Meet Nick Boland of 12RND in Camberwell
Article posted: July 9, 2019
Nick Boland is bringing a fresh approach to group fitness in Camberwell, with boxing-led training that prioritises convenience over classes with set times.
Mr Boland and wife Justine co-own the recently opened 12RND Camberwell gym to help people with busy schedules stay fit and healthy year-round.
The 12RND approach combines boxing, strength and cardio exercises into one workout, with new daily workouts run by personal trainers.
“The big thing for 12RND is convenience,” Mr Boland said.
“For a lot of the group training on the market at the moment, you have to be there at a set time.”
“If you’re booked in for a session but you’re stuck back at the office, then you’re probably going to miss the class, which isn’t convenient.
“12RND offers group training with no set class times, so the timer is always running, meaning that someone can jump in whenever they arrive rather than a set time.”
Mixing up the workout routine
Each training session runs for less than 45 minutes and works through 12 different stations, spending three minutes at each point followed by a 30 second break.
The routines change each day and rotate through a seven-week training cycle, focusing on four phases: base, strength, power and peak.
“With fitness, you always have to change up what you do otherwise your body adapts,” Mr Boland said.
“By always going through the different training blocks, you are always doing something different and your body isn’t adapting.”
The workouts are designed to replicate the physical demands of a 12-round boxing bout, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a heavyweight champ to join.
Bringing back boxing
Boxing is a big part of the 12RND concept, with numerous boxing rounds in an average session.
“Boxing has been around forever, but it’s had a bit of a resurgence,” Mr Boland said.
“The boxing side of it adds a little skill work into the workout. A lot of people say when they’re doing the boxing, they don’t realise that they’re training because they’re focusing on the boxing rather than the cardio and fitness.”
The gym doesn’t throw people straight into the ring though — members can start on the boxing bags and pads and work up to the ring if they feel like it.
The gym’s approachable boxing style has proven popular with women, who make up the majority of 12RND members, Mr Boland said.
“The gym caters for everyone, not just experienced boxers,” he said.
“It’s for anyone willing to give it a go, so entry level through to people that have done boxing before.”
Catering to a ‘health-conscious’ community
Mr Boland knows the Camberwell health and fitness scene well, having previously managed a gym in the area.
“I know how much Camberwell takes pride in health and fitness, it’s a very health-conscious area,” he said.
“There are a lot of gyms in Camberwell, but I believe we offer something that is very different to what is on the market.
“I’ve seen how group training has grown over the past five years, but the whole no-set class time concept was what really sold it for me.”
Mr Boland said opening a gym had been a long-term goal, so it was just a matter of waiting for the right time and opportunity.
For anyone thinking of improving their fitness, Mr Boland said the first thing to do was to give something a go, no matter how small.
“The number one thing is to just get started,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter what you do, you don’t have to go into a gym and lift the heaviest weights, just get started and find something you enjoy.”
Visit the gym
Shop 4/3 Prospect Hill Rd, Camberwell
Phone: 0477 388 244.