Where there are outdoor gyms in Leipzig

Leipzig.Calisthenics, street or ghetto workout – there are many terms, but they all mean one thing: Exercising outside with your own body weight. The trend has now spread to us from the USA and Eastern Europe, where training in public places has long been a part of everyday life. In recent years, several outdoor gyms have been created in Germany, including in Leipzig.

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The facilities mostly consist of scaffolding with bars in different heights and positions, which are based on bars and parallel bars – and on which the body’s different muscle groups can be freely trained. Every now and then, there are also devices such as in the gym that are suitable for performing given exercises.

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There are currently a total of 13 outdoor fitness areas in Leipzig. Eight are municipal fitness and exercise tracks in the city, the rest are in non-municipal hands. Facilities vary depending on equipment and subway. Signs to perform the exercise are missing almost everywhere. An overview of what each outdoor fitness center has to offer:

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Fitness area in Park Rabet

Rabet’s fitness area allows for a variety of exercises. The tartan surface ensures that the track does not turn into a muddy area, even after it rains. You can also do yoga underground. However, there is no shade from the midday heat directly on the fitness area.

The fitness area in Park Rabet.

Fitness area in Clara Zetkin Park

Like the Rabet, the Clara-Zetkin-Park fitness center is modern and well-equipped. There are also scaffolding for balance exercises. The subsoil consists of gravel, shade is conditionally available.

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The fitness area at the AOK playground in Clara-Zetkin-Park.

The fitness area at the AOK playground in Clara-Zetkin-Park.

Parkour area Schönefeld

Actually a facility for parkour running with various concrete blocks and iron bars, which can also be used for cardio training. There are no trees that provide shade in the summer. The plot consists of tartan floors.

The park park in Schönefeld.

The park park in Schönefeld.

Fitness sti Mockau

In the inner courtyard of Mockauer Straße 122, there are five pieces of equipment for an exercise track open to the public, with signs showing how to perform the exercises at each station. The whole body is trained. The devices are specially designed for the given exercises, free training is not possible. The fitness track is more meant for staying fit than for strength training. Trees provide shade, the ground is made of stone.

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The fitness path in the inner courtyard at Mockauer Straße 122.

The fitness path in the inner courtyard at Mockauer Straße 122.

Fitness area in Grüner Bogen Paunsdorf

In 2020, the fitness facility in Grüner Bogen Paunsdorf was built as a supplement to the existing offerings such as football, basketball and table tennis. The fitness area on sand allows a variety of exercises thanks to the different bars. However, there is no shadow.

Fitness area in Grüner Bogen Paunsdorf.

Fitness area in Grüner Bogen Paunsdorf.

Fitness area in Fredsparken

The fitness area in Friedensparken is quite poorly equipped. Because there are only two pieces of equipment on a gravel track – a treadmill and a piece of equipment for training the abdominal muscles and lower back. This greatly limits the variety of training. Due to the many trees around, it is at least nice and shady in the summer.

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The fitness area in Friedensparken.

The fitness area in Friedensparken.

Sandmannweg fitness area

There are many piles and scaffolding on the sand track in Sandmännchenweg. The constructions look very futuristic. However, it is not clear how some scaffolding can be used for training. If you want to practice yoga, you can switch to the adjacent meadow. There are no nuances during training.

The fitness area on Sandmännchenweg.

The fitness area on Sandmännchenweg.

Fitness area in Schreberpark

The fitness area is located directly in the Schreberpark, in the immediate vicinity of the beer garden. Like Fredsparken, however, it is characterized by frugality. Only a limited number of exercises can be performed on the few existing rods. The soil is gravel and grass all around. There are shadows there too.

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The fitness area in the garden of Schreber's restaurant.

The fitness area in the garden of Schreber’s restaurant.

Fitness area at Millennium Field

On the corner of the Millennium Field and overlooking the canal, there has been a new fitness area since the end of 2021. Like the other municipal facilities, this is well equipped and suitable for many different exercises. Thanks to the tartan surface, it does not get muddy when it rains. Shadow is rare.

The fitness center at Millennium Field.

The fitness center at Millennium Field.

Fitness hotspot Grünau by the climbing cliff (Ratzelstraße)

Located directly on the climbing cliff of Grünau, this fitness center scores with its good and modern equipment. There is even a sign with training exercises, which were unfortunately subjected to vandalism and therefore are no longer legible. The course has a tartan surface and no shadow. NOTE: Due to several schools in the area, the facility is often used as a playground by children on weekdays.

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Fitness hotspot Grünau by the climbing cliff.

Fitness hotspot Grünau by the climbing cliff.

Fitness park in the Grünau skate park near the Heizhaus

The fitness area at the Heizhaus in Grünau is brand new and offers everything a fitness heart desires. Thanks to the tartan coating, it can also be used in bad weather. There is no shadow in the training area.

Fitness area at the skating rink at the Grünau heating house.

Fitness area at the skating rink at the Grünau heating house.

Fitness area at the Leutzsch moat

The fitness area in Leutzsch is also very new and has everything you need for a varied workout. Right next door there is the opportunity to play basketball. Background: tartan. Shade: none.

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Fitness area in the park by the moat Leutzsch.

Fitness area in the park by the moat Leutzsch.

Fitness trail in the allotment garden “Dammstraße”

This fitness area is built with its equipment and specified exercises specifically for seniors – but of course it can also be used by everyone else. However, there are no exercise instructions. The fitness track is located in the allotment garden “Dammstraße” near the restaurant and is intended for keeping fit and not for strength training. Shadows can only be found at the edge.

The fitness area in the allotment garden Dammstrasse in Schleußig.

The fitness area in the allotment garden Dammstrasse in Schleußig.

By Simon Ecker

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