GYMS

HIGH IN­TEN­SITY, FUNC­TIONAL FIT­NESS, WEIGHTS AND CAR­DIO — WHICH GYM IS THE RIGHT FIT? THE GOLD COAST HAS VOTED AND THESE ARE YOUR TOP 10 PLACES TO WORK UP A SWEAT

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1 GENFIT TRAIN­ING CEN­TRE, ORMEAU

Owner Michael Kas­souh was over­weight and fac­ing an early grave be­fore de­cid­ing to turn his life and health around for his fam­ily. “I was 110kg when I moved here seven years ago,” Michael says. “I’ve been a larger per­son my whole life. I drank way too much al­co­hol. I would hide my feel­ings and cause is­sues with my fam­ily. I had health scares af­ter I had my first child. I was told by the doc­tors if I didn’t make a change in my life, I wouldn’t be around for a long time.” Michael joined a gym called Rush Hour in Ormeau and be­gan study­ing to be a per­sonal trainer about six years ago. He lost 60kg and be­came a marathon run­ner. “I went into a bit of a spi­ral when I was 29 and I felt like if I didn’t do any­thing by I the time I was 30, I wouldn’t have achieved any­thing. So I quit my job and opened the doors here a year and a half ago. If I could do it (lose weight), I could help other peo­ple do it.” Genfit now boasts 530 mem­bers, with that num­ber grow­ing all the time. “It’s been an ad­ven­ture,” Michael says. “It’s re­ally spe­cial to have my kids with me. I’d love for them to look back at this and re­alise they were a big part of this.”

2 REWIRED FIT­NESS, HE­LENSVALE

Last year’s win­ner Rewired Fit­ness was just pipped at the post to be crowned top gym. Owner Sofia Houldsworth says win­ning last year helped drive in­ter­est and al­most dou­ble their mem­ber­ship. Rewired Fit­ness of­fers classes to its capped 250 mem­bers in weight train­ing, en­durance, gym­nas­tics, strength and co-or­di­na­tion. Sofia says there’s no bond like when ev­ery­one’s suf­fer­ing to­gether. “When you’re both in a lot of pain and work­ing along­side each other, (you) build some for­ever friend­ships.”

3 AMPM HQ, MI­AMI

The me­mory of stunt man Jo­hann Ofner lives on at Art of Mo­tion Pur­suit of Move­ment (AMPM). Jo­hann and his friend Matt Teamoke had a dream to open a func­tional fit­ness cen­tre to­gether be­fore Jo­hann’s tragic death on a film set in Bris­bane last year. “We al­ways wanted to open up a gym and train peo­ple in what we train,” Matt says. “Once he passed away, I thought, why don’t I just keep go­ing with what I orig­i­nally planned? I think he’d be su­per proud if he was here.” AMPM of­fers classes in cal­lis­then­ics train­ing us­ing mostly body re­sis­tance.

4 HYPE HEALTH CLUB, CUR­RUMBIN

Hype Health Club could take top spot for of­fer­ing the most fit­ness classes in a week. “We do 58 classes a week,” di­rec­tor Casper Turner says. “That’s in win­ter. In sum­mer, we’ll make that even more.” Casper says the mem­ber­ship started grow­ing when he re­branded the gym to Hype and put money back in to the fa­cil­i­ties. “We’ve had a pretty de­cent growth over the past 12 months, start­ing with 1700 mem­bers and there’s 2700 mem­bers now. Ev­ery­one talks to each other, ev­ery­one knows each other by name.”

5 EM­PIRE FIT­NESS CEN­TRE, ARUN­DEL

You’re never alone at Em­pire Fit­ness, with a per­sonal trainer al­ways on hand. “We’re the only gym on the Gold Coast which is fully staffed, 24/7,” owner Ari Ha­malainen says. “It’s ex­pen­sive but it works, and it makes it safer.” Em­pire Fit­ness just com­pleted a $2.5 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion and added an­other 600sq m to the floor space, al­low­ing its 3200 mem­bers to spread out a lit­tle more. “This was a mas­sive facelift,” Ari says. “We’ve got a spin room, which we just re­vamped as well — group fit­ness is re­ally busy — a cir­cuit area, car­dio.”

6 RAW IRON, ASHMORE

Crossfit crea­tures run to Raw Iron for in­tense strength and car­dio work­outs in a wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Co-owner Rowena Calder­wood says mem­bers love push­ing them­selves to­gether when they sign up to work­out com­pe­ti­tions. “We run three a year,” Rowena says. “The main one is called The Butterfly Ef­fect, a ladies-only com­pe­ti­tion sup­port­ing the Butterfly Foun­da­tion.”

7 NEVER QUIT FIT FAC­TORY, BUNDALL

What started as a work­out space in a sin­gle-car garage five years ago has be­come a high-tech gym with more than 100 mem­bers. “Now we’ve opened up a 380sq m topof-the-line fa­cil­ity,” trainer Ian D’An­drade says. Never Quit is a class-based gym that of­fers classes for fat loss or mus­cle gain. A re­cent 12-week chal­lenge pro­duced in­cred­i­ble re­sults.

8 INSIDE OUT HEALTH CLUB, PARKWOOD

Co-owner Tim Sut­cliffe says this fam­ily-friendly gym of­fers classes for young and old, and cus­tom gym equipment in the weights rooms. “We try and tick all the boxes. We have fit­ness classes, yoga, pilates, spin classes. We have kids’ classes on at night. We know chil­dren can get stuck play­ing video games for hours so we want to help that.”

9 PLC COOMERA

If you ar­rive at PLC with a frown, you’ll leave with it up­side down. Just ask head trainer Lewis Huck­step. “It’s that cliche thing of you be­come who you hang with,” Lewis says. “If you hang around happy, pos­i­tive peo­ple, you be­come happy.” Lewis says it’s the pos­i­tive vibes at PLC that see peo­ple achieve their goals. “We do func­tional train­ing, but it’s the mind­set that sep­a­rates us.”

10 F45 ROBINA

The F45 train­ing trend has swept the Gold Coast. Robina F45 co-owner John Wil­liams says to keep clients com­ing back for its high-in­ten­sity, 45-minute classes, the staff have to keep up with the com­pe­ti­tion. “The dif­fer­ence in our stu­dio is there are two lev­els, one with a hang-out area where peo­ple can re­lax. We’ve also got a creche for par­ents. We do so­cial events where 300 peo­ple can turn up.”

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