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Tracy Kelsey

Tracy Kelsey

Lives In: Atwell

Career: I run mine & my husbands plumbing company, I deal with delightful people on a daily basis & try hard not to mess up our books.

Age: 30’s

Member Since: September 2011

My Goals

I train to stay fit & healthy, but I also train to keep me sane. Fitness is in my blood & if I’m not training the people around me suffer the most, even my kids comment on my mood the days I haven’t been to the gym, training keeps my mind & body healthy & feeling alive! I don’t train to live but rather I live to train! And Round 1 is the only gym I have ever felt completely at home in! LOVE MY GYM!!!!

Training

I am a 6amer, always have been & will be forever more. It’s he perfect time for me, I have no work distractions & no family members needing my attention, at 6am it’s all about me & I love it!

First Class

First class was with a girlfriend of mine who had asked me to join her at the gym because she wanted to get in shape. I went with not knowing what I was in for, but feeling fairly confident I could cope, I was after all fairly fit!!!. The class was brutal, well I thought so at the time, my friend left 5 mins in & sat in the bathroom for most of the class, leaving me all alone!!! Mike was taking the class & he was being his usual scary self, I wasn’t sure wether to smile or cry every time he looked at me, all I knew was that I was not going to give up. I walked out of the gym really annoyed at my friend but I knew I would be back even if she wasn’t. And that is how this awesome journey of mine began! And I have never looked back.

Most memorable class
This has to be the 1 min round class where Amanda Dixon & I got punished way beyond our expectations, it all had something to do with a shirt & Sean & the kids class…the picture we took was worth all the punishment we received.
Favourite exercise
I have a few, believe it or not. The best ones have to be any with the barbell, especially if they combine squats as well, I love squats, I may not always do them 100% but I do love them.
Most hated exercise
Again I have so many, but by far the worst has to be BIKES, no matter how fast my mind is telling my legs to peddle, once the bike goes above gear 14 I go really slow!! No tips on how to cheat, but trying not to get caught going the wrong speed is most important!
Advice to share
I tend to count reps in 10’s & if worse comes to worse I drop down to 5’s, I find it easier to get 10 good reps out & push to go again, than trying to just push out who knows how many, minutes can feel like hours sometimes & doing this really helps me get the most out of the exercises I find hard, like fence pulls & military press.

Kimberley Searle

Lives In: Aubin Grove

Career: Full time mum to two beautiful Daughters Amber & Asha

Age: 20’s

Member Since: June 2012

My Goals

At the moment I train to loose 5kgs! Tone up and gain more strength! So doing the classes and weights alongside a real and wholesome diet I will get there! I will always continue to push myself to new goals as when you reach these targets that satisfaction is amazing! My long term goal is to study cert 3&4 in fitness and management to one day be a personal trainer and help people like myself reach and achieve their fitness goals!

Training

I train mostly at nights 6pm as I have to wait till my partner comes home to look after the kids! I also go Mondays and Thursdays daytime as the kids are at school and daycare. I enjoy being able to vary the times I go to the gym as it gives me the opportunity to meet new people during the day and if I work out daytime I can then enjoy that family time at home! When I go nights I enjoy that too as I can punch the bag or lift weights after a long day! Either way I just enjoy going to the gym anytime I can.

First Class

It was a Wednesday night – I felt quite anxious as I hadn’t stepped inside a gym for a while. I always did exercise but nothing like what they provide at Round 1.
I remember watching on as the class before mine was finishing up and thinking “oh.. im going to actually die”! Jason approached me obviously realising I was a “newbie” and told me a bit about how the gym works and claimed I'd be OK!! 
It was definitely a hard kick up the butt as I thought I was fitter! I was sore as hell but it was such an awesome feeling after finishing the class! I couldn’t wait to come back the next day.

Most memorable class
Classes are always very “MEMORABLE”! in a twisted kind of way! I remember this one time I was there for a ‘class’ but ended up for the whole 45 minutes just doing Wall Balls and Thrusters!!!! Blimey!! I couldn’t walk for days – a duck could of waddled better than me! There is always such a great vibe at round 1 and each class is ultimately awesome and unique! If you work hard you will definitely feel and see the results.
Favourite exercise
I have a new LOVE for weights! Ive come from starting at just doing 1 class a day, to double classes that I will try make one a Bodywork and now will do just weights or weights and a class! i had a few PT’s and that’s what got me to reach outside my comfort zone and work on new exciting goals! Im still learning ALOT about technique and all the different exercises but its definitely something I love and enjoy.
Most hated exercise
Burpeeeeeeeessssss! (and also Tuck jumps!!!!)
Advice to share
If you want to change your lifestyle and become fitter make time to workout! Commit yourself to a workout plan that suits your lifestyle and always train hard. Have short and long term goals as these will help to keep you motivated! If you want to achieve your goals you will be happy to work hard inside and outside the gym.
Mel Monaco

