After training for a long time but without the right mentors around, I’m learning new things here at Round 1 and I can feel my body changing and I am increasing my fitness levels. I aim to get even fitter and look to increasing strength to join other classes and even certain obstacle challenges with members from the gym.
I train most days at 7pm, just allows me some flexibility with when I finish work.
It was a Sunday beginners class at 11.15am,I came in expecting a friendly but simple class, considering I had been gymming for a while. Lloyd ever so kindly took us through some boxing stances and shadow boxing and I’m still feeling good about this class but then we did a lap of the gym and that’s about all I remember from that class. I still signed up to the gym after that, albeit whilst breathing heavily into my asthma inhaler.
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 …..
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…..
I’ve been ultra-inspired by the trainers/members that did the Riverside Jam so I’d love to do something like that one day, I’ve also been doing the 12km City to Surf for the last few years so I’m looking forward to pushing for the 21km this year.
I like to train at 7pm during the week but I vary on the weekends, It’s the thing I do for myself so I enjoy pumping out a session after work.
My first session was a Thursday (One Minute Rounds!). There was so much variety and everyone was so lovely I knew I would definitely be back.
I started out the heaviest I've weighed in my life (97kg) so the initial reason was to lose the weight. I also went through a sleep study and was diagnosed with "moderate" sleep apnea. Since losing 10kg I no longer snore or stop breathing at night...And as they say, happy wife, happy life! I am starting to concentrate on core strength and body shape to a certain degree. Some abs definition would be nice too.....just sayin'.
I start work at 4:30am so the 4pm or 5pm classes suit me. Although, I do become envious of the 5am & 6am guys, its the BEST part of the day! Usually I'll do three boxing classes and one bodyworks class per week.
It was a Thursday night beginners class with Sean and I remember thinking "how hard can this be?" Sitting in the car shaking & sweating profusely after it was done simply confirmed how unfit and overweight I had become! Struggling to do a simple ab-wheel exercise. Frog hops destroyed me & the skipping was just a joke. I'm sure if I could see myself skipping it would have been like shaking custard in a cup! As if I wasn't battling with the jumping, squatting & bloody ab wheel, Sean started explaining the kettlebell swing routine. Let me tell you something, when you get down that end of the gym you're usually sweating a fair bit so my greatest concern wasnt wether my "technique" was right, but praying that my sweaty hands wouldn't let go of the kettlebell letting it hurl uncontrollably towards the MIRRORS! I finally shuffled outside for the stretch down exhausted and exhilarated, BUT so determined to come back and do better.Took a week for the pain to subside so I could tackle the next class. I have my own little motto now.......the pain after a class I expect - the pain during a class I accept!
When I started at Round 1 in 2011, I had barely exercised apart from the occasional walk in about 5 years. We have 2 gorgeous boys only 19 months apart, and I pretty much got caught up in taking care of them and neglecting myself. The trigger for me was seeing a photo of myself with the boys at the zoo. I’d fooled myself into thinking I was still doing ok; for some reason, something in that photo made me realise I was only kidding myself. I want to be around to see my kids grow; I want to be able to kick the footy and run around with them without sounding like I’m having an asthma attack. I want them to see that being healthy and strong and fit is a great choice; to model that food can be delicious and good for you too. More specifically I’d love to be able to deadlift 120kgs, do 10 GOOD chin-ups (instead of having to use my legs like I’m riding a bike just to do one), and not die when trying to hit targets on the bike. Lets see what the year brings.
At the moment I mostly come to 9.15, after the kids are at school and before my day overtakes me. I like to exercise in the mornings, it makes me feel great all day, and I tend to make better food choices if I’ve exercised – don’t want to undo all the good work with the wrong food! I have been known to come to 6am when I’m working or the kids are on school holidays. I really love the early mornings – but I love my bed too ;) I try and do 3 classes and 3 weights sessions a week, with a few walks (my dog loves me again!) scattered in there when time permits.
I came with a few friends, we’d all got Scoopons and figured (stupidly as it turns out) how bad could it be? I used to be reasonably fit when I was younger and had been doing a little running and some body weight based exercises at home and thought I’d be fine. HA! Thank goodness I did a beginners class first, that was bad enough. Some grumpy shouty bloke called Mike was running it and he was bloody tough! I seriously thought I was going to pass out, and I only actually did about half the class. And the next day I wanted a wheelchair.
