Take the fit­ness chal­lenge

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PALM­DALE — Res­i­dents look­ing for way to kick-start their fit­ness goals this year are in­vited to join the in­au­gu­ral Na­tional Fit­ness Court Chal­lenge at the Fit­ness Court at Pelona Vista Park, 37800 Tierra Su­bida Ave.

The first weigh-in of the year for the “New Year, New You” chal­lenge will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Satur­day.

The chal­lenge is an op­por­tu­nity to com­mit to a healthy life­style and set goals such as weight loss, build­ing mus­cle mass, be­gin­ning a new ex­er­cise rou­tine or get­ting back on track, pro­gram of­fi­cials said.

The win­ner will re­ceive a four-pack of sea­son passes for DryTown Wa­ter Park.

Staff will also be at the Fit­ness Court on Satur­day to reg­is­ter par­tic­i­pants.

“Come join us as we cel­e­brate our first check in of the year,” Re­cre­ation Co­or­di­na­tor Rachel Ser­rano said. “Park staff will pro­vide free give­aways and host a check-in tent to help you track your progress. We look for­ward to help­ing you reach your health goals!”

The Fit­ness Court, opened to the pub­lic and free to use, is a body­weight cir­cuit-train­ing sys­tem, with 30 pieces of equip­ment ar­ranged in sta­tions that al­low for up to 28 peo­ple to use it at once.

It in­cludes a se­ries of full­body ex­er­cises that can be com­pleted in just seven min­utes.

The sys­tem is de­signed for a range of ath­letic abil­i­ties and to burn more calo­ries than oth­ers, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from Na­tional Fit­ness Cam­paign.

A free Fit­ness Court smart­phone app pro­vides in­struc­tional videos, class sched­ul­ing, chal­lenges and means of mark­ing your progress against other users. There are spe­cific pro­grams in place or devel­op­ment to in­tro­duce users to the fit­ness court, for youth con­di­tion­ing and older ac­tive adults.

Sit­u­ated at the North end of the park, the court also al­lows easy ac­cess to the park’s walk­ing paths, cre­at­ing a means of in­cor­po­rat­ing the work­out into other ex­er­cise, as well.

The free fit­ness court is avail­able dur­ing reg­u­lar park hours, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The park amenity is the first of its kind in North­ern Los An­ge­les County, but one of 100 new lo­ca­tions in­stalled na­tion­wide by Na­tional Fit­ness Cam­paign.

The Fit­ness Court was made pos­si­ble through fund­ing from An­te­lope Val­ley Hos­pi­tal, the pre­sent­ing spon­sor, as well as The Kaiser Foun­da­tion, High Desert Med­i­cal Group, The War­nack Foun­da­tion, and an NFC Fit­ness Grant from of­fi­cial mu­sic spon­sor Fit Ra­dio.

Reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired and may be found at the city of Palm­dale’s website, city­of­palm­dale.org/174/Re­cre­ation-Cul­ture

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The Fit­ness Court at Pelona Vista Park is the site for the in­au­gu­ral Na­tional Fit­ness Court Chal­lenge, an op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents to com­mit to a healthy life­style in the new year. The first weigh-in will be Satur­day, at the court.

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