Business: Ex-cop pulls gym together

Vision fulfilled: Matt Hamilton at his North Richmond gym. Picture: Geoff JonesWith a small budget and a bucket load of determination, Matt Hamilton of North Richmond has been able to turn an old auto-wrecker’s into a state-of-the-art training facility.

Six months of hard yakka using second-hand materials and equipment saw the North Richmond gym open on March 28.

The former tactical response police officer said he had one goal in mind and was determined to achieve it regardless of the challenges.

‘‘It took a lot of sacrifice, dedication and hard work,’’ Mr Hamilton said. ‘‘I gave up my job to focus on the project and the end result is incredible. There were many times where I wanted to give up, but I’m glad I kept on pushing.’’

Mr Hamilton said he was confident he had created a training facility which catered to people of all levels of fitness.

The gym includes an obstacle course, similar to the ones used at training in the police force.

‘‘I have designed it to be a fun and different way of exercising. I aimed to make it a challenging and functional military style of training.’’

His passion for personal training started two years ago, when he offered boot camp lessons to four people at Turnbull Oval in North Richmond.

Since then he has attracted more than 70 people to train with him. He said this was the catalyst for creating the new training facility.

‘‘We have seen an increase of families training together which gives it that real community feel,’’ he said. ‘‘Anyone who comes to train will get something out of it.’’

Mr Hamilton said he was proud of his accomplishment and encouraged anyone with a vision to pursue it.

‘‘It’s a gym that cultivates team spirit, encourages each other to get fit, and reach new levels each time.’’

The 550 square metre gym includes a boxing area, indoor and outdoor running track, indoor climbing wall, obstacle course and various fitness machines.

Details: Last Ground is at 8/26 Terrace Road, North Richmond.

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