The Straits Times
Published on Nov 20, 2012

Narrow escape at Safra gym with old machines


I ESCAPED serious injury last Thursday morning while exercising at the Tampines gym run by Safra, when the wire cord of a 50kg leg press machine broke.

The press support rebounded and my legs were almost trapped between the cord and support press, but I managed to swerve in time.

I am given to understand that the equipment is more than 20 years old. Some are recycled machines taken from the Safra Town Club gym in Carpenter Street, following its closure in 2008.

I have been a member of the Tampines gym since 1991 and have used its facilities all these years. I was told that the gym equipment was installed three years before I joined and has not been changed since, apart from the recycled additions from the Carpenter Street gym.

I understand that the gym attracts an average crowd of 150 members daily, so the machines are heavily used.

Safra has increased gym membership fees by as much as 50 per cent. It is reasonable to expect it to invest in new equipment, or undertake a thorough overhaul if, as I was told, there is no budget to buy new machines.

If the newly opened Safra gym in Toa Payoh is equipped with state-of-the-art machines, older gyms should not be stuck with dilapidated equipment.

Francis Cheng