Member Story: Ellie B

Member Story: Ellie B

A little about you?

22, Uni student, working part-time.

“I remember feeling really nervous but was immediately put at ease by the friendliness of the other members and the trainers. Even though I was completely exhausted after the session, I felt super stoked about what I had accomplished.

But now, in short, amazing!! I love doing an early morning session as it wakes me up and sets me up for the rest of my day. No matter how busy I get I always look forward to taking 1 hour out of my day to train at Boss as I consistently feel refreshed and refocused afterwards.”

 

What motivates you to keep turning up and training?

Knowing how training at Boss makes me feel and seeing the changes and progress in so many areas of my life! The way the sessions change, also helps me stay motivated as I never get bored as there’s always ways to push yourself.

 

 What advice would you give someone who is looking to start?

Just do it!! You won’t regret it. Both the trainers and members provide so much support and contribute to the awesome culture at Boss!

March 2019 Challenge Winner: Elyse Duffey

March 2019 Challenge Winner: Elyse Duffey

A massive Congratulations to the Winner of our March 2019 challenge, Elyse Duffey.

Elyse came into the challenge in such a good head space, she was prepared to put in the work to get the results she was after. Elyse came to every session ready to work, she sent her meal plans every week and trusted in her coach Steph, 100%.

Because of this, Elyse ended up with a whooping total of 35.97% overall body change which is the the highest percentage we have ever seen in our challenges.

Elyse’s other incredible results included

A total weight loss of 7.3kg

A total of 500g of muscle gained

A total fat loss of 7.7kg

A loss of 21.8cm in total

Well done Elyse, the Boss Family are all so proud of you! Xx

Member Story: Merrick B

Member Story: Merrick B

A little about your self and your journey at boss?

 Age 56 – Looks 70

Gender - Old Man

Work – the less hours the better

After my first training session at Boss I was F…ing absolutely stuffed and had to get help to put my shoes on the next day. Now however, It feels great to come in and the encouragement you get from the crew (Darcy, Steph, Mia and Adam) is unreal

What motivates you to keep turning up and training?

 I cant believe how much better I feel just doing everyday things now and that keeps me motivated

 

 What advise would you give someone who is looking to start?

 Go down and see the crew and have a chat about what you would like to achieve. They have been so friendly and helpful.

 Cheers guys

Member Story - Carey M

Member Story - Carey M

 

“My first training session….. It is sooo long ago now but I still have vivid memories of the first training session with Mia and the Saturday Boot Camp Crew. I think I pulled a hammy and calf muscle in my first session, but I am still hooked on the style of training Boss provides (the thought of going to the gym and just doing the standard 4 sets of 8-12 reps on specified muscle groups all the time is not very appealing)

 Now, I enjoy feeling fit, I look forward to all the sessions even “endurance week”! (well maybe not!) Boss gym is very social and Mia, Adam, Steph and Darcy have worked hard on ensuring that all people feel welcome and included. I suppose I do not regard Boss as a gym as such but a place to exercise and socialize.”

 

WHAT MOTIVATES ME TO KEEP TURNING UP TO THE GYM?

Training is part of my routine now, it is how I start my day. It is what sets me up for the day ahead and where I can push myself physically and release any tension I may have.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD I GIVE SOMEONE WHO IS LOOKING TO START?

Any 1,000km walk starts with the first step. Just start, just do something and do not worry what other people are thinking because I can guarantee they are not thinking about you….oh, and take it at your own pace!

Member Story: Candice L

Member Story: Candice L

CANDICE’S STORY - 25YRS

“My first training session took me a while to actually turn up because  I was so nervous. Steph was running the class and Darcy was running a boxing class. They were both so welcoming to me along with all the members.

It was endurance week and I was struggling to say the least.  I could barley run or do certain movements correctly. But Steph was so supportive and encouraging and Darcy would even pop over encouraging me to keep going. I could barley run but all the members who would fly past me would smile and encourage me to keep going so at the end I was beaming that I actually did it!

Now I LOVE IT! I feel weird if I don’t come in, It has the best environment.”


WHAT MOTIVATES ME TO KEEP TURNING UP TO THE GYM: 

I’m getting my life back. I had a few health scares that if I didn’t take seriously I could of gone down a bad track. I am loving this new lifestyle and I finally feel like I have found a gym that I belong to.

