Assault course

An assault course (also called a compensation trail) is a kind of special track that combines running and exercise. He was more popular in the 1970s than now. It is heavily used in military training. The main use is to evaluate progress and weaknesses within the team involved.

Assault classes are used in military training to improve fitness, to demonstrate techniques that can be used to cross very rough terrain, and to increase teamwork and self-confidence. Often military assault courses will be standardized and will have, for example (in the UK), a six foot and ten foot wall, a climbing net, a type of climbing bar, and a rope or net must be crossed (these being or representing the most likely difficult terrain that a soldier will encounter). Standardization means that each course will be of the same quality, but it also means that there will be some parts that may be familiar if practiced. However, they have different goals. For example, they can be short (less than a minute) with a beach at the end (eg Junior Leaders, Folkestone), or long (five minutes) as in Thetford. This is partly because of spatial constraints and training objectives. The short can be run as an individual course and a warm up for the range. The long course of Thetford is more of an exercise in endurance and teamwork.

The term “equilibrium trail” has been applied more recently to a series of wooden exercise stations scattered in a park or other locations near a jogging or walking track, which can be used to develop balance, strength and coordination. They are suitable for adults and children, and individual stations have been scientifically designed to provide a range of exercises. Most have simple instructions attached to them, and the stations include balance girders, straightening bars, pull bars, parallel bars and more difficult stations such as pole climbing and ladder walks. Bristol City Council has now set up clearing yards in six parks, ranging from Withywood Park, which has one station, to Victoria Park, which has nine. Funding for the Hollingworth Lake Compensation Trail in Greater Manchester, which was the brainchild of the Friends of Hollingworth Lake and was inaugurated in August 2010, was provided by the Big Lottery Community Spaces Fund.

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