by Julia Kyles

We have 18 more reasons to visit Lake Artemesia: a new exercise center with a view of the lake. The eight-in-one Thrive 450 fitness training system is covered by a big blue sunshade and  is surrounded by 10 individual fitness stations. The new fitness center is next to the trail on the west (train track) side of the lake, and a brisk walk from the main entrance. The equipment offers people at any fitness level as many as 18 ways to exercise. Despite its similarity to playground equipment, posted signs make it clear that the center is for users who are over age 13. But with all those exercise options, you can play, too.

New exercise equipment adds to Lake Artemesia’s attractions.
Credit: Julia Kyles

At the main station you can swing on the variable monkey bars (so named because the bars are at different angles); work your quads on three step-up platforms that are 12, 18 and 24 inches high; and tone your arms and abs by aiming for the target at the ball-slam station.

The remaining stations include an inclined sit-up bench, a Swedish ladder, a knee-lift dip station, a variable press station that allows users to do planks and push-ups at different heights, and a variable pull-up station. 

Don’t worry if you’re not sure how to use any of these stations. Each station has a sign with instructions and tips. You can also follow a link on the signs to access a 22-page booklet with beginner, intermediate and advanced workout plans. Or use your own creativity. There are endless ways to stretch and flex, improve strength and balance, and tighten your core.

So grab your water bottle and a couple of towels — one for the equipment and one for yourself — and head on over. Bring a ball if you want to use the ball slam station and get ready for a great workout in the great outdoors.  Remember to stretch when you finish your workout and take a moment to relax on one of the benches or or flat boulders beside the fitness center.  While you savor your fitness accomplishments you can admire the lake; it’s one of College Park’s true treasures.

As of press time, the county’s webpage for the new fitness station indicates that the equipment has not been fully installed, but as you can see from our photo, everything is ready for residents and visitors to fulfill all our resolutions to get fitter, stay flexible and have fun.