We often get asked, what's different about what we offer, compared to other options available. So I decided to ask our regular members and these were their top answers...

1. We offer a quiet, private space rather than a busy gym.

2. You get your own private coach to guide you on your journey - perfect for those just starting out, or feeling apprehensive about exercising.

3. The classes are small fun and friendly. One on One workouts are great and it's nice being able to exercise with a friend or partner.

4. It's not just physical exercise we help improve. Your mental and emotion health is also considered. It's a safe place and a judgement free zone.

If you have been thinking about improving your health then we would love to have you join us.



After 14 years in Bishopdale, we now have a brand new private gym in Papanui. And in keeping with the Ignition Health philosophy, it has been designed to help our members feel at ease with exercise. It's the perfect atmosphere for those who are new to exercise, or don't like the idea of a big busy gym.

Meet Your Coaches

Sam Hall - Owner & Coach

My name is Sam and I am the owner and operator of Ignition Health in Papanui, where I have lived all of my life.

I am a father of 4 who is passionate about helping people become the best versions of themselves.

I have over 18 years experience in the industry and I am highly qualified to help you achieve results. 

I specialize in health psychology, meaning I know how to help you achieve your results from the inside-out. Often the barriers to achieving life-changing results are within your own mindset and the way you think. It is my passion to help others discover who they can be without these thoughts holding them back.

I have completed a Bachelor Of Sports Coaching, Graduate Diploma in Psychology as well as various fitness industry qualifications. Over the years I have refined these expertise, and I know how to help people create meaningful changes to their overall health.

When I am not out in the gym, I can be found spending time with my family, being a dance dad, running the charity Smile Dial, and the local Community Patrol, or keeping the faith while watching the Warriors.

Taylor Lowson - Coach

Hi all, I’m Taylor.

I was born in Christchurch and have been here my whole life. I am studying at the University of Canterbury completing the same degree that Sam did. I have 10 years of dance experience, and competed in aerobics at Christchurch Girls High, as well as coaching other girls in this sport.

I have been coaching at Special Olympics Canterbury Athletics for 4 years. I thoroughly enjoy coaching these athletes and have a soft spot for them.

I absolutely love the health and fitness industry and being involved in it. I believe in supporting everyone with their goals and helping them through achieving them. Working with everyone and anyone from all different walks of life, helping them with their physical health as well as their mental health.

In my spare time I can be found training with my family in our garage gym. Putting myself and family through some grueling workouts.

I’m excited to be working at Ignition Health and becoming a part of the team as a coach. If you need anything or have any questions, just come and ask me and I will be happy to help.

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