Mount gym setting the pace

By DanielG 0

A Mount Maunganui gym fast becoming renowned for its ability in helping mould some of the trans-Tasman’s most talented athletes will blow out its first birthday candle on Saturday.


SPEE Training is opening its doors to all its members tomorrow to celebrate the achievement after what can only be described as a whirlwind first year with a number of international stars on their books.

SPEE Training members Mani Sharplin, Glenn Dunkerley and owner Reece Spee working out.


Opened by owners and directors Reece and Vanita Spee the gym prides itself on offering a top to bottom approach for all people and ages, currently boasting more than 100 members with six-year-old’s right through to athletes in their 50s.

SPEE Training media manager Glenn Dunkerley says the gym’s training programmes are wide ranging and popular with group classes including mums beginners, youth classes, strength and a 12 week challenge.

“We started with 20 classes a week, classes weren’t full, and now we run 41 classes a week. Most are full or almost full,” says Glenn.

“It’s more than just a normal gym; it’s about getting into the community and helping people change their lives. That was the main focus of the gym. It’s not just machines and mirrors, you don’t just come down here get a bit of sweat on and go home.”

But what is most impressive is the growing list of talented Bay of Plenty athletes competing on the world stage who hone their skills within the gym’s confines. Rising athletes include surfers Kea Smith and Kehu Butler, karter Taylor Harte and Junior Tall Black Jayden Bezzant, currently playing basketball in Arizona.

And the net stretches even wider with the Waikato Bay of Plenty and West Coast Fever netball teams and NSW Waratahs rugby players dropping in during the last 12 months.

“This happens on a fairly regular basis because the name is getting out there now, that you can come down and do something completely different to your normal gym.”

By Luke Balvert