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Barry’s Health and Fitness Overhaul

Uber Shape was recommended to Barry by a mate. Barry wanted a shake-up and some motivation for his fitness and health but didn’t really want to go sign up to a stereotypical gym environment, later on finding out Uber Shape is quite different… Let’s see what he has to say…

“I had a really poor perception of gyms and was in two minds as to if I should come to a gym. After speaking with a friend,  he suggested that Uber Shape might be a good spot to come along too. Reluctantly I came along and loved it from the get-go. ”

“I got to a point where I used to train at home, it was heading into Christmas, I was feeling a little bit podgy.” Barry started training with Uber Shape just over 4 months ago and we have seen some amazing changes.

Hard Work Pays Off

Since training at Uber Shape, all the trainers have seen huge changes in Barry physically, from a drop in weight to muscle gain. Barry mentions that he has loved the mental changes, which he has felt the most.

“It’s been a really good circuit breaker for me and a great way to unload. When I do walk in the door of a night, I’m a better man. Mentally it has been a big improvement coming to Uber Shape.”

Barry trains with us 4-5 times per week. He also has Nutritional Plans which are done with Coach Coby.

“Since I have been training and eating more intentionally, I’ve seen myself drop a size in my pants. I’ve seen a big improvement in my stomach too, which has been very encouraging. When you see that progress it gives you that motivation to keep going.”

Barry says his biggest success has been in his own kitchen, Coach Coby’s Nutritional Plans explain what to eat and highlighting the importance of prioritising being organised.

“I’ve become a bit more intentional with my planning.” His work life requires lunches out with Clients. “When I do work lunches I try to eat healthy before and after and also eating better foods now and drinking less alcohol.”

Great work to Barry for all his hard work and dedication to training and healthy eating. As trainers, it has been fantastic to watch him progress and enjoy the ride.

“It’s a great community, trainers are all switched on, fantastic and encouraging and I do recommend Uber Shape to anyone that will listen to me.”

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Jemma’s Booty Gains

Jemma has been attending our booty classes for 6 weeks now. Very quickly She realised what booty training should look like. “The training I used to do for my booty was probably nothing that I should do”.

Booty has a variety of booty strengthening and building exercises. “I like the fact that it has given me more shape and is more toned”.

There are so many favourite line ups within the booty class. “The thing I like most about booty class is the donkey kicks”.

The donkey kicks at Uber Shapes Booty Class consists of the ladies wearing ankle weights anywhere from 1-10kg. In a tri-set, they pump out 5-10 pumps and hold. It is usually a favourite.

Jemma usually free trains as she doesn’t love classes. “I’ve never really liked classes as I’ve felt that I’ve always been stuck in the class for an hour. This class isn’t like that. It’s really fun and everyone is really nice.”

Jemma found booty class through a friend, “biggest changes are that I have more energy and have more strength now”.

Coach Carol always surprises everyone with a cracker of a workout that leaves your butt burning. “I’ve found Carol to be a really good Coach, it’s really tough but that’s what you need.”

Each week the booty class builds from the week before which is great for long term members. “I find each class does progress…it gets harder and more challenging. I had never used a booty band before or exercised that before.”

New members have the option to use light weights so it can suit anyone needs.

When asking Jemma why she would recommend Booty to other people she said to”Get some shape, something different and meet new people.”

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Rhonda’s Senior Training Journey

Rhonda is the best example that age is no barrier when walking into a gym. With the right trainer and right programs, strength training is one of the best things you can do for your body.

Due to being told that Rhonda was in need a partial knee replacement, Rhonda started researching other ways to restore her body.

A big gym was never where she was looking to go as she didn’t want to be another number. “Big gyms can be impersonal, and you don’t feel like you matter, at Uber Shape everyone matters.”

After already trying physio, she found Uber Shape through a general search online. “I couldn’t walk very far without a stick, I had trouble bending my knee. Now I am back to a couple of years ago. My strength has improved tremendously and the same with my balance.”

Rhonda’s Training Schedule

Her training plan is 2 half an hour sessions each week with Coach Carol, which is enough plus is cost effective. “It’s like turning back the clock”, Rhonda laughs. The main areas that Rhonda has seen results in are… “firstly my knee; secondly, my overall strength and thirdly is my appearance I guess…..you get definition where you lost it.”

