A new and unique way to train has overwhelmingly captured the interest of Te Awamutu locals.
Australian fitness company, F45, dubbed as the world's fastest-growing functional training company has made its way to town opening in the George St shopping complex by The Warehouse.
Co-owner Silvana Ground says their first week has been hectic with most classes each day full.
"We're pretty happy with how our first week has gone, Te Awamutu was just ready for us," says Silvana.
"We're definitely going to have to add a few new class time slots soon to cater for everyone, which is exciting."
Silvana runs the gym alongside her mum Irene Ground.
Silvana is a qualified personal trainer who started with F45 as a member in Hamilton. She then became the manager at the Cambridge F45 where she worked for two years before becoming an owner.
Irene has a Sport and Leisure Degree and had been a long-time member at the Cambridge F45.
"She's always loved this type of stuff and she's quite business savvy so it was a no brainer to do it together," says Silvana.
The concept of F45 is very much in the name.
It consists of 45 minute functional group training with a mixture of cardio and resistance-based classes, designed to improve energy levels, metabolic rate, strength and endurance while aiming to burn 750 calories per session.
The schedule features a different class each day, which now runs at five different times.
Monday's class is Empire – a combo set cardio workout, Tuesday's is All Star – an antagonistic resistance-based session, Wednesday's is Foxtrot – pushing participants to reach their maximum cardio threshold, Thursday's is Roman's – a resistance-based workout consisting of large compound lifts, Friday's is T10 – a 50/50 split of cardio and resistance across a 10-station workout and Saturday's is either Hollywood – the climax of the week focused on a combination workout and featuring a DJ or Noho – a hybrid workout and the sister session to Hollywood.
At each class, two trainers encourage members to push themselves and correct technique where needed.
"You get that group fitness environment, but you also get that personal one-on-one coaching. Our trainers are actively involved in each class, we're coming around correcting your technique and giving you different options if you need them," says Silvana.
She says the training is completely adaptable to each individual's capabilities.
"That's one of the other things I love about it, you can be in the same room with so many different people of all different ages and all different fitness levels and you're doing the same thing but to your own pace and having fun while you're doing it," says Silvana.
Silvana wants to thank the community for its support so far.
"We are excited to meet so many people within the community and create an environment where people can come and achieve their health and fitness goals."