Tony Renouf suddenly fell ill while working out at Les Quennevais Sports Centre in October 2007.
Two members of staff – Rob Hamon and Simon Abels – immediately began to use a defibrillator on the unconscious Mr Renouf while paramedics were called to the gym. They restarted his heart after sending four shocks through his body.
The retired former abattoir worker was later told that he would have died if the pair had not used the machine. Now, after returning to full health, the 64-year-old wants all Island firms to invest in one of the life-saving machines and ensure that staff are trained in first aid.
Mr Renouf said: ‘I used the cross-trainer for about 15 minutes and then the bike, and that was the last thing I remember of being in the gym. If it hadn’t been for the two lads and the defibrillator, I wouldn’t be here today.
‘I would urge all businesses to buy a defibrillator because they can help to save a life. I was in the right place at the right time. If I had been at home or on the way home from the gym, I wouldn’t be here today.’