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    (Some) Challenge Outcomes + Why we have a gym!

    Hi and welcome to another week,

    Thanks so much to everyone who came along and trained with us last week.  We really do appreciate the support and whilst I know it is ‘our job’ jumping out of bed for a 4am alarm every day is not easy…you guys make it easy through being so strong and consistent in your support.  Likewise hanging at work and remaining motivated until 9pm is not easy – you guys make it easy by getting to the gym and working so hard.

    I am going to carry the above theme on into the blog today – it has been a bit of a week of reflection – but before I do so I do want to give you guys a ‘few’ of the numbers from the recent challenge.

    As things stand today 124 people started the challenge and exactly 100 people have weighted in.  I don’t really know how to perceive this – I am happy we got 100 people to the end but would have (obviously) liked to get 123 people to the end.  I know there are a few who haven’t weighed in because they “don’t scan” – that gets us to 103 – and four more who intend to weigh in this week…so I guess that is 107.  I still wanted 123…anyway, there will be an exit survey happening this week and hopefully we can understand what roadblocks prevented nearly 15% of people from finishing.


    Total recorded weight loss has been 271kg at an average of 2.7kg per person.  Which is up on last years 2.47kg.  Average body fat % loss has been 2.2% per person…and importantly muscle change was only 5kg TOTAL – or 0.05kg per person – a MASSIVE improvement on the 0.5kg per person loss we saw during both 28-days 2017 AND Summer Slam…so clearly the hypertrophy based program did it’s job!

    Further – 17 people lost at least 5kg, 28 people lost at least 4kg (1kg or more per week), 39 people lost at least 3kg and 56 people lost at least 2kg.  So from a pure weight loss result I am exceedingly pleased with the results we have been able to achieve!  I do need to get the post-challenge survey out AND continue to dig into the results a little before finalising the challenge and making sure that when Summer Slam comes around in October ’18 we are 100% ready to go and any issues with this latest challenge have been resolved to maximise the outcome for everyone.

    Right.  Onto the topic of the week – which might come across as a bit self serving but I hope everyone knows me enough to know that isn’t the intention.  Regardless, here goes.

    There is a lot of background work happening at Round 1 at the moment – most of which I am not really in a position to share.  I wish I was.  At the conclusion of a meeting early last week, one of the guys on the ‘other side of the table’ asked me how long I had been working at the gym together with some basic details of what it involved.  I spoke about how we were quickly approaching our 8th anniversary and talked about the pluses and minuses of being involved in a business that is open from 5am until 9pm weekdays, every weekend AND every public holiday (except Christmas and New Year).

    We went back and forth for a bit – talking ins and outs – and he finally said to me “I would just sell it.  You guys seem busy enough – the business must be established…just get rid of it and have a holiday and a sleep in”.

    Well…I am not going to lie.  On some level there is a fair bit of appeal to that – particularly just being able to get away for a few days with the family without being stressed about what is happening on Hammond Rd.  Unfortunately – and this is hard to explain to people who don’t own businesses – there is no ‘OFF’ switch and there is ALWAYS something that needs doing.  Work pretty much expands to fill all of the available time in the day and the idea that people actually have ‘ENTIRE’ days off work is something I have been unfamiliar with for a while now.  Which probably isn’t healthy.  But.

    If I sell the gym then I am going to regret it.  I know that.  That’s because I am going to be throwing away the best opportunity I am ever going to have to influence people’s lives for the better.  To help them live long, fit, healthy lives where they can actively spend time with their kids and grand-kids and just generally ‘live life’ – not watch as life goes by.  If I don’t have the gym I can’t do that anymore…certainly not on the same level, that’s for sure.

    The reason Round 1 exists is written on the walls.  We want to help people change their lives – we want to help them be fit and healthy.  That’s what we want.  If you need help with stuff – reach out to me or one of the coaches.  We WANT to help.  If you have friends who need help – and this isn’t a plea for referrals (though we will happily take them) but rather because I think we have a pretty well proven methodology to help people get back on track…and it takes 45 minutes 3-4 times per week AND a bit of food and alcohol management…and funnily enough, when you get ONE of those things right, the other seems to follow closely behind.  And no matter what you have going on in your life, you can find enough time in your life to commit to that if you WANT TO DO IT.

    The gym was created because I wanted to create something where I felt my days were valuable versus a day where I went to meetings and wrote reports that no-one ever read…working to save shareholders a few bucks and making sure some financial systems stayed active 24x7x365 might bring value to some people – but to me it pales in comparison to watching someone improve their fitness and strength and start living happy and active.

    Anyway – I am rambling now.

    Let me know if any of this sounds good (or not) with an email to

    See you in the gym,



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