The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - WELLNESS -


On the wall of milon Pre­mium Health Club it reads: Sim­ple, Safe, Ef­fec­tive.

That’s mu­sic to the ears of a for­mer Cross­fit and F45 junkie re­cov­er­ing from se­ri­ous back in­jury. After rup­tur­ing the L3-L4 disc and dam­ag­ing the discs above and be­low in April last year, my ex­er­cise has been lim­ited to walk­ing, swim­ming and re­former pi­lates.

I missed the adren­a­line rush of a good work­out, but was too scared to go back into a gym for fear of lift­ing too heavy, us­ing in­cor­rect tech­nique and try­ing to be a hero.

The Porsche-de­signed equip­ment at milon’s Ma­rina Mi­rage gym — the first of its kind in the south­ern hemi­sphere — uses state-of-the-art Ger­man tech­nol­ogy and en­gi­neer­ing.

All the ma­chines of­fer the reg­u­lar car­dio and strength ex­er­cises found in reg­u­lar gyms, but ad­just and mon­i­tor an in­di­vid­ual’s height, weight, fit­ness lev­els and progress.

A quick scan of my body feeds the data into the main com­puter and is then stored on my smart­card or wrist­band, which I use to swipe on ev­ery ma­chine. The ma­chine reads the data and au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs the height, dis­tance of the levers as well as the weight lev­els and in­ten­sity pre­scribed at the in­tro­duc­tory ses­sion.The in­tu­itive ma­chines guide the move­ments and pre­vent any over­load­ing or in­cor­rect tech­nique, which can of­ten lead to in­juries. They also re­mem­ber ex­actly what you’ve done and what you need to do to progress through the var­i­ous fit­ness and strength lev­els.

Co-owner Am­ber Clark and her fi­ance Marcin Lazin­ski, both lawyers, opened the Ma­rina Mi­rage gym in 2015 after hear­ing about the equip­ment from an old school friend from Marcin’s na­tive Poland.

“We weren’t re­ally into gyms, but when we heard about this we thought it was some­thing special,” she says.

Am­ber says the gym mar­ket is very dif­fer­ent in Aus­tralia com­pared to Europe, with the trend of func­tional train­ing like F45 and Fit­stop gain­ing huge pop­u­lar­ity over the past few years. I joked that they were likely to see more peo­ple like me as in­juries from hard­core train­ing were be­com­ing more com­mon. “That’s ex­actly what the (gym own­ers) in Ger­many have told us,” Am­ber says. “Peo­ple are look­ing for some­thing safe and ef­fec­tive.”

While I took it fairly easy on my first visit, I can see how you could push the lim­its with­out fear of in­jury. Ev­ery­thing’s done for you — ex­cept the work, but that’s the fun part.

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