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Gyms and Fitness Centres

I think we are going to have to start rating gyms and fitness centres. If you go here there is a baffling array of choices for people and that is just in South Australia and we are not very big. I was in Sydney and we passed what looked to be a very popular and enthusiastic fitness centre. When I commented , someone said it was a gym for people who were already fit and just wanted to keep looking the part. Okay, so there are image gyms for the young and body beautiful. Near here there is a great little gym which caters to anyone who wants to go. It runs half hour sessions for younger workers who want to keep in shape and they open at 5am in the morning. Later in the day you see people of all shapes and sizes and from what I can tell the owners fo that gym develop personal programmes for individuals who then work alone or in groups. The groups could be running, skipping, weight training…anything. It looks to be a very dynamic place with regular customers. Back in Sydney , there was a group of older people I saw everyday practising Tai Chi in the shade of a big building. Their music was lovely and they were oblivious to the busy working crowds. My friend who has open heart surgery has had a personal programme created by the University of SA and physiotherapists. His doctor has organised this and it really is a high level of care and has made such a difference. It has alerted me to the fact that even frail and weak people can benefit from expert care, assessment and an exercise programme. There are a lot of young people who resent having older people in the same gym  if catty Facebook comments are anything to go by, so I am thinking we need to rate our gyms. People need to know whether they are for the image fit, the serious fit, the out of shape trying to get fit, the battling with conditions and illness and want to feel better fit…A gym is entitled to build an image but we are entitled to know.


Retired Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom, wherever that might be, to write on the lives of others.

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