About Fitness Factory // A Brief History

We started Fitness Factory in 2007, when I found that personal training was a very needed addition to my own training for martial arts at which I  was competing  internationally.

Along with my brother, Andrew Grant-Smith, who is a qualified sports conditioner, I put together a programme and facility based out of my current Karate Club in Gardens at the time.

The company started off as a Martial Arts Club based in Pinelands and Gardens, specialising in Samurai’s Kimura Shukokai Karate. It is owned and run by Bradley Grant-Smith who is a 5th dan black belt and a Karate world champion in this style of Karate. His vision, discipline and determination in growing this business, has led to its expansion into Fitness Factory.

Through  my love for exercise, health and fitness, I completed my personal training certificate and has been working as a personal trainer for more than 9 years. I expanded the martial arts studio to include personal fitness training, in 2007, and has been growing it ever since.

We grew the Body power group classes and our 1 vs 1 personal training at the Fitness Factory in Gardens Cape Town, Kloof St. and soon after ,moved to the Fitness Factory Roeland St.

Whilst working at various other personal training institutions we met Asghaab Job (AJ), who is qualified in Sports Science. A positive relationship started and in 2013 while on a Facia course AJ decided he would like to join, and be a part of the Fitness Factory brand and together we opened the Claremont Club.

With “training with a purpose” as our slogan, and a result and goal-driven training environment, and our doors opened in September 2013.

Our approach to training is not old-school, nor is it too modern. We embrace all training parameters and see that there is a time, place and individual that it may suit best.

We coach a variety of members from young sporting hopefuls, professional athletes to mature individuals that have realised that their health and physical wellbeing is a must for their own longevity.

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