Don't Sweat It
New outdoor gym equipment gives Austin's workouts a boost alongside Town Lake
For outdoor fitness fans, a new workout zone by Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake to locals) promises to be Austin's hottest gym. (Literally. Sorry.)
The Trail Conservancy, which manages and develops the Ann and Roy Butler Trail at Lady Bird Lake, unveiled new equipment at Butler Shores this week including pull-up bars, climbing ropes, and suspension trainers for comprehensive waterfront cross-training.
The brand-new exercise equipment focuses on bodyweight and calisthenics training. With more 100 potential exercise combinations, it caters to all levels and abilities. Visitors can take advantage of the full-body workout stations for a wide range of strength and conditioning routines.
Like a large jungle gym, the rack is designed in modular blocks and combined on-location, so users will need to be smart about sharing the space. It may be a little difficult for some users to figure out the unconventional setup, but illustrations on the side give ideas for different movements.
The workout zone was designed by KOMPAN Sport & Fitness, a Danish recreation company that emulates indoor gym equipment in outdoor community spaces. This versatile rig looks natural for an outdoor space, but some of the company's other contributions, like stationary bikes and ellipticals are surprising to see outside. So far, though, none of these appear on the Austin trail.
This particular project has been years in the making, with development starting back in 2020. It advances the Trail Conservancy's ongoing mission to upgrade amenities along the beloved hike-and-bike trail surrounding Lady Bird Lake, thanks to backing from partners like Tito’s Handmade Vodka and dedicated Austin residents.
A community celebration on Saturday, September 23, from 9-11 am will inaugurate the new space with live musical performances by Teatro Vivo and Tambor y Baile, and a "bootcamp." Fitness demonstrations will get users oriented on how to best use the equipment. Tito's will join with free branded merch for community members 21 years or older.
To find the new equipment, type "Butler Shores" into Google Maps, or follow the trail along the south bank of Lady Bird Lake until you are just west of Lamar Boulevard, next to the ZACH Theatre. More information about the Trail Conservancy is available at thetrailconservancy.org.