Tamworth Anytime Fitness expansion gets thumbs up from members

LIFTING THEIR GAME: Emily Bennett and Jake Starky said the expanded gym had more room, new equipment and new group fitness classes. Photo: Peter Hardin 140317PHC054
LIFTING THEIR GAME: Emily Bennett and Jake Starky said the expanded gym had more room, new equipment and new group fitness classes. Photo: Peter Hardin 140317PHC054

There is more room to pump iron at the Tamworth Anytime Fitness, with the Kable St gym expanding into the building next door.

Club manager Emily Bennett said the gym was getting really crowded during peak hours, so members were “stoked” with the expansion.

“We knew it was going to be good, but it’s even better than any of us imagined,” Mrs Bennett said.

“Space was our biggest issue, so we addressed that.

“Apart from the gym getting bigger, we’ve got so much more stuff now – more weights, more machines, more equipment, brand new cardio.

“People are really happy with the new lifting platform. We didn’t have one before and it was preventing people from doing things like deadlifts, because you couldn’t drop the weights.”

Members have also been giving the new hack squat machine and the boxing bags a workout. With the gym almost doubling in size, it now has space for a group fitness room, with classes kicking off in April.

“People are time poor, so our classes are all shorter high-intensity workouts,” Mrs Bennett said.

“Hour-long classes are a thing of the past. People just want to get in, get it done and burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time.”

There are a wide range of classes, which aim to cater for all demographics.

“Group fitness is seen as a girly thing, so we wanted to try and get away from that,” Mrs Bennett said.

“One of our classes is like a military-based strength class, run by a guy from the special forces.”

Mrs Bennett said Tamworth had a crowded fitness market – there are four large gyms, three crossfit gyms and a number of smaller privately owned gyms.

“There are a lot, it’s very competitive in Tamworth, which is why we had to step it up,” she said.

“We’ve had a fair bit of attention since the expansion, we’re getting calls and messages on Facebook every day.”

We knew it was going to be good, but it's even better than any of us imagined.

Club manager, Emily Bennett