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Aaron Thomas

Aaron Thomas

Lives In: Parkwood

Career: Accountant

Age: 30’s

Member Since: October 2013

My Goals

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.

Training

I train most days at 7pm, just allows me some flexibility with when I finish work.

First Class

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.

Most memorable class
One class I won’t ever forget is Anzac Day 2014. There were that many people that Mike and Sean had to make up 3 extra stations to bring it up to 17 stations or something ridiculous. To see the gym that busting with people on a special day like Anzac Day just showed how much people were keen on fitness and it was great to see.
Favourite exercise
Having never done them before, push press and the strict military press is one of my favourite exercises, along with pull ups and fence pulls. Lately I have been enjoying ring muscle ups, while I eventually want to do an actual muscle up!
Most hated exercise
Thrusters, while its one of the better exercises as It combines 2 important exercises, always is a thorn in my side...I remember a Sunday session where we had to use Blue KB’s to do 15 thrusters every alternate minute. That was not fun.
Advice to share
Lately I have been getting pushed( or punished if you ask me) by Lloyd and Elie and while after a while, my body hurts, it’s a compliment that they know I am strong enough to be pushed further and it motivates me to try even harder. It ends up being a vicious cycle unfortunately. You have to stick to your guns and know that every little bit you do every day, is helping you get to your final goal. Always re-adjust your goals when u hit them. Remember the 4-8-12 rule, anything you do, it takes 4 weeks for yourself to notice the difference, 8 weeks for family and 12 weeks for everyone else. Push through to the 12 week mark. It’s definitely worth it.
Paul Artis

Paul Artis

Lives In: Aubin Grove

Career: Nursing for 22 years currently Nurse Manager Fiona Stanley Hospital

Age: 40’s

Member Since: It’s an interesting question, started way back in 2010 when Round 1 opened and attended spasmodically until I relocated to sunny Kalbarri. I returned to Perth in March 2013 and re-joined the gym hoping to lose a few kilo’s.

My Goals

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.

Training

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 …..

First Class

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…..

Most memorable class
My first 1 minute round class, I thought how hard could 1 minute of different exercises be? Well I learnt “Very”. I really look forward to Thursday classes.
Favourite exercise
Kettlebell exercises, it’s sort of just crept up on me, I had never seen a kettlebell before and didn’t really know how to use one, I definitely didn’t think I would ever get to use the blue/green ones. But one thing I have learnt at R1 is persist it really pays off……

Most hated exercise
Chin ups!! My upper body strength was non-existent, it’s still not much better; my goal is to be able to do 10 pull ups. Let’s just say I have a lot more work to do to achieve that.
Advice to share
I think the things I have learn is that most of it is mental, the more you do something the easier it becomes and remember, if you cheat your only cheating yourself. If you want results you need to be 100 percent committed, for the first 6 months at R! I trained hard but didn’t change my lifestyle, I continued to drink most days and ate what I wanted, I felt better for the exercise but my body remained the same. It wasn’t until I really committed to exercise, lifestyle and diet that real change happens. You will be amazed at the results you can achieve.
Felicity Thompson (Flick)

Felicity Thompson (Flick)

Lives In: South Lake

Career: Accounts

Age: 20’s

Member Since: January 2014

My Goals

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.

Training

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.

First Class

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.

Most memorable class
No single class, but the 6pm Friday night boxing sessions are always a stand out. I like to think you have to be dedicated to get to the gym on Friday after work, and the 6pm classes are always filled with lots of 'interesting' challenges - a great way to end the working week.
Favourite exercise
Multi jumps are my favourite - mainly because it took me quite a while to get them right & now I’m always pumped to get some done.
Most hated exercise
Apparently Burpees are one of the best exercises but they kick me every time.
Advice to share
For me training is the fun part I very rarely have to talk myself into heading to a session. Diet tends to be the killer you need to set yourself up for the best possible chance of achiving your goals and for me that means prepping all my meals a week in advance, everything is measured and packed the day before so there are no last minute unhealthy food grabs throwing me off.
Joe Ganci

Joe Ganci

Lives In: Aubin Grove

Career: Quality Control Manager

Age: 40’s

Member Since: January 2014

My Goals

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'.

