Why choose TGO?
By choosing TGO, you are choosing the greenest, safest and strongest outdoor gym equipment on the market.
How are we greener?
For every piece of TGO outdoor gym equipment you buy, we plant a tree and our Green Energy Gym ranges recycle human energy to charge phones, power lights and put electricity back into buildings!
How are we safer?
TGO gyms meet the Australian Standards AS4685 (revised 2014), EN1176 and our own British Standards Institute PAS 888 outdoor exercise product specification. Signs saying ‘over 14s only’ do not appear on TGO outdoor gyms because we know that our gyms have to be designed for the whole community’s safety – all ages, users and non-users. Our work with the British Standards Institute makes us unique on the market.
How are we stronger?
TGO continue to invest in our firm principle of design and manufacture that is Australian climate and user focused and, to offer our customers longer-lasting, better value outdoor gyms.
We’re not just green in colour. We’re green in our designs.
We believe we have the greenest outdoor gym equipment in the world. TGO’s goal is to get people more physically active – to benefit their health, wellbeing and quality of life. We also want to help Mother Nature a little where we can through the design of our equipment and the sponsorship of green initiatives.
We love our planet. And we love the people on our planet. We want the best possible health for both.
And now TGO are greener than ever.
A world first – TGO Green Energy Gyms
One fine day at an outdoor gym in South London, the TGO Creative team had a lightbulb moment. Why waste the energy people generate when they work out? Why not invent a way to harness all that people power?
So that’s what TGO set about doing. We built a team of the brightest sparks, we got out the paper and pens, we drank gallons of green tea (and did a few years’ hard work) – and hey presto, TGO Green Energy Gyms were born.
TGO Green Energy Gyms convert human kinetic energy into useable electricity. We have invented three very clever systems to collect this energy and re-use it:
Cardio Charge: You work out on the TGO Green Energy equipment AND you charge your phone, iPad or other device while you get fit. Phone charging is incredibly effective in getting users to exercise for longer, especially young people. They have a target! The longer you exercise, the more you charge, the fitter you get. Win win. Read about the Cardio Charge outdoor gym at Sir George Monoux College to find out more.
Glow: The energy generated can also be used to light the outdoor gym area, so that the equipment can be used after dark. The energy collected is channeled to floor lights and floodlights via a central Energy Display Unit. The display on the EDU even allows a little competition as LED’s show the amount of electricity generated by individual users. Watch our video at the TGO Green Heart in Hull to find out how this works.
Flow: The Flow option allows you to capture and store the electricity generated over a period, which can then be used to power a nearby building, or put back into the grid. And you get to see how much energy you are generating while you work out – for an extra motivational boost. Watch the video of Sir George Monoux College making the most of this amazing feature at their Green Energy Gym.
TGO have Energy Cross Trainers, Energy Hand Bikes, Energy Spinning Bikes and Energy Recumbent Bikes. These cardio pieces are particularly fab for your heart, lungs and overall fitness – and they’re healthy for the planet too.
TGO’s Green Heart and TGO’s Energy Range was handpicked as a finalist for Kevin McCloud’s Green Heroes as one of the best eco-innovations on the market.
The average person generates 50-100 watts multiplied by the time they workout on the TGO Energy Gym pieces. Depending on usage, TGO Green Energy Gyms can generate 1KWH of energy per gym per day. This translates to running a 45w floodlight for 22 hours.
Please call PlayRope on 1800 767 529 to find out more about this exciting innovation.
1 piece of TGO outdoor gym equipment = 1 tree
We love our green nation. And we want to keep our nation green.
TGO are proud to be partnering with Australian not for profit company GreenFleet. Through this partnership TGO plant 3 trees for each piece of equipment we install and present our clients with a carbon offset certificate.
Simply the best materials
Long live TGO outdoor gyms.
TGO manufactures all our outdoor gym equipment with high quality materials to improve the life of product. Kite-marked steel, See our Stronger section for more on the quality of materials we use.
Equipment that is designed to deliver physical outcomes
At TGO we haven’t just cloned Chinese design we have started from the ground up. Our equipment delivers users real physical outcomes and is fast being recognised as leading the way in design, function and physical results for users.