Mel Monaco

Lives In: Success

Career: Planning & Logistics Manager / Office Manager for Mining Company

Age: 30’s

Member Since: May 2011

My Goals

Like most women to lose the pregnancy baby weight (although that was 3 years ago) so may have to come up with a new excuse, but in all seriousness my training now at round 1 is just part of my everyday life. I don’t really need a reason to train, when you love doing something that’s your motivation and reason behind wanting to do it. Obviously I want to loose weight, tone up and be the best and strongest version of myself but not only physically mentally as well. That feeling after a workout can’t be matched by anything. mso-bidi

Training

I train at 5am or 6am Monday to Friday and most Sunday morning’s. And some crazy days I even find myself back there at night.

First Class

I’m going to be honest and say I felt confident almost a bit cocky… “I’ve always trained every day, how hard can this whole boxing circuit stuff be” Let’s just say I quickly worked out that I wasn’t as fit as I thought I was. I remember my first class being a total blur. One minute your punching, the next doing push ups, then on the bikes, now I’m down on the floor doing abs, then up punching again, to the barbells, on the rower, back punching…The class finished and I remember thinking Jesus did that just happen… I did all that in 45 mins. And then I woke up the next day and quickly remembered throwing every punch, doing every sit up, lifting that barbell every time. My body was dead. But I’ve never looked back.

Most memorable class
I use to love Jason’s Saturday’s classes. Although that relationship died one day - IT’S CALLED ONE LEGGED BURPEES. I could have literally killed him at the end of the class. IT WAS HORRIBLE. That class was the end of my love for Saturday classes. But I just couldn’t stay away so now I’m sparking up a new love and trying Tanks on a Saturday morning and loving it….. so far anyway.
Favourite exercise
PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING (It’s really quite worrying for me when I think about what and how I used to use to get rid of my anger and frustration before I started at Round 1.)
Most hated exercise
Bridge. Bridge. Bridge. In case you aren't sure what I mean - I mean Front Bridge. I also mean Left Side Bridge, Right Side Bridge, Bridge done on the medicine Balls, Bridge on the blocks, Bridge on the Barbells, Reverse Back Bridge, One-arm Bridge, One Leg Bridge. I mean BRIDGE. There isn't really a way to 'cheat' as such - once you are in position it is pretty hard to hide - however there is a way to greatly reduce the time you have to spend doing this most stupid of exercises. You start by getting your towel - and who knows where you might have left that? Once you have got it, you need to 'fix it' - after all, no-one wants to get carpet burn on their elbows. When you are fixing it, you might find it takes a bit of time to fold it 'just so' to make sure it is as comfortable as possible - be sure to test it and re-adjust a couple of times before you REALLY get started.
Advice to share
Never let the trainers know what exercise you dislike, cause its guaranteed every time that exercise comes up they are there watching you the whole time. Never let anyone know it’s your Birthday (celebrate it at home with your friends and family) “birthday Burpees” When moving stations do it fast. Because it’s guaranteed that one time you stuff around with your gloves or something they will be watching and you could find yourself stuck on that station for another round. Forget the excuses on the bikes. “It jumped gears”, “this bikes broken” trust me they don’t work and you will find yourself so much worse off than just doing it right from the start. Learn to swear and whinge under your breath. Train Hard, but smile while you’re doing it. Enjoy it, it shouldn’t be a chore.
Jena Gunther

Jena Gunther

Lives In: Cockburn

Career: Database Administrator

Age: 30’s

Member Since: May 2012

My Goals

I want to be good at everything from running to weight lifting and I find it hard to focus on getting better at just one thing. 10 chinups from dead hang would be good.

Training

I train all over the shop but I prefer evenings if I can. I tend to prefer Bodywork classes if I can make it but love the variety in all the classes.

First Class

A Bodyworks class with Lloyd with full on tabata squats. I wasn’t sure what the go was so I asked a trainer if I was in the right spot for the 7pm class. Turned out it was Mike & he laughed at me for choosing a BW class as my first class. But that was it for Bodyworks and me....true love from the start.

