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.
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!!!!
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Nervous, unnecessarily intimidated and amped to hit some bags.
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!)
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!!
Normally 5-6 days a week, I’ve been doing more weights now so 3-4 weight sessions and 2-3 classes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.