A spark of an idea in Singapore back in 2017 led to the opening of Queenstown’s first F45 fitness training studio just over a year ago. Sarah Schubert and her husband Tim were looking for a change of lifestyle after working in Singapore, when Sarah hit the big 4-0 and faced up to her lifelong gym phobia.
After joining an F45 studio in Singapore, she was amazed at how much she enjoyed the exercises and how quickly her fitness developed. As owners of a Queenstown home, they made the decision to buy an F45 franchise and open up here, in a Frankton studio opposite the High School.One year on, hundreds of F45 devotees hit the studio daily for 45-minute-long circuit high intensity interval training (HIIT) classes, focused on cardio and strength.
Classes are suitable for all ages, shapes, abilities and mindsets. It’s team training with an individual focus, where people train as hard as they want, with no judgement and having fun along the way. Sarah’s proud of their local fitness community, and delighted to launch a brand new programme for Queenstown teenagers aged 11 to 17 called F45 Prodigy.
“Prodigy is something we’ve been working on for many months and we’re thrilled to give aspiring young athletes a place where they can train in a very supportive environment,” says Sarah.“Prodigy classes are designed to build a strong foundation of fitness and strength for everything these youngsters take on, whether its team sports, individual adventures or simply to keep moving.
“Queenstown’s the perfect place to launch the programme because so many are into health and fitness and the great outdoors, but as parents know sometimes its hard to motivate your teenager to get off the couch and the devices.”Sarah and her experienced team of trainers believe every young adult should be part of a positive and supportive community, coming to a place where they can make friends and build self-esteem while creating health and fitness habits to last a lifetime.“With young adults being busier than ever, we’ve packed all the benefits of Prodigy into 45 minutes of safe, high-intensity fun, and we think they’ll love every sweaty second!”
If the first ‘taster’ class was anything to go by, that’s definitely true. A full class of 27 Wakatipu youngsters — from young rugby players to netballers and even a gymnast or two — tried it out recently and the sweaty grins told the story. “Around the world, traditional gyms aren’t very accommodating towards young people, even through children aged six to 17 are the fastest-growing demographic of health club members,” says Sarah.“Surveys show that too much junk food and screen time, coupled with inactive lifestyles are contributing to growing rates of childhood obesity. Even those who are already physically active can benefit from additional activities to strengthen muscles and bones.”
About F45 Prodigy Queenstown
- Classes run every day
- Boost energy levels and fitness
- Build stronger bones and muscles
- Improve concentration
- Discounted rate membership
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