Beginner Belly Dance Class.
Beginner Belly Dance Class. Tom Huntley

Buff bodies take shape as community embraces get-fit options

WITH the bikini and board short season upon us, many people's minds are racing towards improving their fitness levels for summer fun.

And there's no shortness of activities going on in the region to help people get started.

At Gladstone Regional Council's general meeting on Tuesday Mayor Gail Sellers praised the vast opportunities available to residents within the region.

"In the past week there has been a multitude of activities and events for the community to access," Cr Sellers said.

"The diversity amid our region is amazing, with cultural to sporting interests catered for, and activities tailored to suit a mix of ages, individuals or families," she said.

There are fitness stations around the region for those who like to work out solo.

For those who enjoy a team environment, many sporting organisations are still encouraging new members to join up, with the local cricket and softball seasons just about to start.

However, with the large population growth over the last decade people have been bringing with them fresh ideas for fitness and some of them have taken hold in the community.

Fun fitness ideas
Here are a few quirky fitness activities that the region has taken a liking to:

  • Gladstone loves its derby girls. The travel team, 'The Harbour City Hustlers', which was formed early this year is always attracting large crowds at its local bouts. Both the bouters and fresh meat train twice a week at the Gladstone PCYC. If you want to see what the team is up to and maybe even ask a question, head to the Facebook page.
  • Belly Dance/Middle Eastern Dance has been taught and performed in Gladstone since 1999. Since then it has not taken long for belly dancing to become popular, both for entertainment value and as something new and fun to learn and keep fit with. A wide variety of women ranging from under seven years old to over 60 and from all walks of life enjoy belly dancing at the Veils of Arabia classes every week under the instruction of Melanie Achilles. If you would like to get involved please phone Melanie on 49750815.
  • Party your way into shape with zumba. A myriad of classes at gyms and fitness centres around the region are packed with people dancing their calories away and world-renowned Zumba Education Specialist Enrique Salomao recently held a class at the PCYC.

Active areas
Fitness Stations can be found in the following locations around the region:

  • Gladstone: Emmadale Park, Happy Valley Park and Lions Park
  • Calliope: Bunting Park and Heritage Walkway
  • Boyne Island: Lions Park and Malpas Park
  • Tannum Sands: Garnet Park and Wetlands Park
  • Miriam Vale: Tranquillity Walk


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