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    #Committed, New Gym Hoodies, 1608 Challenge

    Hi and welcome to another week,

    Cheers to everyone who got to the gym last week.  Again we copped some freezing weather (Wednesday was the WORST) but we had heaps of people in the gym and a couple of those sessions were pretty darned tough (Tuesday’s 6-minute rounds and that Wednesday class dragging a kettlebell around spring quickly to mind) and it was great to see so many people fighting their way through it.  Also great to see a bit of fun going on with the ‘sled relay’ competition on Thursday night…though I am pretty certain the scoring was rigged given the girls team apparently ‘WON’ at both 5pm and 6pm.  All I can say to that is “If you aren’t cheating you aren’t trying” and I will just leave things there!

    Our latest lot of hoodies arrived in the gym this week with a fun new ‘Old West’ style logo featuring the word (well, the hash-tag!) ‘COMMITTED’.  I think they look awesome and am really happy with the way they have turned out.  I did want to talk today about why I chose ‘COMMITTED’ as the focus of our latest clothing.

    Committed is a pretty powerful word – and one that is attached to some pretty amazing ‘images’.  When you sit back and try to picture what ‘COMMITTED’ “looks like”, what you will see (I am guessing) will be pretty powerful.  If you were to stop reading and try that now I am you will have pictures of Olympians and professional athletes sweating it out in gyms or on sporting fields, those a little more liberal of thought might see imagery of doctors working in remote areas or fisherman climbing out of bed at 3am…being ‘COMMITTED’ isn’t exclusive to athletes or workers though and you could equally apply the imagery to a parent sitting patiently helping their kids with their home-work or working over-time to be able to afford to take the family on a holiday.  It can mean a lot of things.

    I guess that when I was putting together the new logo for the hoodies I wanted it to mean a lot of things – but I was also keen to tell everyone about the things I have seen in the gym over the past SIX (6) years that made me think of using this word.  Once upon a time I left my corporate job to start up a gym (which is of course Round 1) and when I did that I had a lot of hopes and ideas about what that would mean for my life (and of course to my family) over the rest of my working life.  What I didn’t take into account when I made that move was that it would be the members of the gym – the people who form our gym family – that would make my own life so much better and give me a reason to get out of bed and get into work each day.  We as trainers have been talking a lot lately about making sure we bring the ‘right’ level of ENERGY to the sessions…I have to say that for me this is usually pretty easy when I look around at the people in the class and realise the efforts everyone has made just to GET THERE.

    There are all sorts of people who train at Round 1 at all times of day. There are people who train twice a day – I find them pretty committed.  There are people who train at the same time of day, every single day.  Others who religiously attend two (or three times each week).  Then there are people who manage to ‘find’ 45-minutes once each week (often at random times!) to get to the gym. Everyone is different and I have to admit to finding them all pretty ‘Committed’ in their own way…after all, everyone is fighting their own battles (and some of those are just battles in their own heads!) just to walk through the doors.

    There are people who have trained with us pretty consistently over a long period of time – say, for at least 3 years, others who have been with us for 3-weeks (or 3-months, or 3-days), others who were with us for a while, moved on for a time and then returned to train with us again…everyone – all of us – are on different journeys, dealing with all sorts of different ‘stuff’ (work, family, travel, whatever) and I think in the main being ‘COMMITTED’ is just about being true to yourself and doing the best YOU can no matter what.

    I spoke before about those guys who are creating time in their days around work and families to train twice a day (well, at least a few times each week anyway).  Part of me shakes my head and calls them ‘CRAZY’…then I remember how hard they must be working, how organised they must be, in order to enable that to happen.  This is particularly true when I know (as I do) that they have real jobs and real families and they seem to be pretty dedicated to those parts of their lives as well.  They are COMMITTED.  I also spoke about those guys who get to the gym at the same time every day – five (5) times each and every week.  If you are doing it on an alarm clock and making the 5am/6am or 7am session, well – that is amazing.  You guys are COMMITTED.  If you are getting your day started and getting in after you drop the kids at school at 9:15am – well, you are COMMITTED.  If you are squeezing in a lunch time session around a busy working life – well, that is COMMITTED.  If you are battling traffic after work and getting to the gym at 4pm, 5pm or 6pm – well, regardless of when you make it, that is impressive and you are COMMITTED.  If you are running out of the house after dinner (well, I hope it is after dinner) – dragging yourself away from the family and the tv/couch and training at 7pm or 8pm, well, you are COMMITTED.

    For those people making 2-3 sessions every week – that is IMPRESSIVE – you are COMMITTED.  It is so easy to miss sessions and we all have so many personal and family ‘tasks’ each and every day – if you are giving up your spare time and making sure you get to the gym a few times each week…that is amazing.  You should be proud of yourself for the commitment you are showing.  Remember, being COMMITTED is not about being ‘better’ or doing ‘more’ than the person hitting the bag next to you – it is about being true to yourself and doing the best you can ‘No Matter What’.  Never is that statement more true than with those people who have weeks when they just cannot get into the gym at all (it does happen!) but still find a way to walk back through the doors into the pain of assault bikes and burpees even though they KNOW it is going to suck and they are going to feel ‘terrible’ all the way through the session.  They are showing an amazing level of commitment to just being the best THEY can no matter what.

