Leisure­plex gym to ex­pand

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

The Kar­ratha Leisure­plex gym will be ex­panded with the ad­di­tion of a sec­ond-storey spin stu­dio and a func­tional fit­ness room un­der up­grade plans en­dorsed by the City of Kar­ratha.

At last week’s coun­cil meet­ing, City coun­cil­lors voted to add an ex­tra storey above the mini golf area to pro­vide more space for func­tional fit­ness train­ing, high in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing and group per­sonal train­ing at the com­plex.

That will be in ad­di­tion to an ini­tial up­grade de­ci­sion made in April last year to move the spin stu­dio into the ex­ist­ing glow-inthe-dark mini golf area, which will be re­moved or re­lo­cated.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said while the Leisure­plex gym was well used, it was quite small for its level of pa­tron­age and needed an up­grade to ex­pand ser­vices.

“We have had a good take-up of mem­ber­ships for our fit­ness fa­cil­i­ties, how­ever the Leisure­plex is a few years old now and we want to make sure we are still of­fer­ing a great prod­uct,” he said.

He said the pop­u­lar­ity of high­in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing made it a good fo­cus for the ex­pan­sion.

“Fit­ness trends move quite quickly and hav­ing a high in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing area is go­ing to pro­vide an­other op­tion for our mem­bers and ca­sual users from the com­mu­nity,” he said,

“Group fit­ness classes and small group per­sonal train­ing ses­sions are be­com­ing very pop­u­lar and we need more space to ac­com­mo­date these types of train­ing.”

Coun­cil con­sid­ered that pa­tron­age of the mini golf area, once wellused, had fallen in the past 12 months and seemed to have lost its nov­elty ap­peal for chil­dren.

They also noted func­tional fit­ness train­ing, high-in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing and group per­sonal train­ing are some of the fit­ness in­dus­try’s fastest grow­ing ar­eas, but had been dif­fi­cult to ac­com­mo­date at the Leisure­plex be­cause of space re­stric­tions.

Fit­ness in­struc­tor and long-term Leisure­plex spin class par­tic­i­pant Brooke Turner wel­comed more op­por­tu­ni­ties for high-in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing at the gym.

She said the for­mat was pop­u­lar be­cause it was fast, flex­i­ble and par­tic­i­pants could set their own re­sis­tance level. “There’s sprint, which is 30 min­utes, and there’s RPM, which is 45 min­utes, and sprint is good for me, be­ing a new mum and time poor,” she said.

“It’s high in­ten­sity, but low im­pact.”

The City is invit­ing ten­ders for the up­grade.

A project bud­get will be set once ten­ders have been re­ceived.

Pic­ture: Alicia Per­era

Kar­ratha Leisure­plex pro­grams man­ager Ben Un­be­haun and per­sonal trainer Es­ther Ma­son in the Leisure­plex spin stu­dio.

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