Thursday, January 26, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

A Weightlifting Way Of Life

Building strength and building confidence, Whitsunday Weightlifting offer classes to anyone from the age of eight to 80, equipping them with the foundation needed to achieve any health goal.

Whether you are trying to improve your fitness to help excel in other sporting activities, want to shed a few holiday kilos or need some guided assistance with rehabilitation, owner Leanne Knox says she can tailor make a program to get you there.

“Weightlifting and our other classes are great for increasing body awareness, base strength and other key skills like focus,” said Leanne.

“Through regular practice you can be better at other sports, run faster, jump higher and avoid injury.”

With a variety of child-friendly equipment such as light, plastic dumbbells, young people can learn to lift safely and easily.

“We have had so many teenagers come through the club and find it gives them focus,” said Leanne.

“It’s all about technique and execution, it is a thinking sport and there is no ceiling to how much you can improve.

“Measuring your progress can be very rewarding”

Leanne Knox started Whitsunday Weightlifting from a shed next to her home 10 years ago.

Back then, she had just two members but now she has over 50, plus four trainers and a large ‘bush gym’ with extensive equipment.

She has also expanded to offer classes in strength and conditioning, power lifting and Olympic weightlifting.

Over the years there have been several national champions and Australian representatives come from the club and Leanne prides herself on being able to help people reach competitive levels if that’s what they want to do.

There are opportunities to compete in Townsville and Mackay four times a year and there is a state championship held in Brisbane annually.

Whitsunday Weightlifting, however, is about much more than competing, it is about challenging yourself and making new friends along the way.

“It’s an individual sport and it often attracts kids who like to be one-on-one, so we see a lot of close relationships form,” explains Leanne.

Whitsunday Weightlifting juniors train on a Monday and a Wednesday from 3.30pm to 5pm and adult classes are held regularly so call Leanne to enquire.

Leanne Knox, owner and trainer at Whitsunday Weightlifting. Photo credit: Rachael Smith

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