Fitness benefits of exercising with a friend

There are many fitness benefits to be had by exercising with a friend. One of the best ways to keep active or get back into exercise for the long-term is to do it with a friend. Exercise is greatly enhanced when you are with a buddy and/or in a small group setting.

So why not stack the odds in your favour! Here are a number of benefits to illustrate that doing it together, is better:

1. Accountability – when you have someone counting on you, you are far less likely to skip a workout. Making plans to meet your friend at 6am is much more concrete than vaguely planning to exercise alone in the morning or after work. Set a date and don’t be late!

2. Exercise becomes more fun – a key element in forming a lifestyle habit is fun. It’s always more enjoyable to share an experience with a friend. It also allows you try out other activities. After all, it’s pretty hard to do boxing with someone without a buddy holding the pads.

3. You tend to get more out of the session – you’ll work that bit harder when exercising with a partner. It can bring out a competitive instinct that allows you both to push your limits. You’re more likely to do a few extra reps when you’re being spurred on.

4. Work out longer – time flies when you’re having fun… or at least when you are distracted. Having someone to chat with between sets let’s you focus on something other than just your workout making the time go by faster.

5. You are more likely to try new things – ever wanted to try a fun run or a boxing class but felt intimidated going there alone? With a partner your excuses are now removed. It opens up all sorts of possibilities to new forms of exercise.

6. Reduced costs – that personal training session instantly became cheaper for both of you! And, you’ll still get plenty of individual attention from the trainer.

7. Social well-being – social interaction is often listed as an important factor for many people when choosing exercise. Training with a partner gives you that social contact that is often non-existent when going solo.

8. Shared goals – if two of you are working towards a common goal, it helps to build more resolve and resilience. It’s a fantastic feeling to achieve a goal, and it can be even better when you achieve it with someone else.

Get a friend, buddy or mum and bub to try a Healthquarters class this month and take advantage of the FREE trail class for all new members. Motivate them to stick with you and encourage them to sign up for the 30 classes for 20 pass which works out at only $11 a class. Valid until 31 November, 2016.

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school holiday timetable

School Holidays Timetable

Keep up your training during the school holidays with Healthquarters school holidays timetable.

school holiday timetable

Spring into fitness!

School holiday timetable:

Sat 24 Sep – 8:15am X Training
Mon 26 Sep – 6:00am HIIT
Wed 28 Sep – 6:00am strength & cardio
Fri 30 Sep – 6:00am Box Fit
Fri 30 Sep – 9:30am X Training (kids welcome)
Mon 3 Oct – public holiday
Wed 5 Oct – 6:00am strength & cardio
Fri 7 Oct – 6:00am Box Fit
Fri 7 Oct – 9:30am X Training (kids welcome)
Sat 8 Oct – 8:15am X Training TBC

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Walk Fit Barangaroo

Walk Fit in August

Walk Fit with Healthquarters walking fitness group in August and stay fit and healthy, whilst walking and talking and enjoying amazing locations by foot!

Walk Fit starts at 7:15pm and finishes at 8:45pm. The group usually covers about 6-7 km in distance. All you need is a bottle or bladder of water, a backpack, head torch, towel and walking shoes.

Walk Fit locations in August include:

  • Monday 1 August – meet at Sirius Cove car park, Mosman
  • Monday 8 August – meet at Willoughby Leisure Centre car park
  • Monday 15 August – meet at Naremburn shops car park
  • Monday 22 August – meet at the Waverton Bowling Club, Woolcott St
  • Monday 29 August – meet at the Cammeray shops car park


End Of Financial Year Sale (EOFYS)

Healthquarters is offering an amazing End Of Financial Year Sale (EOFYS) on their exercise class passes. The classes are located in Willoughby and Artarmon and offer a variety of classes including boxing, HIIT, circuit, strength, cardio, x-training, walking and mums & bubs/toddlers classes.

Take advantage of Healthquarters End Of Financial Year Sale (EOFYS) and enjoy all of your favourite classes for less.

Buy now:

  • 15 class pass for the price of 10 – only $175 (valid 6 months)
  • 30 class pass for the price of 20 – only $330 (valid 12 months)

This EOFYS offer is only available until 30 June, 2016.

To purchase your EOFYS pass click here.

  1. If you are already a member, ‘sign in’ with your email & password OR if you are a new member, ‘sign up’.
  2. Click on ‘View Packages & Memberships’, then ‘Browse & purchase packages/memberships’ and select the 15 for 10 class pass OR 30 for 20 class pass

We hope to see you at a class soon 🙂


Meet & greet with Sam & Snez

This week I had the pleasure of meeting Sam & Snez (Snezana) from The Bachelor at the launch of the new Weet-Bix Blends range. I was invited on behalf of the North Shore Mums Network. I was secretly excited as I loved the show. I had a brief chat to Sam about his 28 by Sam Wood online fitness program and Snez about how our daughter’s share the same name and that she really wanted to come along too!

North Shore Mums interviewed Sam & Snez about health, fitness, life and love. You can read the full interview here.

mums & bubs class

Mums & Bubs – Friday Fun Day Exercise Class

Join Healthquarters this Friday for our Mums & Bubs Friday Fun Day! Are you keen to exercise but stuck with the kids these school holidays? Bring them with you to a fun exercise class this Friday 9:30am – 10:30am on the netball courts at Willoughby Leisure Centre.

Bring along scooters, bikes, picnic rug, colouring books or something to entertain your kids. You’ll get to feel fit, fantastic and energised.

Afterwards, you can join us and the other mums and kids for a coffee, milkshake, juice, hot chocolate or whatever takes your fancy at the incinerator cafe.


Places are limited.
First class free!

mums & bubs

about fitness professionals

Are you being trained by a fitness professional?

Are you being trained by a fitness professional?

When training with Healthquarters you can rest assured the trainers have obtained Exercise Professional Registration with Fitness Australia and carry Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Fitness Australia is the national health and fitness industry association. Registration with Fitness Australia demonstrates a commitment to enhancing industry standards and building the professional capacity of our industry.

For an exercise professional to obtain registration, they must have completed a fitness qualification, certificate III or higher and must meet certain criteria every 2 years including;

  • Current Senior First Aid and CPR certification
  • Receive 20 CEC points from continuing education courses
Fitness Professional

Fitness Australia

No exercise professional can obtain professional indemnity insurance without fitness Australia registration.

So, before you sign up to any fitness class or personal training service, ensure that your trainer is registered with Fitness Australia and that they carry insurance for your safety. You can search all Fitness Australia registered exercise professionals by clicking here.

Katherine Rothwell has been a registered fitness professional for 20 years! Katherine is also a Level 3 Registered Exercise Professional. This is currently the highest level you can achieve. You can view Katherine’s profile here.


Exercise and your spouse will follow

Research suggests that when one spouse exercises and commits to improving their fitness routine their partner is likely to follow their lead, the study from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found.
The impact is so strong that, when a wife reaches recommended guidelines for exercise, her husband is 70% more likely to follow the example and reach the recommended levels.