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A gym with a new approach to health and fitness has opened in Frankton and is doing big things.

The centre was opened in June 2016 by Aaron and Kimberley Murphy, who instead of pushing dieting and drastic training routines believe in holistic health. This is an approach to healthcare that places emphasis on improving overall wellness and preventing illness. 

Head Trainer Aaron has spent the last seven years working as an accredited clinical exercise physiologist, focussing on rehabilitation, patients with clinical disabilities and illnesses, and corporate health and wellness programmes. His most recent work is with the Taupua Waiora Centre for Maori Health Research team at Auckland University, where he has been showing the benefits high intensity interval training has amongst Maori and Pacific Islanders suffering from diabetes and obesity.

The couple place emphasis on the importance of self-acceptance and respect for healthy living, rather than getting stuck on the way you look, which can have negative effects on your self-esteem.

“It’s accessible, affordable and a great place for community members to get to know each other. When you come down you’ll find an energetic, supportive environment full of all kinds of people who are committed to bettering their health,” says Aaron Murphy.

Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Hale Health Centre offers convenient and affordable exercise, with a dynamic group fitness timetable. Using a secure access key, members can access the club even when it’s not staffed. They have full use of state-of-the- art strength training and cardio equipment.

Owners Aaron and Kimberley are enthusiastic about their new business venture and are working with local businesses such as Te Runanga o Te Kirikiriroa, Higgins Contractors and the South Pacific Institute to provide workplace well-being programmes.

“Hamilton has a lot of great gyms and exercise professionals doing amazing things, but not everyone is under the same roof working as a team, and that’s what we want to achieve.”

Eventually the centre will have massage therapists, nutritionists, chiropractors, exercise physiologists, physiotherapist and more on-site to help people with a holistic approach to training, performance enhancement, diet and rehabilitation.

Hale offer monthly memberships from just $10.95 a week, have no lock-in contracts, free wifi and never closed.