Fit. Strong. Ready!
Our team of coaches is here to help you achieve your goals, whatever they are. Perhaps you are looking to get through the day without back pain, or lose some weight, or get ready for a competition, or a walking trip through Europe, or want to keep up with a your kids. Every body is different, and everyone's life has different demands. We are passionate about working with you to get you fit, strong and ready for whatever you're wanting from life.
Paul Van Haltren
Head Coach & Founder
When I left high school the last thing on my mind was jumping into fitness and being the specialist I have now become. Bad backs and joints were areas of the body that I occasionally hurt playing all the sports I did, but it was never my plan to work on them. My dream was the Air Force, and getting into pilot school. Flying fighter jets that was going to be my life!
Fate and the universe had other ideas! Being as active as I was meant that staying fit and healthy was not an issue, so, it was no surprise that once I entered a gym I found a new hobby in weightlifting. Being muscular and ripped was a great side benefit. One day while helping a friend in the gym a particular business owner took notice and offered me an opportunity that has taken me on one hell of a journey. I found myself in the health and fitness industry.
10years ago this year (2018) I took the plunge and started my first PT studio in Snell Grove, Oak Park. I decided that with the skills I had learnt along the way I could satisfy my soul's need to help others and do something I was really passionate about. Bad backs and correcting them had become an area that I was ridiculously good at; all I needed was to get out there and build a following that would see my situation improve. And improve it did!
Over the last ten years PVH Personal Training has transitioned to PVH Certified Health & Fitness Consultants, and now Pascoe Vale Health and Fitness. The once tiny PT studio is now a fully-fledged Gymnasium, specialising in the treatment and correction of injuries and alignment issues, as well as weight loss and athletic development work.
Pascoe Vale Health & Fitness exists to be a shining light and community hub that locals can look to for excellence and service. Twenty years ago, fitness professionals were few and only the truly passionate ones worked the industry. We did it because we loved it, that’s it! Those that know me well have heard me rant on about the status of the industry and where it is heading. Instead of complaining, I decided that a smarter idea was to create a facility that played to my extensive education and those of likeminded professionals.
Our team vision is for PVH&F to absolutely dominate our local market this year and the years to come. Our members and community are our commitment. Through outstanding service and results we aim to raise awareness of the value of education and the service a fully staffed professional facility can offer.
Of course, all of this wouldn’t be possible without the unwavering support of my beautiful wife and son. They mean the world to me and form an integral part of what makes the PVH&F family so special.
I’ve been working in the fitness industry since the opening of Pascoe Vale Health & Fitness in July of 2017. I love every moment of working here. Even on the days I’m feeling down, knowing I’m about to go in to work and help improve people’s lives puts a smile on my face.
I am currently studying a double degree in Exercise science and Psychology (It’s not as boring as it sounds). Where do I hope to be after it? I honestly have no clue, I’m just going to let it take me wherever it likes and enjoy the process.