Outdoor Fitness Equipment Buying Guide by AndyMcNally

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									           Outdoor Fitness Equipment Buying Guide
           This valuable guide will help you, the recreation and procurement managers,
           to investigate and evaluate outdoor fitness equipment. We hope that with
           these directions you will be able to accomplish a successful tender or
           purchase order.




Outdoor fitness equipment and parks is a fast growing trend in Canada and around the world.
During your evaluation of suppliers it is crucial to investigate the quality, durability and safety
features of the equipment you plan to purchase. Canada has higher safety standards than
any other country in the world. GreenGym equipment is the only equipment on the market
that has been specifically designed to meet these high Canadian standards. Careful attention
was given to reduce potential safety risks for all users and especially young children.
Outdoor fitness equipment can be installed in many different locations.



                                               Surrounding playgrounds so
                                               parents can work out while
                                               watching their kids
                                               play nearby.




     At existing sport parks providing
         more users with more fitness
                       activity options.
The possibilities for outdoor fitness equipment are endless!




                      At public parks
                      helping to increase
                      the overall park
                      usage.
Outdoor fitness equipment is ideal for junior/middle and senior high schools.




                                          Help increase teen activity rates.
The Beach!
                                   The parks promote family fun, social
                                   and intergenerational interaction.




The fitness units can be install
 along walking trails providing
 great fitness opportunities for
                       walkers.
Outdoor fitness equipment is inviting and will engage much interest. However, before you
select a supplier and install the equipment, be sure to investigate the safety features of the
equipment and the experience of the supplier.


                                                        The next several pages of this buying guide
                                                        will highlight potential safety concerns and
                                                        clearly illustrate how GreenGym equipment
                                                        has been designed to reduce risk and
                                                        provide safe equipment.




             Double Air walker in rest position


   In particular, moving parts can be a
       major safety risk if not designed
                                properly.

                                            Double Air walker in use
                          Double Air walker in use



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These units are NOT GreenGym products
                                                        Concerning hazards

The units illustrated on this page are NOT GreenGym products.
Double Air walker

Problems and concerns of the unit illustrated on the previous page.



1.   Large boards and signs placed between the units prevent social interaction
     and truly disturb the natural blending of the equipment into the surrounding
     environment.
2.   During use the moving parts are exceeding the width of the unit‟s rest
     position. Children and other users who walk by can be severely injured by
     these parts. The user can‟t see others who walk behind them.
3.   Moving parts represent major crush points if they hit each other. A common
     act by young children is to swing these parts in order to watch them collide.
4.   People standing around the unit during use can get hit by moving parts.
     Users can be accidentally pushed of the unit while in use.
5.   If not designed properly the moving pedals can go too far forward and
     backward and can increase unnecessary pressure on the leg muscles.
6.   From time to time owners will need to replace a unit part that was damaged
     by vandalism or manufacturing defect. Providing you with a new part for
     replacement can take a week or two. Since the unit is damaged it will be
     unsafe to use it until it is fixed or replaced. The damaged unit can be
     extremely sharp and dangerous. Be sure to have a locking mechanism build-
     in the unit so you can lock it up if needed.
7.   The moving pedal is too close to the main frame increasing potential injuries.
GreenGym‟s Air Walker

Safety first.
See next page for details
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GreenGym‟s „Safety First‟ features

Air Walker
1.   360 degree protective bars securing the moving parts zone. Provides a safety
     zone to reduce the possibility of passers by or observers being struck by moving
     parts.
2.   Special stopping mechanism (XX). A unique development that prevents the
     moving parts from swinging more than 60 degrees to each side. This                          2
1.   mechanism prevents the moving parts from colliding with the handle bars and
2.   therefore eliminates a severe crush point.
3.   All GreenGym‟s foot pedals are handmade fiberglass
     with round edges to reduce impact.
4.   All pedals are build in a socket design so the foot is
     more secure during usage and can‟t slide out.               1
5.   From time to time you will need to replace a unit part
     that was damaged by vandalism or manufacturing
     defect. Providing you with a new part for replacement
     can take a week or two. Since the unit is damaged it
     will be unsafe to use it until it is fixed or replaced. Our           7
     locking mechanism, is another unique safety feature
     that can be found only on GreenGym. All GreenGym
     units can be locked easily. The system allows owners                                    3
     to lock moving parts so the equipment will not be in
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     use for prolonged periods when it is desirable to
     eliminate risk of injury and any unwanted use.
6.   All GreenGym units include male / female installation
     Allowing quick installation and removal. This                                           1
     additionally provides an opportunity to temporarily                 6
     remove the equipment if use should be unwanted for
     any period of time.
7.   Our design allows wide space between the moving
     parts to the main frame.
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      Swinger in use
These units are NOT GreenGym products
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                                                        Concerning hazards

