GYM ROADTEST: MILON PREMIUM HEALTH CLUB
WORDS: BROOKE STODDART
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.