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Published October 29th 2016
The best places where you can get fit, and they get to play
Toowoomba's Best Gyms with Creche As a parent, there's a lot to be said for the chance to enjoy a workout while your little one plays nearby - somewhere safe and fun.
I've sussed out which gyms in Toowoomba have a quality childcare creche.
Regular exercise makes it easier to be a better parent (Photo by www.localfitness.com.au - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7824006)
You have your choice of pools here - a 25m indoor heated pool and a 50m outdoor heated pool. Plus a spa and sauna.
The gym itself is nothing flash. It has the equipment you'd expect and a view of the pool downstairs but felt a little cramped.
There's an okay group fitness timetable of 37 classes per week, including aqua classes, boot camp and yoga.
Milne Bay offers what could be the nicest creche in town. It has a large indoor area and an outdoor area too, and staff there seemed experienced, warm and friendly. The creche is open on weekday mornings.
While the creche isn't cheap, your workout is reasonably priced and you can visit casually.
Creche - 10 hours (1 to 2 hours per visit) $35.00 per child.
Swim - 20 visits for $80
Gym or Group Fitness - 10 visits for $110
Ongoing memberships offer good value for frequent users.
Fernwood is known for creating a welcoming, supportive environment for women of all ages, shapes and fitness levels.
Fernwood's signature perks - free breakfast, tea, coffee, shampoo - do come at a cost. There's a hefty joining fee and an activation fee when you sign up. They do offer zero joining fee at various times and for various reasons (such as to members of the defence forces).
The gym floor has a nice open feel and two group fitness rooms allow them to offer 71 classes a week. (I was inaccurately assured they have the biggest range of classes in Toowoomba and although this is no longer true, they come close.)
If you want to do your own weights program beware that the serious weights are in a restricted area for use with personal trainers only.
The creche itself is pretty squishy and didn't appeal but I have heard mostly good reports from mums who used it. Their male staff member is a rarity in child care these days but might make a nice change for kids without many men in their lives.
Creche operates morning and evening on weekdays. They don't change nappies - you'll be called in from your workout to do it.
It's also worth noting this was the only place in Toowoomba where I got the hard sell, including being pressured to sign up on the spot or risk losing certain benefits.
Creche - included in membership, but book a week ahead
Go here for - Weekend creche, a beautifully renovated gym, women's only area
The Fit Lab has been recently renovated and is looking good. Their creche is just big enough but it is attractive - clean, bright and well laid out. There's a huge gym floor and a large separate area for women only.
Thanks to their 4 group fitness studios, the Fit Lab currently wins the award for the gym with creche that has the biggest range of classes - 80 per week. The range includes Les Mills favourites (Body Attack, Pump, RPM, Step and Balance), various high intensity boxing and HIIT classes, and a separate studio for their pilates, yoga, and barre classes.
The creche operates on weekdays morning and evenings, and is the only one I found with creche available on a Saturday. The gym has 24-hour access.