Bay Fitness has continually grown in members since being established in 2011 from humble Circuit classes for the mum's at the Local Play Centre to a gym facility and multiple personal training and group session location across Golden Bay. It is now not only me trying to juggle all these services and the 100 members we have. I have an awesome up and coming team which I'm very grateful for.


As a team our mission is to provide the quality services and education that our community needs to be healthy and happy. We want everyone to be able to live life to the fullest into all the way into their "Golden Years" with independence and strength. 

Renee Riley - Director of Bay Fitness


My passion is helping people reach their strength, fitness, health and in turn, their life goals. I have been where you are now, either preparing for competitions/events or feeling negative towards my body and in a place where I need to lose weight and get fit. It is this experience that helps me connect with clients and members with a realistic view on how fitness and nutrition can fit into someone's lifestyle.


My hobbies include a love strength training, boxing, running (for my head), mountain biking, exploring new places, challenging my body and mind by learning new skills. 


When I was younger I competed in rep level Hockey, also coaching and running sporting events. When I finished school I went to study at New Zealand Institute of Sport, where I gained a Diploma in Sport (Exercise Prescription). There, I had the opportunity to work in a "big box gym". Although the people were lovely and I gained some fantastic experience, I felt that Personal Training in that environment was not for me. I was very keen to gain some more life experience before I got into Personal Training as a business for myself. 


During this time off I had two beautiful girls and got some real-life experience in what it feels like to have to lose the extra 30+kgs of extra weight I gained during and after pregnancy. Then my husband and I had the amazing opportunity to move to Golden Bay and live on his family farm. This was my chance to start the business I had always dreamed of having and be of service to this incredible community. 


I began by running Circuits at the local school hall then began Personal Training clients from home and since had another little girl. Now Bay Fitness is located at the Aorere (Rockville) Hall which I lease and run all my services from. Over the last 7 years, I have gained a community of over 150 active members in little ol' Collingwood. These members drive me every day to provide a service that fits for as many people as possible to be able to exercise, get strong and increase the chances of a healthy long life.  


In recent years I've been frustrated by the conflicting information about diet and exercise, there's so many fad diets out there and a lot of pressure to eat a certain way one day and different the next. Last year I was introduced to Personalised Health. This has transformed the way I see people and how I can help them. By using your genes to identify how your body is functioning now we can work out the best way for your body to Eat, Exercise, Socialise, Perform, get the most out of your environment and most importantly yourself, for the future. 


I use an in-depth assessment which produces a personalised program on a handy computer app called PH360 just for you, no more guessing about what you should be eating, what exercise is best for you and most importantly when.  


I look forward to meeting you and helping you with your individual journey with health and fitness.


In Strength and Wellness

Renee Riley


Exercise NZ Small Group trainer of the year 2016

Exercise NZ Community Award 

REPS Registers Personal Trainer

SMEAEP Endorsed Exercise Programs

Diploma in Sport (Exercise Prescription)

Certificate in Exercise Prescription and Sport Management

Endorsed PH360 Health Coach

Certificate in Small Business Management

Certificate in Ante-Natal Core Training

Certificate in Positive Practice for the Pelvic Floor

Certificate in Nutrition for children

Lauren Swafford - Apprentice Personal Trainer and Instructor


I’m passionate about fitness for all ages, longing both for myself, and to encourage others, to experience life with optimal strength, functional ability and fun as we age.


My motivation is that I love to see people growing. What invigorates me the most is seeing people take a step towards growth, becoming encouraged and more fulfilled as their life transforms. This, for me, encompasses all of life…physical, spiritual, mental, volitional and emotional growth.


Training at Bay Fitness is resourcing me to encourage growth and ongoing transformation in both others and myself. It feels like such a good fit. As an individual is transformed, this has a beneficial spreading effect into a family and a community. This thought inspires me.


My fitness journey:

Started late – first walked at 21 months!

School years – dancing (jazz and ballet), gymnastics

  • team competitions - netball, basketball, badminton

  • individual - skiing, athletics (interval & step training 800m)

Uni years – squash

Early family years – zilch (hence my love for Bay Fitness’ family friendly setting)

Mid family years – joined boys’ hockey team to make up numbers – 5 years

  • badminton, jogging (forced myself – not enjoyed!)

Later family years – dance, Les Mills aerobics classes, Zumba, cycling

  • discovered Bay Fitness circuit classes – loved and hated them!!

Post-family years – “Woohoo, made it” - tramped Abel Tasman next day to celebrate

  • Huge increase in daily farming activities

  • More varied Bay Fitness classes


During the early-mid family years, when external demands were high, I felt very unfit, overweight and uncomfortable exercising. Once I took the courageous step of joining a ladies dance group (in which I huffed, puffed and reddened) and discovered the fitness class that followed in the same hall, my renewed fitness journey began. Simultaneously I consumed less sweet treats, changed family cordial for water, lost 6kg in 6 months and enjoyed life and myself much more.

Following on, I have adjusted to a low carb, (a lot less bread), higher fat, protein and whole foods diet…and now enjoy oolong tea! Slow continuous fat loss and muscle gain = feeling fit, optimal weight, and crucially… exercise has become comfortable, fun and is one of the highlights of my week.


to be able to do so and to work alongside such a supportive community of people.couple days later, Renee’s BF email mentioned that Pamela was doing online training with her as mentor…I was in! Opted to begin a Skills Active apprenticeship under Renee – and feel very honoured I frequently thought that if what Renee had trained in was available when I left school, I would have readily done that training. One day I thought, “I wonder if I could still do it?” 



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