    It says ‘COMMITTED’ on the back of our new hoodies.  I love the way the logo looks and I love the word.  Being committed is not about doing more than someone else or more than you did yesterday – it IS about each of us doing the best we can…

    See you all in the gym,


    Gym Update #1 – The 1608 Challenge

    ‘Summer Bodies are made in Winter’ and the August Challenge is UP and ready for registrations.  You can sign up HERE!

    This is a training only challenge – there is no food/diet component this time – and the way it works is pretty simple.  Starting from the 1st of AUGUST (that’s Monday WEEK!) you have 16x classes and 8x challenges to complete in 28-days.  The details are:

    Classes – There will be 16x Boxing classes (or Body Work, or B+, or TANKS, or Beginners) to slog through during the month…it works out to a touch over 3 sessions per week.

    Extras – There will be 8x ‘EXTRAS’ to complete during the month.  We will be setting this up so that you have a choice of 15x extra workouts to push through – some will be as short as ten minutes of effort, a couple of them will take a fair bit longer.  There are no ‘extra’ points for doing the longer challenges (you can do the same one eight (8) times if you like!) but it is about matching yourself to the challenges that best suit your own weaknesses/strengths AND the time that YOU have available.

    The challenge does look amazing – the ‘extras’ give you options from the ‘simple’ to the ‘complicated’ with a couple of them designated for ‘experienced trainers only’.  In terms of creating a challenge that gives EVERYONE a real shot at finishing the challenge whilst still maintaining a close watch on their ‘other’ training efforts I really do think this is the best one we have ever put together…I think we learned a lot from creating the programs in our last challenge (‘THE ONE’) and it has really helped us put together a great schedule for August.

    Remember, ‘Summer bodies are made in Winter’ – jump on the 1608 Challenge!

    Gym Update #2 – Product of the WEEK

    So – our POW this week is gym chalk!  We have gym chalk available at Round 1 for just $5/block – if you are struggling during lifting sessions to ‘hang on’ to the bar/pull-up bar/Olympic rings, you might want to invest in your own.  Body Work, No Rules and Tanks people – this one is for you!  You know you need your own chalk – stop pinching it off the person next to you and grab your own block of chalk…one block lasts quite literally forever (mine has been going since last September!) and it is as good as free to buy.  Stick it in a plastic container, stick it in your gym bag and forget about it until your next lifting session!

    Gym Update #3 – New Gym Hoodies are GO!

    I am expecting our new Hoodies to be in the gym this week.  These hoodies are ALL in the pull-over style and we have gone with a different colour scheme/logo this time.  The new logo is supposed to be a bit of fun and point to everyone’s commitment to still be training on these freezing cold winter mornings/evenings…

    When they arrive, they will be $65.

    In addition to that, please watch out for our new ‘Earned Not Given’ muscle tee’s (boys) and singlets (girls) in the gym over the next couple of weeks.

    Gym Update #4 – Squat Therapy

    If you have ever wanted to get your squat ‘RIGHT’ – to be able to use the power racks, squat weight for reps, understand how to manage a linear progression, understand how to add supplementary exercises in order to ‘push past’ plateaus in that linear progression, well, our ‘SQUAT THERAPY’ program might be for you.

    It will be limited to 8x participants and will consist of FIVE WEEKS of weekly ‘hands on’ group training sessions + weekly ‘homework’ and access to individual coaching/q+a as required.

    Expressions of interest to

    Gym Update #5 – MMA Gloves AND Small bag mitts.

    As promised, all of the new MMA-gloves and the small bag mitts are now back in stock.  All of the products are available in a range of colours and I am sure you will be able to find something that suits!  As mentioned last week, our MMA gloves in particular are an amazing bargain at just $40 – leather grappling gloves similar to these are more than double the price at most other outlets…

    Footy Tips and DreamTeam

    Some impressive tipping by Kim D and Luke Mora this week who both picked 7/9 in the toughest tipping week I can remember.  There weren’t any real ‘UPSETS’ (well, Saints over Dogs I guess) but there were a lot of 50-50 games going in and it seemed whilst a lot of us got ‘some’ of them none of us managed to nail them all.  Michelle D has moved back into a tie for second place with her SIX (6) correct picks – now just three behind the leader.

    Good scores in DreamTeam this week by Lloyd, Travis and Daniel who all topped 2300 points.  There is only ONE WEEK to go before finals and the final ladder is as good as decided…though there are still a couple of teams battling for positions in the top 8.

    Link of the week

    The link of the week can be ONLY one thing…the link to the 1608 Challenge.

    Jump on board and see what you can achieve in just 28 days…remember, you get access to the challenge, a new challenge t-shirt and TWO (2) Body Scans for just $45…the scans by themselves are usually $50 so it really is worth jumping on!


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