What is...? CORE9

An Australian gym chain does away with scheduled classes by starting a new training session every few minutes.

Core9 training facilities deliver a 31-minute fitness regime that combines gymnastics exercises, kickboxing fundamentals and military training techniques, with classes starting every three and a half minutes.

Designed for the time poor, it aims to remove the barriers of scheduled timeslots and lengthy training times by offering participants of all fitness levels the most efficient, effective and personalised way to challenge themselves and enhance their health in a group training environment.

The gymnastics element focuses on core and functional mobility, through exercises that require strength, flexibility, balance, agility, endurance and control.

The kickboxing fundamentals, meanwhile, work on speed and coordination-based cardio, with punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes for a total body workout.

The military techniques, courtesy of co-founder Jason Dolan – an ex-special forces clearance diver – are concerned with the mastery of several attributes of fitness, including strength, endurance, power, speed, balance and coordination as well as being able to improve the amount of work done in a given time.

Founded on Sydney’s Norther Beaches by Dolan and extreme endurance athlete Craig Arnold, Core9 has five NSW studios, in Manly, McMahons Point, Mona Vale, St. Ives and Green Hills, as well as two WA locations, in Joondalup and Rockingham, and one in QLD’s West End.


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For more information about working with Core9, or investing in a franchise, visit core9.com.au.