Leisureplex gym to expand

Alicia PereraPilbara News

The Karratha Leisureplex gym will be expanded with the addition of a second-storey spin studio and a functional fitness room under upgrade plans endorsed by the City of Karratha.

At last week’s council meeting, City councillors voted to add an extra storey above the mini golf area to provide more space for functional fitness training, high intensity interval training and group personal training at the complex.

That will be in addition to an initial upgrade decision made in April last year to move the spin studio into the existing glow-in-the-dark mini golf area, which will be removed or relocated.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said while the Leisureplex gym was well used, it was quite small for its level of patronage and needed an upgrade to expand services.

“We have had a good take-up of memberships for our fitness facilities, however the Leisureplex is a few years old now and we want to make sure we are still offering a great product,” he said.

He said the popularity of high- intensity interval training made it a good focus for the expansion.

“Fitness trends move quite quickly and having a high intensity interval training area is going to provide another option for our members and casual users from the community,” he said,

“Group fitness classes and small group personal training sessions are becoming very popular and we need more space to accommodate these types of training.”

Council considered that patronage of the mini golf area, once well-used, had fallen in the past 12 months and seemed to have lost its novelty appeal for children.

They also noted functional fitness training, high-intensity interval training and group personal training are some of the fitness industry’s fastest growing areas, but had been difficult to accommodate at the Leisureplex because of space restrictions.

Fitness instructor and long-term Leisureplex spin class participant Brooke Turner welcomed more opportunities for high-intensity interval training at the gym.

She said the format was popular because it was fast, flexible and participants could set their own resistance level. “There’s sprint, which is 30 minutes, and there’s RPM, which is 45 minutes, and sprint is good for me, being a new mum and time poor,” she said.

“It’s high intensity, but low impact.”

The City is inviting tenders for the upgrade.

A project budget will be set once tenders have been received.

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