The question we get asked the most is what makes a private studio different to joining a gym? So I decided to ask our regulars and these were their top answers...

1. We offer a quiet, private space rather than a busy gym - children are always welcome, and great for those who don't like lots of people.

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. First week's on me


My name is Sam and I am the owner operator of Ignition Health.

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

I have over 15 years experience in the industry and I am highly qualified to help you achieve results. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the people I work with have massive mental, emotional and physical breakthroughs.

I specialize in health psychology, meaning I am qualified 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 who to help people create meaningful changes to their overall health.

When I am not out in the gym, I can be found looking after my youngest child Juliet, being a dance dad, running the charity Smile Dial, and the local Community Patrol, or keeping the faith by watching the Warriors.


We are located at 6 Westerleigh Street, Bishopdale, Christchurch, 8053


Sarah Johnstone

I have been working with Sam since late 2012. Sam is patient, kind and always works to your fitness level. As time has gone on and my fitness level has increased Sam has adapted my programme to ensure I am still challenged yet still enjoying the sessions. No workout is ever the same! Sam also keeps your mind focused on achieving your goals. No questions around fitness/health/wellbeing is ever off limits. Thank you Sam for your continued support, challenges and motivation. Thanks Sarah Johnstone.

I've been training with Ignition Health for 8 weeks. So far I've sensed nothing but positive vibes and true dedication for helping others. With Ignition Health you are not treated as a client but rather as a friend who needs help. I've benefited from their specifically designed program tremendously on both physical and non-physical levels. If you are looking for the right place to guide you through your journey then these are the people you need to get in touch with.

Sain Alfakhar
Suz Tillman

I have been going to Sam for a while now and I'm not a gym bunny but wanted to get fit, healthy and lose some weight. With Sam's help and some hard work I've got there.  I totally would recommend going to Sam he pushes you hard but knows what you are capable of achieving. I will set some more goals this year nad keep going. Once again thanks so much Sam