The environment at Maleny Community Gym is not like most. “You won’t find any ‘lycra greyhounds’ here” laughs Manger April! “We’re all quite down to earth and very social, yet all our trainers are qualified and registered with Fitness Australia.

“People have told us it’s the nicest gym they’ve ever been to and I’m sure the social contact, for many is one of the reasons they love to come. We have one group of ladies who work out then meet in town afterwards for a cuppa!”

April is grateful for the continuing support of Maleny Supa IGA’s Community Benefit Club (CBC) in helping the gym continue to expand.  “CBC funding was particularly helpful years ago,” she said “As it allowed us to purchase equipment without having to wait for grants.”

The gym has received more than $8,000 in CBC funds to date. “This has helped us purchase much needed equipment and continue to upgrade our existing equipment.”

New equipment at the gym includes Kettle Bells, a form of sport equipment used in many European countries. Maleny Gym trainer, John has studied the use of Kettle Bells and is starting now to train others.

The Blackall Range Care Group have been regular visitors to the gym and April said the improvement in the people attending has been remarkable. Another of her favourite groups is the Veterans who come in twice a week. “They are so funny and a little naughty too!” The group is organised through Maleny Physiotherapy with Mary and Tim Bagshaw running the men through their paces.

“We attract a diverse range of members” said April. “It’s wonderful to see the improvement in people over a short period of time. We also work with physios and doctors to support people with disabilities. It’s very rewarding work.”

If you’d like to support your local community gym, register for your own CBC number and specify Maleny Community Gym as your beneficiary. To find out more about the gym, visit www.malenygym.com, phone 5429 6911 or visit the gym during opening hours.

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