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Real Reviews

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5/5
Kimberley Patch
Kimberley Patch
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Mark and the team are nothing but amazing! The workouts that they create are suitable for all fitness levels and they really focus on good technique and have a great balance between strength and HIIT. Having the high tech technology helps you to hit targets in each workout and really helps you to push yourself. The 8 week challenges I could not recommend enough. It has helped me so much and has also helped me maintain and develop a healthy lifestyle both in and out of the gym. I would highly recommend Highlite to anyone.
Joshua Breakwell
Joshua Breakwell
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Highlite is an incredible gym with a highly knowledgeable team and incomparable atmosphere. There is no gym that even comes close to what it has to offer in Newcastle. From the motivating beats, to the state of the art equipment and the disco lighting...It has it all!
Amy Beasley
Amy Beasley
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I highly recommend Highlite to anyone looking for a new gym. As a busy working mum it was hard to find time to workout but Highlite's lunch time sessions are perfect for me. The atmosphere is welcoming to all, no matter what your fitness level. I have always felt self conscious entering a gym but not at Highlite. I have increased my fitness and made new friends.. it's like one big fitness family! So happy to be a part of it!
Drew Snapson
Drew Snapson
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I never thought I would enjoy a group fitness environment. I used to be a Lone Ranger in the gym and barely talk to anyone. But the community at highlite is amazing, everyone is so friendly and you know that you are all there to push each other.. soo for me to not only talk to the the people I work out with but actually be friends and hangout outside of the gym is amazing and wouldn’t change being part of the Highlite Family.. getting fit and strong whilst having that is just a bonus!
Emma Mellows
Emma Mellows
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This is a fitness community like no other. Amazing transformations are commonplace, and the physical change is the reflection of the inner growth of each member! Loud music, cool lighting, happy people, killer workouts. I’m in for the long haul!
Rhys Dintino
Rhys Dintino
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Awesome gym with educated trainers who care about their members. Great culture and a small community of its own. Try Highlite and you’ll wish you took it up a lot earlier. Also a great well rounded training option for couples!
Shane Kenney
Shane Kenney
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I'll be honest, working out is hard. To see significant improvement you have to push yourself and that's not easy. What can make it easier though is if you're motivated to keep turning up and I think this is where Highlite stands out. They've made the whole experience really enjoyable so going to the gym doesn't feel like a hassle. Highly recommended.
Avril Kelly
Avril Kelly
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Highlite has been totally life changing - first time I’ve continually kept going to the gym and the difference has been huge, most noticeably has been how strong I’ve become. It’s excellent! Can’t recommend it strongly enough.
Tanya
Tanya
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Awesome friendly professional team of Staff No matter what age or fitness level you are at you feel welcome! Classes vary so you never get bored and group sizes are never too big that correct technique is never overlooked 👍 💪 Thank you guys well done
Ellen March
Ellen March
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I love Highlite! The 45 minute workouts are perfect for getting the job done. The support I have received from the trainers has allowed me to see results I would have struggled to gain working out on my own and the group atmosphere is also a fantastic motivator! I am now looking forward to working with Mark and the gang on my postpartum journey to regain the strength and fitness I had pre baby!
Chanel Egan
Chanel Egan
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Highlite is the best gym I’ve ever been to, and the only thing I’ve still enjoyed 2 years on. There’s no single thing that makes it a great place, but it’s the combination of fun but challenging workouts, awesome playlists, experienced and fun trainers, plus an all round great crew of other members. I originally started at Highlite as it was the best place to manage returning to exercise after shoulder surgery. During the recovery phase, all exercises could be modified to suit my reduced ability while still strengthening my body in a safe way.
Courtney Mckean
Courtney Mckean
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Highlite RULES! I have finally found a space that I enjoy 100% of the time. 5:15am classes are my jam! It allows me to sweat it out then enjoy a leisurely morning coffee before work! The workouts are tough but extremely rewarding. The trainers are super knowledgable and friendly and the clients are amazing! THE MUSIC! The music is loud and extremely well thought out for each session which is very motivating throughout the class! Thanks guys for an awesome space to feel great!!
Farha Gaznavi
Farha Gaznavi
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Highlite Fitness is an amazing place where I go to smash my goals every week. The trainers are like family and they stop at nothing to make sure you get every penny's worth. I have always loved Highlite. It is my happy place. If you're thinking of joining, just do it!

