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University of The Free State Gym, Students and staff at the UFS can now work in a gym session at KovsieFit. The new gym is open. STUDENTS on the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) can now work in a gym session between classes, and staff can do the same before or after work.

This is due to KovsieFit, a commercial gymnasium which started taking in its first members on 30 May. The gym is located in the Callie Human Centre and is a project which has been a long-time dream for the UFS.

For the last couple of months, a lot of hard work went on behind the scenes. Kobus Calldo, conditioning coach at KovsieSport, says everybody involved with the process is happy that KovsieFit is a reality. According to him KovsieFit “is looking good and everybody involved is very satisfied” with the final product.

KovsieFit will be open Mondays to Fridays from 05:30 to 19:30, and on Saturdays from 07:00 to 11:00. Prospective members will have to undergo health screenings before they may join. KovsieFit also has lockers available. The gym will be managed by a committee.

The High-Performance Centre of the UFS, where athletes and sports teams are training, is located next to KovsieFit. At the beginning of the year, KovsieSport’s offices also moved to the Callie Human Centre. A third gymnasium, the Sports Science Centre – the former biokinetics gymnasium – is located next to the Mabaleng Building. This will mainly be used as a rehabilitation centre.

According to Calldo, KovsieFit caters for all and offers the same service to its members as any other commercial gymnasium. The target market is primarily students and staff, and then the rest of the city.

“It is cheaper and conveniently close to the residences for students on campus. Staff members can have a gym session during lunch or before or after work.”

Wide variety of exercises

“We offer spinning, pilates, aerobic, zumba, and all those type of classes too. We will start with four classes a day until business picks up,” Calldo says.

KovsieFit also offers aerobic apparatus such as treadmills, rowers and electric bicycles. A gymnasium circuit, two Olympic platforms and different types of weights and machines are also available.