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Our team is da bomb!

At ERC we are lucky enough to have some of the best of the best Group Fitness instructors in the South West.  What makes them so great is their commitment to being the best instructors they can be, to inspire a life-long love of exercise and health and to give our members and customers an amazing experience each and every time they attend a class.

Its only half way through 2018 and already our dedicated team of group fitness instructors have spent their weekend’s learning, growing and getting better at what they do.  And it’s not just the weekend of their training, there is also a lot of prior preparation all the while, continuing to deliver their regular classes.  Not all superhero’s where capes, many of them wear head-set microphones.

Initial training

Ren Wilson

Congratulations:  Mel Jarred (Bodypump)

  • The first step in being able to instruct a specific program is the initial training.  This is a full weekend that is both physically and mentally challenging, even for the most experienced instructor like our Mel.  We also super proud of ERC member and Bodycombat enthusiast, Ren Wilson who has made the giant leap from participant to instructor trainee having completed her initial training in Bodycombat.  Watch this space ’cause we know our Ren is destined for big things!!

Advanced Instructor Module 1

Congratulations:  – Mel Jarred (GRIT Strength), Jaime Hughes (GRIT Strength), Lisa Buszan (Bodycombat)

  • A full 10 hour day in Perth where instructors learn the essentials to become better instructors in the program they teach. The focus of AIM 1 are the three key essentials of instructing – choreography, technique and coaching.  Instructors have two opportunities to present their allocated tracks and receive feedback from the Master Trainers.  They are assessed to be either not certified, certified or have passed/not passed AIM 1.  Once AIM 1 has been successfully completed, instructors can register for the next step in their professional development, AIM 2.

Advanced Instructor Module 2

Congratulations: Chantel Brown (Bodypump), Jackie Kampen (Bodypump), Shenae Bearman (Bodypump), Bryanna Wright (Bodypump), Andrew Haywood (RPM)

  • Two full days (10 hrs +)  in Perth where instructors add to their AIM 1 skills by focusing on participant connection and performance.  This means your instructor is adapting the way they present a class depending on the participants in front of them.  Your instructors are not just going through the motions, they are developing the tools to teach with purpose, and teach with authenticity & contrast; instructors learn to be the best at their craft and become ‘rock star instructors!’.   At AIM 2 training, Instructors have four opportunities to present their allocated tracks and are again assessed by Master Trainers as either certified (not passed AIM 2), Advanced or Elite.

Les Mills Quarterly workshops:

As if the AIM training isn’t enough, every quarter our instructors head up to Perth to experience the newest release of their particular programs with their state master trainers.  At the workshops the instructors become the participants which means they get to enjoy the class without the pressures of being on stage.  Instructors learn any new formats/moves/exercises, meet and network with other instructors from around the state and participate in a 1 hr education session to better their coaching.  Then the real work starts – instructors generally have 1-2 weeks of learning the new release before they launch it to ERC members.

 

Fear of commitment is no longer an excuse

No minimum join period and no cancellation fees EVER!

Many gyms charge “early cancellation fees” for anyone  wanting to cancel their memberships.  The belief is that by asking members to commit to a long term membership (usually at least 12 months), it would be better for business (cash flow) and encourages the member to use their membership in order to get their monies worth.

Hey, we had that mindset too – until recently when we started to change our way of thinking, just as people’s individual circumstances change. We get it now!  So we’re changing the way we do things at ERC and cancelling our cancellation fees!

We believe the onus is on US to retain YOU as a customer and we plan to do just that with competitive membership rates, excellent customer service, great facilties and programs, and flexible membership options.

You are Free to Cancel Anytime

The minimum 12 month joining period will no longer apply to anyone joining ERC after 6th May 2018.  If you need to cancel, you are free to do so at any time without fear of being charge a cancellation fee.   No cancellation fee means exactly that, you will not pay an early-termination fee or some other fee to end your membership with us.  The only obligation you will have should you decide to cancel your membership is to provide us with 4 weeks prior written notice of your intent – and its just a simple form to fill out for that.

If You Have Not Yet Made Up Your Mind and You Are Still Shopping Around For a Gym/Fitness Membership

Be cautious, not all fitness facilities offer $0 cancellation fees and there are often extra costs that aren’t immediately obvious.  Be sure to check the following while doing your reseach:

  • What cancellation fees apply if you don’t meet the minimum commitment period?
  • Is the membership agreement an ongoing agreement or will it expire on a specified date ?
  • Do I have to pay additional fees for an access device?
  • Do I have to pay extra for a Trainer to write a personalised program for me.

Click here to find out more about ERC’s membership fees and inclusions or

 

What is Pilates?