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Real People / Real Results

Josh Breakwell Success Story

Name

Joshua Breakwell
 

When did you start?

October 2018 – just over a year ago
 

How is Highlite different?

The polar heart rate technology is incredible. Very encouraging, insightful and holds you accountable for bringing your best every time. The music, the lights and the overall vibe also makes it different to any other old boring gym. The fit out is top notch and the equipment is world class. I love that every session is different and always challenging but never are the trainers complacent. Each exercise is explained in detail, form is corrected and I am encouraged to push myself to my absolute limit (safely) every time. You don’t get this kind of experience in any of the other group training style gyms I have ever been to. 
 

What’s been the #1 biggest win you’ve had since joining?

Making new friends. Everyone who goes to Highlite is incredibly supportive, healthily competitive and they know how to have a good time. Another huge win have been the benefits of the strength training for my long distance running. Since joining last year I have managed to reset both my Marathon and my Half Marathon PB! Both of which had been PB records in place since 2016!
 

What would you say to someone who’s thinking of becoming a member?

Do it.
Don’t go thinking that you are not welcome or you are not fit enough or strong enough. Everyone is welcome at Highlite and I can’t wait for you to experience it. See you there at 5.15am!
Success Story Highlite Fitness

Name 

Suzie Selwood
 

When did you start

Jul 2016 (@Highlite) 
9th Sept 2019 the 8-week challenge
 

How is Highlite different?

Highlite is different to any other gym I’ve been a member of for a few reasons. 
 
1. The heart monitor you wear tells you how hard you’re working. This works well for me as at other gyms I would never think I was working hard enough and would push myself to the point where I’d never want to go back again! Or alternatively, I’d just do the bare minimum and achieve minimal results before getting bored and quitting. By having your heart rate monitored throughout the session and your calories burnt on the screen, its so visible and motivates you to push yourself further. (The stats are also a nice distraction for when the workout is getting tough and you need to take your mind off the burn for a while!) 
 
2. The small group training sessions are supportive but also make you accountable, which again is something that works for me. There’s no option to go home after 25 minutes on the running machine just because you think that’s enough for today. Each session is 45 minutes long and a mixture of strength-based training and a conditioning (cardio) set. How the session is broken up into chunks makes time go quickly and keeps you focused for the entire time. You can always work to your own ability level and the trainers are ever-present with their advice on how to make the most out of the reps or suggest improvements to technique. 3 years in and I’m still learning new exercises and better techniques to improve my form.
 
3. Results! I think I had been going to Highlite for about six weeks when I started to notice changes in muscle definition and visibility. Weight training had never been a part of my fitness routine before. I came from the belief that only way to lose weight and get fit was by doing some sort of cardio, like running. But I didn’t really enjoy running so I’d go once and then stop. The strength sets at Highlite have been a real learning curve for me. I’ve lowered my percentage body fat by 9 % and my skeletal muscle mass has increased too. The irony is that with a stronger muscle mass I now actually enjoy running and I find it’s made such a difference to my overall stamina.
 

What’s been the #1 biggest win you’ve had since joining? 

I’ve recently completed the 8-week Fat Burner Body Challenge and lost a total of 8.5kgs and 43 cms. I feel fitter, healthier and happier as I feel like I’m in control of my diet and training and not constantly feeling disappointed with myself for making poor food/drink choices. I attend Highlite 3 or 4 times a week and this, along with a calories/macro balanced diet, has made dropping the weight reasonably easy. I did miss a few drinks over the weekends, but I swapped wine for gin and slimline tonic after 4 weeks on the program and found this was enough to keep me motivated to continue on.
 

What would you say to someone who’s thinking of becoming a member?

You should definitely give it a try! There’s usually an offer to help you get started for the first couple of weeks and by giving it a go you’ve lost nothing. I class myself as the typical busy, working mum, but I had to stop making excuses and find a better lifestyle balance. I want to be a good role model for my kids and for them to see that exercise is a vital part of life, for both your health and mental well-being. Highlite is a great option for busy people and I now can’t even imagine life without the routine of regular exercise.  The benefits are immense.
Clint Dawson Success Story Highlite Fitness

Name

Clint Dawson

When did you start

April 2019
 

How is Highlite different?

