The Pride Tribe is a community of like-minded individuals that lead the way and inspire others to take action.
To hear about their experience read below..

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Liberty

Outside the walls of Pride Athletic - Who are you?

A happy part time working mom, and a lovely wife!!!!!

How long have you been training with Pride Athletic and what got you motivated to start training?

Been training with Pride for almost two years. What got me motivated to start was the challenge of something new.

What barriers and restraints did you have to overcome when you started your training regime?

I thought cross fit training was too full on; in the sense of competitiveness. I also had knee injuries, and thought this could be too much for me.

What makes Pride Athletic different?

Everything and everyone. From the coaches that push you hard, believe in you and know you can do much more; to the amazing woman that also encourage you to do your best. You feel comfortable despite of your fitness level, you feel motivated and also feel as if this is a second family.

What have you achieved through your time with Pride Athletic?

I've achieved confidence, strength about myself.

What advice do you have for someone looking to start training?

Just start, don't hold back. Even though it could be hard at the start, it's so rewarding when you see improvements in your fitness level.

Most important question out of all of them.. Who's your favourite trainer?

EACH AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.. This is not a lie, every trainer has different personalities or approaches, but they are all there to support you, help you, and show you how strong you are.

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Dior Sutherland

Outside the walls of Pride Athletic - Who are you?

Chocolate Making, Footy Playing, LOLZ-having Canadian

How long have you been training with Pride Athletic and what got you motivated to start training?

8months

What barriers and restraints did you have to overcome when you started your training regime?

Mainly the fear of judgement (from others or from myself). Pride has been really great for finding the balance of pushing yourself without being hard on yourself for "shortcomings"

What makes Pride Athletic different?

Small Classes, Personal Attention (Nat WILL message you if you haven't shown up lately), Very welcoming, There is a real sense that you are apart of something other than "just a gym" The social aspect is amazing! (bring a friend, donating bra's, Dinners, AFLW's day) Social Media updates via FB group is really handy, as I'm always on FB. I've joined a few gyms, but never consistently trained or attended. Pride is the first place where I feel very welcomed and encouraged

What have you achieved through your time with Pride Athletic?

More mindful eating habits, realizing the importance of stretching with consistent training, increased will power, MORE ENERGY, friends

Since starting at Pride Athletic, what can you do now that you didn't think you could do before?

Gorilla's, because who would ever think to do one before Pride?

What advice do you have for someone looking to start training?

DO IT NOW... At Pride

From a training perspective, what are you most proud of?

HIIT/Sprint cardio fitness, but still has a long way to go!

Most important question out of all of them.. Who's your favourite trainer?

49% Mike (great tunes) 51% Nat (great everything else)

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Amanda Taylor

Outside the walls of Pride Athletic - Who are you?

A mother, an analyst and a dog owner 🙂

How long have you been training with Pride Athletic and what got you motivated to start training?

Training with Mike for 5 years so I could be the strongest, fittest version of me as I headed into my 40's

What barriers and restraints did you have to overcome when you started your training regime?

Getting my diet in order (still a work in progress) and committing to consistency.

What makes Pride Athletic different?

The focus on long term functional health, not short term unrealistic and unsustainable training.

What have you achieved through your time with Pride Athletic?

I am a rowing queen

Why is training important to you?

Time for me, to make me a better me. Mostly also because of the friends I've made along the way or friendships I've strengthened through training together.

For someone considering starting with a Personal Trainer, why would you recommend Pride Athletic?

Pride are genuinely interested and mindful of your strengths and weaknesses, helping you achieve your goals. It's not a one-size-fits-all approach like other gyms where you can get left behind, injured or forgotten.

What is the main benefit you get out of working with your Personal Trainer at Pride Athletic?

Mike pushes me harder than I ever push myself and never let's me get be up.

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Millie Brown

Outside the walls of Pride Athletic - Who are you?

Outside of Pride I am a student social worker and puppy enthusiast.

How long have you been training with Pride Athletic and what got you motivated to start training?

I have been training with Pride since October 2014. I started training at Pride as I had recovered from a significant foot and ankle injury which meant that I had a year off weight bearing cardio and weight training. I felt really down about my fitness level and my body and wanted something to kick start my fitness again.

What barriers and restraints did you have to overcome when you started your training regime?

In the first few months at pride I had to make sure I was still looking after my foot and ankle after my injury but once I was given the all clear from my physio and had been training consistently for a few months - everything got much easier.

What makes Pride Athletic different?

