April isn’t just the month for crucifixions, bunnies and chocolate eggs. It is also the month for big dogs like Troy Malcolm, or as I like to call him, Troy…

When it comes to picking the next member of the month we watch members over the period of a couple months. We take in how they consistently train, their nutrition, goals they have conquered; whether they are in regards to reaching PB’s or even reaching a skill level they once thought impossible.

Which is why when it came to April, there wasn’t a more obvious member to celebrate than our millionaire real estate agent Troy. A legend that has been consistently training in classes and in PT’s with Coach Codie, he has made constant strides towards his training and reaching his goals. I asked him why he did the form of strength and conditioning that BBB programs.

“I had tried a lot of gym over the years and never really found one that fit. Having a background as a professional athlete, I find the strength and conditioning of BBB similar in its intensity to the way I trained over many years ago. Plus I am really enjoying being back with a group of like minded people determined to achieve phenomenal results every single session.”

If anyone has seen Troy train, then they would now how hard he pushes himself in every component of the classes. Asking why he specifically chose to train at BodyByBrando, well his answer gave us the butterflies.

“BBB gives me the ability to test my limits both physically and mentally, and with every element of the training. There is also a fantastic community and atmosphere in BBB that gets you addicted very quickly…. The BBB team (coaches and athletes) helps push my goals to the limits (in a good way) and then when I think I have achieved something pretty good, the coaches find a way to shift my mindset and push a little harder & further.” 

As Troy said, he comes from a professional sports background and like many sports stars Troy’s sports path resulted in injury. However Troy found a new passion and dedicated himself to making a life for himself out of sport. And we are sure that there were some challenges along the road, so we got him to get down to the nitty gritty of some of his challenges.

“Mobility was a reason I avoided the gym for so long after a shoulder injury ended my sporting career some years ago. Now finding time as well as the mobility have been my biggest enemies to date. At times with work I can travel around Australia 3 days per week, speaking in front of 100’s of people. While this is no excuse I find at the end of the day I was emotionally and physically drained. To be honest the last thing on my mind was going to the gym to train and try to create a program that I can follow to get results. However with BBB I know that there will always be a killer session every time I walk in to the gym.”

Obviously there are general fears that everyone has when they come into our gym and just because Troy is the big dog about town makes him no different.

“Committing the time to achieve my goals at the gym & of course looking silly in some of the more technical movements.”

I know what you are all asking, so what made him take the leap? What made him join the family of BBB?

“I can’t really remember if there was really one thing that made me take the leap, but a number of little things. I was on a flight back from a presentation in Melbourne and I remember feeling really uncomfortable in the seat on the plane. Feeling slightly annoyed that I couldn’t change my working schedule, I came to the conclusion that instead of thinking I didn’t have great time management because of my career, I needed to change what I was prioritising in my choices. I now use the time management vs choice management thinking to make decisions on the consistency of my work and life balance.” 

 So where is he now in terms of training, mindset and finding the priority in what is important to him.

“I complete most workouts now at the RX standard and I have lost over 9kgs with my BF% also dropping over 10%. Yet probably the most important part for me is that I have noticed is I am even more focused at work & relaxed at home. I find its really getting the small stuff right and not ‘sweating it’, has been the most satisfying thing for me.” 

While we believe that our members are their own motivators at times when the going gets tough, I know for a fact that all our coaches are their cheerleaders. On the sidelines, out the back, in class and everywhere else we can. So I had to ask Troy how we might have helped him along the road.

“The mix of sessions has definitely put me on the path to achieve my goals faster than I thought was possible. The fact that I can rely and call on the advice from the coaching team who know their stuff and that they genuinely care is the greatest. Every question I have asked has been met with incredible recommendations that have made me a better athlete. The online app has also allowed me to stay focused on breaking my goals up to smaller ones and building on them over time.” 

Yet as any athlete knows there will always be pain points and challenges to their next goal. Troy told us that mobility is something that he wants and needs to continue to work on, including extra exercises to overcome his injuries. I would also love to master most of the gymnastics & technical movements, snatch, muscle ups & double-unders, but that is a continual work in progress.” 

So what is Troy’s next step, his next goals to carry into winter, well of course we wanted to find out as well.

“I want to complete one RX workout, loose 5kgs & start enjoying the gym again.”

 Well we can tell you already that Troy is fast on his way to conquering those goals and I know for a resounding fact that all of the coaches, old and new look forward to seeing Troy succeed.

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