Well this is the second article in my new blog. The photo is of my son Marc and I. People tell me it is hard to tell the two of us apart. We both move quickly, are both exactly the same height at over six foot two, and on the phone even our voices are similar. Guess it proves he is my son.
Back in 2002 on a trip to China I was introduced to some very primitive outdoor exercise equipment. My then wife, not a fan of exercise started using it, and from that the idea of introducing outdoorfitness equipment to the americas’s began. TriActive America began development of the first outdoor
fitness equipment in 2003 and by the middle of 2004, the first two beta installations were in the ground and being used by local people in California’s central coast.
It took some time to establish this new way of viewing outdoor exercise. Years ago a company had developed outdoor fitness trails. But these were made of wood, rapidly degraded and gradually disappeared. So TriActive America’s introduction of thirty five individual pieces of outdoor fitness equipment was an attraction at the first trade shows. People at our first National Parks and Recreation Association trade show, asked if this was playground equipment. Jumping twelve years later, the concept of outdoor fitness equipment and exercising in outdoor fitness gyms is an accepted fact. The trend has gone global and we regularly ship outdoor fitness equipment out of the country on a regular basis.
Our web site boasts of well over two installations all over the globe and the trend is accelerating. You find TriActive America’s outdoor fitness equipment in many unique areas. We were surprised when the US Navy purchased equipment for a base in Kodiak, Alaska. Or during the Iraq war, TriActive America Fitness equipment was installed in forward bases in Kuwait. TriActive has installations at the park serving Yankee Stadium. Our outdoor fitness equipment is installed on several Carnival Cruise ships. In New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, the SF bay area and in places far and wide, the concept of outdoor fitness exercise has become a mainstream of modern american life.
What really pushes my button, is the local efforts made by private citizens who gather friends, neighbors and local businesses to develop outdoor fitness facilities in their community’s. The very first was a group of campfire girls who enlisted parents, and expanded it into a community wide effort to install equipment on vacant land owned by the local water utility. The utility came up with the cash and the parents and friends provided the labor to install the equipment.
Since then, TriActive America has continually updated equipment to make it easier to install and safer to use. In the process we have reduced the cost to install equipment and in a lot of cases local citizens muscle is used to do the installation.
But it not just the outdoors anymore. Communities are exploring blended facilities with some of the outdoor fitness equipment installed indoors and a second block adjacent but outdoors. I have learned that where there is a will, there is a way. Communities are getting enthused to do something that helps people in their areas create free public outdoor fitness gyms so that citizens of all economic levels and a variety of fitness levels can find equipment that works for them.
Several years ago, TriActive America worked with the Palo Alto, California Veterans Hospital to develop the first equipment suitable for paraplegics and other patients with serious physical limitations. TriActive America has expanded this equipment with the addition of equipment suitable for seniors and other mature adults with limitations. Article after article speak about the value of exercise for people who have health issues and physical limitations. TriActive America equipment is now available to serve nearly all areas of american life.
People have asked me why a man at that time in his early sixties would want to undertake the job of creating a new industry and one that functions in an area that is not attractive to a lot of people. It’s just for that reason that I saw introducing and producing outdoor tines equipment into the american mainstream was the right thing to do. You know a lot of people get up in the morning and go off to jobs that provide income but not a lot of personal satisfaction. That is not the case for me and for all of us who work at TriActive America. Every day we talk with people who want to do something positive and help them fulfill this goal and in doing so we make our own very small contribution to improving the quality of life for all americans.
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