Pair bring Pulse to town

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By MARY-JO TO­HILL

If you’re a fit­ness-holic what do you do? Open your own gym of course.

That’s what Camille O’Con­nor and He­len Bond have done this week in Alexan­dra with Pulse Fit­ness, bring­ing a big-city-style gym to a small town.

For­mer Otago NPC net­ball cap­tain and qual­i­fied per­sonal trainer, Alexan­dra-born and bred Mrs O’Con­nor said she had al­ways dreamed of oper­at­ing her own premises, and since re­turn­ing home nine years ago with hus­band Shayne, was wait­ing for the right per­son to come along with the same pas­sion who could teach group fit­ness.

En­ter Mrs Bond – He­len Bond – who moved to Alexan­dra from Hamil­ton early last year with hus­band Rus­sell, and had been com­mut­ing to Alpine Health and Fit­ness in Queen­stown three times a week to teach Les Mills fran­chise classes.

In a per­fect mar­riage of skills, the two women de­cided to go into part­ner­ship. They soon found out they had more in com­mon than the gym. Not only do both women have four chil­dren, they share the same birthday, Novem­ber 13.

Get­ting the Bound­ary Rd op­er­a­tion run­ning has been a steep learn­ing curve for both. ‘‘There’s been lots of blood sweat, tears and moan­ing,’’ Mrs Bond said.

‘‘Ren­o­va­tion has been the make or break of our re­la­tion­ship.’’

They also had to do most of the paint­ing them­selves, a tor­tur­ous af­fair, Mrs O’Con­nor said.

‘‘Rest as­sured, I’ll be stick­ing to my day-job in fu­ture and not branch­ing out into DIY.’’

But at least do­ing it them­selves ‘‘made it our gym’’, Mrs O’Con­nor said.

What they painted was two group-fit­ness rooms and a 200-square-me­tre weights area, fit­ted out with equip­ment pur­chased from Pulse Fit­ness when it closed in Queen­stown, plus a child­care fa­cil­ity.

Their aim is to be ‘‘ more that just a fit­ness cen­tre’’ with health and well­ness in­cor­po­rated into their teach­ing ethos.

They kicked off this week with Mrs O’Con­nor’s ‘‘Ac­tive Mums’’ classes which run on Mon­day, Wed­nes­days and Thursdays.

On Oc­to­ber 27, they plan to start a six-week sum­mer starter, which will in­volve 25 ses­sions com­bin­ing per­sonal train­ing and group fit­ness for lim­ited num­bers un­til they are fully per­mit­ted to cater for large groups.

They have em­ployed two Alexan­dra peo­ple, Libby Hamil­ton and Si­mon Smith.

Pro­posed open­ing hours for Pulse Fit­ness will be 6am to 8pm week­days ex­cept for Fri­days, when the gym closes at 7.30pm, and Satur­day morn­ings.

Put it there part­ner: Alexan­dra fit­ness in­struc­tors Camille O’Con­nor, left, and He­len Bond cel­e­brate the open­ing of their new gym Pulse Fit­ness this week.

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