VU's new sports centre brings a world of fitness to the west

Thu 21 February 2013

If you have always wanted to run, hike or bike through Yosemite National Park, California, the Champagne region of France, or a scenic alpine pass in Southern France, then Victoria University's new $5.6 million Health & Fitness Centre at St Albans campus is the place to be.

The centre's revolutionary Lifescape technology allows you to do all this and more with the new machines even changing the incline and resistance with the terrain.

VU Sports Facilities Coordinator, Tim Burdeu, said, "The days where the gym was a place where muscle-bound men hung out are long-gone. Today it's all about functional movement to increase overall health, fitness and quality of life.

"The new centre offers a range of health and wellbeing programs to cater to the various goals and capabilities of people of all ages, backgrounds, fitness levels and health.

"Our programs include Living Longer Living Stronger for the over 50s, Teen Gym, and Access for All Abilities.

"And it's not just our staff and students that will benefit from this new facility as we encourage members of the community to come along, join in and get fit.

"We also have a multi-purpose sports court and outdoor functional training courtyard, so we invite our local sports teams to come and use this."

The St Albans Health & Fitness Centre was jointly funded with a contribution from Victoria University of $3 million and $2.6 million from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

To celebrate the opening people who join now can have a twelve month foundation membership for $399, a saving of $300.

Photo opportunity: contact Tim Burdeu on 9919 2639 or timothy.burdeu@vu.edu.au

Journalists are welcome to tour the new sports facility and take an instant trip to France

Tim Burdeu is available for interview 9919 2639 or timothy.burdeu@vu.edu.au

Media contact:

Christine White,

Public Affairs Unit, Victoria University,

9919 4322; 0434 602 884; media@vu.edu.au

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