Tawa gym going strong after 20 years
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.