Police officer Kirstyn Lister needs to keep in shape for her job.
Police officer Kirstyn Lister needs to keep in shape for her job. Jenna Cairney

Thumbs up for 24-hour workouts

GYM junkies will be on the rise in the Rose City with Warwick Indoor Recreation Centre (WIRAC) announcing it intends opening 24 hours a day.

Kirstyn Lister is the antithesis of the stereotypical donut-eating, podgy copper.

She tries to work out between five and six times a week but, with unpredictable hours, it can be a challenge.

"It makes it difficult. When I get my shifts, the first thing I do is sit with my roster, calendar and diary and plan when I can work out," she said.

"When I have overtime, there's no time to do it and I do notice the difference. I feel sluggish."

Kirstyn was one of the first to ask when the council-owned gym would follow a path set by its competitors.

Voyage Fitness, on Palmerin St, is now open 24 hours, with new gym Anytime Fitness, in Grafton St, due to open mid-December/January.

WIRAC manager Don Warrener said the non-stop gym was something he had brought up with council more than a year ago.

"We'd heard rumours for a while about 24-hour gyms coming to town and I hoped to get in first," he said.

A dated computer software system set the facility back a bit but, with money in this year's budget to upgrade, Mr Warrener said he hoped to make the changes in the next three months.

An automatic door will be installed, with a thumb scanner, for members to gain entry. The gym will be unstaffed.

"We need two more security cameras and emergency phones," Mr Warrner said.

The larger weights will be locked up at night too, to avoid potential injuries.

The software upgrade will cost $37,000 and the other changes will cost $14,000.

Mr Warrener said the computer improvements had to be made regardless of changes to operating hours.

While he has not ironed out what tariffs the gym will offer, he's sure it's a service that will become well used.

"When the other gyms started offering 24-hour service, our members started asking when we were going to do the same," Mr Warrner said. "I think shift workers, like those at Big W or the bacon factory, will use the service as well as those who want to avoid the 6pm to 7pm rush."

While Ms Lister doesn't see herself pumping iron at 3am, she will find it useful before night shifts or after late shifts.

"In our job it's expected we maintain a high standard of fitness," she said.

"I think this will help."


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