Training

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.

First Class

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!

Most memorable class
Has to be the first back to back class I did on a Saturday morning. After listening to my 24yr old son say "It can't be that hard Dad", I suggested he come and do a beginners class. I finished my Bodyworks class & only intended to stay on and show him how to wrap his hands. I ended up doing the class with him.....he only got halfway around, then laying flat on his back out the front proceeded to let the girls fan him down and gatorade him up....while I FINISHED the class. (True story, ask Zara) Two things came from that, I realised how much fitter I had become & my son is still doing the classes, loves it & getting fit (but I'm still fitter).
Favourite exercise
BIKES BIKES BIKES!! Probably not everyones favourite piece of equipment, but I love them. I used to cycle approx 200km a week in a previous life so they don't hold any great fear for me. Most of the punching exercises get me going too. The shields are definately my favourite punching routine, probably because its far easier to hit a stationary target.....still struggling with the speed-ball. And thankfully I've mastered the art of kettlebell swings, no longer fearing a loss of grip & shattered glass!!
Most hated exercise
Burpees!! Bin runs!! & Box Jumps!! (must be a "B" thing) Allow me to elaborate: 1. Burpees - I dont mind push ups, or star jumps or squats...but putting them all together is just stupid. Whats more stupid is letting Lloyd catch you doing it wrong....just don't! the consequences are not pretty! 2. Bin runs - Never been a great fan of running, much prefer cycling (see favourite exercise). So after a couple of months I was managing to shuffle the bin run route without stopping. This one particular day, feeling quite strong, I noticed a fellow R1er struggling on the outward stretch, so I felt chuffed to be able to encourage her & run with her whilst picking up the pace down the finishing stretch. Feeling proud/smug, my look of horror would have been priceless when she informed me that was LAP ONE of TWO. I'd just spent all my petrol tickets....idiot! 3. Box jumps - Hate would probably be too strong a word for this exercise but in my enthusiasm to prove my superman leap during a bodyworks class, I managed to whack my thumb under the frame, inflicting a nice cut that proceeded to bleed. Anyone can hit their shins, but I had to be different......Again, idiot!
Advice to share
It's an old saying, but it's true. Try hard NOT to cut corners, because you're only cheating yourself. Try to complete ALL the reps in a class. Try to make EVERY class count, that feeling of accomplishment is awesome. Try to encourage a fellow training partner when they're struggling. They WILL appreciate it. And......try NOT to piss the trainers off, you'll pay for it. Kettlebell farmers walks are NOT fun! But seriously, my underlying advice is TRY TRY TRY. You WILL thank yourself when you start seeing the results.
Dani Elsum

Dani Elsum

Lives In: Aubin Grove

Career: Banking and Finance (but being a mum is a priority at the moment)

Age: 40’s

Member Since: November 2011My Goals

My Goals

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.

Training

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.

First Class

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.

