New health club, Our Gym, to open in same space as closed Balance gym space at Wests Nelson Bay Diggers

NEW GYM: Instructors Tim Hayes and Lisa Oates are preparing to open Our Gym Nelson Bay at the former Balance site at Wests Diggers club.
NEW GYM: Instructors Tim Hayes and Lisa Oates are preparing to open Our Gym Nelson Bay at the former Balance site at Wests Diggers club.

Six months after the closure of Balance gym at Wests Nelson Bay Diggers due to COVID-19, a new fitness venture operating out of the same venue is about to open.

Our Gym Nelson Bay, under the ownership of former Balance instructors Tim Hayes and Lisa Oates, is planning to launch with new equipment, new programs and later opening times.

They will open their doors to the public on October 10.

"In the time since the announcement [by Wests Group] that Balance gym would not be reopening, our focus has been on establishing our own gym and to give all those former members what they have been asking for," the business partners said.

"We have negotiated a lease with the club owners and we are grateful to them for allowing us back at the Wests Diggers club venue and for undertaking renovations of the premises.

"It is our intention by opening Our Gym to give back to those members who have stuck by and supported us through the six month closure period by following our classes online."

In addition to offering a new range of programs, Our Gym will continue to specialise in group fitness classes for all ages.

"In fact, we propose to offer more classes and programs into the future, including body attack and body step, while increasing our timetables. There will also be new gym equipment, including a range of weights, dumb-bells and machines," Mr Hayes and Ms Oates said.

"Since the pandemic people have been encouraged by NSW Health to stay at home and limit their social outings, which has had negative consequences for people's mental health and wellbeing so we want to keep the Nelson Bay community connected and active."

Residents gathered outside Balance in June after being alerted to the gym's closure. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Residents gathered outside Balance in June after being alerted to the gym's closure. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Mr Hayes and Ms Oates say they have been overwhelmed with the response from the public to their online social program, which has been running a daily 60-minute workout ranging from freestyle aerobics and yoga to cardio and stretching exercises.

"It's been really fun to teach group fitness from home. We have really enjoyed learning more about our members and we have every intention of continuing the online classes well into the future."

The instructors have a vision for Our Gym Nelson Bay to become a place where all members feel welcomed, supported and motivated to maximise their fitness goals and overall sense of wellbeing.

"Exercise is so important, not only for my physical conditioning, but also for my mental health" said Mike Fisher, foundation member of Our Gym," the pair said. "To be part of an organisation that is committed to the physical and mental wellbeing of their members is very exciting."

Our Gym will reopen seven days a week, from 5am to 11pm weekdays and from 6am to 8pm on weekends.

To join or register your interest go to www.ourgym.com.au.