NOT JUST A GYM, BUT A PLACE TO BE­LONG

WORLD CLASS PER­FOR­MANCE CEN­TRE AVAIL­ABLE TO EV­ERY­ONE

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | SPORTS HUB SPECIAL FEATURE -

In­side the Sun­shine Coast’s brand new Sports Hub, which has been de­vel­oped to pro­mote ac­tive recre­ation and gen­er­ate pos­i­tive health and well­be­ing out­comes, Miguel Ro­jano has es­tab­lished a new state of the art fit­ness fa­cil­ity, O2 Per­for­mance. A world-class cen­tre is avail­able to ev­ery­one and sup­ported by al­lied health such as ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­ogy, phys­io­ther­apy, myother­apy and di­etet­ics, pro­vid­ing an all-en­com­pass­ing and much needed ser­vice for the Sun­shine Coast com­mu­nity.

Miguel’s jour­ney has been one of highs and lows in­clud­ing bat­tles with men­tal health, home­less­ness and a sense of be­ing lost whilst try­ing to find his call­ing in life. He al­ways knew he wanted to do some­thing to help the com­mu­nity but didn’t know what he was search­ing for or how to get there. After work­ing in a ma­jor su­per­mar­ket chain for over 10 years and con­stantly sup­press­ing the feel­ing to do more, Miguel en­rolled to be­gin a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in science (sports and ex­er­cise) at USC and later went on to com­plete a mas­ter’s de­gree and qual­ify as an ex­er­cise sci­en­tist and ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist.

Gain­ing em­ploy­ment at Matthew Flinders Angli­can Col­lege as the strength and

con­di­tion­ing coach, Miguel had fi­nally found his call­ing in his mid-thir­ties. His rep­u­ta­tion grew quickly and the school gym was opened up to the public. Need­ing more space to ful­fil his de­sire to help peo­ple, Miguel opened his own gym in North Bud­erim where he suc­cess­fully, trained and worked with many elite ath­letes but the work most im­por­tant to him was with those who came to him feel­ing, lost, alone or in­ad­e­quate, just as he had many years ago.

It took some con­vinc­ing for Miguel to ac­cept the op­por­tu­nity at O2 Per­for­mance but re­al­is­ing the pos­i­tive im­pact a state-ofthe-art fa­cil­ity could have on the Coast was too good to pass up. Since open­ing the doors in June this year, that vi­sion is be­ing re­alised with pos­i­tive part­ner­ships and con­nec­tions with Com­mu­nity So­lu­tions, En­deav­our Foun­da­tion, Thomp­son in­sti­tute and a num­ber of lo­cal schools and sport­ing teams.

O2 Per­for­mance is fit­ted out with brand new car­dio and strength equip­ment and has three des­ig­nated lift­ing zones, spin and group fit­ness stu­dios, 110sq m Astro Turf func­tional train­ing zone, a four lane 60m sprint track and an ex­er­cise test­ing lab. Open to the com­mu­nity, it of­fers fa­cil­i­ties for ev­ery­one,

in­clud­ing in­jury or surgery re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, pre­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, group fit­ness classes, per­sonal train­ing, strength train­ing, kid’s classes, sports de­vel­op­ment train­ing and ex­er­cise test­ing. Com­plete with a chil­dren’s creche and a café at the en­trance, O2 Per­for­mance is per­fect for par­ents of young chil­dren want­ing to live a healthy life­style.

Within O2 Per­for­mance, is the newly cre­ated Sun­shine Coast Sports In­sti­tute, which pro­vides both tal­ents iden­ti­fied and lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive ath­letes with in­te­grated sup­port and high-per­for­mance sports ser­vices such as ac­cess to the Smar­tas­port train­ing sys­tem.

Ath­letes par­tic­i­pat­ing in the SCSI pro­gram will de­velop their sports spe­cific at­tributes, re­ceive ed­u­ca­tion on in­jury man­age­ment and preven­tion, nu­tri­tion, drugs in sport, sports psy­chol­ogy and much more. They will also be pro­vided with struc­tured, su­per­vised, pro­gres­sive ex­er­cise pro­grams and most im­por­tantly, a pos­i­tive path­way to ath­letic suc­cess.

The state-of-the-art ex­er­cise test­ing lab has been spark­ing a lot of in­ter­est as it al­lows unique test­ing to be avail­able for the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion as well as ath­letes. The test­ing lab has the abil­ity to con­duct a wide range of tests in­clud­ing gait anal­y­sis, ver­ti­cal jump, hip ad­duc­tion/ab­duc­tion, ham­string strength, V02 max test­ing, rest­ing meta­bolic rate, shoul­der strength, bal­ance and pos­ture and more. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from na­tional and state-level sport­ing teams have al­ready been trav­el­ling to the re­gion to visit the fa­cil­ity and with Lake Kawana ac­com­mo­da­tion, sport­ing fields and the aquatic cen­tre all within walk­ing dis­tance, there is a real op­por­tu­nity to in­crease sports tourism to the re­gion. To find out how O2 Per­for­mance can help you call 5493 7070 or drop into the cen­tre at the Sun­shine Coast Sports Hub.

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