Most memorable class
There was this one-minute rounds class where I was partnered with Amanda Dixon. She’d broken her toe and could only do a lot of stuff with one leg. We were meant to do burpees on the bell, but only when you changed to the next station. Of course we stuffed it up and got caught doing them on the middle bell – which Mike decided should continue for us for the rest of the class. I was nearly crippled by the end and just wanted to quit, but what kept me going was that Amanda did the whole lot ON ONE LEG. And never once looked like stopping. The other one that sticks in my mind was the first time I did a “keep the sled moving” class. The punishment for two people running to the sled at the same time was that one had to push it with the other one on it. That was a hard, challenging, draining class, but having to co-ordinate and help each other built this incredible feeling of camaraderie. (I should add that I got it wrong on the very first sled push and ended up being a passenger – oops...)
Favourite exercise
Right now I’m in love with the weights we are doing for the 6 month life plan. The feeling of being able to lift something that weighs more than I do? Its empowering beyond belief. And I have a bad back and shoulder, and being stronger helps so much with keeping things from deteriorating. And sledgehammers. Whats not to love about bashing the crap out of something with a big heavy hammer? Better than any therapist I reckon.
Most hated exercise
All the bodyweight stuff. You would think being smaller they’d be easier, but no. Burpees, inch worms, multijumps – ugh. Funnily enough tuck jumps are ok (no Mike that is NOT a suggestion to give me more of them.....) Oh – and bikes. Hate hate hate bikes. Does anyone actually NOT hate them?
Advice to share
Find something you enjoy (mostly) and make it a part of day-to-day life. And then just keep doing it. I schedule my classes and weights sessions into my days like appointments, so there is always a plan. Life means it doesn’t always GO to plan, but if I waited until I “felt like it” I pretty much guarantee I’d go maybe once a fortnight. Once I start I always love it. Well almost always. Unless there’s too many burpees ;) My other advice would be to give it time. It took a fair while for me to get to the state I was in when I started cleaning myself up; but for some reason I thought I could undo all that in a few months. After some backsliding and stopping and starting I think I’m finally getting there. Its so hard to persevere when it seems like everything is happening so slowly, but when I think back 3 years ago I realise how much better I feel these days.
Trent Read

Trent Read

Lives In: Bateman

Career: Western Regional Manager - 3M Oil and Gas Division

Age: 30’s

Member Since: September 2012

My Goals

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!

Training

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

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.

Most memorable class
A midday class one day which was all Hindu Push ups, tricep dips and tricep push ups. I couldn’t turn my steering wheel, brush my teeth, or lift my arms for anything for near on a week and realised I may have overdone it a little. I must admit that my favourite classes are the 1 minute rounds. I find they really give me a good balanced workout and make for a great start to the day.
Favourite exercise
Combination Bags. Punching the stuffing out of the bag leaves you spent, sweating and breathing that hard, there is nothing that beats it. Ab wheels rock as well. They hurt in such a good way!
Most hated exercise
Wall Squats. Plain and simply can’t do them well. I hate them because they highlight how much more I need to improve on my leg work. Just when I think I’m going well in squats, the wall tells me "No!" To cheat, I have to move away from the wall slightly and go slow to do less reps between bells. Even then I still hate them.
Advice to share
Motivation. Find a meaningful reason to train. To train consistently at the intensity that Round 1 sessions move at, you need dedication. With a long term goal, you can stay driven. Training is something I do first in my spare time, not last, and I find myself planning my week around training no matter where I’m at. Round 1 offers so many classes that cover the entire body so there is always a time that you can get it done. Recognise when you need to rest. I used to measure my success by how many sessions and I’d end up injuring myself. So now, I listen to my body and try something different if I’m not feeling right. Give it everything for 45mins. Its worth it.
Elise Bevan

Elise Bevan

Lives In: Piara Waters

Career: Make-up Artist

Age: 20’s

Member Since: 2011

My Goals

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!

Training

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!

First Class

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!

