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the common areas and fitness spaces at PISE. Rinald laughs as she recalls an afternoon workout where a number of elite rowers entered the public gym to do some dry-land training on the bikes. “One guy was sweating so much I thought his water bottle was leaking!” she says. This mixing of professional and recreational athletes is one of the things that make PISE unique. “When the athletes are using the facility, people can see what they’re doing,” says Bob Moffat, the general manager. “When they’re around it’s pretty inspirational.” Although the carded athletes can — and usually do — use a separate area for working out, there’s plenty of community crossover in the hallways and lounge areas, at summer camps or the weekly speaker series, held Friday afternoons and anchored by presenters like gold medal winner Simon Whitfield, Olympic swimming bronze medalist Ryan Cochrane and Canadian show jumping’s Jill Henselwood. “I can’t help but think it would be motivational and inspirational to be in the same building where Simon Whitfield works out,” says Docherty. But PISE isn’t just a place where athletes go to get ripped and repaired. It combines education, research and testing, sport medicine and high-performance sport under one roof. “With these four different areas we’re targeting, it’s unique in the world,” says Andrea Carey, the program and facility manager. “If you look at, say, the Australian Institute of Sport, it’s really just geared to athletes and research. There’s not really an education component and there’s not a community component. We’ve taken a number of different pieces and put them together to create something that is really innovative in the world.” From inception, the idea was to bring together the necessary components of a high-performance athlete’s world and let the public use it, too. “We want people to be healthier and more active, and perform at a higher level in sport and recreation,” says Moffat. “We’re here to help provide that. We’re trying to offer something different than a rec centre.” Eager to work out in just such a world-class facility, Rinald signed up for Boot Camp with her husband, as soon as the centre opened. “I’d never worked out in the gym before,” says Michelle, who’s just now finding time to focus on her own fitness after years of shuttling her boys to and from their own sporting activities. “I wanted to know how to do it, and do it correctly.” The multipronged Boot Camp program provided a functional movement assessment, nutritional services and the support of a personalized training program, plus thrice-weekly workouts. The Rinalds were hooked. Now, they work out at PISE several times a week, the highlight being yoga with Elizabeth Peckham. Craig also uses physio services to manage a herniated disc.

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