Pair to open 24-hr gym in mall

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

A young Cromwell cou­ple with a pas­sion for fit­ness plans to open a 24-hour gym in the mall.

Cen­tral-Fit­ness di­rec­tors Alex Of­fen and Johnny Roberts have hosted two reg­is­tra­tion week­ends and re­ceived a ‘‘wealth of sup­port’’ from the com­mu­nity.

‘‘Be­cause of the 147 peo­ple that have signed up, Cen­tral-Fit­ness is now un­der de­vel­op­ment. We would like to say a huge thank you to all those that have been sup­port­ing us so far.

‘‘We want to cre­ate a so­cial space in the gym and it made sense to in­volve the com­mu­nity in the process.

‘‘It worked re­ally well and we re­ceived some cool ideas, many of which we hadn’t con­sid­ered.

‘‘See­ing peo­ple’s re­sponse and pas­sion made me more ex­cited at the prospect of start­ing the new gym. I am a lo­cal and it sur­prised me that the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in­ter­ested I had never met and a lot of them were not gym go­ers.’’

The pair had al­ready fi­nalised the equip­ment, that was be­ing made from scratch for the gym.

‘‘We want to cater for lots of dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties and our equip­ment se­lec­tion has been based on feed­back from the com­mu­nity.’’

The gym’s point of dif­fer­ence was it would be open 24-hours, and be largely un­manned, although the pair, as well as per­sonal train­ers, would be on hand.

‘‘We have an ex­pe­ri­enced ad­vi­sor who is pas­sion­ate about com­mu­nity gyms work­ing with our train­ers.

‘‘We want to be a com­mu­nity gym and want mem­bers to re­spect and love their gym and look for­ward to go­ing there - not dread it. We have called it Cen­tral Fit­ness be­cause it’s Cen­tral Otago and want it to be a hub where sports teams can come and use the gym, and we want to be able to sup­port sports teams down the track.’’

Robert coached basketball, while Of­fen, who had a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion de­gree from Otago Univer­sity, was a swim­ming coach.

‘‘We both have a big love of sport and be­ing fit. We wanted to have a project we both could do to­gether and that was the one that made the most sense. It is a big in­vest­ment but it’s worth it.

‘‘We love it and get such a buzz see­ing peo­ple suc­ceed.’’

All go­ing to plan, the gym would be open by De­cem­ber.

For more in­for­ma­tion, check them out on Face­book or email cen­tral­fit­ness.cromwell@gmail.com

Cromwell woman Alex Of­fen is build­ing a 24-hour gym, Cen­tral-Fit­ness, with part­ner Johnny Roberts.

My­loh O’Don­nell started at The Ter­race School on June 13.

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