Brian Blight: How The Locker Room Keeps Him Accountable

Brian has been an integral part of Pinnacle Oakleigh for over 3 years now and we have watched his journey with amazement. As a key member of the Locker Room team, Brian chats to us about his motivation and why team training helps him achieve his goals.

“Initially when I first joined the Gym (over three years ago I think), the reason I trained was to generally improve my fitness and build a bit of muscle after my earlier weight loss left me feeling weak. Whilst these fundamentally are still in the back of my mind, I now believe that I train for my physical and mental well being. I always feel good after a session. If I train first thing in the morning, it sets up my day and I actually feel less tired and more awake. When I train in the evening, again it sets me up for a good night and I always sleep better after an evening training session.

I chose the locker room because I want to train with others. If I trained by myself, I would pretty much find an excuse not to train. In The Locker Room you soon get to know the people you train with and develop a camaraderie and some sort of banter. Whilst exercising, as a motivational tool I usually try to match or beat other peoples speed, repetitions or weights. Also, if someone says to me “see you tomorrow”, I use that as motivation to turn up. I don’t want to feel like I have let someone down if I have made a commitment. Very minor, but probably my biggest motivation for me to exercise. 

I have tried many of the classes offered by Pinnacle and would recommend that everyone should try a new class every now and then. You may be surprised what really works for you.”

 

 

How Ilanna Stays Motivated

Meet our Studio Member Ilanna

Our little quiet achiever, Ilanna at Pinnacle Caribbean Park who when chatting to us about her training told us that she didn’t think it was very motivational. Well we beg to differ!

Ilana describes her life as very busy. Juggling full time work as a teacher, her partner studying and working full time as a critical care nurse plus spending lots of time cooking and spending time with family.

“My job is quite demanding and training provides me with an outlet after work each day for my mental and physical health. Training with a group of people and forming connections outside of my familiar circles motivates me as I look forward to seeing them!”

So what does the typical week look like for Ilana?

I alway like to start off my week right with a Locker Room class on Monday’s after work. This always starts my week off right.

Wednesdays I attend Body Pump at Scoresby and love the CRX class there on Fridays too.

Saturday I like to take things a little slower with a sleep in and then a Reformer class at Caribbean Park.

Sundays are my rest days where we spend time with family and in the kitchen cooking.

Sometimes it’s hard to get to classes depending on if I get out of work on time but I try to go as much as I can and see it as part of my day. I go straight to the gym from work so I don’t have time to think twice about it. The feeling you get after a workout and the consistency and discipline that comes with going to the gym regularly is also a big driving force.

My biggest motivational factor is knowing the trainers will see you every week (and notice when you aren’t there!) as well as the people you usually train with. It takes me out of my comfort zone and makes me try things I definitely wouldn’t if I was training by myself.

Find out more about our studio membership options here

What is Reformer Pilates?

Have you heard of reformer Pilates but you are actually not sure what it is and why every is talking about it? Even though Reformer Pilates have been around for decades, it a relatively recent addition to a lot of peoples’ health & fitness routines and the buzz word for many given its range of benefits.

Hear from Emma, Pinnacle Wellness founder as she takes you through the different elements of a reformer class and shows how the different elements work together to create the ultimate full body workout.

“Sometimes the reformer can look like a pretty scary contraption, trust me you are not the first person to not know what bit does what!”

So what is the Reformer and how does this add to your workouts?

Adjust Your Resistance
Reformers have different levels of resistance springs, allowing you to adjust your workout to your fitness level or even to how you are feeling on the day!  Remember, more resistance doesn’t necessarily mean a harder workout, you can improve your practice with less resistance but more control.

Extra Support

Technique is so important in Pilates to avoid injury and maximise every exercise. The reformer acts as your support with the ability to utilise the front platform and bar to regain your balance if needed.

Adding a Little Extra with Straps

Just like the springs, the straps are there to add that little extra and can be used in lots of different ways improve your workout from adding more resistance to exercises focussed on balance and breathing.

Add a little more with TRX & Barre

Adding a bit more to your class away from the reformer helps to keep things fun and add that next challenge to your workout. The latest trend on reformer Pilates utilising apparatus like the barre and TRX improves balance and target smaller muscle groups to feel that burn!

“ Our wonderful instructors are on hand to show you step by step and encourage you to start slowing until you start to feel more confident and stronger. You will be a reformer Pilates expert in no time.”

Our latest Reformer Pilates studios is opening in June 2019 at Pinnacle Scoresby & Oakleigh. To find out more about our studio, click here

Love,

Emma Stallworthy xx

Pinnacle Wellness Founder

5 Benefits of Training with a Friend

We all know how hard it can be to motivate yourself to complete a workout on your own- so here’s 5 reasons why it pays off to train with a friend.

Someone has your back (literally) Chances are you’re not hitting your PB or increasing your weights because there’s no one spotting you. You think you can lift more, but do you risk it? Bring a friend along and you can both rotate and spot each other and push each other.

It’s a great way to socialise Work/study commitments can always get in the way of time with friends so why not combine your weekly catch up with a workout? Catching up with friends at the gym also establishing positive habits and saves you money! You can set a target A competitive streak can be a healthy way to push yourself and your gym partner. Set the pace and see who takes home the win!

You can share like-minded goals There’s nothing better than a team effort- sharing like-minded goals ensures you to stay on track and you can always share tips on how to improve your performance!

Added motivation is your best friend! There’s no time for excuses when it comes to training with a friend- hold each other accountable for your workout routine and you’ll be smashing your fitness goals in no time!  

Mitch’s Game-Changing Journey!

Mitch is a familiar face for many at Pinnacle Scoresby and we were blown away by his 28 Day Game Changer results last year.  Here are some of his top tips for anyone still unsure as to how a change in your training can allow you to see some amazing results.

For many of us, doing our own thing in the gym a couple of times a week doesn’t result in us feeling our best. A little extra guidance, motivation and fun environment is all it takes for us to push ourselves that little bit extra!

Mitch was feeling this around 2 years ago when he first joined us at Pinnacle…

“I starting working a desk job in the local area and was a member of a conventional gym but was still feeling unhappy, unfit and unmotivated so after paying a visit to Pinnacle Scoresby, I quickly changed as the vibe of the club alone had me hooked!

I was encouraged by the coaches to get involved in the 28 Day Game Changer as a great way to help get a tatse of a different style of training. It was time to break my bad habits of limited exercises and bad diet. The Gam  Changer helped initiate breaking this cycle. I was so used to doing my own thing that it was time to try something different and I haven’t looked back since.

The 28 Day Game Changer was such an achievable goal. 4 weeks to give it your all- that;s it! The whole time you can see the end in sight. It makes it easier to stick to the diet and training. The trainers are a great support network and the nutritional advice is so beneficial.

What did Mitch do after his 28 days?? I absolutely love attending the club and the Locker Room sessions – the coaches have provided me with constant encouragement, guidance and a bit of a push when I needed it – I honestly cannot thank them enough. I walk out the Pinnacle doors dripping in sweat after every visit; I am as healthy, happy and strong as I have been in a long time and that’s only going to continue.

Honestly, joining Pinnacle was on the of the best decision I have ever made.”

If you are looking to make a change to your fitness routine like Mitch, you can register for our upcoming 28 Day Game Changer here!

It all kicks off Monday 11 February- don’t forget to get in early as registration closes 7 February.