Most memorable class
I have 2. First one was the day I met Ian Burgess. It was a class where you had to run from the heavy bags to the back wall of the gym and back in pairs & we somehow got paired up. It was game on from the first run as we raced against each other, sprinting around bags and people. Burgo might have beaten me int he end, but I like to think I put up a good fight and it was really good fun. The second was a TANKS class that involved 10-1 star box jump burpees and 1-10 KB swings and that’s it. Each star box jump burpee consists of 4 burpees so 10 is really 40 and half the box jumps are done sideways. It nearly killed me but I got it done.
Favourite exercise
Olympic lifting & KBs for sure. I enjoy the technical nature of lifting and the challenge to go heavy & hit PRs. And whatever the newest exercise is because I find it really exciting to try new moves.
Most hated exercise
I hate the cross-trainers. With a passion. No cheats, I just try to avoid the stupid, unnatural, cardio killers at all costs! And for some reason I also hate the shields...I find them so boring.
Advice to share
I love training, I try to train with commitment and intensity as often as I can. But changes to my physique have only really started after I did the first Whole Life Challenge (no grains, no sugar, no alcohol, no soft drinks, no dairy) in September 2012 & then again in April 2013. Until I’d had a go at this, you I had no idea how good you are supposed to feel. It has taken lots of trial and error and times when I have fallen off the wagon, but when I eat as closely to WLC as I can, I feel amazing. Also, make sure your technique is right. Ask questions & get the trainers to check your form. Not only do you risk injury if you do it wrong, but you miss out on the benefits when you do exercises incorrectly.
Jahn Geldenhuys

Jahn Geldenhuys

Lives In: Beeliar

Career: Branch Manager at Total Business Technology group

Age: 30’s

Member Since: March 2013

My Goals

When I started, I had a goal of losing 20 Kg, getting fit and just getting healthy. I am almost at my goal weight, so now I just want to be as healthy and as fit as I can be and just enjoy myself in whatever I do. I aim to do Tough Mudder later on this year and look at getting my cycling back on track and competing in a few rides in the future. Did my first unassisted chin-up the other day so now expand on that and maybe one day do a muscle up.

Training

I usually train at 8:00Pm, earlier if I can. With work commitments, getting home in the afternoon, taking the dog for a walk/run etc. This session just works well for me. I also try and do 6:00 Pm session on Fridays and 10:15Body works on Saturday. As mentioned earlier, train when you can, that’s what I do.

First Class

I knew I had to do something to start living a healthier lifestyle and specifically to lose weight and get fit. I had checked out some of the other gyms in the area, tried a few classes and even tried a cross-fit gym near Round 1; none of them gave me the satisfaction or drive I was looking for. On a whim, I decided to try Round 1 and signed up for the 3 day free pass. First class was a Sunday beginner’s class and the lady at the front desk (whom I now know was Vanessa) said that “he” was in a bad mood. Turns out “he” was a youngster called Lloyd and I do believe she was correct. To this day I’m not sure what we did to offend him, but half way through the “Warm-up” I was looking for a bucket, bin or some sort of receptacle so I wouldn’t totally embarrass myself. That was when I knew I was hooked. I was totally shattered after the class, took a day to reflect and signed up as a member 2 days later.

Most memorable class
2 classes stand out. The first one is my very first class, for all the reasons mentioned earlier. The second one was my first foray into 1 Minute Rounds. This was 6Pm class. The new format was challenging, but it was also the introduction of the mini-sleds. 5 consecutive rounds of sleds and 5 rounds of Kettlebells. Again, I was tired, but felt really good after the class. I was in the area, had nothing else on so decided to come to the 8Pm Beginners class on the same night. When I walked in, Lloyd told me I was an idiot and proceeded to run 1 MR again for the beginners class. After the second round I was done and needed a few days to recover. Lesson learnt; stick to one class each day, Do it right, Push yourself as hard as possible and get it done.
Favourite exercise
Favourite exercises would have to be bikes and squats, mainly because I can do them and don’t hurt too much. I also quite enjoy kettlebell work.
Most hated exercise
Most hated exercise has to be BURPEES!!! I think that speaks for itself. I can’t say I have found a reliable way of cheating on those, but am always on the lookout. I am also not a great fan of running, so the Bin runs are a close second.
Advice to share
Advice that I can give???? Train when you can and train hard. Don’t make excuses. If you’ve given in to excuses once, the second time becomes so much easier and is just not worth it. Don’t think about how hard the session is going to be, get your head down, do your best and afterwards look back on what you have accomplished. That’s when you’ll know what you can and can’t do. Lastly, try new things, when you start wondering if you might be ready to move from beginner to a normal class, try it. Trust the trainers, when they push you, go with it, you’d be surprised what you can accomplish.
Simon Gie

Simon Gie

Lives In: Bayview Estate

Career: Electronics Technician

Age: 30’s

Member Since: April 2012

Training

I normally train at the 06:15 class, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It just sets the tone for the day and there’s also no way to use being tired from work as an excuse not to go. Exercise in the morning gets the metabolism going and you’ll get to work feeling wide awake and ready to roll……depending on the class that Michael has given!

