Are gyms a point­less ex­er­cise?

Qual­ity of out­door equip­ment at city’s ur­ban gyms shock­ing – en­thu­si­ast

Sunday Tribune - - METRO -

UMH­LANGA gym en­thu­si­ast Derek Krum­meck has ques­tioned the ef­fi­cacy of out­door gyms in­stalled by ethek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties.

Krum­meck, 53, a pro­fes­sional trainer who has spent his life in fit­ness train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion, claimed most of the out­door gym equip­ment was of poor qual­ity and res­i­dents were find­ing it dif­fi­cult to use.

The ini­tia­tive was in­tro­duced by the city’s parks, recre­ation and cul­ture (PRC) unit in 2014, to pro­mote a healthy lifestyle. The pro­gramme was ex­pected to be rolled out in all 110 wards, with R60 mil­lion re­served each year for the scheme.

How­ever, Krum­meck said the equip­ment failed to serve the in­tended pur­pose. He made spe­cial ref­er­ence to the one in­stalled in Pre­ston­dale, umh­langa, re­cently. Krum­meck said the equip­ment was “use­less” and ques­tioned whether the mu­nic­i­pal­ity con­sulted ex­perts be­fore the in­stal­la­tion. “I tried out the so-called ex­er­cise equip­ment and was ab­so­lutely shocked at the equip­ment in­stalled. It is clear that who­ever made the equip­ment has no clue about ex­er­cise and has never been into a gym,” he said.

Krum­meck said the city should have con­sulted per­sonal train­ers, ex­er­cise con­sul­tants or peo­ple who knew about equip­ment.

“They should have gone to pop­u­lar gyms to see what ma­chines are used in­stead of in­stalling some­thing that is not go­ing to work.

“There is no weight se­lec­tion, you can­not se­lect any weight as you progress. This is like throw­ing money away. I would like to get an­swers from the city on what pro­ce­dure was fol­lowed,” Krum­meck added.

Head of PRC, Them­binkosi Ng­cobo, said he planned to visit some of the gyms for assess­ment.

“We were not aware of the com­plaint but we did con­sult and mon­i­tor the stan­dard of the gyms.

“Some of them have been re­cently com­pleted, they have not been signed off. I was not happy with some that I have as­sessed, but we will en­gage with the con­trac­tors,” Ng­cobo said.

He said there were plans to have train­ers at spe­cific times to help those us­ing the gyms.

Ng­cobo said the city spent about R500 000 on each gym.

He said van­dal­ism has also ham­pered the pro­gramme, adding that it cost the city R10m to re­build dam­aged equip­ment.

PRO­FES­SIONAL trainer Derek Krum­meck of umh­langa said the gym equip­ment re­cently in­stalled by ethek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in Pre­ston­dale was of no use. | SIBONISO MNGADI

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