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Gym getting facelift soon

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The fitness centre at the Memorial Sports Centre here will be getting a nearly $23,000 facelift--hopefully by month’s end.

“We will be getting [the equipment] shortly,” noted Megan Ross. “It wasn’t supposed to be here until Christmas but [now] it should be here in the next couple of weeks, by Nov. 13.”

The Community Services executive committee recommended to council Oct. 4 to allocate $22,997.18, GST included, to purchase fitness equipment from Pulse Fitness.

Items include a five-station Universal gym (lat pull down, tricep pull, low row, cable column, and cross over bar), as well as a squat machine, flat bench, and adjustable incline bench.

Also being purchased are a power cage, seat calf, dumbbell rack, barbell rack, plates, free weights, and Cybex 600T treadmill.

The committee also recommended the current equipment--such as the universal gym, white Pec Dec, seated calf, old preacher bench, bent Olympic bar, and the Smith machine--be sold to Northwest Bay School for $2,500.

“We haven’t signed a contract with [Northwest Bay],” noted Ross.

“We will section off the entire place,” she added. “There will be an area for legs, back and chest, arms, and the free weights will be in the centre.”

Ross noted she’s trying to get some sportsplex members to help clean up the place so it is ready when the new equipment comes in.

“There will be members enforcing the rules,” she said, adding some people just don’t put the weights away when they’re done.

In the meantime, Ross said she’s excited for the new equipment to arrive and thinks the members are, too.

“I think so,” she remarked. “Our membership is up from this time last year . . . just with the expansion and stuff, people are getting pumped.”

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