Amid much excitement, Mathew Browne (Director of Proactive Fitness) and Claude Tyers (Mathew’s Building Project Co-Director) turned the first sod on the site of the new location for ProActive Fitness on Saturday. The gymnasium will be situated on the precinct of the Hermanus Sports Club (HSC), behind the Old Boy’s Club.

Mathew Browne (left) with Claude Tyers, turning the first soil on the construction site of the new ProActive Fitness Centre at the Hermanus Sports Club.

The site is being cleared and levelled and this preliminary work should be completed by the end of the week. The laying of the foundations will commence early in January, with completion of the facility scheduled for September/October 2020. This project will add great value to the HSC and has the right synergy to complement the other sporting disciplines already evident in the immediate surrounds. All Overberg school pupils will also benefit from the centralised location of Proactive Fitness.

Mathew’s ambition to provide a state-of-the-art High Performance, Fitness & Wellness Centre in this location goes way back to 2004. “We have been working tirelessly on this project for the better part of five years in order to bring it to fruition,” he says. The magnitude of this undertaking and the funding required made it necessary for Mathew to find project-development partners who believed in his vision. This culminated in Claude Tyers, owner of TPD Construction and Derek Wheals, C.E.O of Tri Star Construction in Johannesburg, joining Mathew as project co-directors. Claude lives in Hermanus and Derek has a holiday home here.

The 2 000 m² facility will be constructed on a budget of R14 million. There will be 1 700 m² under roof and a 300 m² Astroturf courtyard which will constitute a functional outdoor training area with spectacular mountain views. With Claude and Derek on board as investors and building developers, Mathew says, “It is the realisation of a long-term dream to relocate my business and its tenants to a venue which is ideally situated and lends itself to the wellness concept which ProActive Fitness embodies.”

Celebrating this new milestone with Mathew (far left) are Michelle Schneider, Tamsyn Havenga, Werner Swanepoel, Shonteal Lottering, Debbie-Lee Smith, Sonia Mildner, Nic Lotter, Mariska Marais, Alex Smith and Daniel Bishop.

Mathew’s fully-equipped gymnasium will offer Southern Forge Functional Training, Wilson Schneider Biokineticists, The Therapy Room (Tanya Kirsten) and Personal Training under the watchful eyes of 10 qualified trainers. Go State Human Readiness Centre (Schalk Holloway), Bootcamp (Riette Creighton) and a Health Bar will also be on offer. Three purpose-built studios will cater for the classes, including Pilates, Yoga, Tae Bo, SAJKA Karate, Zumba Dance, Body Pump, Aerobics and a state-of-the-art RealRyder Studio (Spinning). Local golf professional Louis Bester will also be in-house, providing golf-swing analysis on a virtual screen.

Other exciting plans afoot include the launch of a Centre for Biokinetics and Sports Science Rehabilitation headed up by Michelle Wilson, Riaan Schneider, Tamsyn Havenga and Dr Nico Abel (MSC in Sports Medicine & Concussion Management). This facility will focus on exercise prescription for the prevention and treatment of many medical conditions.

Last week was an important milestone in achieving his dream, says Mathew. “To witness the site-clearing was a defining moment in this whole process as it marks the beginning of a much brighter future for my business, its many tenants, clients and patients in a stunning sports complex in the heart of Hermanus. I am sure that this facility will prove of great value to our town and to the Overberg region.”

We wish Mathew good luck and look forward to the successful completion and relocation of the ProActive Fitness and Wellness Centre in 2020.

For relaunch information and pre-opening early bird membership special offers, Mathew can be contacted on 084 358 9827 or

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