Our People

Evolve's Owners

Ross Darragh

I am lucky enough to be in a position where I can help people from all walks of life improve, regain and/or maintain their health and fitness.
I have always been involved in sport and physical work. I have an ambition of being able to do whatever I want at age 80 and to not be restricted physically which can be brought on by inactivity and the slow deterioration that occurs through the natural aging process. There is no reason, if we keep ourselves moving, that you and I should not be able to achieve this.
The sports I enjoy are rugby, netball, tennis, squash, biking (both push bike and motorcycles) and running.
I do not think people should “diet” as such, as there are a lot of fads out there which lead to the “yo-yo” effect people often fall into of losing weight then putting it and more back on again. My stance, through lots of experience and seeing what others have done is to reduce portion sizes, particularly at night with a balance of carbohydrates and proteins and to keep the body moving with exercise.

Chris Darragh

Five words my friends may use to describe me: fun, straight-up, no nonsense, down to earth, funny.
I enjoy most music but have no absolute favourites. Little River Band, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Pink are some artists/bands that I like.
I like clothes shopping (like most females), but I love Op Shopping the most. Weird and wacky but definitely interesting. You never know what treasure you’re going to find and there’s nothing more satisfying than finding that special something for a bargain price.
For relaxation I enjoy reading fiction from authors Stephen King, Robin Cook, Lee Childs, James Patterson and Sandra Brown to name a few. I also like watching action and comedy movies with a big block of chocolate.
My biggest weakness is chocolate. I especially like Cadbury Dream or Dairy Milk but honestly, any other flavour will do as long as it’s chocolate!!!
My favourite type of holiday is camping in tents. The catch being that I prefer Top 10 camp grounds as they have showers and toilets, running water and most of all – power – this comes in handy for the fridge/freezer, jug, radio, laptops, blow dryers and hair straighteners . So camping but not really… There’s nothing quite like it!! Everything is so relaxed – no housework, no cleaning, minimal cooking and meeting lots of interesting people.
Even though currently I do not play sports I have previously played touch rugby, indoor netball, indoor cricket and winter netball. My passion now lies with resistance gym workouts.
Family is really important to me. I believe, “without family you have nothing”. Another is life balance. I believe balance is key to everything in life.

 

Personal Trainers

Chris Vinsen

I come from a family of 7 and grew up in Shannon. After starting work in Feilding, I soon after bought my first home in Palmerston North where my wife Kathryn and I now live. Last year we started renovations on our home, so this has been my project over the last year. In my spare time I like to go fishing, but if it’s too cold, you will find me in my man-cave working on my car.
Growing up I've always had a passion for sport and exercise. From a young age I played league and rugby through till the end of High School. Once I completed my degree in Bachelor of Human Performance, I went on to become a full time track cyclist in New Zealand and Australia. My cycling journey continued on for 7 years, through which I was working part-time for different supplement stores and gyms.
My career in Health and Fitness began in 1999. I have worked at Evolve Fitness for 9 years specialising in Personal Training and Sales Management.
I have gained 15 years experience in my field and over the years have helped many people succeed in reaching their fitness goals. I have learnt that the key to success is hard work, determination and never giving up.
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Jaden Meehan

has a Bachelor Exercise and Sport Science degree which he completed in 2013. He has experience working in different gym environments and also has experience in working with sports teams and athletes. Jaden specialises in sport specific training and also strength and conditioning. He also takes our Functional Training classes.
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Ruby Finau

Talofa lava Evolve Family. Ruby here, female fitness trainer at Evolve. I am a NZL born Samoan who has recently completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise at Massey University. My role as a trainer includes providing members with appropriate advice on exercises, putting together personalized programs for our members, as well as providing good banter. Some of the things I enjoy doing is running around a green pitch with an oval ball, figuring out how to tune a guitar as well as spending time with family and friends. I come from a family of 6 (mum, dad, 2 sisters, 1 brother) and a massive extended family. My goals as a trainer is to help educate and influence people about health and fitness so that they can achieve their goals.
“There is no exercise better than reaching down and lifting people up” – John Holmes

Class Instructors

For some people the instructor is what the class is all about – so check out our instructors!

Anthea Turner

Hi there my name is Anthea. Come and join me with some of latest music and the newest move's of Bodypump. If looking lean and sharp is your buzz, come pump some iron with me at Bodypump where we burn fat and build strength and endurance.

Christine Darragh

Resistance training is my favourite way to train. That is why I love Body Pump. Body Pump is all about high repetitive work using different resistance weights and exercises. Did you know that doing one Body Pump class can burn 600 calories? So get lean, build strength and tone muscle with me at Body Pump.

Kim Scott

With an extended history in both Track and Road cycling at national level, I bring the complete cycling experienced indoors and into the RPM class. Whether you want to improve your cycling technique, make up for those “lost kilometers” on wet days or simply wish to increase your aerobic fitness, then my class is for you! Join me as I take you through a motivating, energetic ride designed to help you ride faster as you sweat your way to a natural high, all while having fun in a group fitness environment. See you there!

Jemma Lawton

My passion is to make a difference within people’s lives by promoting the benefits of exercise and helping motivate people on their journey to a better well-being. I am a keen sportswoman who enjoys a range of sports. I came from a dancing background which then headed in the direction of bodybuilding and aerobics. To date I have been involved in the fitness industry for over 30 years, teaching freestyle and Les Mills aerobic programmes firstly in Tauranga then Palmerston North, Massey University and presently in Feilding at Evolve Fitness. There is no hurdle that YOU cannot overcome..........

Garry Twomey

Hi, I teach 1 of the Les Mills group fitness classes – RPM. With RPM I have participants who have had success in toning up, losing weight and looking forward to the next class of the challenging indoor cycling workout without the hassles of traffic and the weather. See you there.

Helen Luoni

Hi I’m Helen and I’ve been at Evolve in Feilding since February 2017 though I’ve been involved with the fitness industry as an instructor for over 24 years! OMG! As a kid I was into competitive gymnastics and then in my early twenties reignited my love of dance and became a performer and a dance instructor. I have lived in 4 different countries, however the longest I’ve lived anywhere was Taihape. I currently teach Body Pump and HIIT at Evolve and also wear the hat of Group Fitness Manager.

Rhiana Bragg-Meyers

Lisa Mordaunt

Helen Jayne

Hi I’m Helen and I take Body Balance classes at Evolve Fitness where I have worked part time for nearly 15yrs as a Group Fitness Instructor although I’ve been in the industry since Wellington 1988. At home/work is my hubby and we’ve got 3 grown daughters that’s resulted in 6 grandchildren ranging from 0-13yrs old.

Support Staff

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