MILFORD - Everyone's place
A unique approach to women’s health and fitness in Milford
Many women feel daunted about joining a gym and it can be an intimidating environment. Configure Express in Milford is a women’s only gym with solely female instructors and it aims to make women of all ages, cultures, and abilities feel comfortable. It is more appropriate to call it a health club than a gym, as it emphasises a holistic approach to women’s health rather than an emphasis purely on weight loss.
When you walk into Configure Express you immediately feel comfortable in your surroundings. Owner/manager Marion Baynes is there to greet you with a welcoming smile and all the staff make an effort to ensure you feel at ease.
Marion comes from an accounting background, but she made a career move in to the fitness industry a few years ago and hasn’t looked back.
“I’ve belonged to gyms since forever and the best gyms I’ve been to are the ones that focus on technique. Configure Express is a small boutique gym where the classes aren’t too big and I encourage my instructors to stop and correct people. We offer a great array of classes including Latin dance, Pilates, yoga, and boxfit,” said Marion.
Beauty services are also available along with fitness classes, circuit training, and weight training. A nail technician operates within the building (Cici nails) as well as a massage therapist, and facials will be included in
The holistic approach to health and well-being at Configure Express includes education and support surrounding nutrition and rehabilitation, and incorporates everything down to advice on the best sports bra.
“It’s about community. We have social events so the women really feel like this is their place. We are going out for dinner next week and a few weeks ago we had an international night where all the ladies brought food from their own countries and that was wonderful. A lot of people who join this gym have just moved to the area, so we like to give them an opportunity to get to know people,” said Marion.
Marion has never lived on the North Shore before, but Milford has stolen
“I love Milford. I’ve never lived on the Shore but Milford has won me over. I love it as a community. You don’t get that in a lot of parts of Auckland.
And that’s what I aim for with this gym - for it to be Milford’s women’s
Lony, a personal trainer and massage therapist at Configure Express, is currently training for body sculpting competitions, with placings in various events, so there is plenty of help and assistance if you wish to pursue a more serious approach to your training, including boot camps, Ignite small group training and Break one on one programmes.
When asked what Marion loves the most about working at Configure Express she replied,
“I love working here because they are a lovely group of women who help each other. New women come in and they introduce themselves, and I love seeing ladies change their lives with a focus on health and fitness. That’s why I’m in this industry, to make a difference in people’s lives. I’m not driven by money, I’m driven by seeing people’s lives change.”
Configure Express, 1 Shakespeare Road, Milford 09 489 8937