Fitness enthusiasts will soon be able to do more than swim at the Camden Memorial Pool.
The YMCA, which manages the pool, has obtained a grant of more than $6800 to build an outdoor fitness area in the grassy area next to the 50metre pool.
The area will include equipment for chin ups and leg lifts as well as a sit up board, a push up bar and parallel bars.
‘‘Not only will swimmers be able to enjoy the health benefits of swimming, they will be able to enjoy a holistic approach to their fitness by incorporating weights training into their workout,’’ a YMCA spokesman said.
‘‘More facilities like this in the area means more people in the community will be able to get fitter and enjoy the benefits of a healthier and happier lifestyle.
‘‘We hope to use the equipment to offer fitness boot camps for locals, so we do envisage that this will attract new people to the pool.’’
The spokesman said the equipment would also benefit people who already used the pool for fitness and competition activities.
‘‘The pool is attended by a number of social and competition swimmers, looking to improve their in water performances by doing a weights program,’’ he said.
‘‘This fitness equipment will enable swimmers to do a weights program and swimming program within the one facility.’’
The YMCA will contribute $3409 to the project and Camden Council will contribute the same amount from the Capital Reserve Fund.
Camden councillor Debby Dewbery welcomed the outdoor fitness area and said she hoped it would attract new people to the pool.
The YMCA also manages the Mount Annan Leisure Centre which is set to receive a major upgrade from Camden Council in the future.