Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Kiwi ingenuity takes gyms outside


16th December, 2013

Kiwi ingenuity takes gyms outside

GymGuru launches in New Zealand providing free outdoor gym equipment to parks and public spaces

GymGuru is taking the roofs and walls off gyms by providing a fun, safe and free way for people to get out and get fit by putting New Zealand-designed and developed outdoor gym equipment in public places across the country.

The innovative new products have been designed for people who want to exercise outdoors more, and for councils and community boards wanting to encourage people to interact with their local environments in a new way. Managing Director, Brett Forsyth says, “There are so many benefits to exercise. It’s not just great for you physically, it’s great mentally and socially as well. There are many under-utilised open spaces in New Zealand, which given the right equipment will really help entice people outside, address work-life balance, and do this by combining workout routines with the great outdoors.”

GymGuru did extensive research with councils and community boards before bringing their products to market. “One common desire was for community place-making in the form of recreation points,” says Brett. “Our product creates a solution to this desire by establishing fitness destination points, which can become social meeting areas within communities.”

With customers and users firmly in mind, the equipment is designed for low maintenance and durability, and so they can be used by any person, regardless of their age, body type and physical condition. “This is one of our key points of difference,” says Brett. “The technology we’ve developed doesn’t rely on an individual’s own body weight and so anyone can safely use it. It’s a first of its kind.”

The idea for outdoor gym equipment was originally developed by GymGuru’s parent company Hotshot Sports Equipment - a Hawkes Bay company that has made and supplied outdoor sports and playground equipment to New Zealanders for more than 30 years - before being spun-off into its own company.

Forsyth, son of Hotshot founder Roger Forsyth, says the idea was progressed after a trip to China revealed how popular outdoor training was over there. “But the machines they used were such poor quality they’d never have stood up to New Zealand’s tough safety requirements and would quickly have become a burden on our councils and a health and safety risk for the public.”

GymGuru’s machines have been ruthlessly tested and peer reviewed by some of the best, says Brett. This includes New Zealand’s own Callaghan Innovation, Sports Performance Research Institute (SPRINZ, part of AUT), Napier-based product and industrial design company AXIA and Team New Zealand America’s Cup designer Richard Karn.

After talking to councils, parks people and others, GymGuru whittled down its product development list to five launch products: an elliptical cross trainer, a stationary bike, a seated overhead press, a seated leg press and a hip flexibility swing. All have been put through their paces by SPRINZ and GymGuru’s own team - undergoing 35 days of continuous stress testing and more than 3 million swing movements apiece. The final product utilises the latest corrosive and UV-resistant materials, and all comply with the stringent New Zealand playground equipment standard.

The new equipment is currently being trialled in three Auckland parks: Sommerville Park, Howick Domain and Logan Carr Reserve. “It’s really satisfying to see dozens of people a day giving it a go,” says Brett, “and the feedback from all involved parties has been overwhelmingly positive”. Consequently, there are now plans to roll out the trial to other parks in Auckland over the coming months.

GymGuru is also looking at launching its equipment in Australia and the US, says Brett. “At the moment though we’re just concentrating on New Zealand as we want to make sure we have a really robust, quality offering before we head overseas. As far as we can tell, there are no products as robust and easy to use as ours on the market. Yet more and more people are making fitness a key part of their leisure time. What better way to get fit than to get out of the gym and outside. It’s good for you and it’s free.”


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Power Outages, Roads Close: Easter Storm Moving Down Country

The NZ Transport Agency says storm conditions at the start of the Easter break are making driving hazardous in Auckland and Northland and it advises people extreme care is needed on the regions’ state highways and roads... More>>


Houses (& Tobacco) Lead Inflation: CPI Up 0.3% In March Quarter

The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.3 percent in the March 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. Higher tobacco and housing prices were partly countered by seasonally cheaper international air fares, vegetables, and package holidays. More>>


Notoriously Reliable Predictions: Budget To Show Rise In Full-Time Income To 2018: English

This year’s Budget will forecast wage increases through to 2018 amounting to a $10,500 a year increase in average full time earnings over six years to $62,200 a year, says Finance Minister Bill English in a speech urging voters not to “put all of this at risk” by changing the government. More>>


Prices Up, Volume Down: March NZ House Sales Drop 10% As Loan Curbs Bite

New Zealand house sales dropped 10 percent in March from a year earlier as the Reserve Bank’s restrictions on low-equity mortgages continue to weigh on sales of cheaper property. More>>


Scoop Business: Chorus To Appeal Copper Pricing Judgment

Chorus will appeal a High Court ruling upholding the Commerce Commission’s determination setting the regulated prices on the telecommunications network operator’s copper lines. More>>



Cars: Precautionary Recalls Announced For Toyota Vehicles

Toyota advises that a number of its New Zealand vehicles are affected by a series of precautionary global recalls. Toyota New Zealand General Manager Customer Services Spencer Morris stressed that the recalls are precautionary. More>>


'Gardening Club': Air Freight Cartel Nets Almost $12 Million In Penalties

The High Court in Auckland has today ordered Swiss company Kuehne + Nagel International AG to pay a penalty of $3.1 million plus costs for breaches of the Commerce Act. Kuehne + Nagel’s penalty brings the total penalties ordered in this case to $11.95 million ... More>>


Crown Accounts: Revenue Below Projections

Core Crown tax revenue has increased by $1.9 billion (or 5.0%) compared to the same time last year. However this was $1.1 billion less than expected and is reflected across most tax types, continuing the pattern of recent months. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Computer Power Plus
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news