JACK Olden was an 18-year-old with just $200 in his pocket when he decided to start his own personal fitness business, despite his family’s garage being the only space he could afford.
Hard work and dedication allowed Mr Olden to upgrade to a small Keegan Street warehouse a year later, quickly followed by another upgrade into Roper Street, but the struggle to make enough to pay rent meant he did not even pay himself for most of that time.
“Financially was the hardest part of the whole process. There was no access to grants and no banks want to look at a 20-year-old trying to start a business with no financial figures, so I saved,” he said.
“I’m not going to lie, for the first few months we were within a few dollars of covering the rent, but I believed in the vision and made it happen with what I had.”
He said four years of slogging it out had finally paid off as Jacked Fitness opened the doors to its brand-new South Street premises last week, a space 12 times bigger than the garage where he started.
“My goal has always been to create a premium facility to give the best quality of service possible,” he said.
“Our new premises offers a wide variety of programs, created by us and unique to our facility, along with personal training, 24/7 access and group coaching.
“I am in the business of helping people to live fitter, healthier and happier lives.”
Jacked Fitness is at 354 South Street, Hilton.