The pioneer behind Gambaru, Jonathan’s been training here since 1998 and bought the business in 2006. The gym has changed radically since then, all linked to the name change to Gambaru, a Japanese word meaning ‘to be the best you can be’. This was prompted by Jonathan’s own survival against cancer which began shortly after he started work on a new ground floor reception in 2008.
Incredibly fit, a healthy diet, and never taken anything other than the odd aspirin, cancer was the last thing Jonathan expected but on his 33rd birthday surgeons removed his cancerous left eye. It was a cross-roads for Jonathan, he had option of returning the ground floor lease to the landlord but instead returned to work to continue the transformation. He also started training and just three months after leaving hospital broke the British Deadlift record.
While his competing days are behind him Gambaru is his beacon now. Every day he helps people take control of their lives, through his concept of Gambaru, his personal training and his emphasis on putting something back into the community. This year sees the launch of the Gambaru Adversity Awards, which will be launched at the beginning of February.