A Danish joint venture has developed outdoor fitness training pavilions which will be fitted in Danish parks from August. The project was inspired from China, where many parks feature training devices to help people exercise outdoors. The concept proved tricky to import into Europe so far due to vandalism and safety issues for the hardware, but Traeningspavillonen AB has gotten around these problems by developing a unit that is virtually unbreakable and adjusted to European safety requirements. The venture is composed of an architect and a physiologist, while Lars Wiskum, a Danish sports industry consultant, owns the rights and takes care of sales and marketing in Europe. The concept appeals to local and national authorities, which are increasingly concerned about rising obesity rates. After the first deliveries to Denmark this month, the training pavilions will be sold in other European countries next year.