Local fitness consultant Robyn Brown is retiring after offering health and exercise advice to Andover people for more than 27 years.

The 73-year-old former engineer and champion power lifter has worked for leisure provider Valley Leisure since day one, signing on for a nine hour position at Andover Leisure Centre in 1991.
Nine hours evolved into 35, making the local strongman the first full time fitness instructor at Andover Leisure Centre.

Reflecting on his time at the leisure centre, Robyn said: “The most rewarding thing really is seeing people move forward. I had a letter one day from a man who had an assessment with me and his blood pressure was very high. I never saw him again, but a letter came through addressed to me and it was from this man saying ‘thank you very much, you saved my life’.”

He added: “I will miss the guys I work with and the banter we have out there in the gym. It’s a great atmosphere and everybody helps each other – but that’s what makes the leisure centre what it is.”

Robyn Brown Powerlifting

Robyn Brown is also a 10 time world champion power lifter and in 1988 he became the British No.1, European No.2 and World No.3. He also competed as an Olympic Weightlifter in the 60’s.

A young Robyn Brown power lifting

He brought his extensive knowledge of the competitive sport to Andover, and has helped to set up and run competitions at the leisure centre including the annual Fitness Expo. The centre has also played host to the BPU British Championships.

On his time competing as a power lifter he said: “A career highlight would be winning my 10 world titles. When you are walking out with around 2000 people in the Johannesburg University and all the cameras are flashing, national anthem playing, lights on us – it’s unbelievable.”

Robyn Brown 1991 World Powerlifting Championships

“My grandchildren now come over and wear all the medals around their necks!” Robyn added.

Robyn Brown on the podium at the British Powerlifting Federation Championships