A 22-year-old Tariki woman is the proud new owner of a New Plymouth women's gym.
Last week Contours personal trainer Courtney Hucker went from being employee to employer after buying the New Plymouth branch of the gym franchise.
The Contours franchise, which has 20 branches nationwide, is a health and fitness gym exclusively for women.
Ms Hucker said Contours New Plymouth had been operating for eight years before she took it over on June 8.
The Massey University health science graduate started working as a personal trainer 18 months ago. When the opportunity to own her own gym came up she grabbed it.
"I always thought I would do something like it one day but not this soon," Ms Hucker said.
"The more I looked into it the more I wanted to do it."
The atmosphere of Contours made it an enjoyable space to work, she said.
"It's more than a gym, it's like a club because everyone knows each other."
So far everything was running smoothly and the previous manager, Mary-Anne Joyce, was making the transition particularly easy, she said.
"That was another reason why it was a good idea to do it - because I had that support," she said.
Ms Hucker said she wasn't overly looking forward to doing monthly accounts and GST returns.
"That's going to be a big step.
"But again I've got heaps of people to help me out."
The gym has five fulltime staff and four contractors, she said.
Contours was not trying to compete against the bigger gyms in the market, some of which are 24 hours, she said.
"We want it to be warm and friendly and give members the best chance of achieving their health and fitness goals."
Since taking over Ms Hucker has renovated the reception area to create a more open space."It's opened up so we can interact with the members better."
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