About Us

OUR STORY

 

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 oriented 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!

OUR STAFF

Aaron Murphy

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 Murphy

Managing Director

Kimberley has a passion for numbers, with a strong 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.

 

Sanchez Amato

Gym Floor Manager

Sanchez was born and raised in Wainuiomata, near windy Wellington. Sanchez says “The greatest thing about working in the health & fitness industry is being able to make positive changes to people’s lives and helping them work towards their personal health and fitness goals”. It is very rewarding for him to be able to make a positive impact in other people’s lives. His favour exercises are Olympic lifting, boxing and HIIT training (high intensity interval training) and his favourite foods to eat is his dads fried fish and his mum’s yummy apple pie. Outside of the gym Sanchez loves to play basketball and eat.

Sanchez strongly believes that there are many benefits to life from being fit and healthy including enabling people to enjoy life and get a lot more out of it.

Ephram Gudgeon

Fitness Consultant

Ephram was born and raised in Hamilton. Growing up he played a variety of sports, but feel in-love with (and was a natural) swimmer. His love for sport and being able to help others achieve their goals is what led him to become a personal trainer. He finds the health and fitness industry energizing and feeds off people’s passion for exercise.

Although he spends most of his time at the gym, when he’s not at work, you’ll find him hanging out with his wife. Ephram says his wife keeps him grounded and that they enjoy going for hikes and to the movies. Ephram loves a good hangi and his favourite form of training is resistance. His advice to anyone wanting to get fit and healthy is “don’t wait – if you’re thinking about getting fit and healthy, or if you’ve ever thought about it in the past…the best thing you can do is find a local gym, sign up and get working.” As Lao Tzu once said “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Elena Stephen-Rouvi

Fitness Consultant

 

Elena was raised in a small little town called Huntly.  She grew up not really being the sporty type but her interest in exercise and nutrition started at the young age of 14 where she started attending her local gym. Her passion for exercise and nutrition naturally continued to grow from there.

Although she spends a lot of her time at the gym, you’ll also find her spending time with her loved ones.  She loves eating out but also enjoys relaxing at home with friends and family.

Elena loves working in the health & fitness industry and finds it so rewarding seeing clients succeed, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally too.  She loves being a tool to help people grow in self-confidence, become both fit and healthy, whilst feeling better about themselves mentally.

Elena is eating 80% of the time, and has a weakness for subway cookies and chocolate covered donuts. Her favourite form of training is HIIT training (High Intensity Interval Training). She loves pushing herself to the limit, raising that heart rate and feeling strong – burpees are a definite must in Elena’s workout plans!

Her advice to anyone is “Remember that balance is key, being ‘healthy’ is a lifestyle. You don’t have to cut out all carbs and train seven days a week in order to achieve the results you want, because although this may get you physical results, it is likely you’ll find it is not a sustainable and realistic way to live your life. I strongly believe in eating clean and training hard, but I think it is equally important to allow yourself to be human and treat yourself, and have a few rest days every so often. Focus on how you feel, and the kind of person you want to be, then confidence with what’s on the outside will flow. My business is called LIVE REAL Personal Training because that’s what I’m about; being real, being healthy and living in community.”