My goal is to be as fit and strong as I can for as long as I can, as well as try and move a few kilos. I have been attending gyms for 40+ years and have never enjoyed any as much as I do R1, A big thanks to Michael and staff for all your help and support.
I train with my wife of 48 years Carol and have found a place in the 9.15am class on Mon, Wed and Fi. The people we train with make us feel right at home and makes training a lot more enjoyable. Being one of the older members it dosnt seem to cut much slack with the trainers as my name seems to come up for extra burpees quite often for what seems like no reason at all.
My first class was not long after R1 had opened and our daughter Kerri had become a member. She came home and raved about the gym being great so we headed along - soon after Carol and I both joined as well and we had three generations of our family attending, myself and Carol, Kerri and her two daughters as well.
I joined to get fit and lose weight. I lost 10kgs in my first six-months then plateaued. The challenges that Mike sets up really work though - last September's challenge got me losing weight again and showed me (for real!) that I need to change my diet. I eat and drink as I please which means my training only ever keeps me where I am.
I usually train 4/5 days each week with the 6am crew. I find the early start gets me up and going and ready for the day. I also do an occasional 5am class - it is great when I can make it because it gives you an extra hour in your day!
First class was a Beginners' Session. I was really nervous to begin with, then I realised how much fun I was having and settled down. Felt brilliant at the end!
To be the best version of myself, I can possibly be. Pushing myself as much as I can every day and see where it gets me.
Evenings 6 or 7 pm, after work, weekends 10:15am classes. Body work, boxing or my own stuff (well the programming the trainers have done for me). Shout out for all 5 and 6 am regulars, you guys are champions and insane at the same time!
I didn’t want to hear about boxing gym, but my wife kept talking and talking about it, so we went… First class hit me like a road train. It was a beginners boxing - Sean was running it - and even though it was called 'Beginners' it was a few levels above what I was able to handle at the time. For the first month in the gym, I felt soreness like never before. You can say Round 1 woke up some new feelings in me. I kept pushing and pushing - because of my ridiculous self-destructive Croatian mentality that I should not stop until there is not a single person lifting/jumping/boxing better than me.
Build fitness, get back on my bike and to lose weight. So far I am the fittest I have ever been and can do a good number of kilometres on the bike. The weight is still a struggle, I have managed to drop a good amount so far and it’s heading in the right direction, it’s a slow process. My next big challenge is to cycle 420kms in 8 days from Ankor Wat in Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam in November to raise money for the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. It’s a cause that’s close to my heart. To read more about the foundation - and my journey - please follow this link: Everyday Hero
Mornings, 5 or 6am, 3 times a week, occasional weekend class or some extras on Sunday. Getting back into cycling to work now too which would have been impossible 12 months ago due to poor core strength and back troubles, Round1 have solved that! Mornings are great to get some blood pumping and hard work done 1st thing, fantastic to head into the rest of the day with some runs already on the board.
I was first introduced to the Round 1 crowd when I attended a Round1 paint ball session with a few mates (Chris and Craig) who were already members, was good fun. First class was a beginners on a Thursday night, was exhausted from work and really couldn’t be arsed going but the fellas were pretty insistent and I had well and truly resigned myself to the fact nothing was going to change unless I made it that change happen. Class went well, left pretty stuffed and sore the next day, kept at it for a few weeks as a casual and then grabbed a membership with Mike’s wise words still fresh in my ears ‘you just gotta turn up’.
Being able to run around like a twit with my 2 kids all day is one of the most rewarding goals I can think of. Following on from that, I have completed 2 of my bucket list goals. Namely the Kokoda trail in PNG and summiting Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa. Accomplishing these was made so much more enjoyable due to the fitness I achieved at R1F. Future goals include competing in some sort of fitness competition (like the trainers enter into... in the 40+ category) and achieving calorie targets on assault bikes minus the collapsing on the ground in a heaving heap. (Editors Note: This will never happen. The Assault Bikes are pure evil.)
As a shiftworker, I train when I can. Usually 4 to 5 times a week. About the only class I haven't done is the 5am (you guys are dedicated/crazy).
A mate told me a few years ago "there is a guy who lives in my street who is opening up a boxing/fitness gym this week, you should go have a look". I turned up, did a class and thought "This is the place for me". Back then it was a bit more bare bones, ie: focus mitts, a lot more bag work, not a great deal in the way of weighted exercises. Still, I thought I was relatively fit, and like all the other profiles here, I was proven wrong... painfully wrong.
For 4.5 years my goal was to lose weight and be able to do at least one full sit up, since starting at Round one my goal has slightly changed as now I can do more than one sit up and I just want to be able to keep up with my kids and learn how to lead a healthy and active life style.
I train week days at 6am, as my kids are still sleeping when I leave and I can be home in time for my husband to leave for work; this is my ‘me time’ and something has to be pretty important for me to give it up. On the weekends I do either a Saturday or Sunday mornings depending on family commitments; if I can get there Saturday morning I like to do the body work class for a bit of a change up and on a Sunday I do the 8:15am.
