Seventeen-year DB resident Claire Dickson, owner of the DB North Plaza fitness centre Movement Improvement, talks shop.
Tell us a little about your business.
Starting out as a freelance fitness professional, I worked at various mainstream gyms in Central, as well as the Discovery Bay Residents Club. The DB classes became so popular, I soon decided to ‘work from home’. Buying up some small pieces of equipment, I started Movement Improvement (MI) in DB in January, 2001.
What’s the secret of your success?
Good quality, intelligent and mindful movement taught well. MI now has 19 specialist instructors and runs Kettle Bell, TRX, Personal Training, Pilates, Spinning, Yoga and Zumba classes.
How do you keep your customers interested?
At MI, we prioritise delivering what the clients want, whether it’s pain relief, weight loss, increased strength, posture improvement, or something else. I also try to stay on top of the latest trends and keep my workouts as varied and fun as possible.
How do you like being your own boss?
At times I find it hard to juggle the long working hours, my home life and my own training. It’s lovely to be able to do what I want the way I want, but I still have to keep everyone happy and the responsibility is huge. Any wrong decision is totally my fault. Wrong things get remembered but the good seems to go unnoticed.
Tell us three things you enjoy outside work.
I love to spend time with my little boy, Jack, and my husband, John, who I met in 2003 when I joined the dragon boat team No Fear, which he was coaching. We like to walk over the hills to Mui Wo, play on the beach and eat seafood.
How do you see your business looking in five years?
I keep my fingers crossed that we can continue to be as successful as we are now with lots of happy, smiling clients in our bright, sunny studio space.
Photos by Nancy Paddison and courtesy of MI.