Ex-PSL players spice up fitness world

Fame & Fortune

Ex-Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits player Neil Winstanley and Ryan Botha, formerly of Moroka Swallows, are both qualified personal trainers who founded the gym over six years ago.

"When I retired my brother actually wanted me to come to Switzerland and I decided against it. Then we came to Cape Town on holiday and I met up with Ryan. He had also retired and we decided to do the gym," Winstanley tells KickOff.com.

"The gym has been going for six-and-a-half years. We did not want to do the normal kind of gym, so went into functional gym. We started to concentrate on strength, speed and mobility. It's going well. We do boxing classes, we do functional classes, we do kettle bell classes and stuff like that. We have 16 or 17 personal trainers who work for us.

"The fitness industry is a hard one to be in. We worked hard at it. We are not like your Virgin Active and stuff like that. Currently we have about 600 to 650 members at the gym. The gym has done really well. There are a lot of ex-athletes who train at the gym as well. We have rugby players, boxers, golfers and so on."

Marketing a gym that is not well known like Virgin Active or Planet Fitness is difficult, but Winstanley and Botha have found a way. It also helps them that they are ex-footballers who were well known during their time on the pitch, so people are curious to know more about their gym.

"We can't compete with brands like that, but right now we use our social media platforms to try get clients. We also use word of mouth. Because we were well known and we played football, a lot of people come to the gym to see what it's like. Fortunately for us they actually stay and they find it very different to the conventional gym. So it's really been good for us."

Both Winstanley and Botha are looking to go into football coaching.

"When I retired I kind of took a step back from football and being in the fitness industry was kind of the logical thing to do. But I am actually starting to go back into football. I am starting to coach, so we will with our coaching licences in Lesotho next year through the Scottish FA," Winstanley says.

"We want to do it all in conjunction with the gym. I am going to be coaching a local Cape Town development team."

They've got big plans for the gym in future and it could see them moving to different parts of the country.

"We want to start franchising it. There's a lot of interest for the gym, so the next step is to franchise Point Break."

You can follow their page on Instagram @pointbreakcapetown