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Looking to jumpstart your fitness in time for cossie
season? Christie Bosworth roadtests Perth’s latest and
greatest classes, guaranteed to bring the burn.
This secret gym in North Freo, run by ex-SAS soldiers, is hidden down a laneway, in a tiny converted
warehouse packed with weights, monkey bars, fat climbing ropes and a boxing cage. Mirrors, however,
are nowhere to be seen. Despite the strict NO VISITORS policy, I was granted access to observe a Power-
Endurance session – a gruelling mix of cardio and strength circuit training. Chin-ups, push-ups and extreme-
weight-squats were mixed up with a hefty serve of burpees, rowing ergos and sprints round the block, as the
trainer’s motivational cues rang heavy in the air. Membership at this gym is capped at 100 and the application
process is almost as rigorous as the workouts: you’ve got to pen a letter explaining why you want to train
with them and then pass six initial assessment sessions. Physical condition is not the only prereq for admission
here – you have to have the mental determination to reach your goals. Little wonder that members include
firefighters, elite athletes, mountain climbers and aspiring soldiers. If you slack off during your membership,
however, they’ll gladly kick you out. I’m not sure I’m quite hardcore enough for this place, but I admire all of
you out there who manage to get in, and stay in.
FOR The cream of the crop
TARGETS Every muscle group
CLASS SIZE up to 12
The Mill, North Fremantle, themillgym.com.
words Christie Bosworth photography Ross Wallace
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