Jake Henley is opening a new 24-hour gym at Yamanto that will feature state of the art equipment.
Jake Henley is opening a new 24-hour gym at Yamanto that will feature state of the art equipment. Sarah Harvey

New gym set to energize Ipswich

THE 24-hour gym scene in Ipswich has just eaten a box of glucose tablets and skolled a protein shake.

The Jetts Fitness gym at Booval and the Bodiez Gym at West Ipswich are soon to be complemented by a third around the clock operation, set to open at Yamanto on July 1.

SNAP 24-hour gym co-owner Jake Henley said the new facility would be fitted with state of the art equipment and child minding.

“The site was so good it called out for something really outstanding,” he said.

“I wanted to create something of real benefit to the parents of this community.”

The SNAP gym, to be located at the Yamanto Shopping Centre, will offer a range of spin and fitbox classes with qualified trainers.

Virtual classes will cater for members who prefer to take their spin class after hours.

It seems the city’s fitness conscious have embraced the idea of being able to jump on the treadmill or pump some iron at any old time.

Bodiez Gym owner Darren Jolley said about 30% of his 800-plus membership used the Brisbane St premises between the hours of 9pm and 4am.

“Ipswich has a high proportion of shift workers – especially defence and emergency services,” Mr Jolley said.

“I came down here on Christmas Day last year, about three o’clock in the afternoon, and there were 18 people here exercising.”

Ipswich-based disability support worker Chilali Stelet said her odd work hours meant she could never commit to a conventional gym.

“I have regularly been here about 2am,” she said.

“The best thing about coming at that time is that you never have to wait to use any of the equipment.”

A sales rep by day and security guard by night, Steve Mitchell is another nocturnal exerciser.

“My work hours can be anywhere, so it feels awesome to be able to come here whenever I want,” he said.

 

THE BIG COUNTRY

  • More than 54% of Australian adults are overweight or obese
  • This number has increased by 15% from 1989-1990


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