Home' Border Enterprise : Summer-Autumn 2011-2012 Contents 13
Vol 5. Summer/Autumn
THE option to work out any time, day or
night, is proving popular with Border
Three 24-hour gyms have opened
on the Border in the past three years.
Anytime Fitness first opened in Wodonga in
2008 and in Albury in November, and the two
gyms now have more than 2500 members.
Membership at the Wodonga Sport and
Leisure Centre is also at its highest level since it
opened more than 15 years ago.
Centre manager Andrew Mundy said member-
ship was up 30 per cent on two years ago.
Mr Mundy said with new gyms opening
across the Border, the Sport and Leisure Centre
remained competitive by offering services other
centres don't have, such as classes, a pool and
The centre is also offering to waive a $75
start-up fee for new members until October 24
in a bid to keep up with increasing competition.
But the 24-hour centres have been
increasingly popular since their arrival on the
Anytime Fitness regional sales director Janet
Whitsed-Edgar said the Albury gym was signing
20 members a week.
She said the popularity of 24-hour gyms was
a result of evolving times.
"Work hours change and more people want
after-hours centres," she said.
There are now plans to open franchises at
Wangaratta, and a possibility of extensions to
the Wodonga gym, she said.
Ms Whitsed-Edgar said the Albury centre
had recently won an award as the only Anytime
Fitness gym in Australia that had signed 1000
members in less than six months.
The drift in membership to all-hours gyms is
hurting other long-established facilities.
Laurie Butler, of Super-shape in Albury, said
cheaper 24-hour gyms were a reason why his
gym had lost 50 per cent of members in 10 years.
Construction work on Volt Lane had also hurt
Mr Butler said his members got nutritional
advice, training and hands-on attention in his
He said that while having trainers cost
members more, he assured the success of his
members with a money-back guarantee.
Dry programs director Craig Horton at
the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre.
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