INSPIRATIONAL: At just 20, Christina owns her own business

TAKING OVER: Christina Inslay has opened Simply Her Fitness, Rockhampton’s only all-female gym.
TAKING OVER: Christina Inslay has opened Simply Her Fitness, Rockhampton’s only all-female gym. Michelle Gately Rokmgym

AGE has proven no barrier for Christina Inslay or the women she trains.

Despite being just 20, Ms Inslay took on the challenge of running her own female-only gym when she heard her employer Curves was closing.

After almost two years working as a trainer at the gym, she had tried to buy the business twice.

When both sales fell through and she heard Curves was to close, she spent two weeks frantically putting everything in place to start her own gym.

She bought the existing equipment and took over the building to create Simply Her Fitness, a welcoming space for women of all ages, shapes and physical fitness.

"I've got a lot to learn," Ms Inslay said. "It will be hard, but I've got lots of help."

While the move guaranteed jobs for her and her workmates, Ms Inslay said her motivation was the 93 women who would have nowhere else to train with no other all-female gyms in the city.

The continuity has meant all members are still on first-name terms with their trainers and comfortable in the space.

"All of the members are greeted by their name," Ms Inslay said.

"It's more of a personal thing than just a gym membership," she said.

She said exclusively female gyms were perfect for women who might not feel comfortable walking into a large, mixed gym.

For her, the gym was not just a place to change your physical appearance.

She hoped one-on-one support and training sessions could help women of any age find their fitness and confidence.

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