Touch star widens train­ing hori­zons

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A TOWNSVILLE sports star who brought the pop­u­lar func­tional train­ing sys­tem F45 to the city is open­ing her sec­ond gym at Kir­wan.

Kelly Kennedy has rep­re­sented Queens­land and Aus­tralia in touch foot­ball and is cap­tain of last year’s Women’s 27 gold- medal win­ning world cup side.

She bought rights to run an F45 Train­ing out­let at Her­mit Park in 2015 and has now opened at the Mountview Plaza in Bam­ford Lane.

She said her Her­mit Park busi­ness was go­ing well so she was tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to also open F45 Train­ing Thuringowa.

The train­ing sys­tem, which be­gan in Aus­tralia and in­cludes among its clients stars Hugh Jack­man and Ni­cole Kid­man, is tak­ing the world by storm.

Ms Kennedy said it was the na­ture and va­ri­ety of the 45 min­utes of func­tional and high in­ten­sity train­ing and mo­ti­va­tion tech­niques, in- clud­ing “Hol­ly­wood” nights with live DJs, which was so ap­peal­ing.

“It’s a great con­cept. I do one of these ses­sions ev­ery day,” she said.

Knight Frank Townsville re­tail leas­ing ex­ec­u­tive Louise Slater said the Mountview Plaza had un­der­gone a ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion with new colour scheme, gar­den beds and im­prove­ments.

“I am see­ing a re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion in neigh­bour­hood cen­tres,” Ms Slater said.

“This is com­ing from af­ford­able rent rates, in com­pe­ti­tion with ma­jor cen­tres, their con­ve­nience and peo­ple pre­fer­ring to sup­port smaller op­er­a­tors.

“Also, I find landlords of these type of cen­tres are flex­i­ble and have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the lo­cal mar­ket.”

Ms Slater said there were good op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Townsville re­tail mar­ket.

“Kelly’s confidence to open a sec­ond gym is proof of that,” she said.

THRIVING EN­TER­PRISE: Knight Frank agent Louise Slater with F45 Train­ing Thuringowa’s Kelly Kennedy. Pic­ture: WESLEY MONTS

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