// Coming back stronger from the floods: WORKOUT INDOOROOPILLY

At the 2011 FILEX Convention, Australian Fitness Network awarded the Inspiration of the Year Award to Workout Indooropilly, a club whose intensely strong community focus helped it overcome adversity in the wake of the Queensland floods.

At the recent FILEX Convention, Australian Fitness Network awarded the Inspiration of the Year Award to Workout Indooropilly, a club whose intensely strong community focus helped it overcome adversity in the wake of the Queensland floods.

Inspiration can come in many shapes and forms, and this year Australian Fitness Network found it not just in one individual, but in the ethos and spirit of an incredible club – Workout Indooroopilly.

A leading health club for over 30 years, Workout Indooroopilly is well known for its strong focus on its members. This is why the devastation was felt so widely when the club faced its greatest challenge to date from the recent Queensland floods. Flooded to the roofline, it sustained more than $2 million damage.

As soon as the floodwaters receded, around 500 club members, staff and volunteers came to help owner and founder, Michael Burke – who also lost his own home to the extreme weather – salvage what could be saved and help begin the daunting task of recovery. With this community support, Workout Indooropilly achieved what seemed impossible.

The reconstruction process began immediately, priority being given to preparing an area where the salvaged MedX equipment could be used safely. Within just 19 days of this devastating event, the club opened its doors, free of charge, to members to use during the four-month reconstruction process.

Michael’s son Anthony and daughter Kelly are the gym’s managers, and both took on the role of supervising the $2.5 million reconstruction process, while at the same time encouraging members to maintain their health and fitness, many of whom were also dealing with the back-breaking and soul-destroying flood clean-up process with their own homes and businesses.

Every fitness business faces its challenges, but the devastation experienced by Workout Indooropilly helps put them into perspective. The subsequent recovery also reinforces what the owners and managers of the best clubs in our industry always say: your most important asset is your people – look after them and they will look after you.