Best in Business Awards- Health & Beauty winner, Body Blast

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Best in Business Awards, Health & Beauty category - Body Blast!

Here's what Kate Rushworth and Cherie Garland have to say about their business:

Body Blast Photo Medium4"Gyms and PTs are everywhere, so why are we still getting bigger, sicker and not moving more? A good question and one that we often think about - it’s why we opened our doors, to find a way to offer something different than a gym membership in a place with shiny slick machines, mirrors and classes so big that the Instructor doesn’t know them all by name and doesn’t miss them if they don't turn up.
 
We teach our clients how to change their lifestyle for the better, we want them to understand how good healthy eating and fitness can and should fit into everyone's schedule and that they can love exercise and be part of an incredibly supportive and empowering fitness family. Our 6 week challenge is focused so people learn to move more, fuel well and can see measurable and maintainable results - they are incredibly popular and since winning the Health and Beauty award we’ve enjoyed meeting many new people who have reached out to begin their journey - we have been overwhelmed with the love and contact from the community and truly humbled by the whole experience!
 
We know it can take a lot of courage to get into a gym but we make everyone feel welcome and capable. Unlike larger more corporate gyms you will be greeted by name and with a smile every time you walk through the doors. We take the time to get to know our clients, what makes them tick and what makes them give up every now and then .... and then when they are struggling and want to give up, we touch base privately because we genuinely want to help all our clients be better, fitter and healthier! We are real trainers, no judging, no mirrors, just straightforward exercise in a great setting.
 
Our sessions are designed to be scaled to ANY ability level. This means a complete beginner and a crazy fit fire breathing dragon (yes we have some of those) can do the same session and get a great workout. But it needs to be scaled appropriately, that’s why we Coach and do not participate. we are alongside our clients, pushing and motivating them to reach THEIR potential at THEIR stage. Every movement, every rep, you should never feel too scared to try one. Our sessions get RESULTS ...... and look out - they are addictive! We meet people exactly where they are at RIGHT NOW to ensure they are challenged but not broken. Many people feel they need to “get into shape” before they can walk into a gym with confidence or get a PT. But what kind of “shape” people are in right now is completely irrelevant to us and this is a message we try to get through. Why? Because they decided to change their life NOW. They want to start NOW. We want to help.
 
It's been an outstanding 2019 Franklin, thank you. We can’t wait to see what 2020 brings alongside our community - we have great things planned to continue to offer different ways to get our community moving!"

Interview with Body Blast- ​Cherie Garland & Kate Rushworth

How long has your business been in Pukekohe?

We started with one class per week about 6 years ago. Now to the 22 we have on offer weekly today, not including our Community walk-run group that happens 3 times a week. Phew, times flying by!

What is your favourite part of your job?

Our fitness community. They are without a doubt our favourite part. We enjoy working alongside such a huge spectrum of clientele who at the end of the day all have the same goal, to be the best version of them possible! We get huge satisfaction in our roles watching people find their feet when they come into the studio, meet new friends and smash out their goals with total support not only from us and our Trainers but from their newly found fitness family!

What keeps you motivated?

We would be lying if we didn’t say we get tired from time to time, we work tirelessly and offer out of class support like no other fitness community in Franklin but when we see our clients reach a goal, whether that be weight loss OR gain based, strength based, running based or feel more energized with their family it gives us a huge boost!  We love working with Franklin teens & adults to increase their fitness and confidence!

What do you ike most about Pukekohe?

Pukekohe has a unique community, neither of us were born and bred here but truly call this home. The deep-seated sense of community togetherness and getting in behind each other is so strong you can’t not love it here… we couldn't tell you the last time we went to the supermarket and didn't’ bump into someone we knew and we love that!  Remember that old saying it takes a village to raise a child.. well it takes a village to support a person too and we feel Pukekohe does that - they support everyone.

What would you most like to see change in Pukekohe?

That frustrating intersection from Stadium Road that goes up East Street!

How do you think Aucklander’s perceive Pukekohe?

DO they even know where we are?!  

Where might we find you after work?

Our family time is limited in the jobs we have chosen so we try to be with them out of hours, and given our day starts so early our pastime is sleeping or being present with our children and family and friends.

What is something people may not know about you or your business?

We job share, one week in classes and one-week doing online support and back end paperwork. Gives us the ability to keep our hands on both sides of the business and keep our classes fresh.