Trane Park’s outdoor fitness park in La Crosse keeps people moving

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Summer is almost here, and Trane Park in La Crosse has a great option for those wanting to enjoy the sunshine and stay in shape.

Whether you’re young or old, Trane’s fitness park is offering opportunities to keep you active. Most recently, an outdoor gym.

“Everyone should exercise,” said Mischelle Lee, a fitness instructor at the park. “Ideally, you just want to keep strength training, you want to keep moving. Motion is lotion—if you can keep moving every day, you’re going to feel better.”

It is free for all abilities and can be used by anyone, any time the park is open.

“This park is the only one like it in the state of Wisconsin,” said Kat Craugh, of the La Crosse Parks Department. “Each piece of equipment has a QR code that will teach people how to use the equipment correctly.”

AARP donated the park, complete with fitness classes, last year.

Lee believes it offers a special benefit to those who use it.

“Exercising outside, you get statistically you get 10% more out of it, because you get the fresh air, the endorphins of being outside, it’s just a game changer,” Lee said.

Right now, just eight are signed up for a class, and there is plenty of room for more.

“I’m hoping more people will try it out or sign up later, too!” Craugh said.

As class sizes get bigger, Lee knows its users will only grow stronger.

“My plan is to just progress them so that they will slowly get better, gain more strength, meet their goals, be it feel better, lose weight, be able to play with their grandchildren. Just to live a better life,” Lee said.

Lee’s classes take place from 12:30 until 1:15 on Mondays. You can sign up to join the class on the FitLot website.

The Parks Department also plans to add more instructors so the park can host more classes. If you’re interested in applying, you can email Craugh at craughk@cityoflacrosse.org.

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