"I originally met Don about 5 years ago , when I attended just one of his boxing classes. His skill and manner made such an impact on me that I remembered him several years later. About 3 months ago I mentioned to a friend I was searching for yet another trainer and he recommended someone who as it happens , turned out to be the Don I knew . Although the gym Don is based at is 20 minutes drive from my home which can be challenging , after the first session I didn't hesitate to commence training with him ,and now make the 40 minute round trip three times a week for my personal training sessions .
Don confidently guides you to achieving your goals , driving you to your limits and challenging you to go beyond them , but never risking you physically or emotionally. Always tempered with humor and encouragement his training is not about mediocrity. Don believes in focusing on correct technique to maximize results . He is a little scary , and although softly spoken can be a tough taskmaster but always with your best interest at heart and will not hesitate to share his knowledge .
As a trainer he is reliable , organized and his experience in the fitness industry is immediately evident. He has a disarming smile and sense of humor that almost makes you forget the pain he induces. Within four weeks of commencing a combination of cardio and weight training I lost 2% body fat and 2 kilos while retaining muscle mass. I've come to look forward to donning my boxing gloves and now aim , with Don's guidance , to continue improving my fitness and health . The best endorsement though has to be the compliments I now receive from family and friends.
Thank you Don. You are the Best! "
Age 54 - Solicitor
"In March of 2012, I first started this journey skeptical of the unexpected. I knew I was at an unhealthy weight and had to do something to make a change for my life. When I met Don in my consult I did not know how much he would change my life, but from the start of our conversation I could see how educated he was when it comes to health and fitness and his passion for it was exuberant.
From day one Don helped to guide me and educate me on my fitness journey, equipping me with mental toughness to push myself to reach my goals and even exceed them. I started out hoping to lose 5-10Kg. I was 70Kg, I'm now at 61Kg making for a loss of 9kg and from a size 12/14 to a true 8-10 dress!
It isn't just the drop in numbers that has inspired me to continue on my journey, but the overall way I feel. After 3 years of training with Don I am still going, in the best shape of my life and I feel healthier than ever!"
Age 23 - Head Administrator; Brewery Hotel
"Hi Don, Here is a small letter just to say thank you...
I've been working with Don for 4 years and have seen amazing results in that time. I have never felt stronger or healthier. Don is passionate about fitness and it shows through the energy and enthusiasm he brings to every session. His easy going, friendly personality creates a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. He makes each workout challenging, creative and most importantly, fun! He also places a high value on correct form with each exercise.
He motivates me to push past my perceived limits to get results. I have incredible energy, my balance and flexibility have improved immensely and I've got great new muscles :). If you are serious about changing your life for the better, Don will lead you every step of the way.
Thank you Don, You are the best!"
age 48 - Business Owner
"I met Don Harris in Jan 2014 when I was looking to join a gym.
I had become fed up in my weight and diet and was looking to make a change! I had also just made myself a goal to do the Kokoda track in 18 month’s time (June 2015). I needed to get in shape. I weighed 72 kg (my heaviest in.. being pregnant) and was very unfit.
Don signed me up for a gym membership and showed me around the gym. I mentioned that he was personal trainer and previously trained someone else for Kokoda track. I was really only interested in a gym membership though.
Over the next couple of weeks as I attended the gym, Don continued to talk about the benefits of training sessions with me. I was still not interested as I has utilized the services of trainers before and found that they didn’t really help me achieve my goals. He offered me a free half hour session. “I thought “I don’t have anything to lose” So I said Yes!
During that session, Don stood out as a trainer that knows what he is doing. I needed him to guide me to Kokoda!
Don has a very sound knowledge of anatomy and body mechanics. Because of this I was able to observe the way my body moved and adjusted the exercises I performed according to both previous injuries I had sustained and their effects on my joints and flexibility.
Because of what I learned in that first session I was very impressed with Don’s approach to fitness and training. I decided to start One on One Personal Training with him. I have not looked back! With his guidance not only through exercise but also through nutrition and healthy eating plan, I have lost almost 16kg in 10 months.
I am fitter, stronger and healthier than I have been for 10 years. I feel 100% confident that I will reach my goal of trekking Kokoda in 2015. In fact I am considering bringing my trip forward by a couple of months so that I can be there on Anzac Day in April 2015. I know that with Don’s help I will reach all of my Fitness and Health goals. Thanks Don"