Meet the team

Our staff pride themselves on creating a welcoming, friendly environment that leaves you feeling like a valued member of Bay City Gym.

Chrissy & Hamish Newall


Chrissy and Hamish have owned the gym since 2010 and love sharing their passion of health and fitness with the members.

Chrissy loves teaching group fitness classes as well as running the gym 'behind the scenes' while Hamish takes pride in the up keep of the gym and keeping every piece of equipment in tip top order.

They have a huge interest in providing the community of Napier a fitness center that is welcoming, fun, and a place that you can feel confident to train at. 

Bysshe Blackburn


Bysshe Blackburn is an avid powerlifting enthusiast who loves seeing the improvements the body is capable of, whether it's going from 0 to 1 or 50 to 100.

Bysshe likes to base training around the basic movement patterns we encounter in everyday life, and think there’s nothing dangerous about lifting heavy weights.

Mike Chiappa


Mike Chiappa is a certified personal trainer and Group fitness instructor who has been sought out by clients around the globe. He has trained models, actors, TV presenters, athletes, sports teams and professionals and consulted with many others to help them achieve the best results possible.

With over 25 years in the fitness industry, Mike has a wealth of knowledge that caters for all walks of life.

Mike also spent 13 years in the NZ Army, acquiring a Level 5 in Adult Fitness Education Training. Working with the NZ Army’s fitness regimes and discipline has increased his knowledge about strength and conditioning, as well as specialized performance programs designed for each individual or team.

Qualified and specialised in boxing, Swiss ball training , weight loss, weight training, kettlebell level 3, to name a few.

Krysia van Asch

Les Mills Instructor

Krysia van Asch is a certified Les Mills instructor in Body Pump and Body Step.

She loves seeing people being brave everyday, starting, continuing or re-starting their fitness journey and achieving something that was impossible just a month ago.

Krysia says 'I love being a part of that process.  Watching people get fitter, stronger, healthier and more confident makes me truly happy'.

So if you are thinking of joining a class, come in as it doesn't matter what your fitness level is.  Krysia will give you options and help you every step of the way.

Petra Samsonova

Les Mills Instructor

Petra Samsonova is a certified Les mills instructor in CX Worx, Body Balance and Body Step.

She has always loved music and exercising in a group, so once she tried Les Mills classes she was hooked!  This lead her onto training up in Body Step and later her other two programs.

Les Mills has allowed her to share her passion and she loves seeing how people in her classes also connect with the energy of the music and the workouts.

Petra would love to see you in her classes and is there to help you with any questions.

Sonya Fenn

Fit Mamas - Trainer

Sonya is a certified Personal Trainer and has been working in the fitness industry for 12 years. Sonya’s passion is helping women achieve their health and fitness goals. She started Fit Mamas 5 years ago with Mums and Bubs daytime classes and they grew to evening and weekend classes where Mums could come and do something just for them. Sonya absolutely loves what she does. There is nothing like seeing a group of amazingly supportive women doing something to make themselves feel happier and healthier all while having fun doing it.

Donna Foxall

Les Mills Instructor

Donna is a certified Les Mills Aim instructor in Bodystep and Bodycombat.

On a Tuesday night you'll find Donna teaching a 30/30 combination class of Bodystep/Bodypump. 30 minutes of light to medium cardio followed by 4 weight resistance Bodypump tracks finishing with an ab track.

Don't be shy to drop in - Donna would love to meet you and welcomes all new comers. She wants to be part of your positive journey into health and wellness.

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