85% of the material used to produce TGO’s equipment is recycled and recyclable, We also install TGO outdoor gym equipment into ground sockets so that you have the option to recycle your ground works in years to come.
TGO are also proud to say that we can now even recycle the considerable efforts of our outdoor gym users into electricity with our world first TGO Green Energy Gyms!
TGO HQ is a BRE Excellent rated office
We’re an eco-office – come and see us any time, we’ll show you around and make you a cup of green tea if you can pedal for it!
Call PlayRope on 1800 767 529 to find out more about our Greener standards.
We believe we offer the safest outdoor gym equipment in the world.
Before TGO, there were no outdoor gym standards in Europe. TGO adopted the play standards (EN1176), the indoor gym equipment standard (EN 957) and key elements of the Inclusive Fitness Initiative – which meant all our equipment was free from safety hazards and as inclusive as possible for different types of gym user. Unfortunately, some importers of Chinese equipment didn’t follow suit with their range; they got away with crush points, sharp edges and other hazards. Recognised as the leader in our field, TGO was approached by the British Standards Institute to create a British product specification.
BSI PAS 888 Publicly Accessible Outdoor Exercise Equipment Specification is the most comprehensive outdoor gym specification for buyers looking for a safe gym for the whole community. All TGO outdoor gym equipment complies with BSI PAS 888, the first British standard specifically for outdoor gym equipment. By specifying PAS 888, you ensure that the outdoor gym you purchase is safe for all ages. You also ensure that your outdoor gym is safe for all users and all non-users near to the equipment. In these critical areas, PAS 888 is unmatched by any other safety standard applied to outdoor gyms.
“PAS 888 is the specification councils and schools must adopt.” Steven Hubbard, Zurich Insurance Risk Management
TGO equipment also exceeds the German DIN7900 standard. Please note: DIN7900 only covers outdoor gym users aged 14+, whereas PAS 888 covers all gym users and non-users near equipment – of all ages. So if your outdoor gym is going to be located in a park, a school or any other public space or facility, then the equipment must comply with PAS 888 for everyone’s safety.
By specifying PAS 888, you ensure your outdoor gym equipment is:
- Designed for ALL ages
- FREE from entrapments
- FREE from crush-points
- FREE from sharp edges
- FREE from head and neck entrapments
- FREE from exposed stops that act like guillotines
- FREE from flailing arms and cranks
- FREE from unsafe fall heights
- FREE from trip and slip hazards
- Designed for users and non-users
All TGO equipment also meets European playground safety standard EN1176, the indoor gym standard EN957 and the AS4685 Australian safety regulations.
So with TGO you’re the safest you can be.
TGO factory testing is second to none. We test our outdoor gym equipment to three times that of indoor gym equipment. We have the test results and photos to prove it and we are very happy to share these with you. For example, we static load test up to 450kg, we dynamic load test up to 300kg, we do drop testing, pull over testing and shatter testing.
When purchasing outdoor gym equipment, always ask what factory tests have been done on the gym equipment and ask for evidence of testing.
As TGO equipment is made in Britain, we can offer our customers confidence in the diligence of our factory practices. TGO can offer our European customers better access to visit our manufacturing premises than providers who import Chinese equipment. TGO offers complete transparency in this area, so you can be assured on any aspect of our manufacturing or testing protocols.
TGO outdoor gyms are safe spaces for everyone
TGO have loads of in-house and independent research on outdoor gym usage. Research into TGO gyms shows that people of all ages and abilities are regulars at our outdoor gyms.
- Little people love our outdoor gyms – young kids find our dynamic Cardio pieces fascinating and completely irresistible.
- Primary and secondary school kids love our outdoor gyms – we have sites in schools and near schools across Britain, including Green Energy Gyms where gym users can charge mobile phones and other devices.
- Older people and exercise beginners love TGO gyms – they combine gentler Cardio and Tone exercises to get the muscles moving.
- The superfit love our outdoor gyms – especially the challenging Strength pieces.
- People recovering from operations and illness love TGO outdoor gyms – they like to recover muscle strength and stamina in the great outdoors.
- Wheelchair users and people with other disabilities love them – especially our star inclusivity pieces such as the TGO Hand Bike.
- Our gyms are also community spaces where people meet and socialise (parents with kids, groups of young people) – so even those not using our equipment have to be safe, which they are with PAS 888.
