Frequently Asked Questions

How often do you recommend I come to the gym?
If you’re just starting up, we recommend coming 2-3 days a week for your first couple weeks, then build to 3-5 days depending on your goals. We tend to find 3-5 days to be the ideal if you are looking at maximum performance while giving your body the time required to recover. Once we know your specific goals and circumstances we can give you more detailed guidance around training frequency.
Who are the classes designed for?

Our sessions are split up into two classes. 1 that is for people currently playing a sport and the other for people that want to improve in their everyday lives.

Our classes cater for complete beginners but also challenge elite level athletes. How? We do this by progressing and regressing exercises within the program as required based on your current level of fitness.

What will my free intro session in your gym be like?

If it’s your first time our focus is all about showing you what D8 Training is all about before you make any commitments.

As part of the free intro session we will

  1. Give you a quick tour of the facilities and walk thru what to expect
  2. Sit down with you and take the time to learn about you and your goals

  3. Do a quick fitness assessment with you

  4. After this we will do a shorter one-to-one 30 minute training session so you can get a real feel of what we are all about.

You will then have the ability to determine if we are the right fit for

If you are ready to take your training to the next level, then contact us now to get started!

What type of training do we perform during our visits?

Our Group Sessions are created to solve the deficiencies that most of us have when it comes to having a foundational level of muscle strength, mobility and joint strength so that we can dominate in our sport or life in general (who doesn’t want to still play with their kids or have a friendly soccer match at the beach). Sessions are structured to include a warmup before we move into the main part of the workout, each session has specific exercises that build on top of each other to ensure we are maximising each and every workout. We have a fast paced hour that produces serious results!

Our Personal Coaching options range depending on your goals. Most of our Gold Membership clients want improved athletic ability, while others want to rehab an aching knee or shoulder and others that just enjoy the 1on1 attention that leads to increased progress. If you have a fitness goal, we have the training methods to facilitate it!

In both our group sessions or 1-1 coaching we have exercises that regress to anyone’s ability, this means that there is no previous training experience required to start and our exercises scale so that complete beginners can start and then we vary the progressions of our exercises to challenge even the most elite athletes. The difficulty level of our daily workouts are designed to be increased or decreased, depending upon the individual. This makes them doable by anyone.

Why is your gym subscription more expensive than a traditional big box gym?

We know you may have a lot of choices on where to workout. What’s best… A treadmill at home? The gym down the street that is $45/month? 1-on-1 private training? We’d actually encourage you to ask a different question. What are your goals? Personalized attention? A trained professional coach? Accountability? Working out with a group of like-minded people who cheer on your success? If the answer to any of the above is “yes”, then we’d encourage you to check us out.

I heard that lifting weights makes you slow and bulky, if that true?

Adding muscle takes time. It’s not going to happen overnight. Plus, when you train the right way all of this added muscle becomes a bigger engine that moves you faster. This misconception comes from people who train to be a bodybuilder and want to add muscle for aesthetic reasons. We’re focused on performance, strength, and athletic ability at D8 Training.

More specifically, the goal of this type of training is broader than just developing muscle. Our programs are geared to strengthen the tendons and connective tissue surrounding joints in addition to adding muscle to the right areas. These are the secret force producers in the body that create dominant speed and strength when trained correctly. Weights are incredibly effective at loading these tendons past what normal bodyweight movements would do. So no, lifting weights will not make you slow and bulky!

Do you offer personal coaching?

Yes! We offer both standalone 1-1 personal coaching sessions and also a 1-1 personal coaching session each week for our Gold Membership members. Quite a few of our more dedicated athletes have regular 1-1 personal coaching as they want to maximize their athletic ability. Reach out to us for further info so we can find out what your goals are, so that we can tailor our service for your particular goals and needs.

What is the minimum age required to traing at D8 Training?

While we believe anyone can do most of the training as there is a regression for each exercise, right now we are accepting anyone over 14 years old.

If you feel that you would benefit from our training systems but are under 14, then reach out to us and we can have a conversation if D8 would be a good fit for you.

If is sign up for a membership, are there any lock in contract timeframes?

All of our memberships offer a fortnightly & monthly contract options, so this means you can cancel or put your membership on hold without any exit fees. We take pride in our services and only want people that want to improve themselves and that are aligned with our mission. So if your circumstances change for any reason, then you can modify your subscription at any time without being locked in or having to pay out any exit fees.  

I’m not in very good shape, is previous strength training experience required?… can I do this?

The very first thing you will discover is that we do not discriminate at D8 Training. We believe that everyone is an athlete, we just express it in different arenas, some of us do it on the court/field while others do it in their everyday lives. So whether you are a younger athlete, experienced athlete, a weekend warrior, recovering from injury or if you are tired of doing the same routine at your local gym…We will help you achieve your fitness goals.

One of the best reasons to participate in our coached group sessions is so we can optimize the daily workouts to match your current abilities. You don’t need to do what the person next to you is doing, you just need to do what you are capable of. Most people adjust the workouts in some way anyway. If you show up and do that regularly, you will be amazed at how much you will accomplish

Do I need to reserve a spot or contact anyone?

Yes, if this is your first visit then we would recommend signing up for our Free Introductory session so we can go over your fitness goals and get to know you. You can make a booking via our website, the Athlete App or by clicking on the contact us page.

Would this be a great program for my teenager? Will my kid actually do this?

This is a great question! To be honest, I don’t know the answer. You could sign them up for a free intro lesson and give them a chance to see if this is something they are interested in. As a coach working with young athletes for years, I understand that a program is only as good as the athlete’s ability to do it. That’s why I’ve built in accountability and workout tracking so we can monitor progress so that people stay motivated as they see their lifts improving.  

