Lake Aquitaine Park provides the benefits of a gym without the membership fees

Summer is the best time of year to get active and melt away the winter pounds. While we feel more motivated and energized to get fit, the last thing we want is to spend sunny summer days cooped up in a dark gym.

Only in Mississauga do you have a great alternative that allows you to get fit, burn off calories and feel energized all while enjoying the fresh open air. The best part? There are zero gym fees, no membership requirements and you can come and go at any time. That’s because your ‘gym’ is part of the park.

Lake Aquitaine Park, located 4 minutes from Streetsville in the heart of Meadowvale, is home to a 1.4 kilometre fitness loop equipped with body weight fitness machines connected by a quaint path overlooking scenic Lake Aquitaine.

Not sure where to start? Modern Mississauga’s resident fitness expert Alicia Jones breaks down this quick and simple outdoor circuit, which can be repeated 1-3 times for your total body workout.

Power walk or run to each fitness station

  • Pass station #1 which is temporarily under repair and begin your workout at station #2.

 

Station #2: Vertical Chest Press

  • Sit up tall
  • Hold both handles, thumbs face up
  • Exhale as you slowly push the bars forwards until your arms are almost straight
  • Keep a slight bend in your elbows to protect your joints
  • Inhale as you slowly return to start position
  • Repeat 15-20 times

Station #3: Leg Press 

  • Sit up tall and place your feet on the foot pads
  • Keep your knees hip width apart
  • Exhale as you push your feet into the pads and straighten your legs
  • Keep a slight bend in your knees to protect your joints
  • Inhale as you bend your knees once again
  • Repeat 15-20 times

Station #4: Seated Lat Pull

  • Sit up tall and grip handle bars, palms facing away from the body
  • Exhale as you pull the bars down, bend your elbows as they flare to your sides.
  • Inhale as you extend your arms straight, keeping slight bend in the elbow to protect your joints
  • Repeat 15-20 times

Station #4: Arm Lift

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  • Move immediately from Seated Lat Pull to the opposite side called Arm Lift
  • Sit up tall and grip the bars, palms facing away from the body
  • Exhale as you slowly raise your arms up. Keep a slight bend in the elbow to protect your joint
  • Inhale as you bend your elbows and return to start position
  • Repeat 15-20 times

Station #5: Butterfly Open

  • Sit up tall
  • Hold the vertical handles, thumbs face up
  • Exhale as you separate the two bars
  • Squeeze your shoulder blades back and keep your elbows up
  • Inhale and you bring the two bars back together
  • Repeat 15-20 times

Station #5: Butterfly Close

  • Move immediately from Butterfly open to Butterfly Close
  • Sit up tall
  • Place inside of arms against pads, elbows bent at 90 degrees and palms flat
  • Exhale as you slowly press the two bars together until your hands meet in the middle
  • Inhale as you slowly control the bars back to start position
  • Repeat 15-20 times

PRO TIP: Change your fitness level simply by switching your feet 

Aquitaine’s fitness machines use your body weight for resistance. While many believe this makes the machine a one level resistance, there’s a secret way to change the difficulty.

Beginner foot position

Beginner foot position

Advanced foot position

Advanced foot position

 For a greater challenge: Use all of your body weight by placing both feet on the metal foot stand.

To make the exercise easier: Place the balls of your feet firmly on the ground, heels high. Push into the ground using your leg muscles and push your back firmly into the back rest. The more you lift yourself with your legs, the less weighted your exercise will be (not to mention you also get a great calf workout).

 

Alicia Jones, BH Kin, CPTS is a Mississauga and surrounding GTA fitness expert with over 10 years of experience. She is the founder of Destination Fit, a fitness company dedicated to helping people develop their unique healthy lifestyles. She is a fitness writer, a blogger at Alicia Jones Healthy Living and lead health and fitness expert for Modern Mississauga.
NOTE: At the time of publishing, machines 1 and 6 were under construction. This gives you a longer distance to devote to cardio. Continue power walking or running to the next machine.