Fitness Plus in Coolum was recently forced to close its second building of group exercise classes in Green Oaks Drive.
Owners Dianna and Jerome Smith were given a week’s notice to cease operation as council zoned the building unsuitable for indoor recreational use.
Now the gym has lost one of its most popular services but Dianna said they were working hard to find alternative ways to continue providing fitness classes.
“We are trying to source another place but we can’t find anything close so I don’t really know,” she said.
Since a new building is yet to be found, Dianna said the Coolum State Primary School had offered its premises in the meantime.
Some classes are still being held outside of school hours and Dianna said the community had shown overwhelming support.
“Members have been really loyal and helpful with everything and they don’t want to go anywhere else,” she said.
Dianna said the classes had a big turnout of locals from all walks of life each week so it was disappointing to see such services cut back.
“They provided extra services for people who wanted to enjoy our classes,” she said.
“It was great for people who needed motivation to kick-start them or for those who didn’t like doing weights.”
But Jerome said Fitness Plus still offered classes at the main facility and planned to introduce new improvements over the coming months. Such advancements include an increase in the variety and number of classes and a specialisation approach to resistance and personal training for best possible results in weight control and rehabilitation.
Sunshine Coast Regional Division 9 Councillor Vivien Griffin said the second building was considered unsuitable for indoor recreational use as it had failed to comply with fire regulations.
“The flow of operation in a major premise required the business to meet certain safety standards,” she said.
However, Ms Griffin said there was still hope for Fitness Plus. Ms Griffin said if the gym wanted to operate lawfully, they could make an application for material change of use, upgrade the building or find another place to hold classes.
Jerome said they were not aware that the building wasn’t zoned for recreational use but were looking forward to the opportunities ahead.
“We have had fun and faced a lot of challenges along the way, including the recent direction from the council to vacate the group exercise,” he said.
For more information on the gym phone 5446 1266.
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