I just want to let you know that the Railyard fitness equipment is working out great for us. I have the 4 rails and 6 platforms set up ‘permanently’ in the gym. The students are allowed to use them at any time that we are not engaged in another activity. However, since the equipment is ‘permanent’, it is also used as obstacles during other activities such as tag games, frisbee, football, and, basically, any activity we do at that end of the gym. Some students like to roll yoga balls up and down the rails, as well as chase each other along them and crawl under them. Some students like to try jumping from one platform to another, as well as over or sliding under. Some just watch, then I might later see them trying things by themselves without onlookers or pressure. They are all having fun doing what they feel comfortable doing as they unintentionally practice to improve their agility, balance, coordination, dexterity, muscular strength and more!
I will have another teaching segment using the equipment, but it is working out well as a readily available, sturdy and safe environment on which to experiment and play.
I have seen our younger students use it at Kaposia and how motivated they are to be moving and active on it while working on their foundational gross motor skills of balance, motor planning, problem solving, sharing, etc.
My students for DAPE are all in the lowest percentile for gross motor skills. Your product allows them to work on balance, vestibular, proprioceptive, gravitational insecurities, motor planning, and motor coordination all while “playing” and working at their level. The planks have grips and are larger, which makes it easier and more successful for my students. They can be flat or rounded to work on different types of balance as well as high or low to work on motor planning. I like that we can do different arrangements and heights to help or challenge students and target different components of motor development. I also like that you can build in fitness components for specific muscle groups using the equipment. It will be shared in the school so instead of shipping it back and forth across the district I wanted a second one for our school of 900 so that my DAPE students, preschool students, and the entire mainstreamed physical education students can benefit from having the system.
Every PE program in the country should have a Railyard in their program. Students enjoy exercise on an Obstacle Course it gets them moving in ways they have not moved before the exercises makes them stronger improves their strength provides cardiovascular conditioning, agility, and body balance.
It is so functional, the Railyard Obstacle Course offers a different layout every time and every day. Our members and trainers love the variety it provides in the class/program whether it is functional training or athletic training.
As a youth sports performance trainer and coach my equipment purchases are driven by versatility and multi-user availability. The Railyard Fitness System allows me to coach an entire class on one system. It gives us unlimited programming options for kids 6-18 of varying interests and ability levels with one extremely important commonalityFUN! As a youth fitness business owner I am over joyed at the effect the Railyard has on our conversion rates and retention. Kids (and adults) gravitate toward what is fun. Fun, effective and efficient programming makes the Railyard Fitness System an investment you cant afford not to make!