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Brad Cochrane

Brad Cochrane

Lives In: Success

Career: Finance Advisor @ Mortgage Choice

Age: 50’s

Member Since: 2011

My Goals

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.

Training

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

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!

Most memorable class
My one and only Body Work class. I managed to squeeze in a 12pm session one lunch-time only to find it was Body Work rather than Boxing. In the words of the trainer that day (Sean), "Schoolboy error, Bradley".
Favourite exercise
I enjoy everything really - just great to be doing something physical and get my blood pumping.
Most hated exercise
My most 'hated' used to be pull-ups...or rather, 'Jump ups and fall downs'. The new assault bikes are the worst though - you can't cheat because the read-outs don't lie (unless Mike rigs them which wouldn't surprise me) and everything about them is just hard.
Advice to share
I have joined any number of gyms in my 55 years - 3 month memberships, 12-month contracts, you name it. I never lasted more than a month at any of them. The family feeling, the encouraging atmosphere make Round 1 unique and I just want to go to the gym every day.
Josip Smolic

Josip Smolic

Lives In: Aubin Grove

Career: IT Networking

Age: 30’s

Member Since: July 2014

My Goals

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.

Training

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!

First Class

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.

Most memorable class
There were many… In general, each of the Body Work and No Rules classes about a year ago were memorable in their own way. One of the best ones was definitely the 'No Rules' Christmas dress up where we have done some unimaginable stuff with the sand bags… Run, push, pull, drag… I don’t even want to think about it or do anything similar again.
Favourite exercise
Hard to choose. Like choosing your favourite chocolate. They are all good, but some you like better than others. Love pull-ups and deadlifts.
Most hated exercise
In general anything with more than 10 reps is a struggle for me because of the way I have trained all my life. It is love and hate relationship I have with burpees and wall balls. When I need to do 200 of them (stated in the program) though, I will do it...but worse still, when I have 10-20 in the class to do, among other stuff, they are absolutely discussing. Also, dead bugs should be banned by the law.
Advice to share
Main one is to show up and give your best. Additionally eat well and train well, don’t look for shortcuts, work your ass off! Challenge your body, get it out the comfort zone, do the things you hate and you don’t know how to do. Fail every day and pick yourself up. Go one step at the time and listen to coaches, ask questions. I saw some amazing results at Round 1 and I had some remarkable improvement by keeping my mouth shut (for once) and listening.
Shaun Miller

Shaun Miller

Lives In: Willagee

Career: Director at Parametric

Age: 40’s

Member Since: June 2014

My Goals

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

Training

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.

First Class

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’.

Most memorable class
The classes are good, really are, however the stand out feature and most memorable moments from going to Round1 are from the people at the gym. Trainers and other members give such genuine encouragement and create such a positive environment that it is really easy to put in the effort even if you are running behind the pack or struggling to make reps before the bell.
Favourite exercise
Push ups/fence pulls… it’s a love hate thing… when I started I really struggled with both so they have become my yardstick for keeping track of improvement. Getting much better at both and am stoked about that, however too many in a class and it gets to a point where I just can’t do anymore.
Most hated exercise
Pull ups and hindus… like a push ups just harder! But really must be bear crawls, they are super awkward, seem like a lot of effort for not much and I find break the rhythm of an otherwise great class.
Advice to share
It’s always the little, consistent efforts that make the biggest difference, and the only way to ensure they all add up is to track/record the changes you are making and recording a baseline, be it exercise done or food eaten. Man so easy to say… so difficult to do! Oh and of course, just keep turning up.
Adam Marsh

Adam Marsh

Lives In: Bateman

Career: Industrial Electrician

Age: 40’s

Member Since: 2010!

My Goals

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.)

Training

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).

First Class

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.