I am a 37 year old married father of 3 girls - ages 6, 4 and 6months. I’m right into music, play guitar and piano and go to every gig I can afford. I love a punt on the nags and watching footy but with 3 girls, I’m learning that dance concerts and netball are just as much fun. My goal is simple. I want to be as physically and mentally fit and healthy as I can to give my family everything I can to help. I used to train for myself because it seemed like a good thing to do, but I never stuck at it. I’ve always enjoyed being fit but have struggled to maintain a high level of fitness. I always tended to fade away. However, about 2 years ago my life changed drastically when my second daughter Addison was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease called Rett Syndrome. My whole perspective of my goals for training changed. Addison needs care around the clock, 24hours a day and we spend a lot of time in Princess Margaret Hospital. It is no longer an option for me to be unfit, unhealthy and unable to care for my family. She needs me, so I train for her. I train so I can be her legs. I train so I can carry her and be strong enough to hold her safely in the hydro pool. I train so I can be fit and well when she isn’t and she needs me the most. I train to stay physically and mentally strong for my girls. When I feel like I can’t do another burpee, I think of Addi and I try and do one more. If I feel like I can’t possibly do one more squat, I remind myself I need strong legs to carry her. If her daily challenges are weighing me down, I hit the bags until I can’t punch anymore and I leave it in the gym. Round One's classes have made my whole body stronger, more flexible and fitter than I have ever been. The variety of exercises has made parts of my body I used to neglect, get the attention they need and my general health and resistance to sickness, has improved dramatically. This gym and its classes keep me on track to being the person I need to be and my goal is to stick it out for as long as my body lets me. If I strip body fat along the way, then that’s a bonus I’m happy to enjoy!
6am Weekdays 2-3 times per week generally. If I miss one, I pick up one here and there on the way home on a Thursday or Friday. I run once a week and do a pilates session once a week as well. 6am is the only time of day I can get to the gym without having to lean on others. Also, afterwards I feel alive and ready to tackle the day
First class was a beginners session in the evening. Tagged along with a friend who was keen. I thought I was relatively fit going in, but realised 15minutes in, I had a bit to improve. It really opened my eyes to the fact that whilst I’ve always been a runner and done weights, there was so many muscle groups that I had not worked because they were “too hard” I stuck with the beginners for about a month before progressing and haven’t looked back since.
Getting my fitness back after having 2 kids is so hard, I can’t use my abs at all and my strength in my arms is non-existent. I’m literally back to the start with my training but I need the time for my body to heal. It’s a long and slow road but I will get there with a little help. I’ll be back running long distances and 21km half marathons in no time!
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…and the occasional Thursday if I can get there. 8pm class because that’s when the kids are in bed and hubby is home! I’ve done PT with Lloyd as well when I’ve felt like some extra training or self inflicted torture! No pain no gain! I can hear the evil laugh from Lloyd already!
It was a 1-minute rounds class. I was dragged along by my lovely neighbour, after having my first daughter, and thinking to myself how hard can boxing be? I’ve been running for a while it can’t be that hard? Well…. It’s fair to say I had my fair share of ‘jaw dropping moments’. I’m pretty sure if Lloyd hadn’t given me some words of encouragement I might have felt a lot more defeated. It was one of those chaotic classes where you struggle to get your gloves on and off, do the awkward picking up of all of your belongings, dropping half of them and then scrambling to the next station in time, before the inevitable bell would ring. I remember looking around the room thinking “you can’t be serious, what the hell is that bloke doing?” Feeling completely overwhelmed and unfit, I dragged myself back the next week and eventually got over the awkward embarrassment of struggling at every station. I still loved it and looked forward to going. I’m glad I stuck it out because I normally am pretty quick to give up if it’s all too hard, so thank you for the variety and diversity this gym provides to “struggling first timers!”& to those who still might be in that initial shock phase!
My initial goal was to lose weight and get fit and since joining R1 I have lost 17.5kgs! Now my goal is to maintain my weight and get fitter and stronger. My upper body strength is rather pathetic it’s embarrassing! I am a lot stronger since starting at R1, however I feel my upper body strength progression has been very slow. I would like to be able to do proper push-ups on my toes and do at least one chin up!
I train everyday except Saturdays, although sometimes I will mix it up and skip Sunday instead. I prefer mornings because it’s done and dusted, but on Tues/Thurs I come in the afternoon with my awesome nephew Ryan.
My friend found R1 on a website offering a scoopon deal. I remember 5 or 10 mins into the class, Mike yelled out “ok warm up done” and we both looked at each other like… WHAT? THAT was just a warm up???? We were horrified. I don’t remember anything else about that class though, must have blocked it out!
