Hale Health Centre opened in June 2016 when Aaron and Kimberley Murphy returned to Hamilton from Australia on a mission to change lives.
Aaron and Kimberley have a passion for holistic health. Holistic health is an approach to healthcare that places emphasis on the connection of mind, body and spirit, and supports improving overall wellness and preventing illness. Rather than focusing on specific parts of the body, holistic health considers the whole person and how they interact with their environment. Aaron and Kimberley firmly believe that this approach offers the best healthcare treatment possible.
It was with this belief that Hale Health Centre was born. Hale means living a healthy lifestyle, and Aaron and Kimberley believe “Ora Mai Ora Atu” (wellness within and wellness externally) captures what their business is all about. The Hale Health logo is a koru, which represents new beginnings, growth and re-generation.
The centre is set up to help people establish and achieve their goals, and deliver the ultimate fitness and lifestyle experience to the community. At Hale Health Centre you’ll find all of the latest cardio and strength training equipment along with a dynamic group fitness timetable, that includes Functional Circuit and Boxfit classes. Most importantly, you’ll find an energetic, supportive environment full of all kinds of people who are committed to bettering their health.
As parents of three, with a love for sport and family, the couple wanted to develop a whanau-orientated facility, that makes everyone feel welcome and accepted. Aaron and Kimberley believe their gym is different because they care about individuals and how they feel (rather than what they look like), and don’t see members as numbers.
Aaron and Kimberley love helping others achieve their health and fitness goals, and will welcome you, at any stage on your health and well-being journey. No judgements, they’re here to help you succeed!
Owner and Exercise Physiologist
Aaron is a passionate rugby player and has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the fitness industry. Having been immersed in it for the last 14 years, he has worked as a Senior Exercise Physiologist, Strength and Conditioning/Skills Coach for Kalamunda Rugby Academy and Counties Manukau Rugby Football Union and Gym Floor Manager. His qualifications include; Diploma in Sport and Recreation (Recreation Management), Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, Exercise Scientist (Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA)), Accredited Exercise Physiologist (Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA)), Senior First Aid and Level 2 Rugby Coaching.
Aaron defines good health as eating well, exercising/being active, getting enough sleep, meditation, being mentally and spiritually well. His number one health tip is that exercise is medicine. Aaron believes helping people is in his DNA and wants people to feel comfortable at his facility. He eats oats and a protein shake every morning for breakfast and loves Walt Disney’s quote: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing”.
Kimberley has a passion for numbers, with 12 years’ experience in the finance industry. During this time, Kimberley has been submersed in roles such as Accounts Assistant, Finance Assistant and Management Accountant. Kimberley’s area of expertise includes cash-flow forecasting and collection, project budgets and forecasts, cost analysis, preparing and reviewing financial statements, payroll, GST returns and auditing. She is qualified with a Bachelor of Business Management, Diploma in Finance, and a Certificate in Bookkeeping and MYOB.
As a busy working mother of three, Kimberley strongly believes that exercising and eating well, hugely contributes to how she feels, and how she is able to cope with the demands of working and running a family household. She is a strong advocate for being a positive role model to our children, and to instill in them good habits. Kimberley is a lover of sport, both playing and watching, and has a particular passion for netball, basketball and tennis. She loves to meet new people, and enjoys classes for the added motivation.
Kura was born and bred in the mighty Tokoroa and moved to the big smoke of Hamilton to study at university. Health and fitness has always been a huge part of her life and from a very young age where she played in many representative netball teams.
Kura has been working in the Human Resource department for 20 years and loves working within the gym environment which she believes is a great complement to her role as a HR Executive. Kura says: “Working out at the gym is a great stress reliever.”
Her favourite food is Thai, and she loves boxing and strength training. When she is not at work or working out at the gym she is relaxing, spending time with family and going to church.
Health and fitness tip from Kura: “Find something that works for you. “Everyone is different. Make goals that suit your lifestyle and needs. Keep it simple and enjoy yourself.”
Floor Manager/Fitness Instructor
Rachel grew up in a little town called Ngatea in the Hauraki Plains. Her passion for health & fitness began back in 2004 when she joined the gym for the first time. She loved the experience of feeling good and the staff were so motivating that she naturally found a new passion and become a personal trainer after spending years as a qualified graphic designer.
Rachel is bubbly, loves being around people and working alongside people who are on a journey of discovering themselves through being active. It is very rewarding watching people step outside their comfort zone, grow in confidence, make positive, healthy lifestyle changes and feel good about themselves.
Rachel juggles the busy life of a working mum with her three beautiful children. She loves pizza and her favourite form of exercise is boxing and weight training.
Her advice to anyone wanting to get fit and healthy is “a little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing!” and “make exercise your friend, that one friend you love seeing on a regular basis, not that friend you see once a year.”
Ryleigh hails from the mighty Bay of Plenty in a little town called Kawerau.
It’s here that she developed a passion for sports with her focus for the past few years being rugby. She currently plays for Melville and Waikato Women in the centres. It was through her sports and injuries that came with it that she decided moving into the Health and Fitness Industry would not only benefit others but also herself.
Ryleigh comes to us with an extensive background in sport and exercise, having completed her Certificate in Health and Fitness Leadership and Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Science. She also has many years of work experience behind her with a focus on youth development, and strength and conditioning, and functional exercise.
When she’s not busy at the gym or training for rugby she’s out walking her best friend, Hulk, and enjoying the odd piece of fried chicken when she feels like she’s earnt it.
One of the most rewarding parts to working in the health and fitness industry is seeing the growth and confidence in clients as they progress,,whether it be mastering a squat or bend pattern, or them turning up to regular fitness sessions per week.
So whether you are 14 or 94, starting at the gym for the first time ever or an experienced athlete, then Ryleigh is the one to see to help get you moving in the right direction.