They would also be immersed in a very positive environment with other athletes who are striving to be their best, being a part of a group that is focused on a similar goal is a very underrated aspect of group training. Iron sharpens Iron and being surrounded by other like-minded people is a great way to stay motivated to continue to improve your athleticism.  

I currently play my sport on the weekends and train 2 times a week, can I still train with you during my season without being sore for my games?
While I would like to say that it would be ideal to train only in the offseason, the reality is that most athletes today don’t really have a true off season. Between school teams, club teams, and travel teams, they can be playing year-round. And to make that worse, in the very limited time off they may get between seasons, coaches are pushing athletes to do more supplemental sport training like skill work or camps. Strength and conditioning decreases steadily over the span of a season. And when these athletes never really get the time to develop strength in the off season, the end result can often be injury.

Our programs are designed to be extremely effective regardless of the time of year. The short, focused training sessions can be done before or after practice, the strength training is scalable and the daily movement prep routines will build bulletproof joints to keep you safe through the season.

From another perspective, while practice and games are important, you have to take the long view of your development. No one tournament is the be all, end all for you at this stage in your athletic career. You’re not playing in the world cup this summer. It’s far more important to spend the time creating a foundation of strength, resiliency, and athleticism now so that you can build toward better performance and a healthier body this season and every one after that.

Far too many athletes sacrifice their strength and athletic development for more sport training because it seems more immediate and important. Unfortunately, this is exactly what leads them to be weak, unbalanced, and injured. This stuff is crucial for your success and health. You don’t have time to waste.
Can I bring a friend or a sibling?

Yes, absolutely. If you are already signed up to one of our reoccurring memberships then you are entitled to bring in a friend or a sibling for a once-off free complimentary session so they get to experience our training programs. We are always looking to add positive and motivated people to our training community. This will then give the person you bring in an opportunity to work out if our programs are right for them.

I play soccer/basketball/football/netball/cricket etc., are the group sessions suitable for me?

The short answer is YES! But do not mistake this for a sport skill training program. I am a strength coach, not a sport coach. If you are looking for a program to develop sport skills, I’m not your guy. But just because I don’t include useless sport “flavoured” strength or speed drills into the program doesn’t mean that it’s a generic program. Most team sports played on a court or field are lower body dominant and generally asymmetrical in nature. The vast majority of athletes I’ve worked with have significant differences in muscle strength, rotational mobility, and joint stability from one side to another. These are the most serious indicators of injury risk we can look at.

Why should I trust you?

As much as I’d love to be able to sway you with smooth logic and fancy words, I doubt that will do the trick. But at the end of the day, what you’re really looking for is confidence that you’re not wasting your time or money. And I totally get that. I’ll say this – I’m not selling you any magic, rocket science, or homeopathic cures. There is no arguing that if you move more and eat less, you’ll lose weight, right? The same is true for athletic training to get stronger and faster. The body works in consistent and predictable ways. So, the only way you’ll ever “waste” money on this is if you sign up and then don’t show up. 

More specifically you’re probably trying to decide whether this program is the best fit for you. If you’ve read this far or have gotten here in your research, you’re already convinced that you need to do something. The question is whether this type of training is the answer. Of course, if you’re giving me the chance to suggest something, then I’d love to recommend myself! This is my career’s work so far – my real world experience, my best exercises and training knowledge have been poured into each of these programs. 

As a coach, my clients are my product. I can only be successful when you are successful, my motivation for creating this is to help you. That’s really it.  

Are there sport specific components to this?

This isn’t a popular view, but I actually don’t believe in sport specific training. There is sport specific skill work like throwing, dribbling, ball handling, juggling, and passing, etc. And there is speed, strength, and stability training. These two are independent silos that can benefit one another but have a worse outcome when combined. 

The big problem with “sport specific training” as it’s thought of in athletic and strength work is that the movement either gets slowed down or altered to the point that it is training a different pattern. Ever try to throw a weighted medicine ball? It’s a very different experience than throwing a football or basketball that weights a few ounces. Another example is doing agility drills with a soccer ball. I call this soccer skill work, not agility training. The addition of the soccer ball slows down the movement too much to actually get a benefit from training quickness. 

But I understand the confusion. The idea makes sense in theory, it just doesn’t work in practice. Part of the problem is that everything in a person who plays sport is geared around that particular sport. This is a huge component of the injury epidemic these athletes are facing. Our programs are created as a support for athletes, not as a substitute for their sport training. I leave that to their actual sport coaches! 

Why do you use workout tracking?

Consistent tracking of your workout performance is important to give yourself an accurate timeline of where you are and where you want to go. Referencing your past results can help you break through a workout plateau or get you back to the basics to concentrate on your weightlifting form. And because you’ll have results immediately at your fingertips, you’ll love the boost of confidence you get each time you hit another Personal Record (PR). Whether you’re online or off, inside the gym or out our tracking software helps you stay motivated and connected to our fitness community. You’ll always have access to the upcoming workout, your results, and maybe even more importantly, your friends’ results. Because there’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition.

Can I do my own thing during class?

We are primarily a class based gym.  We do have Open Gym Access at various times where you can do your own thing if you are on a Silver or Gold Membership. We just ask you respect the gym and the equipment and book in ahead of time via the Athlete App. We also ask that you  

1.) Wipe down your equipment when done 

2.) Put away your equipment 

3.) Have FUN! 

Please visit our schedule page to see Open Gym times or contact us if you have more questions. 

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