 
WHAT ADVISE WOULD I GIVE SOMEONE WHO IS GOING TO START: 

Just turn up. The first session is always scary but I promise you, you will realise what your body is capable of and it will only motivate you to be better than the person who first walked into Boss

Recipe: Beef and Barley Stew

Recipe: Beef and Barley Stew

Serves: 8 -10 Prep time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 6hours

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

  • 1kg boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1" cubes

  • Pink Himalayan Rock Salt (to taste)

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 500g Mushrooms cut into chunks

  • 5 large carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally into 1/2" pieces

  • 6 large cloves garlic, minced

  • 500g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" cubes

  • 1 large brown onion, chopped finely

  • 4 Cups of Beef Stock

  • 1/4 cup tomato paste

  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 tsp dried thyme

  • 3/4 cup pearl barley

  • 3 bay leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Sprinkle beef fairly generously with pink salt and pepper. Add the oil to a fry pan or to the slow cooker (if you have a multipurpose Slow cooker) and brown the beef, searing beef on all sides. Either transfer the beef to the slow cooker or keep it there.

  2. Add mushrooms, carrots, garlic, potatoes, onion, beef stock, tomato paste, mustard, and thyme, and stir well to incorporate. Then stir in barley and add the bay leaves. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. Then turn heat to low and cook for 2 hours more. Serve hot, with fresh parsley sprinkled over the top.

Member Story: Helena S

Member Story: Helena S

HELENA’S STORY - 41YRS

“When I first started training I was really out of my comfort zone and I thought that I couldn’t make it through the first session. I was so unfit! Now I feel that I’m up for any challenge and more energised after a session. Training is now part of my weekly routine. I’m 41 years old busy working and studying mum of two. Even now that I have a lot on my plate, it is very important to me to find the time to train; it makes me feel happier, healthier and stronger “


WHAT MOTIVATES ME TO KEEP TURNING UP TO THE GYM: 

That amazing feeling of being fit keeps me motivated and turning up every week. I want to keep improving myself. It wasn’t that long ago that I couldn’t even run 1 km without stopping and now running  5 km is fun!


WHAT ADVISE WOULD I GIVE SOMEONE WHO IS GOING TO START: 

Just do it! Make feeling fit, healthy and happy your priority and find the time to come to the gym. Eat well, be patient and persistent with your training.

Member Story: Brad L

Member Story: Brad L

BRAD’S STORY - 41YRS

“I was very nervous/anxious leading into my first training session, looking at the board didn’t reduce that tension at all. Adam was taking the session and no doubt took pity on me. I really struggled to complete 10 wall balls, squats etc. All of the activities were basically cut in half to help me survive. My 1st P.T. session with Steph, well, we won’t go there…… But I love training now, my daily routine involves the gym at 7.00 am and actually feel a bit lost if can’t make a session due to work, kids etc. I actually enjoy challenging and competing against myself which I thought was past me since retiring from cricket. All the members are easy to chat with and have made me feel really welcome, that definitely helps enjoy each session.”


WHAT MOTIVATES ME TO KEEP TURNING UP TO THE GYM: 

Having seen some decent results since joining the gym in August last year, my motivation revolves mainly around continuing to improve my body shape, getting stronger and being comfortable looking in the mirror each day. My goal this year is pretty basic, just have a crack at being the best I can possibly be. Live with no excuses and do my best at whatever that might be, starting in the gym!!


WHAT ADVISE WOULD I GIVE SOMEONE WHO IS GOING TO START: 

Find motivation from within, making that initial step to join is the hardest thing. The trainers are all fantastic, well most of the time :), they will push you to your limit and really understand where you are at. You definitely need to be patient but if you give yourself a chance, you will improve and it might not take as long as you think. Consistency is key, regular training and eating well will assist with results, both short and long term.  

Member Story: Mel K

Member Story: Mel K

MEL'S STORY - 40YRS

"I felt excited about my first but also realised that I wasn’t as fit as I first thought I was. Previously having trained with Mia on a one-on-one level at a previous gym this was a different ball game. I started training 3 times a week and it took 2 days just to recover from each session.