I think the best thing about Pride is the sense of community. The coaches know every member by name, they remember what you're doing with yourself and they know where you're at with your training. The women who attend Pride are also amazing - everyone knows each other and classes are always so much fun! The social outings really make it feel like Pride women train hard, but also play hard and enjoy a balanced life!

What have you achieved through your time with Pride Athletic?

I think the biggest thing I can take from my time with pride is the largely the way I view fitness, strength and my body. I have struggled with body image for such a long time and really felt the only way to be beautiful was to be skinny. I think at pride - the focus is on being fit and healthy - if you lose weight that's a plus - but ultimately its about being the healthiest version of yourself while living a balanced life. After two years at Pride - I really feel much more comfortable in my own skin. I know I'm the strongest and fittest I've ever been and I'm so proud of being respectful to and loving my body no matter what size it is.

Since starting at Pride Athletic, what can you do now that you didn't think you could do before?

Lift heavy weights. It's amazing to think how far I have come in my strength. I remember when I first started at pride - I would only dead lift maximum 35kgs - now I can dead lift 70kgs. It's the same in other areas too - squats, pull ups, push ups. Even with cardio like rowing - it's great when you can actually feel yourself get a bit fitter. For example, when I started at pride - I wouldn't be able to keep the rowing speed under 2:10 - now I can cruise at 1:55 for over a minute.

What advice do you have for someone looking to start training?

I think just jumping in an signing up. Pride makes it easy to be consistent with your training because all the classes are different - the coaches are great and its a fun environment to train in. I guess also though, it's easy to say this as I have been at Pride for a while. I think realistic advice is also to dive in and power through those first few painful (you'll be sore) weeks as it does get easier. In saying that, I'm still sore a lot of the time..... 🙂

From a training perspective, what are you most proud of?

I think from a training perspective - I'm most proud of my consistency. I go to 4-5 classes a week at Pride and have done so (aside from the odd holiday here and there) for over two years now. I've never done any form of fitness so consistently before and it really does encourage you to keep going!

Most important question out of all of them.. Who's your favourite trainer?

Hmmmm... Not sure if this is a trick question...? Honestly, I think all the coaches are great (not a cop out answer I promise!)! I think the best thing about the coaches at Pride is they are all a bit different - Mike is a total smart ass who always cracks jokes, but always knows when he needs to give you a pep talk, Nat is probably one of the kindest and most genuine trainers and people I've ever met, Ash is incredibly bubbly and motivating and Steph is lovely and supportive.

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Katusha

Outside the walls of Pride Athletic - Who are you?

Current status - I am a full-time working mother.

How long have you been training with Pride Athletic and what got you motivated to start training?

Been training with Mike over 8 months, 7 of those at PA. I would follow Mike for training wherever he goes. He fully motivates with his great energy, attitude, commitment and work ethic but mostly his ever challenging workout programs that fuel self confidence and resilience in a comfortable and fun environment. The results areas obvious. I wanted to get stronger, fitter and wanted someone with the right passion for health and fitness to challenge me. Mike and Nattie have that. Easy to get hooked and stick with the commitment with Mike and Nattie.

What barriers and restraints did you have to overcome when you started your training regime?

Time restraints make it difficult to commit to training but PA provides plenty of options so can choose convenient times.

What makes Pride Athletic different?

PA is an extension of Mike's and Nattie's attitude to health and fitness. They have created a comfortable environment in which everyone can be challenged in a fun and friendly manner to achieve personal goals. It is good down to earth fun.

What have you achieved through your time with Pride Athletic?

Obvious results with solid but fun effort

Why is training important to you?

Apart from feeling strong and fit, training forces me to take a break from routine and the pressures and demands faced daily- the more I train, the more energized and happier I feel. Endorphins are good!

From a training perspective, what are you most proud of?

Aside from results it's very rewarding getting through the challenges Mike puts together.

For someone considering starting with a Personal Trainer, why would you recommend Pride Athletic?

Apart from feeling strong and fit, training forces me to take a break from routine and the pressures and demands faced daily- the more I train, the more energized and happier I feel. Endorphins are good!

What is the main benefit you get out of working with your Personal Trainer at Pride Athletic?

Aside from results it's very rewarding getting through the challenges Mike puts together.

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Lucy Edwards

Outside the walls of Pride Athletic - Who are you?

Mother & chef

How long have you been training with Pride Athletic and what got you motivated to start training?

I've been at pride almost a year. I was motivated to start training because I wanted to lose my baby weight & feel fit and healthy, while being a positive role model for my children

What barriers and restraints did you have to overcome when you started your training regime?

Taking the first step.. feeling like I couldn't find the time. When I actually needed to make the time!

What makes Pride Athletic different?

