Keep­ing fit around the clock

Mem­bers now train 24/7 with Gran­ite Belt Fitness

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS - Kim Micke Kim.Micke@bor­der­post.com.au

GRAN­ITE Belt Fitness owner Wally Lan­caster has en­sured there are no ex­cuses left for lo­cals to not ex­er­cise – the gym on 41 Rail­way St is now open 24/7.

In its sev­enth year, the fitness cen­tre is now open around the clock with a state-of-the-art CCTV sys­tem en­sur­ing the safety of cos­tumers in un­staffed hours.

“We see it as a ma­jor pro­gres­sion of what we can of­fer peo­ple,” Mr Lan­caster said.

“We are very happy with the equip­ment we have here and the space we have so the next log­i­cal thing where we can add a ben­e­fit to our mem­bers was to give them more ac­cess to the fa­cil­ity.”

18 months in the mak­ing, Gran­ite Belt Fitness mem­bers can now ex­er­cise when­ever they like.

“The main rea­son is to try to help peo­ple have more ac­cess to the gym and to try to space out our busy times,” Mr Lan­caster said.

“By hav­ing ac­cess later at night some peo­ple can choose to come at later hours if they are find­ing it a lit­tle bit too busy at peek hour at 6pm. We have had plenty of peo­ple stay­ing a bit

later, com­ing a lit­tle ear­lier and us­ing the gym more on the week­end be­cause there is more hours avail­able in the af­ter­noon now.

“It’s amaz­ing how many peo­ple have come in the door and said ‘That’s great, we can now make it’. We do have peo­ple that work in some po­si­tions that do shift work. That suits them and gives them ac­cess to our fa­cil­i­ties. More ac­cess, less ex­cuses and hope­fully bet­ter re­sults for ev­ery­one.”

The multi-pur­pose gym­na­sium of­fers a large range of car­dio­vas­cu­lar gear, strength train­ing equip­ment and freeweights as well as a func­tional train­ing area.

“We have 400 odd mem­bers who are from all sorts of life, all ages and de­mo­graph­ics. They come at dif­fer­ent times of the day for dif­fer­ent rea­sons with dif­fer­ent goals,” Mr Lan­caster said.

“We have decades of ex­pe­ri­ence in our staff with high level fitness, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion right through for dif­fer­ent age groups. Any­one who joins the gym, takes a mem­ber­ship, has ac­cess to that help. We en­cour­age ev­ery­one who joins to take up a free ses­sion with one of our train­ers to cre­ate a pro­gram. That pro­gram is de­signed to help them progress, work on weak­nesses, fix prob­lems and help them reach their goals.

“We are al­ways here to as­sist.”

Still pro­vid­ing a large amount of staffed hours, Mr Lan­caster said the new open­ing hours had al­ready helped more peo­ple be able to ex­er­cise.

“Ev­ery­one has been ask­ing for it for a long time and it’s been quite ap­pro­pri­ate for a lot of the younger peo­ple who are com­ing in later in the evening,” Mr Lan­caster said.

“It has helped them and it’s def­i­nitely helped at peak hours.”

No join­ing or can­cel­la­tion fees. Pric­ing is avail­able on­line at gran­ite­belt­fit­ness.com.au.

PHOTO: KIM MICKE

GET FIT: Gran­ite Belt Fitness is now open 24/7 and Gran­ite Belt Fitness owner Wally Lan­caster is en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to drop into the fitness cen­tre on 41 Rail­way St and get ex­er­cis­ing.

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