Arleigh Corbin is not only the muscle man behind one of our most revered classes, Bartendaz, but a man with some serious Gymbox swagger! We meet him.
Hi Arleigh, how does it feel being nominated by members as having the most 'swagger' this week?
I feel very honoured and humbled that they think I've got swagger! To me, everyone who comes to my class is a winner. It's not an easy class.
You are extremely passionate about your Bartendaz classes - what motivates you?
It's hard not to be passionate when you see the progress in each person. It's amazing to watch the transformations in both physical and mental strength. It's even more motivating when members come to me with a challenge they've set for themselves that they now believe they can achieve such as a muscle up, a new max rep goal or even getting off the band.
For those who don't know, what happens in Bartendaz?
Bartendaz is a form of body weight training. To put it simply, each class involves exercises such as pull ups, push ups, squats, lunges and abs in various combinations of reps and sets. It's high volume of reps in strict form. At the end of class you can practice skills such as hand stands, muscle ups, levers etc.
Is it possible for a complete newbie to Gymbox (gyms in general) to take part?
This is actually a great way for a complete gym novice to start their fitness journey. We have different size bands to assist with pull ups and all the exercises have a beginner to advance variation. The best thing about it is all the exercises are already familiar to most people and there is no need to fumble around trying to figure out how to use a machine.
What's the most rewarding element of your job?
It's a job in which I get to help people improve their health naturally. What is more rewarding?
What is it about working in fitness that gets your heart palpitating with excitement/joy?
I enjoy training, it's my lifestyle and who wouldn't want to turn something they are passionate about into their job. One of the best parts is that I get to share my passion and my lifestyle with others.
What's the biggest achievement of your life so far?
Well, it's not fitness related but they both come hand in hand. In short I've turned my life around.
2015 is soon upon us, what are your goals for next year?
I have a lot of goals for 2015. Bartendaz is going to be bigger, badder and full of surprises so you'll just have to watch and see.
And what makes Gymbox special to you/the right home for you to flex your trainer muscle?
I've said it before, but the Gymbox culture is all about embracing hard-core, innovative and forward thinking kind of training. The members to come here are hardworking and looking for something that really challenges them. These are the types of people who really embrace the type of training I offer.
Go on, don't be scared! Book yourselves in.
Photos: Vesna Nikolic