Highlite has a great balance between strength training and conditioning which always pushes me to my limits. The Heart Rate monitoring holds you accountable to ensure that you are always pushing your limits and not just going through the motions and each day is different so you always getting variety. More importantly, the Highlite members are fun and supportive that always motivate you to be tour best 
 

What’s been the #1 biggest win you’ve had since joining?

Losing 49cm and over 12kg in the 8 week challenge and improving my technique in a number of lifts. Plus I feel generally fitter and faster with my cardiovascular fitness 
 

What would you say to someone who’s thinking of becoming a member?

Give it a go for a couple of weeks and you will see and feel the difference.
Morgan Zeiler
1. Morgan Zeiler 
 
2. Joined February this year 
 
3. Highlite is different because of the culture there- everybody is so kind and encouraging. My wins feel like everybody’s wins. I love going and the workouts have both  strength and more cardio based workouts which I haven’t seen before
 
4. My biggest win has definitely been the 8 week challenge results. I’ve never felt more confident with myself 
 
5. If anybody was thinking of joining I’d probably be your biggest promoter haha highlite is incredible, I’ve never felt judged like I have at other group-based gyms and the trainers and members really do care about you and what you want to achieve
 
1.Name: Matt Newton 
 
2.When did you start – February 2109
 
3.How is Highlite different? I don’t know if I could say one particular thing. It is everything from the supportive attitude of the trainers, to the range and type of workouts to the people that you work out with. 
 
4.What’s been the #1 biggest win you’ve had since joining? After doing the 8 week challenge I am now so much more confident in how I look and that I am eating the right foods.
 
5.What would you say to someone who’s thinking of becoming a member? I have never been able to continuously go to a gym. But since joining highlite I have been able to go for the last 9 months. I would definitely recommend joining to anyone who asked
 
Ash Mcintyre 
 
2014 in Empire park. 
 
HIIT with heart rate monitor to keep track of your performance. 
 
I’ve been on chemo for four years now and the Highlite training sessions before and after my treatments have really helped reduce the effects of the chemo. Consequently I will continue to train to maintain my fitness and overall feeling of wellbeing. Thanks to Mark and the Highlite team. 
 
Try HIIT with the heart rate monitor I’m sure you will like it. 
Ashley McIntyre
Name? Ash Mcintyre 
 
When did you join? 2014 in Empire park. 
 
What makes Highlite Fitness different? HIIT with heart rate monitor to keep track of your performance. 
 
What’s been your biggest win since becoming a member? I’ve been on chemo for four years now and the Highlite training sessions before and after my treatments have really helped reduce the effects of the chemo. Consequently I will continue to train to maintain my fitness and overall feeling of wellbeing. Thanks to Mark and the Highlite team. 
 
What would you say to someone who’s thinking of joining? Try HIIT with the heart rate monitor I’m sure you will like it. 
Amy Brice
1. Name: Amy Brice 
 
2. When did you start. May 2019.
 
3. How is Highlite different?The workouts include different exercises and a wide range of equipment and techniques meaning all parts of the body get a work out and the classes don’t get boring or repetitive. It’s also nice to see the same faces at training each day (including the same trainer) which is something you don’t always get in a bigger gym setting.
 
4. What’s been the #1 biggest win you’ve had since joining?Getting back into a solid exercise routine and also losing weight and toning up during the 8 Week Program. I’ve always done lots of exercise but sticking to a professionally advised eating plan and being accountable through the body measurements in the 8 Week Program meant I was able to see results in a relatively short period of time.
 
5. What would you say to someone who’s thinking of becoming a member?I’ve tried many different types of fitness training from going to gyms and outdoor boot camps to working out on my own, and Highlite has all the elements to keep people motivated and to get results. It attracts a mix of nice, friendly people with different levels of strength and fitness, and offers great variety within the workouts.
Lorrae Gilbert
1.Name: Lorrae Gilbert
 
2.When did you start: May 2018
 
3.How is Highlite different? 
Highlite has a really nice atmosphere, everyone is friendly and you feel welcome when you arrive. I like how the sessions have strength and conditioning parts. I would never go to a gym to do strength on my own. The Highlite classes have pushed me to do strength movements I never thought I could do and I feel stronger than when I started.
 
