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Fat capital looks to be slimming

THE fat capital could soon be the fit capital as Bundaberg's biggest gym runs out of room and expands into the adjoining building.

City Fit owner Sharon Beath said the expansion arose as the gym looked to "increase its offerings".

"We already have the largest facility in the town, but we're just increasing our variety, it's quite a popular facility," she said.

Ms Beath said the expansion into the building formerly leased by Skill Centre came about through "sheer demand". "We just needed more room to move," she said.

"We're a very popular facility and it can be quite busy.

"We just wanted to be able to offer more people more things."

Bundaberg mum Tania McLucas said the crèche at the gym meant a lot to her being able to exercise.

Ms McLucas said it was an offering that was hard to find.

"The crèche is really handy," she said.

Bundaberg mums Couris Sheppard and Jo Runge agreed as they picked up their children after a workout.

The building beside City Fit will be converted into a group fitness studio.

"Then in our main gym we're changing things around so we're moving our ladies only area upstairs and in our current fitness studio, we'll be doing small groups training and cycling classes," Ms Beath said.

"We're also bringing some more functional training type equipment in as well - it's very exciting."

Ms Beath anticipated the expansion would be complete by now but said she was still waiting on approvals to knock down the concrete centre wall dividing the two buildings.

"We're hoping in the next couple of weeks (the expansion will be open), we've just had a few delays with fire doors and other bits and pieces, unfortunately," she said.

"We've got everything ready to go but we can't do too much until the big hole's been cut in the wall because we're basically cutting through a massive concrete wall to create the opening into the other space.

"So until we do that, we can't really do anything else - but everything's here waiting to go."

City Fit Gym has been located on Woondooma St for 14 years since Ms Beath purchased the business and moved it from its former Quay St location.

"(Since moving) we've always looked at next door and thought that would be a really good spot (to expand), but it wasn't until now that we had the opportunity to do it," Ms Beath said.

The owner said there was no plans to bring back the rock climbing wall "at this stage".

"It's still there and there might be a chance in the future, we're always looking at further expansions too," she said.

"We did keep it there and it's all good to get it back up and going again but we just found that health and fitness is more important to people than rock climbing at this stage," she said.

Topics:  obesity weight loss



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