What is the new equipment at the WHS Stadium?
It’s the new Wilton Outdoor Fitness Center, and it officially opened to the public in October. While in Ireland on vacation, Bill Brennan noticed fitness equipment, designed to be kept and used outdoors, in a Dublin park. “I thought this was a terrific concept, and would fit well with the commitment the town of Wilton has made to encourage residents to improve their health,” he explains. Returning to Wilton, he led the town in collaboration with the Wilton Alliance for a Healthy Community, and the Wilton Family Y, which received a generous grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity, to bring the concept to reality here.
The new fitness center, which can be used by anyone 15 years or older and is open 24-hours a day year round, contains four pieces of equipment—an elliptical cross trainer, a rowing machine, an air walker machine, and a cross country ski machine. Manufactured by Greenfields Outdoor Fitness, based in California, they work with body mass for resistance, and do not require any adjustment based on the exerciser’s size, weight, or fitness level. “So many residents use the track for walking or running. Now they can complement their routine by using the fitness center to do additional cardiovascular and muscle strength training workouts,” Brennan notes.
Adds Wilton Family Y Director Bob McDowell, “We know that parent behavior is a very strong role model for a child. The goal of the outdoor fitness center is to encourage teens and adults to maintain good cardiovascular health through physical activity.”