Going to the gym can be a daunting business for those of us who are a little self-conscious about our bodies and fear being surrounded by mirrors and machines we don’t know how to use.

Anchor Training are doing their part to break down the barriers of fear surrounding a gym visit, just in time for summer.

“Anchor Training is a welcoming environment with a sense of camaraderie amongst members and a holistic view of training through functional fitness and yoga,” says Anchor Training head coach and co-founder Tim Warner. “There are no mirrors, no ego and no machines — we’ve flipped the traditional idea of a gym on its head. We also specialise in Obstacle Course Race training with an exciting fit out including monkey bars, climbing ropes, quarter pipe and a rock wall.

“Our training includes different styles of functional movement, to enhance mobility as well as strength. We value balance and provide yoga classes to connect the body to the mind. Also, organic supplementation such as protein and super food powders are available.

“The greatest feedback we receive is from our returning clients. People who have previously struggled with motivation and are now beginning to value their health. It is also incredibly exciting to watch adults find joy in moving their bodies like they did as a kid. We often have clients thanking us for providing a safe and encouraging environment for them to tackle the monkey bars again or climb all the way up the rope.”

Anchor Training is also environmentally conscious and with no electric machines in the arena they strive to reduce their carbon footprint.

“It is important for us to be environmentally conscious but also to support the notion that you do not need a lot of equipment to be healthy,” Mr Warner says.”We already have the ability to move intuitively, we just need to consciously tap back into that.

“We have a full weekly timetable with varied classes, including our signature, The Gladiator, which is mainly upper body strength using kettle bells, sandbags, suspension equipment and resistance bands. We also have The Jackal, our lower body/cardio based class which incorporates sprints, plyometrics and rowing. There are also daily yoga classes balancing asana (physical movement) with breath awareness and meditation to support a healthy and balanced body and mind.

“If you’re looking to challenge yourself, seek balance and have an inclusive, positive mindset then you’ll fit right into the Anchor community. We will push you, we will support you and you’ll probably make a few friends a long the way.”

Anchor Training is located at 14/81 Bishop Street, Kelvin Grove. For more information, visit anchortraining.com.au.