New Elevate Fitness Course Opening at Apex Community Park
Designed for ages 12-19, the Town of Apex will use Elevate to create wellness programs for all ages
Triangle families can step up their fitness this weekend during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the town's new Elevate Fitness Course Saturday, July 8, 9 a.m., at Apex Community Park, which is located at 2200 Laura Duncan Rd. in Apex.
Inspired by the fast-growing trend of obstacle course fitness, BCI Burke Playground Equipment and Barrs Recreation partnered with the Town of Apex to bring the equipment and program — the first of its kind in the country — to Apex, a Triangle suburb home to 44,000. While the course was designed for teens, the Apex Parks & Recreation Department will use Elevate to create wellness programs for all ages and abilities.
Barrs Recreation created this equipment specifically for the 12-19 age range because it has the highest obesity rate of all children: 20.5 percent, according to a news release issued by the company. Barrs Recreation states that its goal is to "engage this population, as well as adults, to participate in fitness through challenges and tangible results."
The equipment is similar to that found on popular TV shows such as "American Ninja Warrior," "Spartan Races" and "Warrior Dash."
The release states: "We’ve been inspired by obstacle races and especially by the 'American Ninja Warrior' television show. Our course will serve parks and schools in a unique way with new products and design. These unique products include the Spider Wall and the Door-Knob Challenge. With this course, we provide opportunities for people of different levels to play/workout in the same space while mastering challenges and advancing to the next level. Whether you are a beginner or a fitness mature athlete, you will be able to challenge yourself on this course with the instruction we will provide through video demonstrations."
If you go, wear comfortable clothes and athletic shoes to try out the equipment. Learn more about Apex's Elevate Fitness course by watching this video.