Paul Artis

  • Aubin Grove
  • Nursing for 22 years currently Nurse Manager Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • 40-45
  • It’s an interesting question, started way back in 2010 when Round 1 opened and attended spasmodically until I relocated to sunny Kalbarri. I returned to Perth in March 2013 and re-joined the gym hoping to lose a few kilo’s.

My Goals

My young family was the real reason I started to train, I wanted to be able to run around with them and  shed  a couple of Kilos, I was 125kg and struggled to run around kicking  the footy with the kids, I have managed lose 26kg and now coach my sons Auskick team! My main aim is to consolidate lessons learnt, keep the weight off and gain some upper body strength. I would love to be able to do a set of  chin ups and lift some heavier weights.


Usually the 6am class occasionally the 5am class Monday – Friday, I find works easier and I actually feel more refreshed if I get up early and exercise than if I have had a sleep in …..

First Class

To say I was a little bit nervous was an understatement; here I was in my  early 40’s in the worst condition of my life 125 kg and a dicky knee heading off to the gym. Me being me didn’t realise there was a beginners class and I  just rocked up to a  normal 6am class  I didn’t know anyone and everyone looked a hell of a lot fitter than me….. I looked around trying to figure out how to use my new “Hand Wraps” without looking like a goose and tried to find a nice quite corner. I managed to stumble my way through the class punching this bag, doing attempting some squats, punching that bag ,stumbled through some burpees, then got to the speed ball ( read slow ball) that’s when I couldn’t hide from the trainer……  It was a complete disaster, but they encouraged me to keep persisting and I moved on… I actually didn’t  feel too  bad after the class  and went to work feeling okay, wasn’t until late afternoon when I need to walk up some stairs did I realise I was in some trouble…..took me a week to recover…..

Most memorable class

My first 1 minute round class, I thought how hard could 1 minute of different exercises be? Well I learnt “Very”. I really look forward to Thursday classes.

Favourite exercise

Kettlebell exercises, it’s sort of just crept up on me, I had never seen a kettlebell before and didn’t really know how to use one, I definitely didn’t think I would ever get to  use the blue/green ones.  But one thing I have learnt at R1 is persist it really pays off……

Most hated exercise

Chin ups!! My upper body strength was non-existent, it’s still not much better; my goal is to be able to do 10 pull ups. Let’s just say I have a lot more work to do to achieve that.

Advice to share

I think the things I have learn is that most of it is mental, the more you do something the easier it becomes and remember,  if you cheat your only cheating yourself.  If you want results you need to be 100 percent committed, for the first 6 months at R! I trained hard but didn’t change my lifestyle, I continued to drink most days and ate what I wanted, I felt better for the exercise but my body remained the same. It wasn’t until I really committed to exercise, lifestyle and diet that real change happens. You will be amazed at the results you can achieve.