New outdoor gym launches on the Isle of Dogs

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 August 2018

Michael Luu and Emilio Hoang making use of the outdoor gym. Picture: Ken Mears

Michael Luu and Emilio Hoang making use of the outdoor gym. Picture: Ken Mears


The heatwave may finally be coming to an end, with the cooler weather making it the ideal time to go outside and exercise.

Emilio Hoang making use of the outdoor gym. Picture: Ken MearsEmilio Hoang making use of the outdoor gym. Picture: Ken Mears

That’s exactly what visitors to the Sir John McDougall Gardens on the Isle of Dogs did on Monday, as a fun day marked the launch of a new outdoor gym.

It’s one of seven to open across the borough, allowing people to get fit and active without the need for a gym membership.

Scarlett uses her throwing skills.Scarlett uses her throwing skills.

They feature parallel bars, cross trainers, handbikes and sprint tracks, with the council running free weekly instructor-led workouts at each of the venues.

Cllr Amina Ali, cabinet member for culture, arts and Brexit, said: “Our fantastic new outdoor gym equipment is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels to use.

Rithvik Gigin aged 3 playing croquet.Rithvik Gigin aged 3 playing croquet.

“You can literally access it on your doorstep whenever you want. I encourage everyone to get out and use it’’.

For more information about the gyms and the free classes, visit

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