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’ve included a few photos, but they really do not capture the experience or usage well.
Thank you, Lee. I am so grateful we were able to add this to our students’ experience.
If I went into a new school and could only buy one thing, I would buy the Railyard. Its versatile and meets the various needs of our program. (Maybe we should say it supports the PE4life principles we implement in our program).
Wanted to give you a heads up that we have started a new program in our surrounding communities with Railyard—every month we offer an open gym on Sunday afternoons for a few hours at one of the schools and open it to the community for kids and adults to play. Once that month is up, we move it to another school/community and do the same thing. It has been WILDLY successful! (We have had communities ask about purchasing a set to use!) We are also incorporating the system with a new program that has been pioneered at Fort HealthCare—Moving and Losing. Essentially, it is a weekly meeting for overweight kids/families to hear a little about a health related topic followed by an exercise session with Railyard. Again, a huge success! My apologies on the novel, this has been one of the best investments Fort HealthCare has made and we hope to continue its growth!
Getting the Railyard at Chestnut Mountain was such a blessing! It is an incredible piece of fitness equipment. Its amazing how so many fitness activities can be encompassed in one simple piece of equipment. Another advantage of the Railyard is how easy it is to incorporate into lesson planning. All I have to do is demonstrate a few easy-to-learn moves to my students and then connect those moves together to form an obstacle course. The kids love for me to play upbeat music while they work their way around the course over and over again. It is incredibly satisfying for me to see them having so much fun while getting their little bodies fit and healthy at the same time. Im thankful that I found the Railyard and look forward to many years of using it with my students!
The Railyard Obstacle Course has changed the way I think about fitness after 18 years. I get so fired-up to do Railyard which in turns fires up my clients. I love teaching with the Railyard and my clients love the challenge and fun it brings to our classes/programs.