13 Jul 2016

For years now, Duncan Marchant has interviewed local health and fitness enthusiasts or health professionals for Focus Magazine but we thought it was about time we interviewed him instead.

Duncan is the Founder and Managing Director of Coffs Coast Health Clubs located in Toormina and Moonee. These clubs have been the trusted community health clubs since 2009 due to their comfortable and relaxed atmospheres and their team’s contribution to local community, schools, sports teams, events and charities.

Why did you choose fitness and what have you done since then?
I have played sport my entire life representing at both club and state levels but decided after school, that fitness was my future. My first role was as reception/maintenance/cleaner/sales/ personal trainer and whatever else in the gym at Hyatt Hotel Canberra. I did all the shifts the manager would give me at any time because I just loved the fact that I could have such a positive impact on so many lives. I started studying to be a personal trainer straight after school and then went on to study nutrition and business at uni after that. My first gym here was Harbour Health Club in 1996, then Pacific Bay Resort and then I was offered the opportunity move to back and manage the gym at Hyatt Hotel Canberra at the age of 21. Since then I have founded, bought and sold a number of fitness businesses but Coffs Coast Health Club is my family’s home forever more. My kids love it (especially kids club) and Carla (wifey) is in her element teaching classes and helping everyone every day.

Your clubs are widely known as the regions most awarded health clubs but why is that? 
Well I think it because since 2009 we have won various Fitness Australia and Coffs Chamber of Commerce awards but we have also won a Telstra Business Award which is a pretty big achievement for a local Coffs business. I actually think the main reason we won those awards is because everything we do is to empower the Coffs Coast to be the happiest and healthiest community in Australia. We love our members and our community and each year our team donates over $50,000 to local causes and immeasurable time to support community events. I think it’s about our culture; we attract caring individuals that see the bigger picture instead of just their own needs and that goes for our members too.

You used to be the President of Fitness ACT, where do you see the future of fitness going?
When I first started running fitness businesses 20 years ago, the industry was pretty boring with sometimes only one globogym in each area and the bodybuilders intimidating the general public out of the free  eight area. Today, things are truly different and we are blessed in Coffs to have such a diverse range of health clubs and fitness businesses. We have plenty of options from our two clubs to Genesis, Beachbodies,
Powerhouse, MyGym and the like through to crossfit and group training options like GirlFit, Vibe, She and FitFix. We all do business differently and it’s just a matter of finding a fitness business that has everything you need and an atmosphere you can see yourself consistently exercising in. Hope you don’t mind me plugging them all but I believe when we all work together; we can do amazingly positive things with the community’s health and the future of fitness is in collaboration. Online programs, fitbits and apps all have their place in the future but at the end of the day we are social creatures and human interaction is  critical to us all achieving our goals.

What services can we get at Coffs Coast Health Club?
Our mission is to provide the region with a one stop shop for health and fitness services. This means we provide everything on site from 24/7 memberships to physiotherapy, massage therapy, exercise physiology, nutritional consulting, weight loss programs, group exercise classes, kids clubs, personal training and natural supplements all under the one roof. We also provide a real learning and training environment for anyone wanting to become a personal trainer through the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers, who chose our club for their registered training organisations base. I’m not sure everyone is aware that we do so many different things. We’re not just a gym.

Thanks for sharing Duncan and if you are looking to kickstart your own fitter future you can drop in to see him at either Coffs Coast Health Club Toormina or Moonee! You can also contact him directly on 0411 103 867 or Facebook to get started today.

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