety is key when you’re working out, so you need to design your outdoor fitness circuit with safety in mind. From setting up a solid foundation to choosing the right outdoor fitness equipment, every decision you make determines how safe your outdoor gym is.

When you’re setting up an outdoor fitness circuit for a senior living community or school, safety is even more important. Luckily, there are some basic tips you can follow to make sure you’re putting safety first. If you need help designing and setting up a safe space with outdoor fitness equipment, here’s everything you need to know about the process from start to finish.

Start with a Solid Foundation


The first thing you need to do is choose a good spot for your outdoor fitness circuit. This spot should be in a good location and large enough that you can fit all the equipment in one area. The ideal size can vary quite a bit based on the outdoor fitness equipment you’re considering. If you’re not sure how much space you need, it’s never a bad idea to give yourself some extra space in case you want to add more equipment in the future.

You also need a solid foundation for heavy fitness equipment. If you’ve got the resources, pouring a concrete slab gives you a flat, stable foundation that’s easy to work with. Compacted dirt or grass is also an option, but you want to make sure the ground is solid and stable so all your equipment stays put.

Choose the Right Equipment

Choosing the right outdoor fitness equipment is a key part of building an outdoor fitness circuit that’s both safe and effective.

For upper-body workouts, you can start with a multi-gym. Our Multi-Gym includes a shoulder wheel, a hand and foot bike, a shoulder press, and a rotator. Our Multi-Bench is perfect for bodyweight workouts like dips and elevated pushups. If you want to target specific muscle groups, our Combo Press & Pull is a seated lat pull and seated chest press station in one, and both stations can be used at the same time.

For lower-body workouts, you can invest in a leg press, a squat press and a leg extension station. Plyo boxes can also help strengthen your legs and increase explosiveness. Even our cardio machines are designed to work out your legs, and building that lower-body strength is crucial.

There are lots of ways to get a good cardio workout, and TriActiveUSA has a few great options for you to choose from. Recumbent bikes, stationary bikes and ellipticals are great if you’re looking for simple cardio, but our Air Walker and Air Strider provide a unique no-impact workout that doesn’t lead to joint pain. These no-impact cardio machines also help strengthen your legs and improve mobility and flexibility.

We’ve also got a long list of other outdoor fitness equipment, including sit-up benches, horizontal bars, spinners, and even rowing machines. Everyone has different needs when it comes to workout equipment, so figure out what you need and design your circuit with those needs in mind.

Buy Safe Outdoor Fitness Equipment

Investing in the right equipment also means buying quality equipment that lowers the risk of injuries. TriActiveUSA outdoor fitness equipment is specifically designed to stand up to outdoor weather and provide a safe workout for businesses, communities, and other facilities.

Free weights can be dangerous, especially for beginners. Our outdoor workout stations provide resistance without free weights, so you don’t have to worry about anyone dropping weights while they’re working out. Many of our stations use your body weight as resistance.

With added features like rubber grips and grip tape for your feet, all of our equipment is designed to keep people safe. We even sell equipment with tamper-resistant hardware, so nobody can tamper with or damage your workout equipment.

Make Sure You Have Enough Equipment


When people are working out, they need plenty of space. You don’t want to jam too much outdoor workout equipment in a small space, but you want to make sure everyone has a station they can use. This goes all the way back to choosing an area that provides enough space for all your equipment.

You also need to make sure you have enough equipment for everyone, that way people aren’t crowding equipment that’s in use. You can never have enough equipment for every single person, but the more you have, the better.

Draw It Up

Once you’re in the final stages and almost ready for setup, draw out a plan for your outdoor workout facility. Drawing things up gives you a chance to make sure you have enough space and you know where everything wants to go. If you want to go the extra mile, draw everything to scale so you can figure out the best way to lay out your fitness circuit.

Consider Extra Safety Features

If safety is a top priority, there are a few more things you can do to make your outdoor fitness circuit safe.

A fence keeps unwanted visitors out, so you don’t have to worry about people abusing your outdoor fitness equipment when you’re not around.

Lighting helps people see what they’re doing if they’re working out early in the morning or late at night, plus it helps deter thieves. Every outdoor workout facility should have ample lighting, especially if people have a habit of working out early or late in the day.

We also offer outdoor fitness equipment for correctional facilities with tamper-resistant hardware.

Create a Safe Outdoor Fitness Circuit with TriActiveUSA

Designing a fitness circuit might seem pretty simple, but there are a lot of decisions to make. Creating a safe outdoor fitness space can be even more difficult if you don’t have a lot of experience.

If you’re planning out a fitness circuit and looking for outdoor fitness equipment, TriActiveUSA can help. Our outdoor workout equipment is designed to be safe and durable, so everyone can get a great workout and you don’t have to worry about anyone getting hurt. Check out the selection of outdoor fitness equipment at TriActiveUSA or contact us if you need help finding the right equipment for your fitness circuit.

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