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August is a busy time on the social calendar, with festival season in full swing and glorious weather in which to frolic with friends. Can you really blame us for a little over-indulging during the Dry season?

By Tierney Seccull

But all the late nights, special treats and dates with mates can make you feel a little run down, a tad inflamed and unfit. If you’re keen to wipe the slate clean and take charge of your physical and mental health, then Evolve Fitness in Darwin’s CBD can help.

Towards the end of this month, they’re running a four-week Kickstart Challenge to help you overcome some of the bad – albeit fun! – decisions you may have made during the Dry. And if you’re a little scared or intimidated by gyms, owner Matt Cowling says you might be surprised by who you might find there.

“A lot of the time, people think that gyms are for fitness people or gym junkies, but that’s just not true. We have people from all walks of life at the gym, all different shapes and sizes, and at different fitness levels – from athletes to people who are absolute beginners. Everyone is welcome.”

Evolve Fitness pumps out high intensity interval training (HIIT) on weekdays with morning, lunchtime and evening sessions, and Metafit sessions on Saturday mornings – Sundays are for rest. What makes this gym different is that the sessions are just 24-minutes, which Cowling says is more than enough time to reach your goals.

“Exercising longer isn’t necessarily better – it’s about exercising smarter. HIIT is great in that it brings on the EPOC effect, which is the fat-burning period post-workout. You’re actually better off doing one 24-minute HIIT session than you are going for a long run,” he says.

Plus, these short, sharp and shiny sessions are easier to fit into our already-busy schedules.

“Because we are so time-poor these days, it’s more likely you’ll be able to fit in a quick HIIT workout than allocate an hour-plus to exercise a day. It’s less of a time commitment but you’re getting more out of it, and we suggest doing this three times a week – that’s just over an hour out of your week.”

The four-week Kickstart Challenge offers unlimited HIIT and Metafit sessions, paired with tried and tested nutritional advice through a sugar-free, macro-optimised eating plan. Evolve’s friendly trainers, Matt and his right-hand teammate Jacob Phillips, are on-hand to answer any of your questions.

“We say have a good time in August, and if after all of that you want to feel healthy, well and strong, just give us four weeks. And don’t be scared or nervous – it’s not a competitive space – you are only up against yourself. Come along and see what you can do!”


Evolve Fitness Kickstart Challenge
WHEN SAT 26 AUG – SAT 23 SEP | WEIGH-IN SAT 26 AUG, 8AM WEIGH-OUT SAT 23 SEP, 8AM
AT EVOLVE FITNESS, CAREY ST
COST $499 | PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE
INFO evolve-fitness.com.au

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