Growing gains

Good morning.

In November 2015, the gym underwent a significant expansion.

It went from two squat racks and 30m2 to over 400m2.

Around that time, I had my first client travel to train with me (from Brisbane, not Queanbeyan) and Ashleigh Went from Her Canberra was reviewing the program.

We train all but one of the clients who started after reading that review (she just had a baby).

Things were going well - it was becoming a real business.

At the start of 2016, we took on Naj as part of an internship with the University of Canberra (I thought it would have been good for me).

In 2017, we had an influx of new clients and I was finally at full capacity.

Naj took some additional training sessions, which was exciting.

Unfortunately, the building that the gym was located in was slated for demolition, so we had to vacate the premises (about one year ago).

I had the same dilemma I encountered when I started - wanting to work in a private gym but needing to find the right space.

However, the terms offered by the private gyms were horrible.

I didn’t really think about it at the time, but I was direct competition for them (I like to contrast analysis and understanding with a splash of naivety).

I met with several commercial gyms, but the set up just wasn’t right for my clients and how I wanted to coach.

Luckily, I checked out Anytime Fitness in the City and found the perfect facility. 

It was a massive gym and had plenty of separate areas to still work with clients private.

Anytime was the last place I thought I would end up at, and I actually enquired mainly to see what the offer would be to compare with the other gyms.

It turned out to be a great decision.

Danny runs a great gym with huge member activity and involvement.

I helped them out with nutrition for their 12-week challenge last year, and I was blown away by how much time and effort Danny and the team put into the members, who responded with massive engagement.

And then at the end of last year, Ellie got offered a job on the Far North Coast.

Tom Fitzgerald