Most memorable class
Would have to be the transition from a ‘beginners class’ to a ‘boxing for fitness’ class. It was incredibly daunting, I was full of fear and again had this gut feeling I’d be horrible at it. I rocked up not reckonizing a lot of faces, and just got stuck into it. I remember the first lap and the rest was a blur. Burpees at every bell, tabata punching, kettle bells (self inflicted torture with the strangest piece of gym equipment I’d ever seen) and of course squats. Ughh it was bad, but It was the best workout id had in a long time. I was pushed to my limit, and felt so much better about it. I struggled at points but it’s just one of those things, if you want to go to the next level you have to put yourself out of your comfort zone and go for it.
Favourite exercise
Hmmm … what a tough choice, I really can’t choose between burpees or bin runs...NOT! Pretty sure I’m going to get a lot of them now! Let’s just say i’d prefer a class full of skipping!
Most hated exercise
Kettlebells. I don’t like them at all. Swings, press, thrusters, squats, it’s all bad and it hurts… a lot. You can’t cheat unless you pick up a pink one or one of the new mint green ones! Pretty sure you will get spotted fairly quickly swinging it around though. You know what they say, practice, practice, practice! I’m still horrible at it 3 years later, but I’ll give it credit for getting rid of the nanna arms!
Advice to share
While I was pregnant all I wanted to do was be back at the gym and now I’m not all I want to do is sit home and eat cake! Ha ha After having so much time off from the gym, I found it so hard to get back into the regular swing of things. Thinking my body would just let me do 5 burpees or situps was not realistic (recovery from a c-section takes a lot longer than I expected). I’ve spent so many classes thinking to myself… “It’s going to take me forever to get my fitness back”. Beating myself up over it is not an option. Don’t feel defeated because I guarantee you if you pick your head up and look around there’s a lot of people thinking the same thing! Eventually I will, but not straight away. I’m getting better every class, you just have to stick to it and challenge yourself. Pick up the heavier weights, don’t be lazy and finish those 5 horrible burpees and keep going (better that than if you get caught and the punishment is worse!). The pain is temporary but the results will show. Trust me I have plenty of embarrassing gym stories so if you feel like a laugh come find me! Being a mum of 2, everyday is different and I’m no stranger to a bad day!
Jo Western

Jo Western

Lives In: Seville Grove

Career: Credit Management

Age: 30’s

Member Since: February 2012

My Goals

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!

Training

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.

First Class

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!

Most memorable class
Thursday night with Jason Totten. He gave Ryan and I a total of 7 bin runs between us that night. On one of my bin runs he made me take an orange kettle bell to run with. About half way I was buggered, so I decided to drop the kettle bell down and pick it up on the way back. I had a bit of a giggle thinking this was rather clever of me but as I was running back, I saw Jason walk out to check up on me! I remember seeing his silhouette in the distance and thinking “OMG he is going to see me without the kettle bell and now I’m going to die” I started to wonder if I could pick up the kettle bell without him seeing… but alas, I had put the kettle bell under the huge street light. I heard him yell out “I knew you would do that” so once I got back to the gym, I was given 25 burpees as and extra punishment.
Favourite exercise
Barbell Squats! They get my heart pumping, they hurt in all the right places and well… I’m awesome at them. I enjoy all the barbell exercises. I feel they give me the best results.
Most hated exercise
Inchworms. I hate the crawling down, I hate the two push-ups, I hate crawling back and I hate the tuck jump! Whenever I see on the wall “Inchworms each bell” I die a little inside. You cant cheat on these either, except maybe the tuck jump at the end.
Advice to share
Be consistent in both your diet and training. Having a large break from your diet and exercise makes you lose motivation and then its hard to get back into the swing of things.. so if you’re on a roll… keep rolling ;) Oh! and to avoid being yelled at by the trainers, get to your station as fast as you can and always pedal faster when they are watching ;) Something I am still yet to master :P
Claire Bowran

Claire Bowran

Lives In: Hammond Park

Career: MSC Shipping Company as a Logistics analyst.

Age: 20’s

Member Since: January 2014

My Goals

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!

Training

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!

First Class

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!