The units illustrated on this page are NOT GreenGym products.
Double Swinger

Problems and concerns

1.   Other than GreenGym products, all the suppliers of outdoor fitness equipment in Canada use metal
     plates as the main structure of the swinger pedal. As shown, the sharp pedals represent severe
     hazards. This part can swing hard and fast and therefore cause severe injury if it hits a child or adult.
2.   From time to time owners will need to replace a unit part that was damaged by vandalism or
     manufacturing defect. Providing you with a new part for replacement can take a week or two. Since
     the unit is damaged it will be unsafe to use it until it is fixed or replaced. The damaged unit can be
     extremely sharp and dangerous.
3.   Different suppliers are using different stopping mechanisms for the moving parts. In the pictures
     shown both mechanisms are exposed and can be reached by fingers or palms. This represents
     severe pinch and crush point especially for younger kids who like to stick their fingers everywhere.
4.   Structures with poles facing forward can puncture eyes. According to the CSA safety standard the
     diameter of the grabbing pole can‟t exceed 40mm but the tip of the pole must be larger than 78mm
     wide. Make sure to have some kind of tip that comply.
5.   During use the moving parts are exceeding the width of the unit‟s rest position. Kids and other users
     who walk by can be severely injured by these parts. The user can‟t see others who walk beside the
     unit.
6.   Large boards and signs placed between the units prevent social interaction and truly disturb the
     natural blending of the equipment in the surrounding environment.
GreenGym‟s Swinger

Safety First
See next page for details
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GreenGym‟s “Safety First” features

Double Swinger + Knee raise
1.   180 degree protective bars securing the moving parts
     zone. Provides a safety zone to reduce the possibility
     of passers by or observers being struck by moving
     parts.
2.   Special stopping mechanism (XX). A unique
     development that prevents the moving parts from
     swinging more than 60 degrees to each side. This
     mechanism prevents the moving parts from colliding
     with the handle bars and therefore eliminates a severe        5
     crush point.
3.   All GreenGym‟s foot pedals are handmade fiberglass
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     with round edges to reduce impact.
4.   From time to time you will need to replace a unit part
     that was damaged by vandalism or manufacturing
     defect. Providing you with a new part for replacement
     can take a week or two. Since the unit is damaged it          1
     will be unsafe to use it until it is fixed or replaced. Our
     locking mechanism, is another unique safety feature
     that can be found only at GreenGym. All GreenGym
     units can be locked easily. The system allows owners
     to lock moving parts so the equipment will not be in                       4
     use for prolonged periods to eliminate risk of injury
     and any unwanted use.
5.   GreenGym has added round edges on all hand bars in                6            3   1
     order to comply with the CSA safety standards. This
     will prevent eye punctures.
6.   All GreenGym units include male / female
     installation Allowing quick installation and
     removal.
                       Double lat pull or arm lift in use




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            These units are NOT GreenGym products
                                       Concerning hazards

The units illustrated on this page are NOT GreenGym products.
Lat pull, Arm Lift, Chest Press, Butterfly.