BSI PAS 888 – it’s all in the detail
PAS 888 covers all your community – outdoor gym users, non-users standing near the equipment, children and adults. No exceptions.
As sponsors of this unique standard, TGO can confidently state that BSI PAS 888 is unrivalled in its thorough approach to outdoor gym safety in the UK.
PAS 888 specifies in detail the safety requirements for the permanent installation of outdoor fitness and exercise equipment – including design and manufacture of safe equipment, testing of equipment, longevity of equipment, guidance on safe positioning and installation.
Why was PAS 888 needed? Until PAS 888, there was no specific standard for manufacturers, procurers, installers and maintainers to follow for outdoor gym equipment. Since 2009, TGO equipment has been made in Britain, but there is still an influx of Chinese equipment on the UK market. The Chinese equipment isn’t designed with children in mind, as the Chinese concept was for older people. In many cases, the Chinese equipment has crush points, entrapments and sharp edges, which fail safety requirements.
TGO knows that publicly accessible outdoor gyms are embraced and used by all ages and abilities. That’s why the British Standards Institute (BSI) and TGO stepped up to create PAS 888.
Created by industry leaders: BSI and TGO collaborated with major industry specialists to create PAS 888. Partners including adidas, The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, Lappset, London Southbank University and UKactive.
Safety of children and young people: The PAS 888 standard recognises that like playground equipment, outdoor exercise equipment is usually installed in unsupervised, open access locations – it recognises that children will use the equipment (whether or not there is an advice sign which tells them it’s not suitable for use by children under 14).
Safety of users and non-users: Uniquely the PAS 888 standard considers users and non-users who are near to the outdoor exercise equipment at the time of use – this is vital because outdoor gyms are open access spaces which attract people’s attention and equipment is often used while other people stand very nearby.
For full details about how and why you need to specify the PAS 888 Publicly Accessible Outdoor Exercise Equipment, please call us on 01322 314961.
TGO have always led the field on outdoor gym safety
TGO were the first outdoor gym company to adopt the play standards EN1176, the nearest standard available at the time. We didn’t stop there and we included the indoor gym standard EN957.
TGO has always fully and independently applied both EN1176 and EN957 beyond the limitations of their scopes (meaning TGO felt it should be fully tested as play equipment used by toddlers).
Today, all the TGO fitness, energy and mini range of outdoor gym equipment meets the PAS 888 BSI specification. All TGO equipment also meets European playground safety standard EN1176, the indoor gym standard EN957, the AS4685 Australian safety regulations and our equipment exceeds the new German standard, DIN7900 (which only covers gyms users, aged 14+).
TGO’s outdoor gym equipment is also the most inclusive. TGO incorporated indoor training guidelines on inclusivity as set out by the Inclusive Fitness Initiative. We have always worked with fitness professionals to ensure the range offers safe and effective exercises to its users of all ages and abilities.
Our equipment comes with easy to read signage, transfer handles, wide seats with lowered access points and bold colour contrasts. Resistance equipment is designed so it is gauged to the user’s bodyweight. TGO also have star inclusivity pieces in our range – including our TGO Hand Bike and Energy Hand Bike.
Call PlayRope on 1800 767 529 to find out more about our Safer standards.
Made in Britain means stronger equipment and a stronger you.
TGO means quality.
Our outdoor gym equipment is 100% designed, tested, manufactured and quality-controlled in the UK. We use only the highest quality materials. We use the best designers, engineers and manufacturing practices. We seek out the best fitness and safety expertise – and build this knowledge into our designs. TGO has factory tested all of its outdoor gym range to replicate typical behavior’s in the field. We field test new products extensively. We offer robust protection from climatic factors. Our equipment is designed to be low maintenance. We offer our customers a 25 year warranty on the life of TGO outdoor gym equipment, renowned customer care from a dedicated TGO team member, super fast response times and excellent customer aftercare.
All of this means that TGO can offer you the strongest outdoor gym equipment and customer service.
Made in Britain value
When TGO started out in 2007, we did manufacture our outdoor equipment in China – however, we used our own designs to ensure all equipment was fully compliant with play standards EN1176. Others followed us into the marketplace, but we discovered that many were selling unmodified Chinese equipment in the UK, which failed critical safety requirements.
