I HAVE EXCITING NEWS!
If you know Kels and I, you know that the gym is a MAJOR part in our lives. Our very first conversation had to do with squatting, and we bonded over gym memes and hand callouses. So you can imagine the effort that has gone into finding a gym we can call home here in Brisbane.
We had begun the search while still in Edmonton – looking for a gym that would allow me to train for powerlifting while Kels could continue Olympic Weightlifting. So basically, we needed a gym with platforms, bumpers, proper bars and that allowed weights to be dropped. No big deal, right?
Some of the cool gyms we had scoped out online were either WAY away from where we were living, or WAY WAY too expensive. So much for researching ahead of time, eh?
But, like with most things – the best way to see if you like something is to try it out. So not even a week in Australia, Kels and I signed up for a free one day trial at the gym closest to home. It may have gotten points for convenience (a 5 minute walk away), but it lost points in equipment, culture and it was not what we were looking for. It was much more general population than strength and performance based.
The second gym we tried was an adventure in itself. We took the wrong bus to get there initially (what should have been a 20 minute ride ended up being a 70 minute ride). When we finally did get there, we were greeted with a sign saying the owner was at the dentist.
So, we made the most of it and went for pre workout burgers nearby until 1pm. We did manage to eventually get a lift in, but Kels and I didn’t dig the vibe of the place. Kels couldn’t do any Oly lifts, and we just didn’t feel welcomed.
So we were zero for two (but, on the plus side, we had gotten two free workouts in)! We hit the interwebs to see what else was close-ish. We kept an eye out for gyms while we were on the bus. We creeped Instagram to see what the insides of the facilities looked like. We started to get a bit discouraged.
Then, we came across All4Fitness. It was right on the bus route (and only a 30 minute bike ride, or bus from home). It had bumper plates. It had a bad ass mural of Arnold on the wall. It had a back room where you could do sled pushes, cardio, squats and more. AND it had a free 7 day trial pass!
So we went to go visit on a Saturday morning. We were greeted by super friendly staff, set up the pass and we had our first good lift of Australia! Horray! I was able to squat, bench and deadlift, Kels could Oly lift, and we had dumbbells to do some bicep curls.
We finished up our 7 day trial here, and decided to call it HOME! We signed the paperwork and gave our bank info over and became members!
Here in Australia, you pay by the week (rather than monthly like our old gym). All4Fitness is just under $11 a week, and at that price, we can’t complain! Even the 8 km bike ride each way doesn’t get complaints from Kels or I (whaaaat, we aren’t complaining about cardio, who are we?).
Now that the gym is sorted, most days involve a couple hours there. We normally bike to the gym, and then back home to do some job searching; other days, we bus into the city afterwards to explore a bit!
So that’s our fun, exciting news for the week! Wish us luck with finding jobs!