But now, I thrive on it. Training for me is a way to de-stress from my work day. Work can be quite stressful at times so for me going to the gym is part of my daily routine. At the end of the night when I am preparing for work the next day, I also pack my gym gear and put it in the car. Even if at times I’m feeling unmotivated by the end of the day because I’ve had a crappy day at work, I will still go to the gym and try my best. Without fail I always feel better for it at the end of the session."


WHAT MOTIVATES ME TO KEEP TURNING UP TO THE GYM: 

"I love it. It is a part of me. I have been a member of Boss Gym since the doors opened in 2016. Boss Gym is like my second family. Mia, Adam, Steph and Darcy all greet you with smiles on their faces. The other gym members become your friends and I enjoy coming in and catching up with them before and after each session. I now train up to 5-6 times a week. My recovery time is a lot quicker and I am always continuing to challenge myself."


WHAT ADVISE WOULD I GIVE SOMEONE WHO IS GOING TO START: 

"What are you waiting for? Give it a go. Boss Gym has opened up more opportunities to me over the last 2 years and has helped me find more meaning to life than simply becoming a workaholic. You make lifelong friends and you would struggle to find other more “traditional” gyms who genuinely care for your wellbeing.”

Member Story: Michelle B

Member Story: Michelle B

MICHELLE'S STORY - 46YRS

"I am 46 years old and the owner of a small beauty salon in Cheltenham. Work has always come first for me and I didn't think I could possibly fit in time for the gym. But I know I needed to make some changes to my (not so healthy) lifestyle and mostly with Mia's (not so gentle) persuasion I somehow did.  

My first session was a bit of a blur, I was so nervous and completely out of my comfort zone, but with the help of the patient trainers and the encouragement of the other members, I made it through.Now, nearly two years later I am still there. "


WHAT MOTIVATES ME TO KEEP TURNING UP TO THE GYM: 

"My life has changed so much, training is now part of my life (4 days a week) and I have become stronger both physically and mentally. That in itself is all the reason I need to turn up everyday, plus I love all the friendly faces that great me when I get there. The BEST team of people ever!"


WHAT ADVISE WOULD I GIVE SOMEONE WHO IS GOING TO START: 

"So anyone thinking of wanting to start... just do it! You'll never regret walking into Boss Gym, the trainers are so encouraging, patient and helpful and the other members will make you feel welcome and at ease. Everyone is there to help and make your journey a little easier, you run your own race at your own pace. Try it, you'll love it! Thanks you, Mia, Steph, Darcy, Adam for the BEST gym ever!"

Member Story: Rhys B

Member Story: Rhys B

Rhy's Story - 22yrs

 I am 22 years old and  I work as a laborer, I joined Boss Gym about a year ago (wow time fly's when you are having fun) from a close friend of mine named Jamie Astbury who actually used to work at boss at the time, he would train me three time's a week things were going good until he had to move to New Zealand. After he left I started training by myself for about nearly eight month's until I decided I would do some group sessions  which was probably the best decision I have made ever since. 

"When I first started training I felt really good even though I fainted a couple time's but It has not stopped me from giving up from what I want to achieve.

Now I feel really confident and happy as I come into the gym with a smile on my face, I also look forward to catching up and training with friends I always look forward to a new challenge  at every session."


What motivates me to keep turning up to the gym: 

What motivates me is that I enjoy working out and improving myself physically and mentally.


What advise would I give someone who is going to start: 

The advise I would give someone who has just started is to be persistent with there training that's how you will improve your fitness dramatically even though It's hard but you will feel so good and proud about yourself at the end. 

Recipe: Irish Beef Stew

Recipe: Irish Beef Stew

Irish BEEF stew

 

INGREDIENTS:

Serves: 4-6 

Cooking time: 8 hours on low 

 

800kg of beef (chuck or oyster blade) 

1 brown onion 

4 sticks celery 

500g sweet potato 

1 Tin crushed tomatoes 

1 teaspoon oregano 

2 cloves garlic, chopped 

1 cup beef stock 

2 teaspoons sweet paprika 

1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt 

1 teaspoon black pepper 

1 medium carrot

 

METHOD:

1. Prep ingredients, cut beef into 4cm pieces, thinly slice onions and crush garlic.

2. Put all ingredients in slow cooker and set on low for 8 hours 

3. Can serve with a small serve of brown rice or add more sweet potato for higher carb content.