Frequently Asked Questions
What are the primary materials used in ActiveFit! construction?
- Primary structural (main frame) materials are 3.0" (0.125 wall) and 5.0" (0.186" wall) OD.
- Secondary structural (sub-frame) materials are 1.66" (0.125 wall) and 3.5" (0.125 wall) OD
- Handles are 1.66" (0.125 wall) OD
- Foot, back and seat rests are 3/4” High-Density Polyethylene. Foot Rests are constructed with grooves to reduce potential of slip.
- All exposed fasteners are stainless steel.
- Bushings are self-lubricating, Ultra High Molecular Weight Poly Propylene (UHMWPP)
- Main Pivot points consist of a 0.62” to 1.18” OD solid stainless steel shaft.
What is the positive dead stop design used in ActiveFit! equipment?
Whenever normal use requires motion to have a termination point, ActiveFit! does not allow metal components to come into contact with each other (creating pinch and shear points). Our positive dead stops are an internal mechanism that provides fully enclosed motion termination.
How does ActiveFit! ensure their pivot points will last?
Main Pivot points consist of a 0.62” to 1.18” OD solid stainless steel shaft. This central hinge point is typically carrying all (or half where 2 are used) of the weight of the user. All of the wear and stress is focus on this point. It is therefore essential that we engineer this point with the greatest possible strength. All of our main pivot points are tested under the most extreme stress to ensure their durability.
Why does ActiveFit! use nylon bushing and sealed bearing?
ActiveFit! uses a combination of Sealed Bearings and Nylon Bushings depending on the needs of the unit. Sealed Bearings are used when there is a need for fluidity of movement, where Nylon Bushings are used for extra resistance. ActiveFit! wants to ensure the most effective workout as possible.
Why does ActiveFit! equipment not have weights like those in a typical fitness gym?
ActiveFit! equipment employs the users own body weight for resistance. This reduces design complexity and potential for damage due to vandalism.
How does AciveFit! minimize potential for rusting?
ActiveFit! uses galvanized steel piping for its construction, powder primer, and finally coated, using the most advanced polyester powder coating pre-treatments and applications. This combination results in strong protection against the environmental challenge of Canadian weather and reduces (does not eliminate) rust-creep when product is vandalized by scratching.
What is the minimum recommended distance between each unit?
In order to allow comfortable access and egress, ActiveFit! recommends a minimum of 6ft (1.8m) distance between the outer edges of adjacent equipment.
What consideration should be given to the ratio of cardio and resistance units?
A number of different factors should be considered when determining what equipment to include in your site. Financial budget, physical space, dual use units and muscle groups are important factors. However, a general rule is to have an equal amount of primarily cardio and primarily resistance units.
What about user privacy?
Consider the appropriate use of soft landscape materials to provide some privacy between fitness stations and/or pods/groups of fitness stations. Some users prefer the fitness stations to be placed in pods to allow for social interaction.
Is there a regulation or industry standard governing the design, manufacture and installation of fitness equipment?
ActiveFit! fully embraces the play equipment standard CSA Z614 because we believe fitness equipment should be at least as safe as play equipment. We have tested it fully, using independent inspectors, as if it is play equipment; we want our children to be safe around our equipment.
Does ActiveFit! require a safety surface for fall protection?
Since there is no defined standing surface (by CSA Z614), on any ActiveFit! equipment, protective surfacing is not required. However, some clients and/or their insurers prefer to offer fall protection surfaces as a pre-caution.
What surfacing options are recommended by ActiveFit! equipment?
For clients who prefer a natural look and fall protection, ActiveFit! recommends engineered wood fiber (EWF). However, equipment owners would need to establish regular maintenance procedures to ensure the disturbed material (typically around the base of each fitness station) is regularly levelled and periodically replenished.
For clients who prefer the least maintenance and who do not require fall protection concrete pads, extending at least 18" from the outside of each piece are recommended.
Organic turf is NOT recommended because normal use patterns will quickly turn to mud and erode resulting in safety and aesthetic concerns.
Sand is NOT recommended because of its abrasive effect on the finish of ActiveFit! equipment. Peastone can be used but due to its limestone (soft) content it will disintegrate with regular use and will need to be replaced. Peastone is NOT recommended if it is to be installed in proximity to concrete or asphalt due to the hazard of peastone on a hard surface.
All other surfaces (asphalt, poured in place rubber and rubber tiles) can also be used.
Is sub-surface aggregate Drainage Layer required?
Adequate drainage should always be considered when designing a site. Best practice is to always install at least a 3.0" layer of ¾" clear aggregate under each fitness unit before installation of the final surface. Use ¼" limestone screenings to obtain final level when a solid surface is to be used.
Including subsurface drainage layer how deep should the installation area be excavated?
If the surface is to be pre-cast concrete slab (which is 4.0" thick) and include a drainage layer (3- 4.0") the excavation should be 8.0" deep.
If the surface is to be engineered wood fiber (which is typically 8.0" thick) and include a drainage layer (3-4.0") the excavation should be 12.0" deep.
What are the dimensions of the excavation area?
In most cases, the area to be excavated will be 48"x96" although some units require a different excavation foot print. Consult the information for each individual unit.
BASE MOUNT CONFIGURATIONS
What optional base mount configurations are available for ActiveFit! equipment?
ActiveFit! comes with a standard base plate on all units. This base plate is either attached to an existing concrete slab or to each of the following base mount options. ActiveFit! has 2 optional base configurations. Reinforced precast concrete slab (each station is pre- attached at factory with a price range of $250-400) and post-in-concrete (custom order only price range of $150-300).
What base mount option(s) are recommended by ActiveFit! equipment?
ActiveFit! base mount options are designed to minimize site installation time and risks. Both concrete bases can be installed, with fitness stations, in the same day.
No optional base mounts are necessary for equipment being installed on an existing concrete slab. The base plate is attached to the concrete using sleeve anchors. Since Post-In-Concrete footings require a 2 day (one to set and pour, another to install equipment) installation, (often separated by several days for concrete curing), this base system is only available as a custom order. It is the recommended base mount with any asphaltic surface.
Since precast concrete slabs are lower cost, per sq’ than the lowest possible concrete slab they are recommended for clients who do need safety surfacing, prefer the least maintenance and are installing the units with enough space between to allow some turf (or other surface) between the surfaces under and around each unit.
What fasteners are recommended when attaching to concrete?
Depending on the unit, between 2 to 8 sleeve anchors, 5/8" x 3.0" with a 5/8 stainless steel nut are used to fasten the standard plate to fully cured concrete.
What is the warranty for ActiveFit! equipment?
ActiveFit! is backed by a comprehensive warranty with few exclusions. This warranty is supplied by a company that has been several decades in the manufacture of commercial playground equipment and therefore knows the industry and its requirements. Click here for additional warranty details.
Should the equipment be locked out during the winter?
ActiveFit! provides cable attachment points to lock out the equipment at the client’s discretion. Our footrests are engineered with the deepest possible slip resistance ridges in order to allow reasonable use even in inclement (rain, snow) weather.
What are the Maintenance Requirements?
ActiveFit! has been designed to reduce maintenance to periodic inspections only. There are no lubrication requirements, all fasteners have Loctite adhesive and all other components are sufficiently large enough to meet the most rigorous site demands