A NEW training and fitness facility is being constructed at the site of the former Dairy Farmers factory.

The Hiper Australia High Performance Centre is the brainchild of Toowoomba man Jason Amos.

It will include "Milk", a cafe serving health food, "The Cage", a boxing area and "The Boiler Room", a functional fitness training facility.

The Boiler Room will include bikes, treadmills and rowing machines.

Construction work will start tomorrow and the centre is due to open on February 1.

The Hiper Australia High Performance Centre is the brainchild of Toowoomba man Jason Amos.
The Hiper Australia High Performance Centre is the brainchild of Toowoomba man Jason Amos. Bev Lacey

It will cater for residents of all shapes and sizes from elite athletes to mothers wanting to shed a few pounds.

Mr Amos said he wanted to avoid the word gym when describing the centre.

"People think about guys walking around lifting heavy weights, but that's not what we're about.

"It's really about health and wellness.

"We'll offer a holistic approach to health with nutrition, functional movement and remedial therapies.

"I want to help people without taking them into the park and screaming at them for an hour."

Mr Amos said he wanted to work with Toowoomba Regional Council to combat the city's "weight problem".

"We want to go to the schools to educate students.

"The other group we want to help is underprivileged kids and we've created a free academy that will help them with fitness, boxing and self-esteem."

 A new fitness complex, complete with restaurant is to open in Brooke Street on site of the Dairy Farmers factory which was closed several years ago.
A new fitness complex, complete with restaurant is to open in Brooke Street on site of the Dairy Farmers factory which was closed several years ago. Bev Lacey

He said Toowoomba used to be one of the most well-respected rugby league centres in the country, but that it had lost that position.

"We think there's an opportunity for us to help get that back and create elite athletes coming out of Toowoomba."

Hot and cold ice baths, which are used to help athletes recover quickly, are planned for the centre.

"We spoke to the Gold Coast Titans and a few other teams, and they think it's a great opportunity for the city to have an elite training facility," Mr Amos said.

He said the centre was a dream seven years in the making.

"We've been looking for a site for the last two and a half years, and the moment I walked into the Dairy Farmers factory I knew this was it."

He said the Brooke St site would be a great location in the long run.

"The feedback that we're getting from council and developers is the same; this is going to be the trendy hub of Toowoomba, a bit like Teneriffe."

The company has been operating out of Brisbane for four years and this will be the first facility in Toowoomba.

Mr Amos was previously employed by three NRL clubs where he worked in sports medicine.


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