Work out your potential

All welcome: Craig McNeilly, pictured here with his son Kalan, said "being a 12 Rounder is being part of a team," in reference to the supportive atmosphere.

All welcome: Craig McNeilly, pictured here with his son Kalan, said "being a 12 Rounder is being part of a team," in reference to the supportive atmosphere.

Guidance: Trainers mark-up mini whiteboards at each station and show you the exercises before you start.

Guidance: Trainers mark-up mini whiteboards at each station and show you the exercises before you start.

Deciding to improve your fitness can be life changing for many people, but the owner of a new gym in Blacktown opening this weekend is taking it one step further.

Variety: "We mix it up every day. For example, we pair up members to make new friends or the trainer might pull you out of a 3 minute round to do some pad work."

Variety: "We mix it up every day. For example, we pair up members to make new friends or the trainer might pull you out of a 3 minute round to do some pad work."

Craig McNeilly, owner of 12 Round Fitness at Westpoint, said he had been touched by the community’s culture.

“Everyone has been welcoming and supportive. I am privileged to be here and I want to give something back,” Mr McNeilly said.

The western suburbs of Sydney is the future of Sydney. All the research I did compelled me to be part of a growing, moving forward community.

The western suburbs of Sydney is the future of Sydney. All the research I did compelled me to be part of a growing, moving forward community.

That something comes in the form of a free one-year membership including equipment such as a heart rate and calorie burn monitor linked to 55 inch screens in the gym, gloves, merchandise and a trainer.

“I’m offering unlimited access to our facility and hundreds of dollars’ worth of equipment as well as over two thousand dollars for the membership,” 

“I really want someone to turn their life around. You could be being bullied at school and need an escape in a no judgement environment, you could be trying to give up drugs or alcohol or perhaps you are suffering from depression and anxiety.

“Whatever it is, I believe exercise in a supportive environment will be a massive help. Being a 12 Rounder is being part of a team.” Tell Craig your story at blacktown@12round.com before December 8. 

Mr McNeilly said he had been a fitness enthusiast all his life and made the move from a career in IT to owning the franchise because he wanted to do something in an industry he was passionate about. 

““I like to refer to it as the 4Bs of fitness: the best possible fitness outcome for the best value for money with the best customer experience in Blacktown,” he said.

Mr McNeilly said 12 Round fitness was different to other gyms in several ways.

“We are a total body workout. That means a mix of functional strength conditioning as well as cardio predominantly based on boxing with no skills required. This translates to shredding weight whilst building lean muscle.

“There is no waiting time. You simply turn up and get stuck into it. There is always at least one trainer on the floor at all times.”

“Customer experience is another element. We greet you by name and trainers check in on you during the workout to push you and ensure your technique is correct. Both your trainer and you can reference 55 inch screens that graphically show your calorie burn and heart rate. When I did my first 12 Round I burned 750 calories in 45 minutes. Some have done almost 1,000. 

“You can be from the age of 8 and some clubs have members over 60. The trainer’s job is to understand your goals, guide you and push you or pull back where appropriate,” Mr McNeilly said.

Details: 12RNDBlacktown on Facebook or www.12round.com.