GETTING FIT: Group FX owner Matt George and manager Jenni Scotchmer in the new open gym space in the old RSL building in Lismore.
GETTING FIT: Group FX owner Matt George and manager Jenni Scotchmer in the new open gym space in the old RSL building in Lismore. Cathy Adams

Group fitness goes rock and roll bigtime

GET ready to get your fitness groove on because probably the biggest fitness club Lismore has ever seen will open next month.

GroupFX is the brainchild of Matt George, the owner of Summit Sports and Fitness Centre.

It will feature group classes in a massive 700sq m space, kind of rock concert style.

"In the 80s, classes were the thing, with everyone in lycra and leotards," laughs Matt.

"That kind of died, with more people using the weights part of the gym and the treadmills and other aerobic equipment.

"But now we've come full circle and many people only use the gym to go to classes."

For that reason, Matt decided to do something different and exciting and create an exercise environment where people could have fun with others.

GroupFX will be in the old RSL auditorium in Lismore's CBD.

"The auditorium already has a sprung dance floor, which is perfect for what we're doing and we're putting in an awesome sound system and lighting," says Matt.

"GroupFX will be one, giant room with an open stage where the instructor stands.

"The name stands for Group Fitness and Exercise. No machines, no treadmills. Just classes and small group training."

Fitness classes will include Les Mills favourites like Body Pump, Body Step and Body Balance.

Expect CXWORX, Attack and Boxing too.

GroupFX will start by offering 20 classes a week but Matt says to expect more classes as the venue warms up.

He believes: "It's always more motivating training in a group rather than on your own or even with a personal trainer.

The group dynamic gives an energy that lifts your energy and effort levels to get the best out of yourself.

"Group fitness is the heart and soul of any good club - it's where members connect and inspire each other."

Membership will be very affordable - only $10 per week on a 12 month membership or $15 per week on a no lock in contract.

Matt adds that Summit Sports and Fitness Centre in Goonellabah, was only one of six medium size clubs in Australia to be awarded the Gold Award by Fitness Australia.

He's certainly proud of what he's managed to achieve in the fitness industry in the last 10 years and looking forward to just as much success with Group FX.

"With the auditorium, we're taking it to a new level."

Get the most from group fitness:

  • Choose a class that suits your fitness level
  • Bring a good attitude
  • A good pair of sports shoes is essential
  • Pay attention to group etiquette - you're sharing the experience
  • Stand up front if you're new so you can see the teacher and they can see you, don't hide down the back and struggle
  • Work to the best of your ability but don't overdo it. If it hurts, stop

For more information phone 0412 555 229.



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