Working towards an ideal match

A PROGRESSIVE partnership between a fitness centre and a health service provider could be Perth’s next gym success story.

Utopian Whole Health and Fitness has just opened a centre in Fitzgerald Street, North Perth, and proprietor Stewart McDonald is hoping it will be every bit as successful as the first gym in Shenton Park.

The new gym is located next door to Advanced Physiotherapy, a Perth-based health service provider. Mr McDonald and his team of exercise physiologists work with Advanced Physiotherapy to put together fitness programs and classes for people with osteoporosis, arthritis and diabetes, as well as for those recovering from an injury.

The partnership started at the Shenton Park centre, where Advanced Physiotherapy rents a room from Mr McDonald.

“When the space came up next door to Advanced Physiotherapy in North Perth we were happy to expand there. It means we can simply walk next door and ask for advice if we need it,” Mr McDonald said.

“And as we are working with a lot of older people, that gives us a great deal of credibility.

“It also makes it much more convenient for the physiotherapists to come and supervise our classes.”

The grand plan for Mr McDonald is to continue the successful partnership and open up more Utopian gyms near Advanced Physiotherapy locations.

“I would like to stay partners with (Advanced Physiotherapy) ... they are one of the busiest physiotherapy providers in Perth, with five locations,” he said.

“Leeming may be the next one.”

Mr McDonald described the two centres as “gyms for people who hate gyms”, perfect for those people who did not feel comfortable in the large warehouse-style arrangement of many Perth fitness centres.

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