Opening of gym lifts weight off Matt?s shoulders
By NERIDA BLOK
MATT GEORGE displayed plenty of patience in the lead-up to opening his new $200,000 gym in Lismore yesterday.
The 28-year-old entrepreneur planned to open his second gym, Futura Health and Fitness, in the former Lismore RSL Club in September.
However, a nationwide shipping crisis at the Port Botany terminal delayed the big day.
Some of the gym equipment he had imported from Italy is still held in containers after a new computer system installed at the Sydney shipping terminal malfunctioned.
Matt said his cardio gear had arrived in time, but most of his free weights and pinloaded equipment was still caught up in a backlog of containers at Port Botany.
He said he was thankful to Elite Fitness, of Brisbane, the importers of his Techno gym equipment, for lending him gear until his equipment arrived.
"These guys are doing a full fit-out for me so when it arrives they will swap it over," Matt said.
"They saved us."
Matt said gaining approval for the business through the Lismore City Council had also been frustrating.
"The development application process was a little slow," he said.
Matt said he had to wait for the Market Street Centre, owned by Lismore Revival Fellowship, to gain council approval.
Matt leases the gym space from the church group, which purchased the former RSL Club in April this year.
The gym will open from Monday to Friday, 6am to 8pm, and on Saturdays, from 9am to midday.
Next year Matt, who also owns and runs the women-only gym at Summit Sports and Fitness Centre in Goonellabah, hopes to open a group fitness area, pending the passing of acoustic studies.