WHAT IS…? NETFIT NETBALL
No, it’s not an online training program. Yes, it’s netball – but most definitely not how you remember it!
Founded by former elite netballer Sarah Wall, NETFIT provides a variety of netball services to encourage and inspire people of all ages through fitness, coaching academies, mass events, holiday programs and health and wellbeing workshops. A qualified teacher, studying exercise science, Wall’s love for kids was the driving force behind creating the brand.
While playing netball at the elite level for 11 years with Melbourne Phoenix, Queensland Firebirds, Melbourne Vixens and NSW Swifts, Wall saw a gap in the market in the netball fitness space. Between training and teaching part time, she began building the foundations for NETFIT Netball, which she describes as ‘netball, with a bit of spark!’
Currently, NETFIT Netball offers two fitness classes alongside their Mass Events: NETFIT, a netball gym class, and HIIT NETFIT, a high intensity circuit, specific to the game of netball.
Both classes are team-based, high intensity training, that place a huge emphasis on motivation, netball specificity and innovation. The classes target aerobic fitness across the workout zones. Depending on the class, participants might use battle ropes, move into fast footwork through cones, onto agility ladders or work fast feet while doing a netball passing drill.
Although NETFIT was originally inspired by a desire to encourage healthy, active lifestyles for young females, classes are open to everybody – both male and female, junior and senior. Participants can take the class at their own pace, making it an option for people of all fitness levels.
Asking Wall today if she thought her dream of creating a netball-based fitness brand would ever become reality, she doesn’t miss a beat in responding with a firm and confident ‘Yes!’ Described by friends and colleagues as being one of the most hardworking, passionate and driven people you’re ever likely to meet, Wall is on a mission to make a difference in every town, city and country she visits.
From their most recent fitness program, HIIT NETFIT, to their free empowerment and wellbeing program, Dream Catchers Academy (now funded by the VIC government in seven zones across the state), NETFIT Netball aims to offer something for everyone, not only those who play in organised netball teams. The team at NETFIT Netball have a strong belief in the ability of team-focused physical activity to enhance both physiological and mental wellbeing; ‘When people are happy and are confident in their mind and body, they are more likely to make healthy decisions and live a great life’ says Wall.
NETFIT classes are currently being delivered in five states across Australia, to thousands of netballers and fitness enthusiasts. With the mission to have NETFIT present across all states by the end of 2016, NETFIT Netball is currently on the lookout for passionate personal trainers interested in delivering HIIT classes in their local communities.
Online NETFIT platform launched
Giants Netballers Kim Green and Sarah Wall have also launched an online fitness platform for netballers and coaches.
MY NETFIT ($2.50 weekly) offers two simple guides. Program one, the NETFIT Coach, includes weekly video drills, an easy-to-follow weekly session plan and a library of live coaching sessions. Program two, the NETFIT Trainer offers a fitness program for beginners, intermediate and advanced fitness levels, with a weekly training plan and workout videos.
If you think you have what it takes to instruct HIIT NETFIT, you can apply at netfitnetball.com.au/careers
To see what all the fuss is about, check out HIIT NETFIT Classes at a Goodlife Health Club near you or grab your crew and NETFIT can endeavour to come to you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to netfitnetball.com.au/fitness