Problems and concerns

1.   In all the units on the previous page the user makes use of his or her body weight as resistance. All
     the units seats are moving upward and downward during use. When the seat is lifted upward the
     space between the seat structure and the ground represent severe crush and pinch points.
2.   The bearing mechanism connects the handle bars with the unit‟s seat structure. This part is different
     from brand to brand however in all the brand this is a moving mechanism. Exposed mechanisms
     represent severe pinch and crush points as kids tend to stick their fingers everywhere.
3.   Different brands have different stopping mechanisms. In the picture shown the seat stopping
     mechanism represents pinch and crush points.
4.   The seat structure is different from brand to brand however in the pictures shown the structure are
     made of sharp steel plates or plastic with sharp edges. Sharp plates or sharp corners can harm
     users.
5.   From time to time owners will need to replace a unit part that was damaged by vandalism or
     manufacturing defect. Providing you with a new part for replacement can take a week or two. Since
     the unit is damaged it will be unsafe to use it until it is fixed or replaced. The damaged unit can be
     extremely sharp and dangerous.
GreenGym‟s Arm Lift and Butterfly

Safety First
See next page for details




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GreenGym‟s “Safety First” features

Arm lift, Lat pull, Chest press and Butterfly.
1.   See previous page. GreenGym has added a cover
     structure to the bottom of the seat structure. In this
     way the pinch and crush point is covered.
2.   GreenGym is the only supplier in Canada that added                                2
     a cover structure to all its units. The covers provide a
     safety zone to reduce the possibility of passers by or
     observers being pinched by moving parts.
3.   See previous page. From time to time you will need to
     replace a unit part that was damaged by vandalism or
     manufacturing defect. Providing you with a new part
     for replacement can take a week or two. Since the unit
     is damaged it will be unsafe to use it until it is fixed or
     replaced. Our locking mechanism, is another unique                    2       5
     safety feature that can be found only at GreenGym. All
     GreenGym units can be locked easily. The system
     allows owners to lock moving parts so the equipment
     will not be in use for prolonged periods to eliminate
     risk of injury and any unwanted use.                          6
4.   The seat structure is handmade fiberglass with round
     edges for comfortable and safe seating position.
5.   All GreenGym units include male / female installation
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     Allowing quick installation and removal.                          3
6.   GreenGym has added round edges on all hand bars in            4
     order to comply with the CSA safety standards. This
     will prevent eye punctures.
7.   GreenGym added special plates that are placed
     between the seat structure to the lifting pole. This will
     prevent neck entrapment.
                            Air Skier in use




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These units are NOT GreenGym products
Air Skier.

Problems and concerns

1.   During use the moving parts are exceeding the width of the unit‟s rest position. Kids and other users who walk by
     can be severely injured by these parts. The user can‟t see others who walk behind them.
2.   The moving parts and the main frame of the structure represent several pinch and crush points because during the
     movement they create a scissors action that can be harmful.
3.   If not designed properly the moving pedals can go too far forward or backward and can increase unnecessary
     pressure on the leg muscles.
4.   Steel pedals are hard and sharp. Although users are instructed to wear shoes while on the unit some won‟t and
     may injure themselves standing on metal plates.
5.   Structures with poles facing forward can puncture eyes. According to the CSA safety standard the diameter of the
     grabbing pole can‟t exceed 40mm but the tip of the pole must be larger than 78mm wide. Make sure to have some
     kind of tip that comply.
6.   From time to time owners will need to replace a unit part that was damaged by vandalism or manufacturing defect.
     Providing you with a new part for replacement can take a week or two. Since the unit is damaged it will be unsafe to
     use it until it is fixed or replaced. The damaged unit can be extremely sharp and dangerous.
GreenGym‟s Air Skier

Safety First
See next page for details




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GreenGym‟s “Safety First” features                                                  XX
GreenGym‟s “Safety First” features

Air Skier
1.   Protective bars in the front and back of the unit securing the moving parts
     zone. Provides a safety zone to reduce the possibility of passers by or
     observers being struck by moving parts.
2.   Special stopping mechanism. A unique development that prevents the
     moving parts from swinging more than 60 degrees to each side. This
     mechanism prevents the user from extending the moving parts away from
     each other in a distance that can be harmful.                                                 8
3.   All GreenGym's foot pedals are handmade fiberglass with round edges to
     reduce impact.
4.   All pedals are built in a socket design so the foot is more secure during
     usage and can‟t slide out.
5.   From time to time you will need to replace a unit part that was damaged by      2
     vandalism or manufacturing defect. Providing you with a new part for
     replacement can take a week or two. Since the unit is damaged it will be
     unsafe to use it until it is fixed or replaced. Our locking mechanism, is
     another unique safety feature that can be found only at GreenGym. All
     GreenGym units can be locked easily. The system allows
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     owners to lock moving parts so the equipment will not be
     in use for prolonged periods to eliminate risk of injury and
     any unwanted use.
6.   GreenGym is the only company that redesigned
     the skier so the main frame and the moving
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     parts are away from each other and do not                                                         7
     cross each other during the movement                         1
     eliminating the potential crush points.
7.   All GreenGym units include male / female                                            3+4
     installation allowing quick installation and removal.
8.   Our unique round pole tips structures prevents puncture.
             Leg Press in use