Rhonda loves coming in and having her sessions explicitly planned for herself and not having to think. “Over 60 you really should be using your muscles if you don’t want them to deteriorate.”

Rhonda is always happy to come into training and is beaming after her session. “It’s like a family atmosphere, exactly what I was looking for.”

Coach Carol has been training Rhonda for over a year now, and we have seen significant changes. From her face inflammation, posture, confidence, to body composition. Every fortnight her weights and hold times increase, which is just so cool. Rhonda used to struggle to plank for 10 seconds now she does well over 1 minute.

When asking Rhonda why she would recommend Uber Shape, her response was simple“If you’re looking for personal, it’s here.”

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Kerry’s Lifestyle Transformation

“When I first walked into Uber Shape, I walked in with no expectation. Now I’m the fittest I have ever been in my life, and I’m 42 years old…. I’m going into the mother’s day run too.”

Noticeable changes

When Kerry first walked into the gym compared to now, it’s like two different people. She would cautiously pick up weights.  Would be a little uncertain how to hold her body and with no confidence that her body would willingly participate.

Now Kerry walks into the gym, confidently. Pumped up and laughing, ready for any and every session.

Kerry openly says that she didn’t have very much strength and that her whole body has changed. The best thing that hubby loves the new changes too. “My hubby is like,  look at those muscles….. [ and ] who are you and what have you done with my wife.”

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Kerry’s accomplishments

“My body has transformed and my mind has transformed. Once I have worked out, I know I have to eat well for the day so I don’t wreck what I have done.”

Kerry has lost 40 kilos and worked out while she has done it keeping everything in shape. “I’ve got more toned, and shape and I’m a lot stronger in the legs. I didn’t have much muscle strength {insert Kerry flexing her muscles, haha}.

Kerry loves being pushed that extra mile by the trainers and feels that she couldn’t have done it alone. “Because I have done a little bit at a time and not have had too big of expectations. I had come such a long way from when I first started.”

The new lifestyle change has filtered through her whole family. “ I am so much more energised, and we do so much more than just sitting on the couch and lazing around.” Kerry also makes healthy choices for herself and her family.

“ We used to go to Macca’s 2-3 times a week…. I think it has been three months since we have been.” Now they have so much healthy fruit and veg they have to allocate more time for shopping. “I bought fruit and veg last week, and it took nearly an hour to put it away.”

Kerry trains 4-5 times per week and has a great group of girls around her that train hard and push each other along. We are all so proud of you Kerry; we can’t wait to see what this year brings for you.

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Lunch box friendly, banana oat muffins

Every week I am searching for new recipes to keep my kids inspired to eat for health, energy and natural taste. In a world where we are competing with packaged, flavour and colour enhanced foods this can be a challenge. Preserved foods are teaching our taste buds that healthy foods are bland which can’t be anything further from the truth. Last week I played around with some organic oats to make a banana oat muffins. My kids love oats and it’s a great alternative to almondmeal to put in a lunch box to prevent using nuts for those allergic.

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Banana Oat Muffins

Ingredients – 18 cup cake size

  • 3 Cups of Organic Oats (gluten-free can be bought from the health food store too)
  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs ( egg free can make flax eggs or chia eggs)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk (I use nutty bruce)
  • 1/4 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 2 tsp of baking powder

Extra for topping – a sprinkle of each on each muffin

  • Oats
  • coconut sugar

Method

  1. Add 1 1/2 cups of oats into a high powered blender, I use a thermomix but even a bullet would work. Just add oats in small amounts for a buttlet. Blend them up to make them into a powder consistency. If you don’t’ have a blender, oat flour can be purchased from a health food store.
  2. Measure the rest of the ingredients into the thermomix or bowl, except the whole oats. Mix them all together for 30 seconds on speed 5.
  3. After all combine, add the remainder of the oats, 1 1/2 cups, to the mixture.
  4. Gently combine to keep the oats whole. On the thermomix turn to reverse option and speed 2 for 20 seconds.
  5. Scoop mixture into muffin trays, I actually use cupcake trays to keep them at a smaller size and Miss 5 still struggles to eat them all.
  6. Sprinkle some whole oats on top and a pinch of coconut sugar evenly over each.
  7. Bake on 180 degrees for half an hour or until cooked through and golden on top.
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Kate’s Post Baby Lifestyle & Strength Journey

Kates lifestyle change originally started seven months ago. Together, Wayne and Kate came to Uber Shape for a 7-week nutrition and training plan. But they never left. Now, together, they are training hard and eating for health and have seen some remarkable changes.

