Park fit­ness to get peo­ple ac­tive

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - OUT & ABOUT - ERIN TASKER

Ash­bur­ton’s gyms are join­ing forces for the good of the com­mu­nity.

They’re start­ing a free, weekly fit­ness ses­sion in the Ash­bur­ton Do­main – called Fit­ness in the Park – which is open to any­one to at­tend and all about get­ting the peo­ple of Ash­bur­ton ac­tive.

EA Net­works Cen­tre Gym man­ager Anna John­son said she’d been in touch with all of the gyms and per­sonal train­ers she was aware of in Ash­bur­ton, and most had not hes­i­tated to jump on board with the idea. If there was any­one she’d missed out, she wanted to hear from them.

‘‘I don’t want it to be just (the EA Net­works Cen­tre Gym), I ac­tu­ally want the whole fit­ness in­dus­try of Ash­bur­ton to take own­er­ship,’’ she said.

She said it’s about in­spir­ing peo­ple to get ac­tive, not try­ing to get them to join one of the gyms tak­ing part. A sim­i­lar pro­gramme is run suc­cess­fully in Christchurch’s Ha­gley Park.

‘‘It’s try­ing to tar­get peo­ple that aren’t in­volved in some­thing yet, and I think the great thing about it is that we are all of the same mind; we are try­ing to run busi­nesses suc­cess­fully, but our main aim is to get peo­ple into some sort of fit­ness,’’ John­son said.

‘‘When we all sat down to­gether we said we all have the same goal, we re­ally just want to get Ash­bur­ton out and about.’’

The first ses­sion of Fit­ness in the Park will be held this Sun­day, in the Ash­bur­ton Do­main bar­be­cue area off El­iz­a­beth Street, by the en­trance to the hockey turf. It will start at 9am and run for an hour, and will run weekly in the same place, at the same time.

The EA Net­works Cen­tre Gym is run­ning the first ses­sion, with Monique Rouxel from Fig­ure Fit­ness, Anna King from Anna Fit, Katie Collins from Ex­hale Yoga, and Tracey Tord­off from Torque Fit­ness hav­ing a turn each to start.

If it goes well, it’s hoped it will extend to the end of sum­mer, and if it goes re­ally well, it could even end up be­ing all year round.

‘‘This is all very much about giv­ing peo­ple a taste of what is avail­able in Ash­bur­ton,’’ John­son said.

A Face­book page will be set up, which will tell peo­ple what’s on of­fer each Sun­day be­fore­hand, and up­date them if the weather is look­ing dodgy.

Chil­dren are wel­come, but they will be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of their par­ents, not those putting on the fit­ness ses­sion.

ERIN TASKER/STUFF

Anna John­son will take the EA Net­works Cen­tre gym’s Fit­ness in the Park ses­sion.

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