Pilates? What is it? Why are participants raving about it and where the heck are your pelvic floor muscles?!

In a nut shell…..Pilates is a gentle type of exercise that focuses on spinal alignment & mobility (better posture!), core & pelvic stabilisation (strong abdominals!), pelvic floor muscles, flexibility and stress release. Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920‘s, and has stood the test of time due to its whole-body health benefits.

When is it on at ERC?

Thursdays 10.20-11.20am & Saturdays 9.35-10.35am

What do I bring?

A non-slip Pilates/Yoga mat – this is important for an safe & effective workout, but if you haven’t got one we have gym mats available also, a towel & water bottle

Who should participant?

Everybody! Beginners, elderly, young, injured, pregnant or athletes!

Pilates is free for ERC members but we welcome casual’s too – $18 or $13 (concession).  Crèche is also available

Who’s the Instructor?

You’re in safe hands with our highly skilled Pilates instructor Chantel, who has over 15 years teaching in the fitness industry. Chantels classes are a learning journey, whereby she not only clearly explains and demonstrates how to complete exercises but also educates the benefits of why you should. Chantel believes it’s in everyone’s best interest to be participating in some form of mind & body class (e.g. Pilates, Yoga or Body Balance – all included on our timetable).

What can I expect in a Pilates class?

Soft, quiet and relaxing background music and an interactive class whereby Chantel can mould the class to suit the participants in front of her and provide modifications to those that need them. Chantel encourages questions during the class and offers hands on instruction to encourage adjustments & provide corrections to ensure exercises are done safely and effectively. Be prepared for some deep breathing and pelvic floor activation!

Sweatiquette – The guide to good gym manners

Anyone who attends the gym regularly knows there are some unwritten rules that everyone should abide by – bring a sweat towel, wipe down equipment after use, don’t hog the machines…basically, use common sense and respect others.

However, some people at the gym will always falter in the manners department and some new gym goers just may not be aware of the do’s and don’ts of using a gym.  So we’ve put together a little etiquette guide so that everyone can work out in harmony.

Keeping it clean

There’s nothing worse than arriving at a machine only to find wet patches of someone else’s sweat.  A quick wipe with your towel (which you should always have with you) or even better, a spray and wipe with the disinfectant and paper towels readily available in the gym.

Re-rack your weights

Some of our gym goers have some impressive weights stacked onto the machines – which is admirable.  But not everyone can or should have to, put those heavy weight plates away because you’ve forgotten to or (gasp) couldn’t be bothered.

Waiting your turn

During peak times, chances are you might have to wait for others to finish their reps before using certain pieces of equipment.  But hovering close by someone as they are engrossed in their workout can be one of the most annoying things you can do.   On the other hand, it’s important not to use equipment as a rest station (especially if you’re on your phone).  If you’re not actively using the equipment, move off so someone else can.  If in doubt, there is nothing wrong with politely asking someone if they have many sets to go or even if you can alternate sets and rest breaks.  Being polite is the key!

Making friends

Most people are happy to make friendly small talk but just be aware that if someone is exhibiting clear signals that they don’t want to engage in conversation, for example if they’re listening to music or appear very focussed, it would be best to leave them alone, no matter how friendly your intentions.  We’re all time poor these days and some days gym users just need to get in, get their workout done and head out – it’s probably not personal if they aren’t keen to chat.

Not everyone likes your music

Music makes workout’s more bearable but what isn’t pleasant is having another gym user blasting their tunes out of a Bluetooth speaker for all to hear (and it’s usually turned up loud enough to drown out the in-house music system).  Headphones are the considerate way to enjoy your style of music without inflicting it on others.

Don’t be selfie-centred

If you can’t go to the gym without updating your Instagram or facebook account, make sure you don’t accidentally snap any unsuspecting people in the background.  Not everyone wants to be photographed while they’re working up a sweat.

Body odour is offensive

The gym is a sweaty place, there’s no avoiding it.  But we can all make it more bearable by simply wearing deodorant.

 

ERC Members Only Facebook group

We’ve recently developed an online Eaton Rec Centre Facebook group for current and past members – Click here to join our tribe

The aim of our ERC Members Only Facebook group is to develop a community that supports, encourages and inspires each other to achieve personal health and fitness goals.

We encourage the sharing of fitness-related information, asking & answering of questions and perhaps even entering into some healthy debate. Many of our fitness staff are members of this page and they are happy to help you with any queries you may have about health and fitness within the scope of their qualifications and experience.

Subscribers to our Facebook group will be the first to know relevant ERC information and its a great opportunity to have your say on the things that matter to you.

Please note: approval to join this group will usually be granted the next business day

Join the ERC Members Only Facebook group