Most memorable class
I wouldn’t be able to pin point one class but I LOVE 1 minute rounds! The very first 1 minute round class I did was a little confusing! I hadn’t looked at the schedule so I rocked up to 5am expecting the normal crowd out the front... Everyone was ready to go but they were standing next to a bag or a cross trainer… I was a little confused! Didn’t take long to realise after Mike asked what on earth I was doing! As much as sometimes it is a smaller class at 5am, I feel as though everyone really gets into it and pushes each other. It’s always a nice feeling when you hear that you’re doing a good job or that you’re really pushing yourself! Definatly a recommended class if you haven’t done it before!
Favourite exercise
Anything Abs! Always feels good to walk out of a class with sore abs and know you’ve really pushed yourself to the limits. I also love box jumps! When I first started at round 1 I was terrified of them! After a few (a lot) of deep breaths (and a lot of encouragement from trainers) I finally attempted one and stacked it on the second attempt! From then on I have improved and am alot more confident! It’s amazing what you can do if you don’t think about it too much! I am nearly using the biggest step so I’m pretty happy about it!
Most hated exercise
BEAR CRAWLS! …and bin runs! I was only introduced to Bear Crawls this week and to start off with I was hopeless! I’m not even sure what I was doing, just moving my arms and legs like everyone else! With some help from Mike I improved only very slightly! I am a little better now (after practising down the hall way at home!) but still feel like an uncoordinated turtle! And... Bin runs… I am the worst runner and would rather do burpees!!
Advice to share
Keep at it! If you feel as though you can’t push any further or you can’t use the orange kettle bell instead of the pink or you can’t do that extra squat... Keep going! If there is one piece of advice I could give to people it would be to keep pushing your boundaries, don’t settle for “that will do” I know personally I am a culprit for thinking that I’ve done enough and wont push myself harder but since I joined the gym – I’ve learnt that pushing yourself harder gets you so much further! Doing that extra box jump seconds before the bell instead of standing there waiting for the bell to go… little things like that make a big difference!
David Macfarlane

David Macfarlane

Lives In: Success

Career: Clinical Nurse Manager After Hours ( Shift work Afternoons, Nights and Weekends)

Age: 30’s

Member Since: September 2013

My Goals

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.

Training

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.

First Class

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.

Most memorable class
I have a few memorable classes. My first ever 1 minute rounds 7 am and a pretty full class. I hadn’t really got the grasp of how it worked until thrown into the deep end. Action packed, fast paced and amazing. I remember looking around the gym and every station busy with activity someone Rowing, someone Punching, someone doing Kettlebell Swings others doing Ab Roller. It felt like a joint effort even though you were doing your own individual exercise, a sense of encouragement seeing other people all shapes, sizes and gender having a go. February 14th 4pm Class (Valentines Day) bribed with a bonus Alcohol Day in the 6 month Life Plan for all participants. It wasn’t until we all assembled for the class that we realised that we would have to really earn the Alcohol Free Day. Lloyd one of the amazing trainers had a look in his eye that gave it away. The whole class would be conducted outside the Gym. Lots of Bridging, lots of Frog Jumps and Walking Lunges up the driveway and multiple Bin Runs (approx 400m) even Double Bin Runs. Every Body Work Class is memorable. I have to say though my last Body Work Class only this week was amazing. Not because of the exercises themselves but it involved a Team aspect to the warm up and cool down. 17 members including Mike (the owner) encouraging each to the very end. The atmosphere was electric, the banter and the sense of being comrades getting through the class will stay with me.
Favourite exercise
Heavy Bags – just cause it is fun being able to hit something really hard. Kettlebell Swings – all over body workout and can feel it at he end Big Sled – being able to get momentum up and power through with your legs up and down the Gym which gives me a sense of accomplishment. Target exercises – being able to set short term goals and push through with intensity to achieve them
Most hated exercise
Any of the Body weight exercises. Burpees, Multi jumps, Pylometric Lunges, Frog Jumps, Bear Crawls the list goes on. I just feel like a giant Ogre with lack of flexibility, finesse and stamina. They are getting easier though. I have attempted many cheating strategies like missing a few in a set or not going lower than I should. Yes I have been caught out and yes I have then suffered for not doing it right in the first place
Advice to share
Motivation is the key with most thing in life. R1 provides a great environment to be your vehicle if you allow it. The classes are always changing and challenging. I think this is what makes me want to keep returning. If I feel I didn’t do something right or hard enough I know that it is ok. You always have the encouragement and support to go back and continue trying to achieve what you want to achieve out of attending R1. Listen to the trainers they are there to assist with technique so you can get the most out of your session. Embrace the mini challenges set by Mike and the R1 Team. They are wanting to assist you and at the end of it teach something that you can take away into your life outside the gym. I have learnt that exercising isn’t just enough but making things habit or the way of life makes for a healthier life.
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