Most memorable class
Given that all of the classes are fun and different, they are all memorable in their own way. If i had to pick a class that stands out it would have to be one of the early morning classes in last year's 12 days of Xmas challenge. I had decided to do a "double" (2 classes in a row) to catch up on my class count.... Bad move. Before the second class had started I was observed resting or "lazing about" on a rower so had to complete 500m before the class, then I was volunteered to start on the rowers (2 min rounds). The trainer (who shall remain nameless, but we all know who takes the early morning classes) had me do half bin run, then 250m on a rower in the 2 mins, if I failed (and I did), do it again, and again, and again, in the end I cheated. I ran to the top of the driveway and hid behind a car for a while, came back inside with some time to spare and not so close to vomiting. Then I gave that damn rower what for! The rest of the class was just a blur of remaining upright and focusing on remaining conscious.
Favourite exercise
I guess because I'm a lightweight, the bodyweight exercises come a bit easier to me as opposed to the weighted ones. All the (pull-up) bar, rings, burpees and inchworms don't really fill me with too much dread. That said, I would have to say hitting the bags and the (pull-up) bar would be at the top of the list as far as favourites go.
Most hated exercise
This is a loaded question. If I say anything here, this is what I'll suffer if I stuff up during the class. So, I really hate laying flat on my back staring at the ceiling. Failing that, like most people, I'm not real keen on the assault bikes, especially the calorie target stations.
Advice to share
For a number of reasons... Listen. The trainers don't look the way they do due to luck. They work damn hard. Use that knowledge to your advantage. Listen to their advice on technique and diet but not necessarily music. Also listen to them in class or you will be punished (and nobody wants more assault bikes). Most of all, have fun. It's a great environment to train, we are all there to better ourselves, and a "let's have fun" attitude, goes a long way. The trainers get to know you, they know how to push to get the best out of you and they know when enough is enough. So listen and have fun.
Candis Clark

Candis Clark

Lives In: Southern River

Career: Educator - Early Childhood

Age: 20’s

Member Since: June 2014

My Goals

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.

Training

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.

First Class

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.

Most memorable class
My most happy memory class was a Thursday one minute round class with dead lifts; not with the pre-made bars but with the blue, green and yellow weights that you see the members lifting in the racks. I stared on the green weighted bar (40kg) and I was able to just lift it, Mike then sent me to the blue weighted bar (60kg) and to my amazement I was able to lift that also (with a little more difficulty). It felt great to feel strong and capable; I could not wait to do it again in two more stations time. One of my horrible never go there again classes (there are a few) was a Saturday morning (editors note: I think it was a public holiday!! :-)) and most of all I remember Mike saying “this would have to be in the top five of hardest classes ever” as he wheeled the rowers outside and he was so right. All I remember was rowers, running, a lot of burpees and the friend that I had brought along to try the class "wasn't able to finish". (Editors note: Candis had used another word for "wasn't able to finish" but my description was a little less 'visual'!)
Favourite exercise
I enjoy dead lifting the heavy bars; it makes me feel strong. Hand stand wall walks; because I try and get more vertical every time. Rowing would have to be my favourite cardio, but only because it does not involve running or those assault bikes.
Most hated exercise
I dislike ab wheels; they are hard and as much as my core is a lot stronger since starting at Round one after two children it is still not ab wheel strong. I have found a way to cheat… ab wheel time is the ‘towel wipe sweat away time’ and by then ab wheels are usually done and I can move on (Editors note: Noted!). I also hate running, I have not discovered a cheat for this yet but I will keep trying.
Advice to share
To stay motivated I put out my gym gear and fill my water bottle at night and place it by the door so I am already to go in the morning. I also don’t get petrol on the busy afternoons, as if I get up and go to the gym I can get yesterday’s prices before 6am on the way to the gym. As for diet I have found that eating following the ZONE methodology has changed the way I make my meals and has contributed to my daily energy increase; I still have an addiction to chocolate but that is a work in progress. My only advice for technique is to watch the trainers during demos; watch the way they hold their hands, how far they go down and which alternate options there are for that exercise. I have only ever missed one round of demos and it really effected how much I got out of the class as I had to watch everyone else first before getting started and hope they were doing it right or I would get in trouble.
Kat Saxon

Kat Saxon

Lives In: Success

Career: Mum, Beauty Therapist, Face Painter, Canteen manager

Member Since: I attended on a casual basis from around 2012 but fully fledged member since early 2014

My Goals

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

Training

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.

First Class

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....

Most memorable class
Well my first class is clearly a stand out to me J But I also remember a Sunday class with Lloyd where we had to do handstand pushups....I just remember having fun doing the handstand....even though I can only move millimetres in the push up it’s still fun to do the handstand J
Favourite exercise
I love anything I can hit, I love punching, love hitting the tires with the sledgehammer, I like flipping the tires too. I love partner classes and always get excited when I walk in and see P1 and P2.
Most hated exercise
Hindu’s........ I feel like I’m going to pop all the veins in my face when I do them......and I don’t do them well....clearly. I’m not a huge fan of the bikes either but have found I have a love/hate relationship with them. I hate the thought of them but love how I can conquer them and feel proud of my efforts afterwards.
Advice to share
I’m the queen of self doubt but....I continue to surprise myself with what I am capable of. It’s easy to give advice to others but hard to believe it for yourself. I would say, go hard, push your limits, get out of your comfort zone...you might surprise yourself too. I would also say to have fun! I love coming to the gym every morning, the people are fantastic! I will always dance if there is a groovy song on (and try to recruit anyone around me to dance with me..... J) and I will sing as I train if the song motivates me to.....I still get the job done but I have loads of fun in the process.
Jane Tram