Initial contact

After reaching out via email about what Uber Shapes approach would look like, the married couple found that they liked what they saw. Uber Shape’s holistic approach to health and fitness was the lifestyle change that would be a good application for their lives.

For Kate, as a woman and mother, she felt as if she needed a lifestyle shake-up. “I got to rock bottom from a fitness perspective; I’ve never been as weak as I was after the birth of my daughter. Physically I felt like I had been hit by a bus.” laughed Kate.

When contemplating exercise again, Kate was aware of her bodies new limits. She knew she had carried her beautiful baby girl, nursed her on the couch for several months while eating whatever she liked. “I knew that I couldn’t just turn up to a group class or start running again”.

Kate in the past had always been active but mainly through running and didn’t have much to do with weight or interval training.
“I have been through different phases, running through my 20’s and 30’s, and yoga but never really thought about nutrition.”

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Learnings

“Uber Shape has taught me, and my husband, that it takes a lot more than just one style of training. It requires to focus on more different types of exercise but also nutrition. It’s been more about taking a holistic approach to fitness and wellness.” Together Kate and Wayne train five times per week to include all of our training styles, including two personal training sessions. They have made some major nutritional changes as well.

Since coming to Uber Shape, Kate and Wayne realised that nutritionally they were filling their bodies with empty nutrient, comfort foods. These types of foods weren’t providing energy for their bodies. They made small changes every week over a two-month period. Now they are in total control of what they put in their bodies. [We are] “putting in a lot less of the food and drinks that we previously loved, a lot less wine, cheese and bread.”

Now they are looking after their bodies and fueling it for training and health.  But most importantly to live life to the fullest with their beautiful daughter. “[We are eating] a lot more water and foods that we have prepared ourselves thanks to Uber Shape Nutrition.”

Kate and Wayne also have invested a lot of time into stretching which is so essential when strength training. “Coach Coby recommend quiet early on…Rom wod an online program”. For 15- 20 minute per day, both Kate and Wayne were conditioning their bodies. By getting the blood circulating and gaining flexibility, it allowed them to get the best results possible in their training.

Leading by example

Twice a week, Kate and Wayne bring their daughter Sienna to their personal training sessions. “As a parent its critically important that we recognise that responsibility as a role model. Our daughter is at the wonderful stage that she mirrors everything that we do.” Their training and health, has been just as much for their daughter, as for themselves.

Both Wayne and Kate have had fantastic results, but for them, that was never the main reason to start training. “It’s less about what I see and how I look, but much more important how I feel.” Kate feels stronger every week and notices the difference in picking up and playing with Sienna.

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When asking Kate what her favourite type of training was, she didn’t have one. More had a way that she wanted to feel after working out. “My favourite type of training that I do with Uber Shape is any training that makes me ache day today.”

Kate “would recommend Uber Shape to anyone…that would like to invest in their health and fitness seriously. You [Uber Shape] have passionate trainers. You [Uber Shape] cover the foundations very well by having a great space and equipment but you do more than that, you care.”

As a family; Kate, Wayne and Sienna have become apart of the Uber Shape family. They train hard, they have made positive and lifelong changes that will stay with them for a lifetime. Plus their beautiful daughter Sienna will grow up to know what it’s like to be surrounded by healthy parents.

“For us, the impact has been way greater than the 5, 60-minute sessions that we have every week and that’s why we would recommend Uber Shape.”

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Brad’s Testimonial

A member of Uber Shape Burleigh now for 2 and a half years, Brad missed about 3-4 months due to life, work and kids. Now he is back smashing his goals, and we couldn’t be happier for him.

