BEAUDESERT High students are taking advantage of $40000 worth of new gym equipment to help the members of the community get fit.
The school’s P&C and the federal government contributed $20,000 each to purchase new treadmills, rowing machines, spin bikes, a power rack, leg and chest machines and weights.
Beaudesert High’s Certificate III in Fitness students have also taken on eight local clients, who undergo free personal training sessions each week, through this year’s Scenic Rim Be Health and Active Program.
School principal Alan Smith said the number of pupils accessing the gym had increased and was glad the students could be a part of the initiative.
“It is pleasing to see students enrolled in the Certificate III in Fitness course working successfully with local residents as part of the Scenic Rim’s Be Healthy and Active Program,” he said.
“This is a clear example of effective real-life learning. ”
Beaudesert resident Heather Leo, who is participating as a client in the program for the second year in a row, said it improved her sense of well-being.
“The benefits are instant – I feel better in my body, freer in my breathing and clearer in my head,” she said.
“These young people really know what they’re doing, and getting all of this new gear is absolutely brilliant, it’s just made the place.”
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said it was great to see such a strong focus on health and fitness at Beaudesert High.
“I know first-hand just how life-changing it can be to take good care of your health,” he said.
“There is nothing I love more than to see people reaching their potential like the students and clients are doing here at the Beaudesert High gym.
“I wish the students all the best as they pursue careers in the fitness industry and I take my hat off to the people of all ages, shapes and sizes who are getting in there and taking the opportunity to do something good for their health.”