HOW IT BEGAN.
It all began in 1987, when fifteen year old, Sarel de Bruin, had his first workout at an old gym in Heidelberg. Things progressed from there and Sarel’s passion for working out and training grew. The gym went up for sale the following year and Sarel’s father bought the gym for him. He was only 16 at the time and in grade 10.
The business was a success and somehow Sarel managed to finish school, run the business, compete in competitions and become a professional wrestler winning close to 70 fights. In 1996 Sarel met Pieta van der Heever who had a University degree in Sports Management and a degree in Sports Science and they became partners. They upgraded the old gym in Heidelberg to a modern sports centre. At that time Liezl Bester joined their team. She has a diploma in Commercial Practice and her expertise were what was needed to take the business to the next level.
In 2001 they opened their branch in Oudtshoorn. In 2002, Pine Swart joined their team and the Mossel Bay Branch was opened. 2005 saw the opening of a branch in Riversdale.
Oxigim opened a branch in Knysna in 2007. In 2008 Deon Wentzl and Dirk Hough joined their team and opened a branch in Vredenburg. In 2011 a new branch opened in Langebaan.
In 2012, Riaan Koekemoer joined the Oxigim family in Mossel Bay with great aspirations and set visions on taking fitness to new levels with big dreams and goals. Oxigim’s priority is to create a fitness culture while offering the best personal service. Riaan quotes, “The gym belongs to the members” and they deserve a functional and hygienic environment to train in.
The Oxigim group strives to change the mindset of people with regards to fitness and offer them the best experience possible. They continue to dream, grow, expand and offer members the latest fitness trends under one roof with the best facilities and team of committed personal trainers. That was achieved in 2014 when Oxigim Mossel Bay moved to a much larger premises with an outstanding view of the bay and the Outeniqua Mountains. Oxigim Mossel Bay now also offer new fitness trends such as a Crossfit Functional Training BOX , Trx, Spinning and an Aerobics studio with a dedicated team. It certainly won’t stop there…Riaan continues to envision many more possibilities of growth, improvement and evolution.