It's such a great community of like minded people with a communal goal to be the best we can be!!

What have you achieved through your time with Pride Athletic?

I have been the fittest I've ever been and feel really positive about the changes in my body that come with all the hard work & fun!

What advice do you have for someone looking to start training?

Just make the first step!

Most important question out of all of them.. Who's your favourite trainer?

You're all awesome!

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Nikki chickpea Littlewood

Outside the walls of Pride Athletic - Who are you?

Physio

How long have you been training with Pride Athletic and what got you motivated to start training?

About 16 months Chasing the ever elusive pull-up...

What barriers and restraints did you have to overcome when you started your training regime?

The ongoing saga of the right knee age-related/poor flexibility/not listening to advice issue

What makes Pride Athletic different?

I'm not sure. The atmosphere is very inclusive, it's fun and everyone is supportive

What have you achieved through your time with Pride Athletic?

90kg deadlift, 2 chin ups with the orange band, tight forearms and last but not least entry to the inner circle

What advice do you have for someone looking to start training?

Same as the Nike slogan - they are a multi billion company for a reason

Most important question out of all of them.. Who's your favourite trainer?

Ash, or maybe Steph, ok ok it's totally Nat and definitely not Mike (although he does give great forearm massages)

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Meg Wilkinson

Outside the walls of Pride Athletic - Who are you?

Student, civil servant, mother of dogs

How long have you been training with Pride Athletic and what got you motivated to start training?

Began with Pride in September 2015 to initially help lose weight and lift weights in a safe environment.

What barriers and restraints did you have to overcome when you started your training regime?

When I initially attend Pride, my BMI lay within the obese category. Taking part in a session with women with stunning capped shoulders, champions who would textbook burpee or jump a box higher than the Euruka Tower was intimidating. With support form said women and fabulous trainers, these factors became empowering. those who would overlap me running was initially intimidating. No one complained I was too slow, too heavy or didn't fit the mould. when my dedication or mind frame waivered, Mike, Nat and my Pride Tribe would notice and check in to see how I was travelling.

What makes Pride Athletic different?

Michael and Nat are the type of people you would be proud to call a friend or relative in that they are knowledgeable, embracing, upstanding citizens. Their clientele reflect this mantra. The fabulous women are non judgemental, focused and friendly people. So long as you're happy to chat and joke at Mike's expense, you're one of the tribe.

What have you achieved through your time with Pride Athletic?

Weight loss of 30+ kgs , unparalleled strength and companionship with great women.

What advice do you have for someone looking to start training?

Walking up the stairs to Pride can be intimidating but once you've passed the doorframe, you feel welcome and appreciated. Working out with Pride is 100% cheaper than an equivalent amount of therapy.

Most important question out of all of them.. Who's your favourite trainer?

Whoever doesn't make me do Gorillas.

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Kylie Boucher

Outside the walls of Pride Athletic - Who are you?

Mental Health Nurse, Maths textbook author, (sorta) Mum

How long have you been training with Pride Athletic and what got you motivated to start training?

1.5 years to get strong bored with gym programs, didn't even work up a sweat, was running but wanted something more full body.

What barriers and restraints did you have to overcome when you started your training regime?

getting up early for 6am classes.

What makes Pride Athletic different?

the different program every day! Awesome melbourne women. Doing heaps of body weight and functional stuff. rather than machines work. Great trainers (esp the modifying of programs to suit injuries/needs).

What have you achieved through your time with Pride Athletic?

Overall fitness, heaps stronger, plus those specific goals like pull ups

What advice do you have for someone looking to start training?

Jus do it. Come to pride. (If you're a fella, sorry)

Most important question out of all of them.. Who's your favourite trainer?

No way am I answering this.

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Cetrece Smith

Outside the walls of Pride Athletic - Who are you?

MRI Radiographer

How long have you been training with Pride Athletic and what got you motivated to start training?

2 1/2 years- I saw the ad on Facebook and wanted to try crossfit. I wanted to do more weight training and my exercise previously had been mostly cardio

What barriers and restraints did you have to overcome when you started your training regime?

Had back and knee pain and split tendons in my ankle

What makes Pride Athletic different?

The awesome environment.... great trainers and great girls who train there. Also the class times suit me whatever shift I'm on

What have you achieved through your time with Pride Athletic?

I have toned up heaps and am a lot stronger as well. My arms never really used to get much of a workout

What advice do you have for someone looking to start training?

Just do it.... I'd like to say it gets easier but I'm not sure that's totally true.... but you feel great and it's great to work with all the girls

Most important question out of all of them.. Who's your favourite trainer?

They're ALL great