TGO tried to make a lower priced product work in China by having UK designers, engineers and safety experts on site in our Chinese factory, to ensure the integrity of every piece of outdoor gym equipment. TGO have always had robust manufacturing and QC processes in place, but our micro-management required with our Chinese manufacturers simply wasn’t worth it.
Our experience is this: it’s a false economy to manufacture outdoor gym equipment in China. Sourcing of steel is often unregulated; Chinese labourers are often poorly paid and work long hours; critical structural elements such as welds are sometimes carried out by unskilled workers; common practices seen in the UK like using jigs aren’t always in place; quality control can be sub-standard or entirely overlooked. The result can be weak and unsafe equipment, prone to breakages and risk of accidents.
This is why TGO brought all of our manufacturing to Britain. Since 2009, TGO outdoor gym equipment has been made in Britain. In our experience, British-made outdoor gym equipment is greener, safer and stronger than Chinese equipment.
With the made in Britain stamp, TGO customers know what they are getting. Outdoor gym equipment that lasts longer than the rest.
Stronger TGO materials and manufacturing
We use Kite-marked steel. No structural element is made from any less than 3mm thick grade S275 Kite-marked mild steel or stainless steel Kite-marked grade 304 DP. This goes up to as much as 38.1mm thick in critical areas to ensure the equipment is sufficiently robust enough to withstand heavy use and can even cope with unwanted abuse.
All TGO’s welds are certified to BS EN ISO 15614 Part 1: 2004 and A1:2008. All welds are structurally tested to ensure that products can withstand a high level of abuse and still operate safety, properly and smoothly. TGO have load-tested products to 3 times the standard indoor safety margins to make absolutely sure the product is fit for purpose.
All accessible fixings on TGO outdoor gym equipment are anti-tamper with no exposed parts reducing the risk of vandalism.
TGO has specified materials and components within its range with as wide a protection as possible to cater for its customers in different climates. We offer the best protection from weather, UV damage, salt spray, scratches, high and low temperatures and intrusion of solid objects (IP protection).
TGO uses the highest quality Akzo Nobel powder coating to ensure a long life of our products.
We also rigorously test our outdoor gym equipment. (Link to Safer testing section).
For more about our materials and manufacturing, call TGO on 01322 314961
Stronger TGO warranty
25 YEAR WARRANTY on the structural integrity of steel posts, all welds, bars, bolts and steel structural equipment.
5 YEAR PAINT WARRANTY* for paintwork and corrosion caused by any failure of paintwork and warranty for non-material fade from exposure to UV light.
2 YEAR WARRANTY on moving bearings, bearing cases and rubber parts.
2 YEAR WARRANTY on plastic or composite parts, seats and fittings and clamps.
Stronger TGO people
TGO designers, engineers, fitness professionals and safety experts worked together to design the British-made TGO equipment.
Being designed and made in Britain, TGO have complete control over every aspect of the quality of our products. Talented, highly skilled engineers oversee the creation of TGO products. TGO are able to easily make amendments to the design based on user’s feedback, so that the best possible product is available to the public.
Stronger TGO quality
Our UK factory conducts itself in accordance with ISO9001.
We quality control check every piece of equipment before it leaves our UK factory and each unit is checked over and signed off by a skilled engineer.
Many other outdoor gym providers manufacture in the Far East where there isn’t the same approach to quality control as in the UK.
Never be afraid to ask for stringent, independent proof of the quality and integrity of your outdoor exercise equipment – because your outdoor gym users, from small children through to grandparents, need to be assured of this.
Always ask these questions when purchasing outdoor gym equipment:
- Where is the location of the factory that manufactures the gym equipment? (NB outdoor gym providers often manufacture in the Far East and assemble in the UK – sometimes they claim that equipment is made in Britain, when it is only assembled in Britain)
- What skills and competencies do the engineers have?
- Are there any unskilled workers producing your outdoor gym equipment?
- Are staff paid properly, with adequate remuneration, rest, benefits and breaks?
- Does the manufacturer use quality assured processes?
- Is every piece of equipment quality controlled?
- Can they produce independent certification?
Call PlayRope on 1800 767 529 to find out more about our Stronger standards.