The Trim Trail features six workout stations on a mile-long stretch of the canal in North Glasgow. Running from Scotland’s first urban watersports centre in Pinkston Basin and through the blossoming creative quarter at Speirs Wharf to Applecross Street, the trail boasts a range of exercise equipment, from sit-up benches and parallel bars to hurdles, and is free for anyone to use

Created thanks to funding from the Scottish Government’s ‘shovel-ready’ programme and Glasgow City Council, the trail marks the latest stage of the on-going regeneration of North Glasgow.

“Scottish Canals is committed to using the Forth & Clyde Canal to drive the regeneration of North Glasgow and make a real difference to the communities that line its banks – the launch of the Trim Trail marks another step forward for the ongoing transformation of the area.

“The towpaths of Scotland’s canals are already popular open air gyms that attract around 22 million visits each year from paddlers, runners, cyclists and walkers. The new Trim Trail builds on that fantastic environment and should encourage even more people to leave the couch and car behind and get. We hope it will make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of the communities of North Glasgow.” Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals.

Designed to be simple and intuitive to use, the equipment on the trail is suitable for users of all abilities, from six-pack-sporting fitness fanatics to those whose only sit-up is when the alarm goes off each morning. A number of groups are already using the Trail, with everyone from martial arts aficionados who train at The Griphouse to passing commuters and even dog walkers stopping for an impromptu pull-up or two.

Robert Alston of Woodside Community Council hailed the impact of the Trail and the wider regeneration works on the area. He said: “The Trim Trail is a fantastic addition to the area and it’s great to see it being so well-used. I run along the towpath regularly and have been using the equipment to try and mix up my routine. I even took my grandchildren to the trail a few weeks ago and they loved it.”

The team from The Griphouse gym tackle the obstacles of the Trim Trail as part of their daily workouts.