Richie’s freebie workout kit


Two new outdoor fitness circuits have been installed at the Queenstown Events Centre – and anyone can use them for free. 

A strength-building circuit boasts 13 workout machines and runs 1.5km in length around the outside of the main oval and other fields. 

Equipment, bolted into concrete in the ground, includes chin-up and dip bars, an abdominal curl bench and cross trainer exercise machines. 

A second circuit has six separate stations focusing on fitness activities like lunging and sprinting. 

Richie Heap (above), the boss of the Event’s Centre’s Alpine Health & Fitness gym, oversaw installation of the gear – worth tens of thousands of dollars – and says it’s there for anyone. 

“It’s great for our gym members to be able to take their training outdoors – and anyone else can take advantage of using some high-quality strength equipment free of charge. 

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. They’re beautiful fields and there’s no reason why we can’t have something running around the outside,” Heap says. 

Each station or machine comes with instructions and are available for use now – though Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden officially opens the circuits on Saturday at 10am. 

Alpine Health & Fitness, run on revenue from memberships and casual users, funded the purchase of the equipment and circuit tracks. 

Heaps adds: “It was my idea that once we started making some money out here to give something back.”