Dream of owning a gym comes true

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Snap Fitness managing director Ruth Stevenson at the new Spey St site which the gym will be relocating to.

IT’S a new era for Invercargill’s Snap Fitness gym, with new owners and soon a new home.

Director Hayden Sproat and managing director Ruth Stevenson took over the franchise last week.

Mr Sproat is a Southland sports physiotherapist and director of SportsMed Southern Physiotherapy. He said he would continue to work for SportsMed Southern Physio, and run Snap Fitness from behind the scenes.

He had always wanted to operate a gym, he said.

“I have always had a passion for the health and fitness industry, being a keen gym-goer myself.”

Snap Fitness is relocating from Tay St to 31 Spey St, on the corner of Spey and Leven Sts, early next year to make way for a new multimillion-dollar retail complex development.

Mr Sproat said they had some difficulty finding a suitable alternative space for the gym which had parking available and sufficient space.

“When we first walked [into the Spey St building], we knew it was the right place.”

The new premises were about 1200sqm, about twice the size of the Tay St site, he said.

Mrs Stevenson said it would be the largest Snap Fitness gym in New Zealand and the third biggest in Australasia.

“We can give members who have been loyal members for years an upgrade and give them what they need,” she said.

“[The aim is] to support them and get some culture and community back in the gym.”

Mr Sproat said OneSupps Invercargill, a business specialising in protein powders and supplements for sport training and body building he opened in Kelvin St last year, would be relocated to the new Snap Fitness gym.

The new facility would also have a massage therapist, nutritionist and physiotherapists working out of the gym, he said.

“It will be a one-stop shop.

“We are not just there to make money. We want to help people.”

The fitout of the new premises was now under way and expected to be completed in early January.

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