Healthy start to career for young gym owner

Aylesbury gym entrepreneur Chris Djuric
Aylesbury gym entrepreneur Chris Djuric

Young businessman Chris Djuric is set to take charge of his eighth gym before his 25th birthday and is now looking to tackle the London fitness market.

Mr Djuric, is in charge of three ‘energie’ gyms in Soulbury, Leighton Buzzard and Banbury and he is now preparing to open five more sites in the capital.

He began his career in the industry shortly after leaving university, taking over a struggling gym in Banbury.

The former Aylesbury Grammar pupil said: “I had signed for and bought a franchise gym within four weeks of my first meeting and the average time is a year and a half. I was very lucky to have some support from my parents so I could get started.”

But success was by no means easy or instant and it was only through hard work that he was able to pull the business back from the brink.

“Under the deal for the gym, I had only one other member of staff to begin with. So for three months I was there from 6am to 10pm every day and there was a point when I thought that I would have to throw in the towel.”

The success that did eventually come in Banbury made Mr Djuric’s name in the industry and allowed him to take on two more franchise gyms in Leighton Buzzard and Liscombe Park, Soulbury.

Although this has all come at an early age, it was never a case of pursuing a defined career plan.

“I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do when I left school. I always wanted to be successful, and told my parents that I’d make millions, I just had no idea how.”

Following a brief dalliance with corporate work, Chris decided to swap his suit for a tracksuit, thanks in no small part to some parental guidance.

“My dad sat me down and told me to work out what I wanted to do. This idea was purely from working out in a gym at university and thinking that it looked easy, so I fancied my chances.”

Mr Djuric from Wingrave recently signed a contract with a new business partner to open five sites in London.

“I’m excited about what lies ahead and proud of my achievements, but not satisfied. There is still a lot of work to do on the current clubs and finding sites for expansion in London.There are a lot of demands on my time now.

“Better to do it while you’re young though, and hopefully I can retire early!”