THIRTY years is a milestone for any business to make, and for Bathurst couple Margot and Gary Webster it is one they are extremely proud to have achieved.
Originally from Sydney, the duo first set up a gym in Orange before deciding they needed a bigger facility, and one that included a pool.
They set their sights on the former Bathurst RSL Indoor Sports Complex and turned their dream into a reality when they opened Cityfit Fitness Club.
That was in 1986. Back then, Mr Webster said only around seven or eight per cent of the population went to the gym, these days it is around 16 per cent.
The gym’s original signage and streetscape was a bold mix of blue, pink and yellow and designed, like the facility, to make an impact on the city.
“From day one we wanted to ensure that we offered the latest fitness programs and equipment to our members providing the most motivating and diverse fitness centre we could,” Mr Webster said.
In the 80s it was entertainment, our late [aerobics] classes were the busiest
“We’re constantly evolving our programs to cater for the changes. We’ve grown [in membership numbers] every year from the first year.”
Gyms, like the people who attend them, have changed a lot in 30 years.
“In the 80s it was entertainment, our late [aerobics] classes were the busiest, and as they years have gone it’s become a lot more mainstream,” Mr Webster said.
These days, the gym’s biggest growing clientele is the 60-plus years.
The health and fitness industry has also changed a lot, the couple said, with those who work in the sector better educated and trained.