I just completed my first year at Down Under Fitness, and it is certainly the best thing I have ever done for my fitness. It has been tough at times and but I have learned that mental toughness is as important as the physical side of the work outs. No negative self talk! I know if I get myself there and walk through the door it’s going to happen. Percy and the gang will keep you going even when you don’t think you can.
Every day of the week is a different format at DUF, which always keeps it interesting. If I find myself avoiding a particular day it means that’s the day I have to get to. One of the most unexpected benefits is Percy emphasizes is how to breathe, dialing in your breathing lets you focus and take control during the workouts. I now use this in all my other sports and recreation and its invaluable.
Another unexpected benefit to joining DUF is the partnership with The Whole30 nutrition plan. I have done 3 “Whole30s” in the last year and after each one lost weight, slept like a log and generally felt great. The Whole30 Facebook during group Whole30s is always great for recipe ideas and general inspiration. My first year at DUF has been tough but worth every second and I am fitter, stronger and more flexible than I have been in years. #bestgymever
“I started working out with Percy around one year ago and I have never been in better shape, which is great as I am in my 50’s and I want to stay active and healthy.
The workouts are always different and challenging. Percy keeps track of my progress and helps me to push the envelope at the pace that works for me.
The best part is that my classmates are fun and supportive and we aways have a good time”.
Jen “huthy” Hauhuth
It’s hard to remember what it was like before joining Down Under Fitness. As a mid thirties mother of three, I felt sluggish, always tired and hated life, especially getting up in the morning. This was no way to live! My neighbor was hounding me about joining her gym. She is super competitive, so I was skeptical. It turned out to be the best decision I’ve made for myself. The only person I compete with everyday is myself-last year’s self, last month’s self. It gave my life a whole new purpose, not to mention the amazing people and friendships that I have created. I now have a fire and drive to do a little more every morning when I walk in to the gym, run a little faster, push a little harder. I look forward to Percy and that 5:30 am crew cheering me on, encouraging me to work harder, feel better and more accomplished, and having a crack at each workout. It’s an amazing feeling -Because you are only given one body, and if you don’t take care of it, no one else will.
Thank you Percy for creating this amazing environment, It really has been life changing!
After a knee injury, I wanted to build more muscle and feel stronger so I wouldn't have to give up skiing and tennis. Working out at Down Under Fitness has made me stronger than I've ever been.....but it's truly the amazing community of people & one fearless leader from Down Under (who doesn't take Sh&* from us) that's made me want this place to be a regular part of my week!
I joined Down Under Fitness nearly 3 years ago after hearing about the gym through my wife. I weighed in at an all-time high of 220 pounds and in the worst shape of my life. I clearly needed to stop the downward cycle and Down Under Fitness gave me that necessary change. The classes that Down Under Fitness provide are tailored to all skill levels and will push you to limits you never thought possible. The positive workout environment is what separates Down Under Fitness from other gyms. Percy (the trainer) does an excellent job acknowledging personal achievements and providing personal instruction / tips to those that are trying something new and are out of their comfort zone. In addition, the gym has a great nutrition partner with Whole30. It wasn’t until this past year that I realized that nutrition was just as important as working out. I’ve gone from dreading my 5:30AM wake-up call to absolutely loving it. Thank you Down Under Fitness for what you’ve done for me! Isn’t your body worth the investment?
I joined Down Under almost 2 years ago. My intention was to increase my speed for running and lose some weight. After training here, I was hooked on these workouts, atmosphere, group support and training! I achieved what I came for plus so much more. Percy has truly changed my life for the better. I no longer worry about my weight or counting calories. Sticking to the nutrition plan and being dedicated to what Down Under offers, I am in the best shape of my life! Most importantly, I feel incredible.. More energy, better sleep, amazing clarity and a whole new attitude on my health. Who wouldn't want that!!
For the past few years I’ve been struggling with mild depression, work, daily stresses and a general lack of passion for something that I cared about. The routine of life and turning 40 had definitely set in. The dreaded “mid-life crisis.” What a pathetic cliché I had allowed myself to become. Sure, the outside-self powered through the day…day after day after day; but the dark hole inside was getting deeper and deeper and the inner voices of self-doubt louder and louder. Time to do something about this and change things up drastically because I definitely wasn’t the husband or father that I wanted to be for my wife and daughter. Little did I know that there was a little gym down the road with such incredible people lead by an inspiring and dedicated Aussie (shout out to Shannon Fuscaldo). It’s been 5 months since I joined Down Under Fitness and from day 1 I knew it was the best decision I’d made in a long time. “Ya get out what ya put in, gang,” resonates not only at the gym as I’m struggling through a workout, but daily for me. Competition fueled me as young bloke. It focused me, allowed for the escape necessary to separate from the days challenges and provided a sense of achievement when goals were set and surpassed. Needed a sense of competition and physical growth back in my life. The atmosphere at Down Under Fitness and the expectation that Percy brings to each and every workout restored that competitive edge. So, gym awesome, people amazing, Percy inspiring, worked myself into a groove and feeling pretty good about the gains I’d made. January W30…next challenge that personally didn’t think I could manage but also felt as if I couldn’t keep my name off that dam white board. Positive attitude, attaining personal goals and accountability…not just a gym. January 1 weighed in at 221 lbs @ 27% body fat, feeling pretty good since id been working hard since September less the diet. Everyone was raving about how this W30 thing would bring the gym experience to the next level. A bit of a sceptic for sure but worth the try. Admittedly, I struggled through the first few weeks. My body was trying to get used to everything and I was trying to get by without my normal go-to salty/fatty/boozy treats late in the week or after a stressful day. Come the third week I was losing the cravings, sleeping great, waking up with energy, my sense of taste was changing, but I did notice that my stamina at the gym was lacking. I had to eat more food to compensate and once I did that I was feeling great. At the end of the month I was down to 207lbs @ 20% body fat; I felt great and changed some really destructive habits. As I started out saying, your calling in life is to inspire people. Best bloody gym ever…
Thanks for everything thus far,
We have been working out at Down Under Fitness (formerlyGetMoFit) for close to four years. The results have been great – improved cardio endurance, strength and flexibility. (If you thought you were “working out” or “working up a sweat” in whatever you are doing on your own or at a big box gym, you may be in for an adjustment, but it’s all for the better!). Each day will be different, which keeps the workouts varied and interesting.