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        These units are NOT GreenGym products
                                       Concerning hazards

The units illustrated on this page are NOT GreenGym products.
Leg Press


Problems and concerns

1.   The leg press unit requires users to use their own body weight for resistance. All the unit‟s seats are moving upward
     and downward during use. When the seat is lifted upward the space that appears between the seat structure and the
     main structure represents severe crush and pinch points.
2.   The seat structure is different from brand to brand however some brands are using sharp steel plates or plastic with
     sharp edges to build their seats. Sharp plates or sharp corner can harm users.
3.   Large boards and signs placed between the units prevent social interaction and truly disturb the natural blending of
     the equipment in the surrounding environment.
4.   Thin metal pedals will not support the user‟s feet. The feet may slide sideways resulting in injury.
5.   From time to time owners will need to replace a unit part that was damaged by vandalism or manufacturing defect.
     Providing you with a new part for replacement can take a week or two. Since the unit is damaged it will be unsafe to
     use it until it is fixed or replaced. The damaged unit can be extremely sharp and dangerous.
6.   The seat structure is lifted up using the legs however many kids like to lift the seat structure far higher with their hand
     and let the structure glide back crushing on the main structure. This is a misuse of the equipment and can result in
     severe injury.
GreenGym‟s Leg Press

Safety First
See next page for details




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GreenGym‟s “Safety First” features

Leg Press
1.   See previous page. GreenGym has eliminated the crush point
     between the seat structure and the main frame. In the GreenGym
     unit the seats do not reach the main frame because of feature # 2.
2.   See previous page. GreenGym is the only supplier in Canada that
     added a unique sleeve mechanism at the centre of the main
     frame. The seat structure and the main frame are connected at the
     centre. The stopping mechanism and action both happen inside
     the steel sleeves eliminating the potential pinch point.
3.   See previous page. GreenGym added a chain stopper to the unit.
     The chain prevents the seat structure from lifted up too far from
     the main frame. Young kids tend to lift the seat structures far up
     and then release it (free fall) slamming into the main structure.
     This action can damage the unit and can hurt by-standers.
4.   See previous page. All GreenGym‟s foot pedals are made of
     fiberglass with round edges to reduce impact. All pedals are build
     in a socket design so the foot is more secure during usage and
     can‟t slide out.
5.   See previous page. The seat structure is handmade fiberglass with
     round edges for comfortable and safe seating position.
6.   See previous page. From time to time you will need to replace a
     unit part that was damaged by vandalism or manufacturing defect.
     Providing you with a new part for replacement can take a week or
     two. Since the unit is damaged it will be unsafe to use it until it is
     fixed or replaced. Our locking mechanism, is another unique safety
     feature that can be found only at GreenGym. All GreenGym units           7
     can be locked easily. The system allows owners to lock moving
     parts so the equipment will not be in use for prolonged periods to
     eliminate risk of injury and any unwanted use.
7.   All GreenGym units include male / female installation, allowing
     quick installation and removal.
                           Elliptical trainer in use       3



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These units are NOT GreenGym products
                                       Concerning hazards

The units illustrated on this page are NOT GreenGym products.
Elliptical Trainer.