I started at Round one doing my first class as a beginner’s class, where there was a focus on technique and I was able to walk out of the class just fine; Zara was very kind and gentle. However, then came my first boxing class which was in another world. It was a mid-week 6am class and Mike happened to be in Melbourne that week. I waltzed in strutt’n my stuff to find Lloyd and Sean (two young, beanie wearing, fit looking guys) taking the class; this gym has hot trainers I thought. During the class Lloyd sent people to the nightmare step machine (Versa climber), made people do burpees for things like not getting to the next station quick enough and picked on people for using different colour weights; I was scared to even look in his direction. After the class even though I did not receive any punishment I struggled to get into my car and had to physically lift my right leg into the car using my hands J. The following few days through some pain I discovered I had muscles I did not even know were in my body. The best thing I ever did was return the following week and signed up; little did I know this gym was more of a family than a place to go and shove your head phones in and run on a tread mill.
I would like to continue to get better and stronger. I would like to start doing some lifting and I would like to get better with body weight exercises. And I would like to continue having fun......always
I’m a 5.00am gal! I LOVE this time to train! I started training at 5am early 2014 as I started a new job and really....it was the only time that fit in well with my routine. I train mon-fri at Round One and I like to go for a walk/jog on the weekends. I want to be a good role model to my kids and show them that exercise is important and you should fit it in no matter what. If your routine changes, then adjust your schedule or find the time to still exercise. I hope they see what I do and use my example later on in their lives.
My first class was on a Thursday at 12.00pm so therefore, was a one minute round. I went along to support two other friends in their first class as they were a little scared.....and I always like new things so....why not! I had completely underestimated what it would be like, I had done a body combat class that morning, plus had ridden my bike to Round One before the class (stupid is as stupid does J) and thought I would be fine during the class. Well.....I remember the trainer (Mike) yelling at my friend to go faster on the rower as I was punching a bag and dreading my turn on the rower, doubting myself the whole time. When it was my turn on the rower I gave it all I had and as the scary trainer walked past and checked the monitor he actually said to me....”That’s a good speed, keep it up”.......WOOHOO!! I did good! But nearly killed myself in the process. I also remember the class was a little quiet and on one of the stations we got to do some punching with the trainer as they wore the hand pads.......again I was dreading my turn, questioning my coordination, fearing I would miss the pad and punch the scary trainer in the face...what would he do to me then!?!?! But it turns out, I loved punching the pads, I did well and once the bell had rung I was told, one more....I did it...then told one more again.....and again....it was fantastic! I was knackered after my first class but I absolutely loved it! I was on such a high and wanted to tell everyone about my experience....but then I remembered....I had to ride my bike home....
My goal is just to get stronger and to see the fat drop and muscle increase on my body scans.
5am or 6am. I need to get my training out of the way, otherwise after work there are just too many excuses for why I can’t make it!
My first class was from a Scoopon, but it didn’t say that I needed to go to a beginner’s class first. So, not knowing what I was in for I rocked up, didn’t know how to put my wraps on and was completely overwhelmed. Having not done much exercise previously, I went outside and hurled (twice) and still couldn’t complete the class! I got home and my knees buckled getting out of the car. Needless to say, I spent days recovering from that… but I’ve always enjoyed a challenge and it didn’t sit right with me that I had struggled so badly when others had breezed through it… so once I could walk again I went back (to the beginners class this time..!).
I go to Round 1 to complement my distance running. I am currently training for the Melbourne Marathon in October, and the gym is a great way to cross-train and build over-all strength.
I like to train in the evening after work. My brain is not working in the morning!
I felt really motivated before my first class. My sister was raving about Round One, so I just had to check it out for myself!
Not that long ago I was at my heaviest, that being 100kg and had smoked a packet of ciggies a day for approx 15 years. After a reality check 30 metres underwater and nearly having a panic attack as I couldn't breath,thinking my scuba gear had failed me (which it hadn't), that was enough for me to kick the habit, get in shape and change my lifestyle. Fast forward to April this year where I surprised the hell out of myself by firstly finishing the Spartan Race, finding out I finished 79th out of 1619 people and 13th in my age category. For the first time in my life in a fitness perspective, I was extremely proud of myself. Round 1 can take a bow for that. My goals now are obviously to finish 78th or better next year and to maintain my fitness for as long as my body will allow. With a 2 year old and 1 on the way, I'll have to keep the fitness going for quite a while!!!!!!!
During the week 4pm and on the weekends 8.15am when I can. Fits well for me with work life and family life.
A mate dragged me along as he carried on about this boxing gym so thought why not, what's the worst that could happen. The worst that could happen was staggering out of there not knowing if I was dying or on the verge of vomiting / crapping myself. Whatever that feeling was, I'm sure a couple of internal organs shut down. About a week later when I could walk again, I plucked up the courage to return and haven't looked back.