Packing some punch

Goals: “I chose to remain in the Hunter as I expanded because I would love to see Newcastle recognised as one of the healthiest cities in Australia,” says Jordan Nisbet.

Where did you grow up and what did you dream of being?

I grew up here in Newcastle, Kotara. I never really had a clear dream or aspiration of what I wanted to be but I was always taught to work hard from an early age.

Did you study after school or what was your career path?

After school I went straight into work – I was encouraged by my mum to do some study and completed an Adv. Dip of Business & Management.

I worked in hospitality including bar work, management and security. Following that I worked as a youth work with a local care provider.

How did you get involved in the fitness industry?

I was training regularly with a close group of friends and one of them was a personal trainer at a local studio, he ended up encouraging me to take the leap and follow this line of work.

What accreditations do you have?

Advance diploma in Management (Adv.Dip Management); Adv. Dip Business; Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness and Master Trainer Certificate [Australian Institute of Fitness].

How did you get involved in the F45 gym franchise?

I was completing my certificates when another friend, my first business partner, Jamie, approached me about opening an F45 studio. We opened the Newcastle location together and I haven’t looked back.

What doesF45 mean?

F45 Training is a combination of three training styles, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Circuit Training and Functional Training. Our classes are 45 minutes long and we have 27 different workout experiences with a database of over 3000 different moves and the F45 Athletics Department is constantly developing more.

You opened your first F45 franchise in Bull Street, Newcastle, in 2014. Why did you choose a city that is arguably saturated with gym options?

I was born and bred here in Newcastle and even though there are a lot of other gyms and fitness centres, F45 offered something new, unique and effective.

You then opened in Warners Bay and Wallsend? Why did you choose those locations and how are they going?

Choosing the locations really came down to what F45 Territories were available in the Hunter Region at the time and where I thought an F45 would thrive. Warners Bay and Wallsend are both going really well – I work with an amazing team that are passionate about a healthy active life style, this has clearly reflected in theses studios performance.

You have now opened a fourth business in Toronto – how did that come about?

This actually happened during a night in Sydney at Mr. Wongs. I was with a good mate and now business partner, Frank, who was talking about wanting to get out of the Navy. Seven cocktails later we decided to open an F45 together. Fast forward eight months and F45 Toronto is open for business, Frank has proved to be an amazing asset and we have gone on to secure a fifth and sixth location, which we will launch over the next 12 months.

Jordan Nisbet

Franchises are in the news at present for all the wrong reasons. How do you find working within the parameters of a franchise?

I am lucky enough to have been involved with F45 since it first started back in 2014. The way the company has grown since then is absolutely amazing. I know and understand why people would often be hesitant to get involved with a franchise model as there are often restrictions or guidelines that have to be adhered too or that can get implemented as the brand grows. When it comes to F45 I think the progression of the company as a whole shows that the pros far out weigh the cons – F45 HQ are constantly going above and beyond to ensure we are at the forefront of our industry.

Best bit of your job?

The team I work with and the members and friends I get to train everyday.

And the hardest?

I am a big believer that the early bird gets the worm, but 430am starts are my least favourite part of the job!

Why have you focused your business in the Hunter region over Sydney?

Newcastle CBD was my first studio out of convenience, because I lived here – I chose to remain around the Hunter as I expanded because one day I would love to see Newcastle recognised as one of the healthiest cities in Australia – knowing I played my small part in that would be a great personal achievement.

Why do you think F45 has accumulated so many devotees?

In the busy world of today F45 offers a professional, fun, fast and effective way to train in a supportive environment.

What are your fitness goals in 2018?

I try and train at least five times a week but towards the end of last year I fell out of routine. This led to my New Year fitness/health goals which are to get back in routine and enjoy a better balance. I have been doing F45 classes every day again and have committed to completing the eight-week challenge at F45 Newcastle.