Problems and concerns

1.   The uniqueness of the elliptical trainer is that the foot bars are moving forward, backwards upwards and downwards
     in the same time. That is possible due to the wheel mechanism placed at the back of the unit. The mechanism is
     built on the commercial train wheel mechanism. This mechanism can be extremely dangerous if not designed
     properly. The different moving components can act like sharp scissors and can easily amputate figures. In the
     pictures shown you can see several mechanisms that are not well designed and are extremely dangerous
2.   Steel pedals are hard and sharp. Although users are instructed to wear shoes while on the unit some won‟t and
     may injure themselves standing on metal plates.
3.   The hand bars structure should be wider than an average person shoulders width. If not, the hand bars will hit the
     user‟s upper body during movement.
4.   The moving parts and the main frame of the structure represent several pinch and crush points because during the
     movement they create a scissors action that can be harmful.
5.   From time to time owners will need to replace a unit part that was damaged by vandalism or manufacturing defect.
     Providing you with a new part for replacement can take a week or two. Since the unit is damaged it will be unsafe to
     use it until it is fixed or replaced. The damaged unit can be extremely sharp and dangerous.
GreenGym‟s Leg Press

Safety First
See next page for details
GreenGym‟s “Safety First” features

Elliptical Trainer
1.   Protective bars in the front of the unit securing the moving parts zone.
     Provides a safety zone to reduce the possibility of passers by or observers           9
     being struck by moving parts.
2.   All GreenGym's foot pedals are handmade fiberglass with round edges to
     reduce impact.
3.   All pedals are built in a socket design so the foot is more secure during
     usage and can‟t slide out.                                                        8
4.   GreenGym unique design have eliminated the extremely dangerous crush
     points occur in the back wheel structure of the elliptical unit.
5.   From time to time you will need to replace a unit part that was damaged by
     vandalism or manufacturing defect. Providing you with a new part for
     replacement can take a week or two. Since the unit is damaged it will be
     unsafe to use it until it is fixed or replaced. Our locking mechanism, is
     another unique safety feature that can be found only at GreenGym. All         6
     GreenGym units can be locked easily. The system allows                                    5         4
     owners to lock moving parts so the equipment will not be
     in use for prolonged periods to eliminate risk of injury and
     any unwanted use.
6.   GreenGym is the only company that redesigned the elliptical
     unit so the main frame and the moving parts are away from
     each other and do not cross each other during the movement
     eliminating the potential crush points.                                   1       7           2+3
7.   All GreenGym units include male / female
     installation allowing quick installation and removal.
8.   The space between the handle bars are wide enough to prevent the bars
     from hitting the user upper body part.
9.   Our unique round pole tips structures prevents puncture.
Conclusion – Do not compromise on safety.
Outdoor fitness equipment and parks are a great concept and product that can help you engage your community
members in healthy active living. There are hundreds of communities around the world that already benefit from fitness
parks. There are many benefits to installing the fitness parks in your community however it is most recommended to
conduct a due-diligence. Currently there are no safety standards for outdoor fitness parks and therefore the market is
wide open for different suppliers who may sell unsafe and low quality product. We strongly encourage you to make the
safety features & superior quality as found in the GreenGym equipment the priority requirements in your selection
process. GreenGym is setting the standard for Outdoor Fitness Equipment in Canada and around the world. We are
happy to provide you with our equipment specifications if you require this information in preparation of tender notices.

The Strength of GreenGym
As the first company in Canada to introduce outdoor fitness parks, GreenGym is 100% focused on the outdoor fitness
products; we do not manufacture or sell any other playground equipment like other distributors. Our focus helps us to
be the leader in providing the most advanced equipment on the market with a never ending emphasis on product
development and safety enhancements.
Why is GreenGym leading the way?
•The most experience hands on when it comes to outdoor fitness equipment.
•A leader in safety. GreenGym‟s new units are the safest in the world.
•The only provider of outdoor fitness equipment with a wheelchair accessible line of products.
•Installed more outdoor fitness units in Canada than all competitors combined.
•Offering very competitive pricing on our first class equipment.
•Largest variety, boasting a complete product line of over 40 different units.
•Complete flexibility in choosing colours and packages.
•A solid commitment to customer service and order fulfillment.

Partnering for Success
Recently GreenGym has partnered with ParticipACTION, a Canadian body supported by the government with a
mission to promote healthy active living in Canada. ParticipACTION has partnered with GreenGym and singled us out
above the competition because of all our strengths and our commitment to helping communities provide equal and
open access to healthy active living. ParticipACTION will also provide your community with 10% rebate on the
purchase of your GreenGym fitness equipment (see our website for complete details). www.greengym.ca

								
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