Gym CEO steps up pace
IAN Rowan has taken a $110,000 punt.
The Bundaberg YMCA chief executive officer hopes the revamp of the weights and cardio equipment at the Quinn Street health and wellness centre will lead to a continued boost in membership in 2010.
“I think it’s a huge amount of money for a charity, not-for-profit, community-based organisation and we have committed it to specifically benefit the community,” he said.
More than half the equipment has been upgraded at the Bundaberg complex, which has more than 1000 members.
“We hope that people recognise the difference it will make and we can get a few more members because of it,” he said.
Gym manager Donna Morgan has seen the friendly gym develop for the past 14 years.
“We were tiny in the beginning, it’s just grown through the roof,” she said.
The new equipment is “older-people friendly” too, according to the gym manager.
“It’s easier on the joints and less strenuous to operate,” Mrs Morgan said.
She said the relaxed nature of the gym was something that encouraged new members, particularly women, to join with them.
“We get all different age groups, men and women and everyone is so friendly.”
Mr Rowan said a recent survey at the gym found just that.
“People just said they just seemed to like it here and that’s why they stay,” he said.