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Outdoor Exercise

by John Wroblewski

Sep 8, 2020

In early 2018 the Village of Skokie, Illinois, installed an outdoor exercise station along the Skokie Valley Hiking and Biking Trail. The resistance training equipment is designed for an all-weather setting.

The first two years after the equipment was installed, I never saw one person using it. Every time I ran by the station, I shook my head in disbelief that the village spent about $50,000 on such a waste. It was another example of tax dollars spent on a feel-good project that had no real benefit to Skokie taxpayers.

That all changed in March this year, like so many other things. The pandemic hit, health clubs were closed, and I was left without a place to work out.

For my first experience at the exercise station, I tested every piece of equipment. I wanted to try everything before I figured out a new regular routine.

A few of the individual stations are standard, like the pull-up bar and dip rails. The others are a mixed bag. Because there are few possible adjustments, some of the other equipment is uncomfortable but workable enough.

Every time I work out there, I laugh to myself at my previous disdain for it. I’m still the only person I have ever seen working out there, though. Overall, this exercise station would not be my first choice, but it will suffice until the new health club is built.

— John Wroblewski, online writer

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