Brent Malden likes the 24-hour convenience of Jetts.
Brent Malden likes the 24-hour convenience of Jetts. Max Fleet

Numbers soaring at 24-hour gym

EMERGENCY service workers and hospital staff have come in droves since Jetts 24-hour gym opened its doors less than three weeks ago.

The gym already has 450 names on its books, many of whom are working in jobs that aren’t exactly nine to five.

AGL Action Rescue Helicopter employee Brent Malden is among them.

He says the 24-hour set-up has finally allowed him to use a gym freely, after many failed attempts.

Malden sometimes works three days straight, but is able to get away whenever is convenient for him to do a workout.

“The flexibility removes any excuse I previously had with work hours and free time,” Malden said.

“It caters for everything and is exactly what I need.”

Jetts manager Keegan Lankowski said Malden was typical of the demographic Jetts had been able to lure to the Australia-wide operation.

“We’ve got cooks, hospital workers and emergency service workers making up a bulk of our numbers,” he said.

Peak hour is around 11pm at the moment, but is constantly changing, according to Lankowski.

He estimated a lot of the recent additions had come from other gyms once their contract had expired, but the first 200 were all new to the concept.

“They are just your average person that has never really been able to fit fitness in with their job and their life,” Lankowski said.

Staff members hold the fort in the morning and afternoon, while a Big Brother system controls things after hours.

Motion sensors and cameras detect if a person has stopped moving and a voice will try and communicate with them to check their health.

Phones and buttons are placed throughout the gym and emergency services are ready to act if anyone gets into trouble while working out.

The concept is hugely popular in big cities, but it has caught on in Bundaberg just as effectively.

“We were worried at the start but the response has been very quick,” Lankowski said.

The limit is 950 people at the Heidke Street premises, so act fast before the spots are snapped up.



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