I joined Round 1 to get fit and start a new chapter of my life. I have always been highly involved in sports and after recently giving up Softball which I played for 15 years – I needed something new and completely different. My partner Jon was the one who really pushed me to join the gym with him. (Although he was hesitant as sometimes I say I will do something and stick to it and…. I don’t!) But this time I have! My goal was to lose a bit of weight but mainly become fitter and feel better about myself. At the beginning our aim was to do three classes a week and see how we went. We did that for about 2 months and now we’re going to the gym 5/6 times a week! I haven’t weighed myself since I started in January but I feel SO much better about myself and I know I’ve lost a few cm’s. Joining Round 1 has changed my life, I feel so much stronger, fitter and healthier! There is no other gym like Round 1!
I train at 5am everyday. I am very much a morning person and love the feeling of walking out at 6am and knowing that I have started my day off with a killer workout! Weekends, there is sometimes a weights session thrown in there and I am yet to attempt a Body Work Class but that will be my next challenge! I go to the gym with my partner Jon; he is great motivation in the mornings when I really don’t feel like getting up at 430am! Winter mornings are getting darker so that doesn’t help but it’s now become a habit and if we don’t go – there’s a lot of guilt!
Extremely nervous! I rocked up with my partner and all we could see was super fit people getting out of their cars and people running.(why do they run when it’s a boxing gym!?!?) So already we were feeling even more unfit! (I may have said – let’s go home!) It was an 8pm Beginners class with Sean and our first exercise (of what I can remember) was shadow boxing, I sucked and I’m pretty sure I made the class do more squats/ burpees so I knew I was in for a hard class! 45 minutes was up and I absolutely loved it! In saying that, the next few days was painful – struggled to reach down and put my shoes on! But we went back and from then on have never looked back! Such great atmosphere and such inspiring people to train with! I have never been involved in a gym where everyone is so motivating, encouraging and happy! It’s the best feeling knowing you can rock up to the gym, have a chat with everyone and leave knowing you have given it your all!
I’m 34 years old and Father to 3 beautiful boys. At one stage we had 3 under the age of 4 years old - now they are 4, 3 and 11 months. I have a loving and very supportive wife, she allows me the time to attend to my current addiction being Round 1 Fitness Gym. Last year after my 3rd son was born I was pushing nearly 120kg, it dawned on me that I was getting older and more unfit. I had always been a keen sportsman but over the previous 5 years (or so) with work and family life I just seemed too “busy” to look out for my own health. I made a promise to myself that I had to do something for me and as a secondary gain would be healthier and happier for my family. I worked with a few people that attended R1 and would always rave about how good the environment and support is. I took the bull by the horns and have been a member for 8 months now. I have lost nearly 20kgs and in that time I have been made aware that sometimes it is not always the numbers on the scale. My Body Composition has also changed. I feel I am living my life a little fuller and able to keep up with my little energiser bunnies. My goal when I joined was to start having a healthier life and lose weight for myself and family. 15kg down since joining and my 12 month goal was to get to 100kg (only 3kg off). Now my focus has shifted a little to strength training. I feel I have a good basis and to keep challenging myself I am wanting to meet all my 1 Rep Max goals starting with a 200kg Dead Lift.
I try to get to the Gym at least 3-4 times per week. I have probably averaged that over the time of my membership. I have no set pattern of attendance due to the nature of my shift work. Sometimes 7am, 12pm, 4pm, 7pm and weekends I just try to fit it in when I can. That is the beauty of R1, so many class times 7 days a week.
With word of mouth I was confident about the R1 experience and knew I had to be committed to my changes in life. So I paid for a year membership in full. I had arranged with a friend who was already a member to meet for a 12 o’clock Boxing class. We had talked about the Beginners Class option for me but with the great Aussie spirit he said “you’ll be right mate” In hindsight I probably should have taken that option. I really didn’t know what to expect in the class. Maybe a bit of boxing with some skipping etc. Was I wrong?? The class blew me away at how diverse it was. Some Burpees, Wall balls, Wall sits, Rowing, Lunges and something I knew nothing about prior (and now love) the Kettlebells I definitely knew I had a workout. At the end of the class I had some congratulatory hand shakes for getting through my first R1 session. I was alright!! And as one of the R1 mottos says “ Is there any Danger?”. I barely dragged myself out of there, sweat dripping off me, feeling muscle groups that I had forgotten about from years gone by. I recovered (few hours later) and I could not wait to get back. The bug had bitten hard.