Do You Know About Downtown Anaheim’s Outdoor Gym?

Originally published on March 4th, 2016, at SharondaWoodfin.net.
Edited and republished at Sharonda.net on March 9th, 2017.

Added to SMWoodfin.WordPress.com on October 30th, 2017.

The sign welcoming you to the Downtown Anaheim Community Center Fitness Zone.
The sign welcoming you to the Downtown Anaheim Community Center Fitness Zone.

Situated between the Downtown Community Center (250 East Center Street) and the Downtown Youth Center (225 South Philadelphia Street), Downtown Anaheim’s outdoor gym is fairly well-hidden. But, if you have exercise in mind, it’s definitely worth finding!

Formally titled the “Downtown Anaheim Community Center Fitness Zone”, the gym includes 10 stations (some of which are wheelchair accessible), all from Greenfields Outdoor Fitness.

The view of the Fitness Zone from the north side.
The view of the Fitness Zone from the north side.

Those stations include:

  1. 2-Person Accessible Chest Press
  2. 2-Person Accessible Lat Pull
  3. 2-Person Accessible Vertical Press
  4. Combo Butterfly & Reverse Fly
  5. 2-Person Back & Arms Combo
  6. 4-Person Leg Press
  7. 4-Person Lower Body Combo
  8. 2-Person Incline Sit-Up Benches
  9. Pendulum, Abs, & Dips Station
  10. 2-Person Cross-Country Ski

Each link in the list above includes a basic description of the station, a diagram of the station’s target muscles, and a video demonstration of the station in use. But the stations, themselves, come complete with instructions, diagrams, and a QR code for accessing that particular machine’s demo.

All machines come complete with instructions for how to use them.
All machines come complete with instructions for how to use them.

It’s really hard to get good selfies while working out, so my lovely – and helpful! – wife agreed to let me use a few pics of her working out in order to make this post both more demonstrative and more personal.

My wife getting her lift on at the chest press station.
My wife getting her lift on at the chest press station.

We both love living in Downtown Anaheim because of how walkable the neighborhood is. We love being able to walk to the grocery store, the pharmacy, the library, a comic book store, our favorite sushi place, and now, to a free, publicly accessible gym!

Linda doing butterflies.
Linda doing butterflies.

The Greenfields machines in the Fitness Zone do not utilize free weights, so they’re relatively safe. That said, the sign at the very top of this post and the signs on all of the stations clearly state that 14 years is the minimum age for using the equipment.

So, please folks, for their own safety, if your kids are under 14, keep them off the stations!

Linda doing pendulums.
Linda doing pendulums.

Free, public, outdoor fitness areas are great for diabetics like me, who are local, insulin resistant, too socially-awkward to join a gym, and disinclined to pay for a membership, anyway. They’re also great for healthy locals, like my wife, with an interest in staying healthy and the vision to see both exercise and fresh air – yes, even in Southern California – as a part of that.

Healthy cities include a healthy populace. Thanks, Anaheim, for recognizing that!


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