Get fit in local park

2015-12-15 06:00
Constantia resident Matthew Altern shows off on his unique, specially designed fitness equipment recently installed on Alphen Common.

Constantia resident Matthew Altern shows off on his unique, specially designed fitness equipment recently installed on Alphen Common.

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Constantia residents can enjoy specially designed, one-of-a-kind fitness equipment in a local park. The idea came from local resident Matthew Altern, who is in the fitness field and has a passion for health and fitness.

Altern designed the equipment with the help of Fortitude Fitness to ensure it can be used by complete beginners as well as intermediate and advanced users.

Alphen Common, where the equipment has been installed, serves as a spearhead to bring more parks to various schools and communities around the province.

“We have already made contact with a few local schools that have shown interest in the product,” he says.

The equipment was installed on Alphen Common as it is a prime exercise spot for runners, cyclists, rugby players and members of the local gym across the road.

“The equipment caters for adults and teenagers comprising only static equipment,” he says.

Altern presented his proposal to City council late last year and his plans finally became a reality last week.

“The equipment itself is funded by the City of Cape Town and was made possible by Constantia ward councillor Elizabeth Brunette and her interest in my proposal,” Altern says.

They decided the easiest route would be for the City to fund the project and he liaised with the steel manufacturer to complete the final product.

Altern felt that many people join gyms, but do not enjoy it because they do not know how to use the equipment they are paying extravagant prices for.

“I wanted something different, that would bring people from all walks together, but outdoors.” 

“The idea came to me to draft a proposal, present it to the council and hear what they thought,” Altern says.
He didn’t think his proposal would make such a great impact and receive such a good response from the council. He says it is an unbelievable feeling to see the fruits of his labour finally on display.
“The progress has been inspiring and I have to thank the council for the support it has shown me through this lengthy process,” Altern says.
He looks forward to proposing the same set-up and installation in other communities, including Hout Bay and Newlands Forest.
“I hope that those who make use of the equipment will enjoy it and spread the word and get more people to join in on the fun,” he says.
Altern says he will propose that signage is put up next to he equipment that will explain how each piece of apparatus works.

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