We at GFIT are passionate about developing high performance from early years into old age!
High Performing Kids
As a parent, what you want most for your child is to see them happy. The joy and freedom that children derive from playing with their peers: running, jumping, rolling in the grass, playing sport and just being kids is what warms our hearts. Being physically active is the most natural instinct and means to learn, develop, socialise, and form lasting relationships. Our greatest passion is to instill in all kids a love for physical activity through developing their competence, growing their confidence in their abilities and instilling a love for their bodies. Whether your child is a future sports star or destined to be a recreational athlete, we lay the foundations for optimal performance and a life long love of health, sport and fitness.
We have produced amazing results with children at all levels and within a variety of sporting codes including athletics, rugby, rowing, cycling, water polo and biathlon. Below are a few testimonials about the amazing young athletes we’ve had the opportunity to work with.
“Ben, our 11 year old son, has been coming to Adrian for two years, once a week for 40 minute sessions. Ben has battled with low muscle tone from a young age and has had physio and Occupational Therapy on and off since he was 3 years old. Personal training has been the best intervention so far. He has gained incredible confidence in his physical self which is a delight to see. He has won the class PE prize for two terms in a row. Something that was unimaginable previously. He always says that coming to Adrian is the best part of his week.”
‘I started working with Ashley Galliard in 2018 to improve my performance for rowing. The focus of the training has been around strengthening core stability, improving mobility and increasing lower body strength and power. We do strength, muscle endurance and power assessments every month and I improve in every aspect whenever I am assessed. These improvements show on the boat where I achieve personal best times in my 4’s and skulls over 1000m almost every time I compete. Our sessions together, although hard work are also fun. He has grown my self-belief, confidence, resilence and determination to reach my goals!
Neelo Sejane 14 years old (SA champs U14 gold medalist 2018)
The questions every responsible parent has when it comes to the physical conditioning of their kids include:
- What should my child be doing at his/her age?
- Is my child doing too much-will it lead to injury or problems with their physical development?
- At what age is it safe to lift weights?
- Should my child be specializing in a sport or engaging in so many activities?
- What is the age to start specializing?
These are very important questions around which there is a great deal of misinformation. The sports coach tells you one thing, your GP tells you something completely different and the talk amongst parents around the field of play can scare you to death and make your head spin!
At GFIT, we are guided by the science and get our information and ongoing education from world leaders in the field of strength and conditioning of young athletes like the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) and the IYCA (International Youth Conditioning Association). In addition we are backed by 20 years of experience and some amazing results and youth transformation stories we have felt privileged to be a part of.
So what can you expect?
- Firstly, your child is an athlete! We believe that all children have an innate athletic ability that just needs to be fostered, so we refer to all children and adolescence as young athletes.
- Whether your child has had little exposure to physical activity and has low muscle tone and or other physical developmental delays or he/she is an active child and excels in physical activities and sport, our primary goal is to develop a love for physical activity and confidence in your child’s abilities.
- There are 4 developmental stages that we identify 1. Movement foundations (2 to 5), 2. Guided discovery, (6 to9), 3. learning exploration (10 to 13) and 4. Training with application (14+). Each stage of development has different implications for exercise/activity selection and the appropriate rate of progression.
- In addition, the level that your child is currently at, their foundation of exercise experience, formal training age, confidence/competence and the like will dictate the level at which their programmes are set and the appropriate rate of progression.
- We work one-on-one with children from our gym facility in Norwood as well as running Saturday group coaching sessions from our residence in Orchards.Our group session take place between 8:30 and 9:30 every Saturday.
- Parents are welcome to sit in on sessions, in fact, we encourage it as it gives you the opportunity to learn certain activities that can be done at home.
- All children and adolescence are welcome irrespective of their abilities. Whether your child needs to improve muscle tone, lose weight, gain confidence in their athletic abilities or are looking to perform optimally for their sport, you have come to the right place.
- All training is done in collaboration with the appropriate medical professionals when required.
- The process begins with an assessment to determine movement patterns, abilities and strength.
- We invite you to join us for a free trial session on a Saturday, leave your details below and we will be in touch.FUN IS GUARANTEED!
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High Performing Adults
I think it’s wonderful to be alive today! The number of opportunities to participate in social and competitive sports events is immense. From Park Runs to mountain bike weekend races and stage races, road races, trail running, orienteering, action soccer, cricket and netball, touch rugby and the list goes on, there is something for everyone! The only down side is that many of the events can place physical demands (sometimes extreme) on participants, and often, recreational athletes in particular are not properly prepared for the demands of their chosen sport. This may result in injury and or health complications.
At GFIT, we work with both recreational and elite athletes. So if you’re wanting to take part in that 4 day mountain bike stage race, make sure you’re properly prepared, you will enjoy the experience a lot more and with a significantly reduced risk. You will also likely achieve your personal best time for the more competitive recreational athletes. If you’re a pro wanting to improve your endurance, speed, power and agility, that’s what we’re trained to do!
Our services include:
- Health assessments for events
- Performance assessments, including, metabolic, strength, power, speed, agility and local muscular endurance testing. (some assessments take place off site within our partner network)
- Periodised exercise programming and onsite training at GFIT gym
- Performance nutrition programming and coaching.
View testimonials at the end of this section