Cardiac arrest suspected in gym death

Last updated 15:19 09/01/2013

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A woman who died while working out at a Christchurch gym yesterday was part of a Go Girls Grans gym group, police say.

A police spokesman said the woman, in her late 50s, was working out with friends at Contours Papanui when she collapsed shortly before 12.30pm.

Staff attempted CPR but she died at the scene. 

He said cardiac arrest was suspected.

"By all accounts the staff did a fantastic job," he said. 

Gym manager Lou Satherley, who made the 111 call and started CPR, said the class trainer who knew the woman well was off work yesterday.

She said the woman attended the class on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the class often went for coffee together after. 

''They're a very tight-knit group of ladies. It's just a shame it wasn't a slightly more positive outcome.''

The class members were planning on having a few minutes of reflection and reminiscing at Friday's class, she said.

The female-only gym was closed for the remainder of the day as a mark of respect for "one of our much-loved members".

The gym reopened today. 

The Contours website says Go Girls Grans is a low-impact, fun class to help with mobility and fitness for mature women.

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