Department of Sport

Active Trail

Please note, the Active trail is now open.

Users can exericse, you youself, with people you live with, within your support bubble or (when on your own) with one person for another household. Please observe social distancing at all times and ensure you clean your hands before and after using the equipment.


What is the Active Trail?

The Active Trail is a 1.7mile around University Park Campus connected by five seperate workstations.

The Active Trail allows you to perform body weight and callisthenic type exercises either as an individual or as a group. All stations allow for both strength and aerobic exercises targeting the upper, lower body and core, giving you a full body workout.

Each station is installed on a soft rubber surface allowing for safe exercise in all weather conditions. Stations 1, 3 and 4 have large connected pieces of equipment, while Station 2 and 4 have smaller singular options.

Download the Active Trail map



Get involved

You can use the Active Trail for FREE! There is no need for a Sport Membership, simply just show up and get active! The Trail is perfect if you're working out on your own or with a group of friends or with a sports club.


  • Make sure you wear suitable attire for the weather when using the Active Trail.
  • Use of weights' gloves may help with grip in wet weather and also prevent blisters and calluses.
  • To avoid injury please ensure you warm up before using any equipment.
  • If you haven't used the equipment before, we suggest attending one of our classes (details below) to be shown how to exercise safely.
  • Check out the Active Trail map and suggested workouts below for how to use the equipment correctly

You can find plenty of videos covering a range of exercise at the Life Fitness Academy YouTube channel, plus playlists covering activities for every station on the Active Trail.

Suggested exercises

Burpee and tap
  • Stand in front of the station, drop down into a press-up position
  • Drive your knees into your chest, jump up to tap the bar with both hands 
  • Back to standing position then repeat.
Travel across (alternating hands)
  • Stand below arc bar at one end and jump up to hold onto the bar
  • Swing in a controlled manner, moving one hand in front of the other and travelling to the other side
  • When you reach the other side, let go and repeat to travel back.
Hand walk ups
  • Start in a press-up position with your hands on top of the bars and your feet out from the station
  • Move your hands, one at a time, to the bars below
  • Reverse the movement back to the top, whilst you remain on your toes with your head, neck and shoulders in alignment.

Plyometric push up

  • Use any of the grips and move your feet outwards from the station
  • Stay on your toes with head, neck and shoulders aligned
  • Lower yourself towards the station, bending the elbows
  • In one explosive movement, push away from the station, allowing your hands to come away from the bars
  • Catch the bars, returning to start position and repeat.
Squat, jump and grab
  • Stand facing the pull up station, feet hip width apart
  • Lower yourself down into a squat position and then jump
  • Grab and hold onto the pull up bars for five seconds
  • Let go, drop back into a squat and repeat.
Knee raise
  • Hang with straight arms, holding onto the pull up bar
  • Lift your knees up towards your chest, keeping body still
  • Hold for two seconds, lower knees back down and repeat.
Travel Across
  • Start at the side of the monkey bars, jump up and hold onto the handles
  • Swing in a controlled manner, from one side to the other using the handles.
Hanging Oblique Knee Raise
  • Hang with straight arms, holding onto the monkey bars
  • Lift your knees up, alternating to either elbow, keeping body still
  • Hold for two seconds, lower knees back down and repeat.

Single leg squats

  • Stand side on to the handle, holding the handle for support with your right hand
  • Lean onto left leg, straightening your right leg in front of you
  • Bend at the left knee, squatting as low as you feel comfortable
  • Stand up, and repeat with other leg.
Single Step Jumps
  • Face the lower step, with knees slightly bent
  • Jump with both feet on and off the step
  • Sidestep to the higher step, and then repeat
  • Sidestep back to the lower step

University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000