Tawa gym go­ing strong af­ter 20 years

Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS -

Trevor Dou­thett wanted to take charge of his health and he let Alas­tair Les­lie lead the way.

When Body Shape Fit­ness Stu­dio opened in Tawa in Jan­uary 1996, Dou­thett and a mate walked through the doors to check it out. They’d had a dis­cus­sion over a few wines and agreed to get fit and im­prove their lives.

Dou­thett, a retail chief ex­ec­u­tive in charge of staff na­tion­wide, said he needed some checks and bal­ances in his life.

Twenty years later, he still trains twice a week with Les­lie, the gym’s co-owner, a tes­ta­ment to his fo­cus on stay­ing fit.

Last month marked the 20th an­niver­sary of Re­volve Fit­ness Stu­dio (the name was changed from Body Shape Fit­ness Stu­dio). In a cut-throat in­dus­try, it is one of the long­est-run­ning gyms in the re­gion.

‘‘The gym was set up un­der for­mer middle-dis­tance run­ner Les­lie at a time when per­sonal train­ing was be­com­ing pop­u­lar.

The gym was set up un­der for­mer middle-dis­tance run­ner Les­lie at a time when per­sonal train­ing was gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity – celebri­ties such as Madonna had be­come noted for em­ploy­ing per­sonal train­ers.

The Tawa gym of­fers nine per­sonal train­ers, and has a physio- ther­a­pist, nu­tri­tion­ist and mas­sage ther­a­pist.

‘‘I have clients com­ing from Kapiti to train sev­eral times a week, so we must be do­ing some­thing right,’’ Les­lie said.

Co-owner Suzanne Patterson was sold on the gym when she be­gan work­ing there.

‘‘Its at­mos­phere is so dif­fer­ent to other gyms. The per­sonal touch and so­cial side of it is re­ally spe­cial,’’ she said.

Last year was a chal­leng­ing one. The gym was dev­as­tated by the May 14 flood, which de­stroyed all the ex­er­cise equip­ment.

But Les­lie and Patterson have re­built and this year the busi­ness has ex­panded. It is now set up to work along­side sports coaches to de­velop young ath­letes in a range of dis­ci­plines, from ten­nis and run­ning to mar­tial arts.

Trevor Dou­thett, left, and Re­volve Gym coowner Alas­tair Les­lie. Dou­thett has been at­tend­ing the gym for 20 years.

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