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A joint initiative by HIT104.7, Coordinate and HerCanberra, Hits of 2020 is Canberra’s way of giving back to their favourite local businesses after a difficult year.
Across three huge weeks, Canberra voted for everything from their favourite florist to their favourite tradie, pub, restaurant and even their local shops. Now we present to you the winners of the Hits of 2020.
Alive Health Club Narrabundah (Best Gym)
With Canberra having such an active community, the Hits of 2020 Health and Fitness category promised to be competitive. Now the results are in, and this year Canberra has been captured by the community-oriented approach at Narrabundah’s Alive Health Club.
It only takes one glance at the Alive Health Club’s website to realise why it’s got such a loyal and adoring membership base. The testimonials from members highlight aspects of the gym being “non-intimidating” and “confidence-building.”
There is an emphasis on the friendliness of the community as inclusive and welcoming, where the gym appears more like a recreational hub than a typical gym.
Directors Robert Nikolic and Rod Harvey chatted to us about how, when they established Alive in 2004, their intention was to transform understanding of a conventional “gym” and allow it to blossom into a wonderful health and fitness enterprise.
Emphasising improvement of mobility and strength, both Nikolic and Harvey recognise the support of their members as the key to their success.
“The fact that our members got behind us [in Hits of 2020] and voted was a wonderful, humbling experience,” says the duo.
“Our members are everything to us and the fact that so many got behind us to vote is amazing.”
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Amidst the chaos following 2020, Alive have endured despite many obstacles with grace and professionalism.
Having battled intense smoke at the beginning of the year, hail damage in February, and then a nine-week shutdown from March, Alive’s Hits of 2020 win is a testament to the strength of their place as a mainstay of the Canberran community.
Implementing sanitising systems, adapting classes and floor numbers, and crafting a state-of-the-art booking system for all services, Alive has kept their commitment to their members to provide a safe and welcoming environment despite COVID.
It’s self-evident that Alive has captured the hearts of active Canberrans, and has provided a source of motivation and self-fulfilment, as well as a genuine community, for locals this year.
The business in this editorial received this promotion as part of their Hits of 2020 category winner prize. HerCanberra is proud to support local business, now and always.