Paddington Feature Member: Lewis Chan

After weeks of research and contemplation Lewis decided to take the leap! “I had nothing to lose. I was bored with solitary training and doing my own programs which evidently weren't working as I wasn't putting on weight and I kept injuring myself”. Initially coming in with the body composition goal of wanting to increase his lean body mass after months of lockdown, “I was pretty close-minded when I first started. All I wanted was to put on the weight I had lost during lockdown to feel less skinny and more confident”, this eventually shifted to performance goals as his confidence grew.

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Waterloo Feature Member: Carly Schutt

Our newest superstar has been with us for just over a year now! Carly leads a busy life, balancing full-time work and study. She’s managed to learn new movements, whilst becoming pain-free and move well through a large range of motion. The results she's garnered from training at BBB has allowed her to live a more energetic lifestyle, and give her an insight as she hopes to move into the health and fitness industry.

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How to avoid injury when learning new skills

Is injury caused from a lack of skill or lack of strength? I argue that most injuries (excluding falling off of a box or dropping a barbell on your head) come from lack of knowledge. The knowledge about your skillset and your own physical limitations. Your priority should be to create consistent, perfect movement before adding load / intensity/ speed to your training and allow your body to get “stronger” through more training volume and skill acquisition.

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Paddington Feature Member: James Dent

The first time I met James our much loved former coach Codie asked me to take him through a PT session. He did not tell me that he usually had to bribe James to do the metcon piece, and as a junior coach I followed the program to a tee. Next thing I know James is refusing to jump on the rower, saying he “didn’t want to get his heart rate up” and attempted haggling to swap the exercise for push-ups. This is a long way from the athlete he is now, constantly pushing for Rx WODs and ending up sprawled out on his back after giving 100% in every workout! So what changed? Before starting, James was most nervous about his “appalling lack of fitness being on display. Seeing how fit everyone looked in the classes didn’t help with this, so it actually took 6 months of just doing PTs before my coach eventually forced me to do a group class.”

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Paddington Feature Member: Nathan Wotton

Our first BBB Paddington Member of the month for 2021 goes to the nicest high school teacher you’ll meet - Nathan Wotton. Nathan appeared on the scene in June of last year once COVID gym restrictions eased and has been a regular member of the afternoon crew ever since. Nathan joined up looking to restore his back and shoulder health after injuring himself earlier in the year; “I came into BBB about 6 weeks after having major back and shoulder issues that required plenty of scans. Having Lewis being a patient personal training me for the first few months really allowed me to correct previously poor technique which would have likely led to the issues”

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Waterloo Feature Member: Indah Larasiti

Working full-time shift work as a nurse is not an easy task, however, our latest superstar makes it look just that. For Indah, it was about finding a place to train that gives her life balance, helping her stay fit and healthy and blow off steam when she needs it! Indah has been with us for just over a year now (cute), and has been a superstar from the start. Her bubbly personality and infectious smile has made her a queen of the gym and a massive part of our community. Working shiftwork as a registered nurse, you could be forgiven for not being serious about your training and slacking off. Indah has not only stayed consistent in her training but has been able to learn more advanced gymnastics skills such as pullups, toes to bar and handstand pushups. Not to mention being the fastest at the gym at burpees (jealous)

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