Interview and Slideshow

I decided to interview a very interesting man names Sundesh, from gym I train at following my technical glitch and got a great insight into how he firstly, migrated to Australia in search of asylum during a political coo, in Fiji during the late 1980’s in which he was a radio journalist himself.

Sundesh was captured by military and explained he was hung by the arms for three days straight, in punishment of reporting on what was going on in Fiji. He decided to flee his country, and sought help from a politician in Australia. He was able to secure residency and relocated after three months of correspondence.
Sundesh, went on to explain how he now thinks of Australia as home. And a country who provide him and his family safety, food and a sense of belonging during a time of need.
Sundesh explained he trained at the gym, we were currently at during his relocation to Sydney. But then went on to travel 127 countries in search of a story to write a book upon.

He is now 74 years old, and has found himself back at the same gym he trained at all those years ago. Vince and Roz’s gym is one of Australia’s longest running gyms, having been operating at various locations around Sydney since 1953.
Sundesh explained that having broken his back during his travels in New Zealand, physical therapy was the only thing that has made him as mobile as he is now.
He is happy to be back at his old training ground, having re-joined the gym Just two weeks ago.

This is what he had this to share with us, about his triumph over serious injury.

Training For Purpose

 

Why do you train?

Someone once asked me: ”Why do you put yourself through it?  The training. The pain. The disappointments. The ongoing commitment, for so little reward?” I said:

”Because I have a big goal. And I want it; more than anything in the world.”

 We all have a goal. We all have a visionary ‘better version of ourselves.’ But in a materialistic Kardashian influenced, society – it’s easy to lose sight of who you are bettering yourself, changing yourself, creating yourself, for. 

 Personally, I have a pretty big goal that I’m always training for. The Olympic Games. But it’s easy to lose sight of that, in the daily grind of ‘Do I have to get up in the dark, this rainy day and get my ass to the gym…’ 

 Small steps. And perspective. 

You want your dream body. Key word ‘You.’ And that’s exactly who you should be training for.

Not someone’s pre-conceived notion of what you should be, how you should act or what you ought to be doing with your life. You my friends, should always be the judge in your ”court room of life decisions.”

 It’s sad to think, that allegedly 1 out of every 3 women in Australia, will resort to some form of body enhancement surgery in their lifetime, to alter their physical appearance. If their notion is to better please themselves; then okay; fair enough.

But the generalization would be to make themselves more appealing for someone else. It’s easy to get influence via the media, of what is inspirational, what is deemed fashionable or sexy. I too, am susceptible to the influences of the material world; my friends would vouch for me on all the horrible spray tans I’ve rocked over the years…All to look out most ideal; right?… But to whom?

The hot guy you’ve been crushing on? The boss you’ve been trying to impress? The lecturer, you aspire to receive a perfect grade from?

 No. It’s you! And should always be you.

It would all be worth it.

Because, I’m doing it – for me. And it’s always been for me. Not to prove anyone wrong, to make anyone proud. But to create the best version of myself, for myself and see what we can do with all these gifts; I’ve been blessed with. 

Take some time to day to reflect. Who are you training for – Metaphorically and physically?..Sometimes readjusting your priorities can make you that much happier, stress free and operate with a clearer mind.

 Keep on – training for you.

Personal Training; a lifestyle – not just a qualification.

Vince and Roz’s Gym, a family business renowned as ‘Australia’s longest running gym,’ located in Sydney’s inner Western Suburb of Ermington. Is the office for Australian Fitness professional, Elizabeth Richmond. She has been involved and working within the fitness industry for over twenty-five years and says it’s her passion that has kept her interested for so long. She soon realised exercise for her became a lifestyle choice, rather than a job.

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The fitness industry in Australia, has somewhat become unregulated recently; with the rise of online study. Elizabeth believes she gained her knowledge and expertise from physically learning on the job, rather than ‘‘reading the books and getting the piece of paper.’’ There are seventeen different Certificate four in Fitness Training courses available, in Sydney alone including respectable colleges such as Australian Institute of Personal Training, Tafe NSW, FIA Fit Nation as well as Open Colleges. This course is available to study online in over ninety percent of them. The debate here is, can you really be a qualified personal trainer if you aren’t personally, physically training someone?

Elizabeth explained, when she was learning to become a personal trainer during the 80’s, there wasn’t a formal qualification to study a Fitness Training certificate. Instead, she was granted her first job from the knowledge and physicality she leaned from other trainer’s around her gym and her experience in competitive body building. This suggests that the fitness industry, should ensure all online courses entail a physical component. This will enable trainers aspiring to enter the industry have sufficient skills, knowledge and training techniques to both safely and competently train a person in real life.

Elizabeth said, she hasn’t stopped learning; twenty years later. When formal regulations eventually entered the fitness industry, Elizabeth completed her qualifications like anyone else. But she only last year, decided to return to studying yet again to completer her Diploma in Training, to be able to teach other people to become quality personal trainers; like herself.

Personal training isn’t just like a 9:00-5:00 job, Elizabeth has various clients of ages, abilities and locations around Sydney that she is loyal to and trains regularly. She doesn’t stick to a typical regime or program either. ‘’I believe training someone, is to suit their specific needs and goals,’’ Elizabeth explained. She has clients that operate weekly from Vince and Roz’s gym facility and experience a resistance and cardiovascular based workout, in the gym environment. But she also adapts to clients location, by training clients in the comfort of their home as well as walking with them as a form or fitness, but also therapy.

A personal trainer is not just a physical trainer, they are there to support a client’s mentality also. Elizabeth offers motivational coaching and goal setting as part of her services. She also mentors an elderly group of ESL (English Second Language) ladies, by leading an aerobics style workout to suit their needs and ability.

Elizabeth’s success as a personal trainer, is based solely on her. She markets herself on the success of her clients and retaining long-term clients. Elizabeth doesn’t use any other form of marketing or social media. This is surprising in the popularity of online personal trainers such as Emily Skye and Ashy Bines; who rely solely on their popularity on popular social sites like Instagram and Facebook. Elizabeth believes her popularity goes past the materialism of social media marketing. She continues to train herself, week in and week out and inspires her clients to continue to do so, in the process. A testimony to her art, Elizabeth is an example of a real trainer who keeps to fitness industry alive.