Trident Academy’s fitness trail is an excellent opportunity for students to engage in physical activity. During the school day, students may use the trail during recess and during advisory period, plus some teachers may even incorporate the trail into their lessons. The trail is always open to students, faculty, and the community before and after school and on the weekends.
Fitness trails combine scientifically designed exercises with walking or jogging to provide a well-balanced physical fitness routine for the entire body. Trident Academy has seven stations along a 2,225-yard path that can be used for walking or jogging. The participant goes from one exercise station to the next and performs the exercises illustrated at each station.
Trident Academy’s stations include:
- Parallel bars – Designed to tone the upper body, participants can do the arm walk and dips.
- Incline bench – Designed to tone the core and abdominal muscles, participants can do sit ups and leg tucks.
- Spring-up bars – Designed to tone both the lower and upper body, participants can do an inverted push-up and jump up and hold body above the bar with arms extended.
- Balance beam – Designed to promote balance and coordination, participants can walk forward and backward on beam.
- Chin-up bars – Designed to tone the upper body, participants can do pull ups and flexed arm hang.
- Beam run – Designed to tone the lower body, there are three different height beams that the participant jumps over.
- Horizontal bars – Designed to tone the upper body, participants hang on the bars and go from one end to the other (like monkey bars).
Fitness trails are recognized by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports as “an ideal resource for communities and agencies dedicated to improving the health and fitness of Americans.”