4.What’s been the #1 biggest win you’ve had since joining?
The 8 week challenge got me on track to look my best for my wedding. 
 
5.What would you say to someone who’s thinking of becoming a member?
Do it!
James
1. James Ellis
 
2. Oct 2018
 
3. Highlite is different as it is health and technique focused with long term goals
 
4. Biggest win would be strengthening my core and improving my posture. Also dropping 20 kilos, 10kilos in 8 weeks. 
 
5. Just try it out. It’s a gym with a friendly inclusive vibe.
Ruby
1. Ruby Walters 
2. October, 2018
3. Highlite is different from other gyms in its focus on gym community and an encouraging and positive workout environment 
4. Starting strength training  – I would not have attempted this without the support at highlight and I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made. 
5. Go for it! And not to worry if you don’t think your fit/ strong enough- Highlite is a great place to start ✨
 
1. Susanne Johansson
 
2. Been a member for almost 5 years now – longer than any other gym.
 
3. I like the accepting atmosphere where everyone feels welcome irrespective of age or fitness level. The structure of the sessions can easily be adapted to fit everyone not matter if you are just starting to exercise or have been training for a long time and the knowledgeable trainers change things around to suit any injuries you may have. And I love that there are no mirrors in sight!
 
4. I am stronger and fitter than I have ever been in my 45+ years long life. I have 3 active sons in the ages 7-12 years and I love being able to do fun and active things with them. I like that I can keep up with them (almost!) when we are running, mountain bike riding or playing tennis. 
 
5. Give it a go!
Stephy
1) Stephy Clews
 
2) Can’t remember start date of 8 week challenge I did.
 
3) Highlite is unlike any gym or training I’ve done before. It is similar to group PT sessions but way more fun and challenging (which I need because if I go to a gym on my own I’m lazy). I love the use of heart rate monitors which allows me to track my own progress from calories burnt to max heart rate in a session and makes me accountable for  how hard I work. It’s a fun workout with great trainers with a good sense of humour and a group of down to earth fun people to train with.
 
4) Loosing 5 kilos and getting back in shape, increasing muscle and feeling fit and healthy.
 
5) Come and give it a go. Mark offers two weeks complimentary, its a non intimidating gym with awesome trainers and down to earth friendly members. You have nothing to loose and everything to gain (unless you want to loose weight and gain muscle in which case you are in the right place).
Rhys and Codie
1.Name: Rhys Dintino (partner Codie below) 
 
2.When did you start: January 2019
 
3.How is Highlite different? Genuine, knowledgeable staff who take the time to get to individually know and understand their members.
 
4.What’s been the #1 biggest win you’ve had since joining? Becoming apart of a community of like-minded people. 
 
5.What would you say to someone who’s thinking of becoming a member? Give it a go, you’ll never look back.
 
1. Name – Codie Sanders 
 
2. When did you start – Jan 2019 
 
3. Highlights point of difference is the knowledge and education that the trainers all have and the time spent on each person to ensure technique is correct and progress is made. The environment is positive, uplifting and welcoming. 
 
4. Becoming apart of a community of like-minded people and getting to push my body in new ways. 
 
5. Jump in head first. Embrace all of the learning you will achieve through the process and run your own race. 
Sophie
1.Name: 
Sophie Mathieson 
 
2.When did you start: 
At the start of 2018
 
3.How is Highlite different?
Highlite is like no other gym ! It is an encouraging and fun family where real results are achieved too.
There is huge variety in the workouts which challenge you each and every session. 
 
4.What’s been the #1 biggest win you’ve had since joining?
The #1 fitness win is being stronger and fitter than I ever have before and actually being motivated to keep it up, as the workouts have so much variety.
On a personal level, a win is meeting some really good people which I never realised would come from joining a gym.
 
5.What would you say to someone who’s thinking of becoming a member?
I would tell them to DO IT!! It will definitely pay off.

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