Brad loves coming to the gym to be healthy and fit, to stay active and keep balanced. He is currently training 4-5 times per week, but it is more than just being fit. “(Brad) besides the health and fitness thing, there is the mental health that I get out of it. If I don’t come for a week or miss a few sessions, I’m a bit grumpier, not as patient and a little more anxious, so mentally it is fantastic.”

Initially, Brad heard about us over social media. Before coming to us, he trained in a big brand gym and was lost for motivation and in the crowd. “You walk in, you don’t talk to anyone, you do whatever you want to do, and you don’t push yourself.”

Brad was looking for motivation and a push, he thought that he might like one on one training, but he found small group training was what suited him best. “Even though it is group training for all intents and purposes, it is one on one training, and I find that amazing.” Brad loves the motivation that the group inspires. “I know that Coby will push us and because of that all the guys push each other too.”

Brad went through a period of not training much, where he had to find balance in his own life while juggling being a single dad. “ I noticed [while not training] that within myself, mentally and even emotionally, it started taking a tole.” More so he feels he can tend to cruise sometimes with his health and fitness but enjoys the group for inspiration.

Brad has committed to his training and in the last two months has seen a massive difference, and so have we. “I decided to knuckle down and see how far I can take it. I have tried hard to stick to my nutrition and keep active. By active I mean, even if some days I go for a walk or have a surf.

Brad kicked started back on the nutrition plans that he had prior to taking his break. However, he says the main reason for his success is meal prep. “If I want to be here [Uber Shape] at night, which I really want to…..I have to prep on the weekend” By meal prepping it allows Brad to be at work through the day, pick up the kids and train in the evening. “That’s the most important thing me, to meal prep.” When he gets home, he has something healthy and ready to be heated for the kids and himself.

The group that Brad trains with have all become really good mates. “We go surfing and out for coffee. We have even organised a snowboarding trip in 2020.” Brad contributes the success of his training to the family environment that is present at Uber Shape, the friendship and comfortability he feels to bring his kids here while he trains.

“Coby has done an amazing job of creating a little community, and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.” Brad loves that everyone is like-minded, strives to do their best personally while encouraging each other to be their best.

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Brigitte’s 5 Years With Uber Shape

Introducing Brigitte

Brigitte trains to keep herself fit and healthy, both physically and mentally. Her husband travels a lot for work and she is a mother of two primary school boys that keep her on her toes. “Training really does give me the energy that I need to get me through the day.”

A member of Uber Shape Gold Coast since its opening days, but Brigitte started with Coby at Fitness first as a personal training client. “[Brigitte] Coby would write me all my training programs and I would jump into a session with him once a week. When he started his group classes I jumped into those too, then I followed Coby to Uber Shape as I really liked how he trained.”

Favourite training style

The training style that Brigitte loves the most is strength training and booty classes. She says that Uber Shape is unique as “the group classes are capped. The trainers make sure that we are doing all the exercises properly. The programs are changed regularly so your body is always increasing in fitness and working different muscles.”

Brigitte also loves competing in community events. “I’ve participated in the Gold Coast Marathon for the last 4 years; the 10km for 3 years and this year a half marathon. I also did the RedBull Defiance Event which was the 30km adventure run in New Zealand at the beginning of this year.

Once dedicated to an event, Brigitte will check in with the trainers to discuss her training schedule, both in and outside the gym. Plus we make changes to her nutrition, to get her body ready properly. “They (Uber Shape) helped my performances overall..to get me ready for all my races.

Nutrition 

Nutrition for Brigitte, particularly around her chosen event. It is very important, as she burns a lot of calories around her run training and events. “I have to adjust my nutrition, so I sit down with the team and work out how many calories I am currently eating. We then increase it, so I have enough energy.” Brigitte’s most recent event was being apart of a triathlon with her husband Paul, competing in a 5 km sprint.

Brigitte’s husband trains at Uber Shape and her eldest son Joshua does Uber Shape Fitkids. “His strength and his sporting ability have really increased, plus he really enjoys it. It’s so good for him.”