First Class

Nervous, unnecessarily intimidated and amped to hit some bags.

Most memorable class

Any of the ones that involved bin runs! And the one where I had to do 2 bin runs with a tyre! And most recently, the pushups class. (I am sure everyone knows the one I mean!)

Favourite exercise
I have 2. The floor-to-ceiling bag, because it’s pretty rewarding moving on from plain punches to mixing it up with a few combos and weaving in and out. My other favourite is the heavy bag, because sometimes you just want to hit something!
Most hated exercise
The bridge! No particular reason actually, I just struggle with it but I am getting better. The best way to cheat at this one is to drop to your knees when Michael isn’t looking!
Advice to share
Forget the nerves, just come down once and the rest is easy. It’s such a great atmosphere, all the stations are explained prior to starting and there are people here at all levels of fitness so there is no need to feel intimidated at all.
Aaron Pederson

Aaron Pederson

Lives In: Success

Career: Planner/Estimator

Age: 30’s

Member Since: Australia Day, 2013

My Goals

At first I just wanted to get fit again, I’d had Ross River virus and I spent nearly a year sidelined. Previous to that I was running ultra marathons for several years so I found being sidelined really hard. Getting fit again was hard. The group classes turbo charged this process for me and I had my cardio back within two months. Now I’m just fine tuning my strength and maintaining what I’ve work for. Maybe some more endurance racing stuff on the horizon!!

Training

Normally 5-6 days a week, I’ve been doing more weights now so 3-4 weight sessions and 2-3 classes.

First Class

My wife (Natasha), who has been a member for a long time, decided it would be great idea to take me for my birthday. It was a “Bodywork” class and by the end I was furious with her. I was sore, I was sweaty, I was being yelled at…not an ideal birthday! Somehow she convinced me to go again later that week, again I begrudgingly agreed, again I was hating life, then the idea occurred to me that it was being pushed outside my comfort zone and maybe that’s what I needed. The next day I felt great…I was hooked.

Most memorable class
The “running class”, it was one Saturday morning, you and a partner had to rotate at a station. The one not using the station had to be on the run around all the bags, if you happened to tag someone in front of you they had to do burpies...sorry to everyone I tagged!
Favourite exercise
Punching! I love to punch the bags. I’m also starting to love jumping rope.
Most hated exercise
Without a doubt: Bridging & wall sits! Sorry no cheat available. SUCK IT UP!!!
Advice to share
Stick with it, set goals. Hop on a (monthly) challenge and commit to giving it your all. You’d be surprised at how much you can achieve in a month. Stick with the classes when you start out as this is a really good way to build a solid foundation of all-around fitness.
Daniel Taylor

Daniel Taylor

Lives In: Harrisdale

Career: Storeman/Delivery Driver/Warehouse Manager

Member Since: Mid 2012.

My Goals

I believe that only God can judge me. I don't train to prove anything or to be better than anyone else. I train to be better than the person I was yesterday. There are so many things that I have achieved that I had once thought were too hard - I just train to push my limits and be the best I can be.

Training

I usually train around 6pm to 7pm'ish. It gives me a chance to have a shower and a quick feed after work before heading to the gym to lift some weights with Rob or Ricky or maybe a late Boxing class or Body Work session. I also head in on Saturday's around 8am for weights or a boxing sess. My training on each day depends on how I feel after work or how sore I am from whatever I did the day before.

First Class

It was either 1-minute rounds on a Thursday night or Saturday morning with Jason. I had thought I was quite fit after 5 years worth of Army PT sessions - but I can still remember being totally exhausted and sore as hell by the end...but I loved every second.