Jane Tram

Lives In: Aubin Grive

Career: Transport Scheduler

Age: 20’s

Member Since: 2012

My Goals

My goal is just to get stronger and to see the fat drop and muscle increase on my body scans.

Training

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!

First Class

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..!).

Most memorable class
Christmas Eve 2014. I’d never done a class before a public holiday and that was a shock…! I also couldn’t believe the number of people working out in Xmas costumes during the summer heat!
Favourite exercise
Pull ups. I went from not being able to do them at all, to being able to do a few strict ones, so I’m really proud of the progress I’ve made.
Most hated exercise
Anything cardio. It has always been my weakness.. And it’s hard to cheat on!
Advice to share
Work out your weakness and how to get around it. I’m always hungry, so I make sure I’ve prepared lots of healthy food including snacks. That way if I’m starving or if someone brings in cake to the office, I’ve got something else to eat instead of caving in.

Lonneke Holleman

Lives In: Yangebup

Career: Health and Physical Education Teacher

Age: 30’s

Member Since: October 2013

My Goals

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.

Training

I like to train in the evening after work. My brain is not working in the morning!

First Class

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!

Most memorable class
Editors note: Lon left this section blank on her template but I am sure she wanted to say any class featuring some combination of assault bikes, goblet squats and walking lunges! :-)
Favourite exercise
I love Boxing and the whole circuit type training, as it is very cathartic especially after being around teenagers all day! I especially love the endorphin induced buzz that I get after each class.
Most hated exercise
I don’t like too much leg work, as I run so much on the days that I am not at the gym and my legs are often cactus!
Advice to share
Do the time - Just do the time. Don't think about how you feel now, think of how you will feel AFTER the session.
Simon Nice

Simon Nice

Lives In: Piara Waters

Career: Chief Engineer - Aviation

Age: 30’s

Member Since: Early 2013

My Goals

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!!!!!!!

Training

During the week 4pm and on the weekends 8.15am when I can. Fits well for me with work life and family life.

First Class

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.

Most memorable class
Tough choice but for me, every Friday 4pm is 'the most memorable class'. In a former life Friday arvos were a trip to the pub. Now it's spending an hour with the Round 1 team, some great mates, and of course paying out on Lloydy!!!!!!!! No better way to start a weekend after a stressful week.
Favourite exercise
Love my cardio so anything that gets the heart pumping, so pretty much all of it.
Most hated exercise
I wouldn't say I hate anything. You can keep the new assault bikes though, and any kettle bell that is white or gold. The next farmer bin walk / stagger that involves white kettlebells, you could be missing a couple.
Advice to share
Anytime it hurts, it's a good thing. If it stops hurting.....go harder!!!!!!!!!!!
Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson

Lives In: South Lake

Career: Tradie

Age: 40’s

Member Since: Feb 2015

My Goals

Round 1 helped me achieve a massive goal last year, which was to run a marathon. So thankful for Mike and the team that gave me the foundation of fitness that got me there. Now I'm keen to get better at my Olympic Lifting techniques. I have got lot's to learn and know that my best 1RM is at least 25% more than it is right now!

Training

Usually 4 or 5pm, but whenever really. Just working in with work and family.

First Class

Was late 2013. Got a scoopon deal for 10 cheap classes I think. It was bloody hard work and I was shattered after. I have a distinct memory of being absolutely stunned after overhearing 2 guys in the warm down saying “see ya tomorrow”. These guys do this every day!!!

Most memorable class
Tanks- 10 Tonne front squat challenge, late 2014. My quads were destroyed for about a week.
Favourite exercise
Olympic Lifts - Clean and Jerk, and Snatch. I just love doing them and am in pursuit of perfecting my technique.
Most hated exercise
Turkish Get-ups (esp with the wrong kettlebell). They're hard, they take forever, are quite complex and just suck.
Advice to share
Have courage and get amongst it. There’s no resits so be good to yourself and those you encounter.
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