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Antigo High School Fitness Area Open To The Public

May 24, 2012

A new physical education facility at Antigo High School will pay dividends long after the final bell rings on the academic year on June 7.

Using federal dollars obtained as part of the three-year Carol M. White Physical Fitness Grant, the district has created a unique mile-long trail designed to test the most—and least—honed of athletes.

Developed with assistance from the Community Health Foundation and Security Health, the trail is part of a long-range project on the high school block designed to enhance fitness and athletic opportunities for all ages.

According to Tom Weix, grant coordinator and physical education teacher, the graveled trail features five separate stations, each offering a workout for a different portion of the body. Each station also includes instructions for the various levels of fitness, ranging from just-off-the-couch to buff athlete.

“You can vary your workout however you want,” Weix said, noting there are stations for upper and lower body strength, flexibility, stretching, and cardiovascular fitness. “You can get a good workout depending on your cardio endurance and what you want to get out of it.”

Completion time can range from 10 minutes to an hour.

Coming this summer will be a nine-hole disc golf course designed to complement courses already in use north of the city’s boardwalk and at Veterans Memorial Park at Jack Lake.

The trail and disc golf course are part of an overall master plan for the area. Other aspects, developed in conjunction with community groups and volunteers, include the outdoor splash pad for pre-schoolers now being constructed at the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center, the professional-quality Elleson tennis courts, Listle track, and the aquatic center itself.

“This is one of the nice things going on in this area of the community involving recreation,” Weix said.

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