Are gyms a pointless exercise?
Quality of outdoor equipment at city’s urban gyms shocking – enthusiast
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