Brigitte is one of Uber Shapes 9:15 am crew and has a great community of people around her. “Everyone is so friendly and like-minded, not pretentious. We are all there for the same thing, to be fit and healthy. We all push each other to lift more weights or to get through the circuit session. ”

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Low Cal Banana Bread

This Banana Bread is the best you’ll ever have and the bonus is that it is super clean. Made with coconut flour and sweetened with only bananas and maple or honey on top, it will leave you feeling light and satisfied.

Ingredients

250g large bananas
60g coconut flour
1 tbs cinnamon
1 pinch salt
4 eggs
40g or 3 tbs coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
Splash of ACV
1 tbs maple syrup & sultanas or 2 slices of banana (for the topping)

Recipe

All you do:
Set oven to 180 degrees.
Mix flour, cinnamon, salt & baking soda in a bowl. In a separate dish mix the eggs, banana, coconut oil & ACV. Then combine all ingredients together and stir with a fork.
Bake for 40 mins until golden brown.
Top with sultanas, walnuts, sliced banana or coconut flakes.

We hope you will enjoy this banana bread on weekends with your family and friends.

See the recipe Live on Instagram Highlights. Check Out @ubershape_nutrition

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Part 2: What next after my 12-week challenge

What to do after a 12-week challenge? Don’t fall off the wagon and go back to old habits. Over the years as a coach, I’ve been able to observe what habits work best after a 12-week challenge to continue to build better health. Here I will show what habit works best for clients because long-term successful clients are doing these. I can personally witness this as I see them in real life during the week, smashing their goals and doing life well. 

The key to new changes hanging around long term is continuing to make everything you have learnt apart of your lifestyle. Everyone is different and has unique situations. Some wake up and take the dog for a walk, some wake up and get three kids ready for the school drop off, others wake up at 5 am in the morning and work a 12 hour day. These can be your excuses, or you can work around them.

Fight For Your Training Times.

Firstly PLAN when you’re going to fit in your training, this is essential. There are going to be times of sickness where you are better off to sleep in and recover. Other than that you have to fight to stick to your routine. Get to bed early and wake up, get that workout done or walk the dog, have a surf or run down the park. Once you get the movement done for the day, you will not only feel better but you will have mentally ticked that box off in your head leaving you feeling accomplished. Fight for your time to put your health first.

Focus On Mobility

Mobility & Stretching is normally last on the list of priorities, or you only do this when you’re injured. Keeping flexible keeps you injury free and able to train long term. If you don’t stay mobile, it is going to stop you somewhere down the track. You’re going to get lower back pain or may bust your knees if you don’t’ keep flexible through your hamstrings. One day inflexibility is going to stop you, and you could be out of training. A person might decide that you are going to start running, but their body is tight leaving them with a pulled calve muscle. They may begin squatting in the gym, and your back isn’t ready for it so you get a sore back. Even having a surf, doing 3-4 stretches, so your body is warm to keep you injury free. Mobility will allow you to continue training long term and will prevent roadblocks down the track.

Learn How To Cook

This one is my personal favourite. We have gone through phases of fast and easy meal preps that come in packets. Now we are coming back to cooking our own flavoursome meals, still very fast but with a lot more nutrition and a lot less of what we used to have in the past. It is essential that we learn how to cook good food. Long term it is crucial that you know how to choose good food, cook it up correctly and provide your bodies with the fuel it needs. Correct foods will give you the energy to train hard tomorrow in the gym or recover well. Experiment with new foods. Jump over to Uber Shape Nutrition, we have lots of good food ideas on Instagram and Facebook. Naturally, you can’t buy good food that ticks all the boxes.

Sleep

Sleep is vital for recovering and keeping our stress hormones down, while also getting the most for the whole day. Some people are in a stage of life with small children that may vary your sleep; this is just a part of your life periodically. If you can control your sleep, it’s crucial that you do. Turn off social media or the tv earlier to calm the brain down. Getting the 6-8 hours that you need is essential to longevity. Some of us can run off less sleep, and some need more, that determines our individual make up of our bodies. Get the sleep you know your body requires and wake up the next day fresh. Proper rest and sleep will give you a stable recovery, so then you can feel good and train hard tomorrow.

If you are about to come off a 12-week challenge or about to start a challenge, it is important to remember the above four main points for integrating back into your life. Keep firm with your new habits and hold on tight to the new lifestyle you want to lead.