Director of Island Fitness Center in the Pelican Industrial Village Dave Waldron is on a mission to revolution health care.
At a recent health fair he introduced the Sports Art ICARE rehabilitation system which has the capacity to help him drive the wave of health and fitness change he intends to create.
“The system is excellent. It is a user friendly medical line that not only uses modern technology but is energy sustainable and will contribute to the carbon reduction. The equipment is also solid and well built. In addition to the gym, we will certainly target the medical fraternity and polyclinics. Also, with ICARE, therapists can concentrate on monitoring progress and data collection. The will not have to lift the patient unto the machine. That is really great.”
Waldron, a certified and licenced technician who installs and distributes PRECOR gym equipment, also recalled that the SportsArt idea was birthed when he attended an URSA convention and Trade show in Santiago and met Jaime Fairfoot (SPORTSART) and consultant Gail Lalla of Green by Design out of New Jersey. It was funny. Maybe, it was the Bajan in Gail that helped to make the connection.
“Honestly, it is a good fit. At Island Fitness Center we offer more than equipment. We provide more than space for exercise and ramps at entrances.
Island Fitness Center has a family focus with a kids room for children of members.
“We focus on preserving certain traditions. For example, while tablets and laptops are very popular today, we don’t have a television in our kids room. We have books and toys. We want to plant seeds of success. We must not lose who we are,” said Waldron.
Additionally, Waldron’s mother works at the front desk.
“Why not? I am part of my mother and she has excellent communication skills. She relates very well to all kinds of people.”
Participation in the health fair and walk fell below expectations but there was good feedback from those who participated.
“I cannot say for sure that it was political events that cause the late cancellations. It went well. About fifty out of seventy entries took part in the health walk and I have received about ten emails with regard to equipment and gym membership.
Waldron distributes and installs gym equipment and is already looking towards the future.
“In this industrial park we have competitors. Fitness and health are not [priorities] for everyone. There are lay way plans for many things. In the long term, we want to work with others to change that. We know that people are at different stages and levels. In five years, I hope to have about three centres in Barbados and others in other Caribbean islands.
Currently, Island Fitness Center has a membership of about 300 persons with about 75 per cent active and with attendance from about 76 members per day.
(Walter Edey is an author and retired educator who is an advocate of structural thinking as the rising wave of the future.
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