When it comes to making a difference in the local community, promoting health and wellness is among the more noble endeavors. Few things could foster the spirit of an active lifestyle more than one individual’s exercise habits leading to the creation of new public fitness facilities. Dayton city employee Lamonte Hall Jr. did just that by winning a recent competition put on by the National Recreation and Parks Association, according to an article last week in the Dayton Daily News.

Just how fit is Hall? Given sixty seconds to complete each set of callisthenic workouts, he tallied 38 pull-ups, 58 sit-ups and 45 dips en route to victory.

As a result of Hall’s outstanding performance, the NRPA awarded the city of Dayton a $30,000 outdoor exercise facility, described in the piece as a “functional fitness rig.”

Author Cornelius Frolik highlighted some of the park’s specifications in the report.

The functional fitness rig provides 17 unique exercise features that until now were only typically found in indoor settings, said Allison Abel, marketing director with Greenfields Outdoor Fitness.

The rig is set up in a compact octagon-shaped design that can handle 14 simultaneous users, Abel said. …

Princeton Park next to the Northwest Recreation Center will get the rig with features that include ring rows, cannonball pull-ups, a dip bar, high rings and an s-shaped pull-up bar and s-shaped ladder.

The fitness playground also has an incline ladder, a climbing rope, battle ropes, a lat pull-up bar, a medicine bar target, a sit-up bench, suspension trainer and Swedish ladder.

People need to find workouts they like, and the fitness rig will be a success if it gets more people off the couch and outside exercising, Hall said.

Hall, who grew up going to the Northwest Recreation Center and remains a regular visitor, plans to use the fitness rig with his exercise buddies.

For many, self-motivation can be a daunting task in and of itself. The fact that Hall is able and willing to create opportunities for others while working his full-time job as a division manager at the Dayton Convention Center makes his efforts particularly inspiring.

To read Frolik’s full writeup, click here.