Australia’s first membership-based gym with accessible and inclusive equipment has opened in Port Adelaide, offering people with disabilities an affordable way to exercise.
Founded by Shane Hryhorec from Push Mobility, the Co-able Fitness gym offers a mix of specialised adaptive equipment, as well as a diverse range of conventional equipment. With state-of-the-art facilities and a commitment to accessibility, it aims to support members on their wellness journey, regardless of their body type, shape, fitness level or physical abilities.
The gym’s holistic approach extends beyond workouts, providing expert trainers, health practitioners and luxurious amenities. It features multiple fitness areas, including weight training, cardio, boxing and dedicated open spaces for group yoga classes, Pilates, dance, and meditation.
Following a life-altering accident in 2007 that left him without mobility from the waist down, Hryhorec became frustrated with the lack of inclusive fitness spaces available. “Our goal is to break down barriers and nurture a community that embraces every individual’s unique journey”, he said.
Wheelchair user Brodie said the gym has been designed with inclusion in mind, ensuring everything from the gym equipment to the bathrooms had been designed to suit all abilities. “A gym that doesn’t look like a hospital clinic makes for a community that is all-inclusive”, he said.
It supports NDIS participants, enabling members to use their NDIS funding to access the gym.
There are 12-month memberships at $100 per month now on offer, which provides members with access to the gym, trainers, and all facilities.