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pt2uYou know that one person in the class that’s a little difficult, needing a bit of extra attention? This week, I was that person but Jacqui and the team at PT2U Personal Training handled it with kindness and grace.

Suffering from an annoying injury, I was a bit nervous going into this road test. Mainly because I didn’t want to be an inconvenience and particularly given that I was invited along to group fitness classes – specifically, indoor Bootcamp and Boxfit.

Turns out I was fretting over nothing, as Jacqui welcomed me, injury and all, with open arms into the spacious studio on Dacre Street in Mitchell for my first Boxfit class.

There were seven other women in the class, and we paired up, taking turns to wear gloves or pads and doing a range of exercises which combined straights, uppercuts and high punches with running, burpees, and squats.

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The class certainly got my heart racing as it’s fairly high intensity, but one of the benefits of pairing up with another person: you get a little bit of time to recover.

It’s also a great way to get to know your partner. I found all the ladies to be really encouraging and helpful. Particularly because I was working way too hard to be able to keep count of my punches!

Boxing is such a great way to get fit because it’s an excellent cardio workout and you get to take out your aggression. Feel free to picture someone’s face in place of the pads – I know I did!

We finished the class with some ab work and stretching before Jacqui took me aside to dish some advice for my injury. Not only did she show me how to roll on a ball to release my hip (so painful but so, so good), she also gave me a little Pilates program to help, complete with drawings. I was so impressed!

I took another Boxfit class with Matt, who is just as good and just as supportive. The class was challenging, rewarding and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Next up was indoor boot camp with Jesse. Now if you’re imagining military style shouting, then stop right there. While the instructors will definitely tell you what to do, they’re more about encouraging and supporting you then intimidating you with their yelling. Although you may spend a little time running outside, the class is mostly held inside the studio, which is perfect for a frosty Canberra mornings.

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The workout was varied, with a lot of ab work. But I was able to phone Jacqui the day before to tell her that I’d been advised against training lower body or running. I knew that working around those parameters would be difficult, but Jesse handled it exceptionally well, even carrying in a rower from the Crossfit studio next door so that I could row instead of run.

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There was a massive range of fitness levels in all of the classes that I roadtested and, as I hope I’ve already shown, the team at PT2U really look after you and your injuries. There’s a group of regulars who are always encouraging, friendly and up for a chat too. They were all talking about how much they’d improved over the course of their fitness journeys at PT2U, which to me demonstrated that they were all getting results, and all coming back again and again – always a great telltale sign of a fantastic fitness facility.

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They also offer a Pilates class on Tuesday nights to tone, and give your sore muscles a much needed stretch!

I’d really encourage you to give PT2U Personal Training a go. If you’re after results, and a supportive and caring community environment, then this is the place for you.

the essentials

What: PT2U Personal Training
Where: 2/6 Dacre Street, Mitchell
Web: pt2u.com

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