Jim Josephsen,Climbing Facility & Gym Owner, NSW

Where do you live and work?

I live and work on Sydney’s North Shore with my wife and business partner Josephine. Our kids also work with us and we are handing the reigns over to them to take our business, Climb-Fit, through the next 20 years.

What fitness qualifications do you hold?

Too many to list as I started in the fitness industry over 35 years ago!

What is your main role in the fitness industry?

Mentoring the younger generation – sharing all my knowledge from my 75 years on the planet!

How did you arrive at where you are today in your fitness career?

I have always been into all things health and fitness. I was Queensland athletics champion during my youth and have played elite level squash for over 30 years. The first gym I managed was a squash facility called 1812 in St Leonards. A lot of our members have followed me from gym to gym since then! I’m also a qualified radiographer.

Describe your typical day

Always up before 5am (the best time of the day). Open the gym and run a spin or circuit class. Breakfast, then start on some cleaning and office work followed by a trip to the bank. If we don’t have any building/maintenance work to do around the climbing gym, then I head off to my studio to spend the day painting with my wife. In the afternoon I usually head back to the gym to say hi and maybe do another workout or hit the squash court for some drills with my wife. I also have a strong interest in the stock exchange, so I usually spend some time checking the market over the day.

What skills are needed in your role?

When we opened Climb-Fit 20 years ago we had to learn everything. Not just all the workings of a gym, but a huge indoor rock climbing facility as well. We did all the office work and behind the scenes jobs, we hired and trained staff, we built climbing walls by hand, hooked up ropes and ensured the safety of patrons. Birthday parties, school groups, old, young, we have every customer you can ever think of. You need to be a jack-of-all-trades. It has been a huge journey that’s for sure!

What has been your greatest career challenge to date?

When you start any business venture you will always question whether you have done the research and market analysis adequately.

And your greatest highlight?

Being part of such an exciting industry for the last 35 years! The gym these days is all about community – you really get to know people, share ideas, and talk about your goals and dreams.

What’s your main focus now and what are your goals for the future?

To create a new bucket list every 10 years. This year I’m focusing on my art.

What motto or words of wisdom sum up your fitness/life philosophy?

‘No pain, no gain’. It may be very old school, but it works for me!

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