What really sets it apart are the people – Percy is a great instructor who will keep you motivated and ensure you are performing all of the exercises correctly. The sense of community is fantastic. We have met many new friends, and everyone is supportive and encouraging. As new people join, Percy and all the members will make sure they will feel welcomed. In addition to the workouts, the focus on proper nutrition and diet WILL be hugely impactful – mentally and physically.
Give it a try. You will be glad you did!
I started working out with Percy a year and a half ago. I came to the gym because I had won a gift certificate, and had not done any type of physical exercise in quite a while, I was 58, fat and happy as they say. Percy, and everyone in the gym, are supportive, encouraging, and non-judgmental. Never in a million years would I have imagined that I, first of all, am still going, and secondly, actually do the exercises that I do. I know you always hear, you’ll have so much more energy, you feel so much better about yourself and I never bought one word of it. Now, I am going to tell you, I have so much more energy, I really do, at the end of the day I will realize how much I accomplished without sitting down. I have more confidence in my exercise abilities, Percy pushes you to reach your potential.
My decision to join Down Under Fitness kick started a new chapter in my fitness and overall health. I’ve always been a regular exerciser and have tried many different forms of fitness (yoga, barre, kettle to name a few) to keep things fresh. Boredom or lack of results led to a repeat cycle – try something new, stagnate, move-on, until I found Down Under. Under Percy’s encouragement, I strive for the next level with each work out and the group format is fun and supportive.
I’ve been doing Down Under Fitness for one year now and it has been life changing, both physically and mentally. I’ve completed three Whole 30s, something I never would have believed I could do before joining Down Under. I love my gym and I love the results – down a jean size!
Even if I'm not in the mood, I somehow find myself being pulled on an almost daily basis to Down Under Fitness.
Something about those vibrant colored walls, warm greetings and killer workouts keep me coming back for more....Not to mention, the banter between a certain aussie and his clients.
In many ways, it truly feels like a family. We are all in it together.
Coach Kate Francek
I love working out at Down Under! It has changed the way I look at exercising - I actually look forward to getting to a workout! The workouts are always challenging and I love that they are never the same. The environment is so supportive that it creates positive relationships between everyone there. Even when I think I can't do something, they tell me I can. My inner determination has grown because of the support and camaraderie from everyone there.
Percy is always there to push you past where you think you can go and knows how to motivate each person to his or her personal best. He consistently encourages each of us to challenge ourselves physically and mentally and is always cheering individual successes. I have made such strong friendships through Down Under that go way beyond the gym doors. I have never felt so strong - inside and out!
Percy always says, “Ya get out what ya put in”. Well, at Down Under Fitness there’s something that always makes you put in MORE, so that you always get out MORE. It’s the challenge from Percy. It’s the encouragement from your classmates. It’s the satisfaction you get from finishing a workout that seemed out of reach. The workouts are ones I WANT to go to. In fact, my husband and I usually have to fight over who gets to go each morning (5:30am class rocks!). Percy always ensures every workout is unique, challenging, fulfilling and FUN. And, he is amazing at adapting the workouts to any skill level. With both my pregnancies, I was able to go to Down Under Fitness through 39 weeks. I never felt better and was able to resume at 6 weeks postpartum feeling great. Thank you, Percy! If you haven’t checked out Down Under Fitness yet, NOW is the time!.
"I once paid for a gym for a full year and went twelve times. I joined Down Under Fitness three years ago and haven't missed a week since (Ok, maybe once). The difference at Down Under is I find myself constantly challenged, hungry for the next workout, surrounded by positivity and encouragement and an overall desire to get there as often as possible. The classes, the camaraderie and the trainers are all equally inspiring and push me to reach my potential, both physically and mentally. Down Under has been such a positive force in my life and I've gained some great friends along the way too. I highly suggest trying it out if you're sick of paying for a gym that doesn't inspire or push you to become better."