Access all abilities

A young man smiling while exercising in the Empower+ Program at Richmond Recreation Centre

We offer a range of programs to support people of all abilities to use our gyms, programs and services.

Upcoming classes

If you've already complete your initial assessment you can book your class online.

Empower

A man in the Empower Program walking on a treadmill with the Gym Instructor interacting with him

Our Empower program supports people with chronic conditions who require minimal support. It’s an inclusive, fun and supportive space to meet other people and stay fit.  

This fun and inclusive program is designed to help you maintain an exercise routine and for the most part you’ll train independently, but a Gym Instructor will be there to support and guide you.  

Sessions focus on building muscle strength, flexibility and balance. 

What happens in a session?

Classes are small so that we can ensure you get as much support as you need from our gym instructors.  

You’ll be given the space you need to work through your tailored program at your own pace but we’ll always be there to help you. These classes have a fun, friendly and supportive vibe and many of our Empower members make lifelong friends! 

How do I join?

Before you join, you’ll need to have an initial assessment, where our one of our instructors will design you a tailored program to meet your goals. 

You can book an assessment with our Gym Instructors by calling us on 9205 5522 or by visiting us at reception. 

You don't need a doctor's referral. 

When is the program?

Our Empower Program is offered at Collingwood Leisure Centre and Richmond Recreation Centre:  

  • Collingwood on Tuesday and Thursday at 1.15pm
  • Richmond on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11am. 

Browse our full timetable to view all the classes we offer.

How much does Empower cost?

Classes are casual. There is no contract and you do not need to be a member to attend. 

Each session costs $10 (full price) or $6 (concession). The initial assessment is a one-time cost of $48. 

Visit Passes are also available in 10 and 25 session packs. Visit passes make booking in advance and checking in at reception faster and easier than ever. 

  • 10 Session visit passes are valid for 6 months  
  • 25 Session visit passes are valid for 12 months

Empower+

A woman participating in a Cerebral Palsy Program at Yarra Leisure with a male Gym Instructor next to her and both smiling

This is a strength training session for people with disabilities who require a high level of support. This program is perfect for people who can use gym equipment with the support of your own carer, including upper and or/ lower body movement.  

One of few in Melbourne, this wonderful program is not just about building strength and fitness, it’s about making meaningful connections with people who have a shared lived experience.  
 
The Empower+ program was studied by Disability Sport and Recreation and they found that most participants gained physical, emotional and social benefits from participating. 

What happens in a session?

Our passionate and friendly Gym Instructors will supervise the session, and alongside your carer will support you to do strength exercises using a wide range if gym equipment. 

We’ll discuss your fitness and strength goals and help you reach them! 

How do I join?

Before you join you’ll need to have an initial assessment with one of our instructors. Our instructor will design a tailored program to meet your goals.  

You can book an assessment with our gym instructors by giving us a call on 9205 5522 or by visiting us at reception. 

You must bring a referral from a health professional to your assessment. 

A carer must attend every session with you and will be given free entry.  

When is the program?

Empower+ is offered at Richmond Recreation Centre on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 1.15pm.

Browse our full timetable to view all the classes we offer.

How much does a session cost?

Classes are casual. There is no contract and you do not need to be a member to attend. 

Each session costs $10 (full price) or $6 (concession). The initial assessment is a one-time cost of $48. 

Visit Passes are also available in 10 and 25 session packs. Visit passes make booking in advance and checking in at reception faster and easier than ever.  

  • 10 Session visit passes are valid for 6 months 
  • 25 Session visit passes are valid for 12 months 

Please note: these programs are not included in memberships.   

How do I find out more information?

For more information call us on 9205 5522, email us at [email protected] or visit us at your nearest venue.