Most memorable class
My first Friday night 'No Rules'. I did it when I was still getting over a cold/flu and I remember telling myself 'just get it done' and I DID. My whole body was destroyed, but at the end I looked at the white board and saw what I had achieved and it was just the best feeling in the world.
Favourite exercise
Call me crazy but pushups and burpees are my favorite. Anything that can make you sweat that much - and cause so much pain - has to be good for you and I always tell myself that if it hurts, I am getting something out of it.
Most hated exercise
Any ab or core exercise. I have just never been any good at them. Things like elbows to knees, toe-touch crunches, reverse crunches...all of them really. They just seem impossible after the first 4...Laying flat on my back in pain isn't really cheating though is it? Not that I get much sympathy.
Advice to share
I find training in a group is great motivation. All of the R1 trainers are friendly and always give great advice - along with a couple of "Come ON Daniel's" when I slack off! R1 is more like a family than a gym and there is always someone around willing to lend a helping hand.
Piotr

Piotr

Lives In: Atwell

Career: Engineer

Age: 30’s

Member Since: Jan 2013 (with a few months of casual classes before that)

My Goals

This is Michael typing here - and I am ad libbing Piotr's goals. He started off wanting to lose (or rather, re-assign!) a few kgs - just like most of us I suppose. For the last couple of months he has been focussing on getting stronger whilst maintaining a solid 'fit for life' type base - which is why you will find him splitting his time between the weights room and the boxing classes these days.

Training

I aim to get 5 sessions a week (or more) done. 6am is the usual choice but I also do appear in the evenings and happen to make the occasional 6am Saturday Tanks class.

Most memorable class

This would have to be my first “No Rules” class. A few weeks after joining R1 I had the busiest week at work and did not make it to any classes so decided to give the Friday afternoon’s “No Rules” a go. That’s when I was given a skipping rope and told to skip for 5 minutes. The problem was I had never skipped before. I took the rope and hid in the corner and proceeded to do what one would could call “Gangnam Style” type of horse galloping skips. A day later I bought a skipping rope and did some rope skipping homework. I can proudly say that I’ve mastered the art of rope skipping now and there will not be any ugly horse galloping on display at R1 anymore.

Favourite exercise
I like them all (except read “Most Hated Exercises”). They’re all structured very well to give you a full body workout.
Most hated exercise
Wall Balls – I absolutely hate them. I don’t think there is anyone out there who can honestly put up their hand and say: “You know what, I really enjoyed this exercise, and I hope there will be more of it tomorrow”. Cheating: You can easily buy yourself a few seconds rest whilst doing Wall Balls. Every few bounces let the ball fall through your hands (make it look accidental) and let it hit the ground. By the time you pick it up, re-settle yourself you have easily saved yourself 5-10 seconds of torture.
Advice to share
This will sound like an old cliché but even though things might seem hard at first, try and stick with it. In weeks and months to come they won’t seem so hard anymore.
Chris (Rossy)

Chris (Rossy)

Lives In: Melville

Career: Attadale Travel (Owner / Manager)

Member Since: Nearly the very beginning!

My Goals

This year I will complete another half marathon, I will be able to do 5 full chin ups in a row, be the healthiest version of myself that I can and strut down a beach in Hawaii for my 40th birthday knowing all the blood sweat and burpees was worth it!

Training

Whenever I can, with a shift working hubby it means I am there mornings, nights whatever fits in...

First Class

When I started at Round 1, I had been going to another gym that did outdoor training which I love in summer and then in winter a big chain gym to work out. I have always been fine for getting myself motivated to go so didn’t think it mattered really which gym I went to as long as they had the equipment I needed to work out. It took me about 30 mins of my first class to realise I had been missing out, and that a place to go and train is not the same as a space to be shown how to be better stronger, fitter and pushed to create and reach higher goals for yourself. My first class was a huge introduction into “ this is the way we do burpees around here girlie! They all come with a push up and when you jump your feet are supposed to leave the ground! “

Most memorable class
There was a tanks session that had something ridiculous like 70 burpees, 80 box jumps, 60 wall balls, 50 push ups and plenty of other awful stuff along with a killer warm up and I remember thinking this is just not going to happen how the hell will I ever get through this.... Then I told myself to just shut up and do it and I got it done, it was a big wake up call to me that the mind sabotages what the body can achieve sometimes.
Favourite exercise
I can’t believe I am going to say this but.... Manmakers. They hurt like a bugger but it feels so good when they are over and they have just torched everything you have!
Most hated exercise
One legged rowing due to a torn groin.... thanks for that one Pratty! “No reason you can’t row Rossy there’s nothing wrong with the other leg! “
Advice to share
No-one was born with the inate ability to do a push up, chin up or burpee with a clap but there is nothing better than the feeling of getting through your first class having done every push up on your feet, or your first unassisted chin up! Also this gym is like none other, it is a family of like minded people we are each others cheer squad. If you are looking to be supported to achieve your goals, you can definitely vibe off all the cool positive crew at Round 1.... it helps a lot.
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