GROWING FAST: World Gym Mackay owner Luke Glassford says his business is growing rapidly.
GROWING FAST: World Gym Mackay owner Luke Glassford says his business is growing rapidly. Reuben Wylie

2000 people flock to new Mackay gym

SINCE opening his business at the beginning of June Luke Glassford, the owner of World Gym Mackay, says more than 2000 people have taken out memberships.

According to Mr Glassford the business now employs 30 staff and runs over 100 fitness classes every week at the Greenfields Boulevard complex in Mount Pleasant.

Among those classes are cross fit, spin cycle, yoga and zumba groups and, despite possessing several hundred pieces of fitness equipment, a sauna, massage parlour, day care and supplement store, Mr Glassford claims the one aspect of the gym that has been worth its weight in gold has been the cafe.

Occupying a small space at the front of the complex, the World Gym Mackay Cafe sold 1500 protein shakes in July alone, Mr Glassford said.

"They're protein shakes, which are good for once you finish training,” he said.

"We've got a few people from local businesses who come in just to buy the shakes and coffees and people who drop in to buy the supplements that we have here.

"All the other businesses around the area have said that they have noticed a lot more customers come in, especially Intersport Mackay, they sell sports gear.”

Mr Glassford said the business had been in non-stop growth since starting out in June, a trend he expects may continue for years to come.

"We are increasing a couple of hundred (memberships a month), we are adding another $100,000 worth of equipment, more cardio equipment, more Hammer Strength equipment and more equipment in our functional fitness area,” he said.

"We are also adding on more group fitness classes, they're all Les Mills classes and cross fit classes which (will be) all included in the memberships.

"We've got over 100 classes at the moment but we will be adding another 10 or 15 per week because the classes are starting to get busy.”

Mr Glassford said he had been contemplating adding a second story to the gym to allow for future growth.

"Were looking at it at the moment, that's all. I've got to quote it up and see how easily I can do it. I want to put it in but I'm not sure how hard it is going to be,” he said. "If we put that in we are looking at doing a boxing area, a stretching area and some more cardio equipment upstairs.”

The building next to World Gym remains vacant, but Mr Glassford said he had no idea who the tennant would be.


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