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Gym Guide: JCU Fitness Centre

Photography by Clare Powell

With upgrades, new equipment and an overall redesign to appeal to more than your average gym-goer, JCU Gym is relaunching its updated facility this weekend and taking things up a notch. We caught up with manager Tim Keating to get the latest. Head along on Saturday to try the free classes and nutritional talks and check things out for yourself.

See all the features in the Gym Quick Guide >>

What do the new upgrades include? We have a new layout that’s more free flowing and spacious. We also have brand new cardio equipment – over 30 pieces of Precor state-of-the-art machinery; plus a six-station Alphafit rig – this is designed for CrossFitters, functional movement specialists or just about anyone who needs a chin-up rack or lifting cell. It comes with six individual cells to workout on at the same time as five other people. There are also 750kg of new bumper plates to go with six new barbells.

 “Being the training headquarters for the 2015 WNBL champions, the Townsville Fire, we can now offer a better facility for them to train in”

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Some of JCU Fitness Centre’s weight machines.

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The rings on the new Alphafit rig.

Why the changes? Our facility needed an upgrade and an upgrade it got! The fitness industry is dynamic and ever changing and – as a result – we had to diversify to suit the consumer’s needs. This new fit-out appeals to more than your average gym goer: We now cater for athletes of all kinds. Being the training headquarters for the 2015 WNBL champions, the Townsville Fire, we can now offer a better facility for them to train in.

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The Alphafit rig with six stations, rings, 16 pull-up bars, kettlebells, pre-set barbells.

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Some of the new Precor cardio equipment.

How are you different to other gyms? We offer diversity – there are 30 group fitness classes a week, our weekly 5km Friday fun run; bootcamp, our functional training facilities, and spin room; plus our prices are some of the most competitive around. Being a not-for profit organisation, we are a unique community that invests all of our profits back into making our facilities better for our members.

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The large group fitness room.

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Who would benefit the most from your facility? Most people think that we are only open to university students, but this could not be further from the truth: We welcome absolutely everybody.

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The reception and chill-out area.

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Cardio galore.

What do you have organised for the open day? Doors open at 8am, there will be free classes, free Gym Food Australia taste-testing, free nutritional seminar with personal trainer Skotty J, gym memberships for $9.95 a week (no joining fee), and all supplements will be at cost price all day. More information in our calendar here.

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Manager Tim Keating at the front desk.

JCU Fitness Centre Quick Guide

Opening hours 6am – 9pm weekdays, 8am-6pm Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday
Classes Yes

Two group fitness studios. View class timetable

Trainers Personal Trainers and Shayne Pattie from Pattie PT. Exercise physiology advice can be sought upon request
Free parking Yes
Air-conditioning Yes
Crèche No
Weight machines Yes Full selection of pin-loaded machine weights, four bench presses, two leg presses, two crossover cable machines, six squat racks, eight barbells, 750kg of bumper plates, a range of plate-loaded unilateral machines
Free weights Yes Dumbbells up to 50kg in 2.5kg increments
Kettle bells Yes
Cardio gear Yes 10 treadmills, eight cross trainers, four arc trainers, two rowers, three spin bikes, eight upright and recumbent bikes, one arm crank
Other equipment Alphafit rig with six stations, rings, 16 pull-up bars, kettlebells, pre-set barbells
CrossFit gear Yes Six cell Alphafit rig, kettlebells, pull-up bars
Other professionals
Ladies only area No
Café/chill-out Yes Smoothie and supplement bar
Free water Yes
Shower facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Disability/rehab equipment Cable crossovers, arm crank, free weights
Other features Two ovals next to gym for cross training