Today we review 12RND Fitness Richmond.
With the flexibility of no set class times, an intimate group training environment and plenty of excellent boxing technique pointers, 12RND Richmond is certainly worth being your next gym destination!
We spent some time sweating out their training.
This was our experience.
12RND Richmond – In a Nutshell
⇒ At 12RND you can simply rock up and get cracking at any time that suits your routine.
⇒ The cost is $118 per fortnight on a no lock-in contract with no signup fee. You can also trial a class for free.
⇒ Training is centered around boxing and cardio/HIIT. There is some basic strength training involved, however, there aren’t many heavy lifts such as deadlifts, back squats, and weightlifting happening at 12RND.
⇒ Can be classified as a boutique, group fitness facility, it’s a little bigger than a typical personal training studio.
⇒ Suited to people who want to get in and get out whilst still receiving motivation from others around you and the structure of a class.
⇒ Luke, the manager and coach, is friendly, approachable and not pushy. He also gave us great boxing technique feedback.
⇒ The workouts are relatively easy to pick up, making 12RND a good option for beginners wanting to get started.
12RND Fitness is a boutique-style, group fitness gym whose biggest x-factor is the ability for members to commence a class at any time. 12RND Richmond is part of a larger chain of 12RND Fitness Gyms, with hundreds of locations across Australia.
That’s right, no more set class times – you can simply rock up, warm-up, and get cracking at any time that suits your routine. This is an absolute win for those who want the flexibility of a commercial gym, but still seek that group fitness experience!
As its name suggests, a 12RND class involves 12 x 3-minute rounds with 30 seconds in between, meaning you’ll be all done within 45 minutes. Each round is made up of a combination of strength and cardio exercises, ideal for weight loss, adding some muscle tone and getting way fitter!
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A 12RND Richmond membership will cost you $118 per fortnight on a no lock-in contract with no sign up fee. If you’d prefer to give 12RND a shot without any financial commitment, they do offer a free trial for you to try out a class.
Furthermore, you can take part in an ‘intro’ pack for $99 for the first month, which includes a set of boxing gloves. This option is a great way to fully immerse yourself in their training and allows you to weigh up if it’s your ongoing gym of choice or not.
As far as price goes, this is comparable to most other group fitness facilities, which are around $50-70 a week. 12RND has the added benefit of reduced class numbers, meaning it feels more like a small group training or personal training experience.
Small group training can cost anywhere between $30-70 per session, which can add up if you’re doing multiple sessions (3-4x) per week. In this sense, 12RND is relatively good value. You also get some great individual boxing feedback, which is very valuable if these skills are something you want to work on.
Facilities and Equipment
12RND Richmond is what we call a ’boutique’ type gym. It’s a little bigger than a personal training studio, but a lot smaller than most other group fitness gyms such as F45 and Body Fit Training.
From our observation, most equipment at 12RND Richmond is centered around cardio and ‘boxing inspired’ training. There are bikes, rowing machines, battle ropes, multiple punching bags and sleds.
12RND is limited in terms of advanced strength training equipment, as there is only one squat rack and a lack of barbells and plates. If you’re wanting to take your strength training seriously and lift heavy weights, 12RND is may not be the right fit for you.
A sea of green and black lines the long, narrow gym floor. The limited windows and light make it almost like a workout ‘chamber’. It feels organized and intimate. It’s a great atmosphere for putting your head down, gritting your teeth and getting some serious work done.
The social environment of 12RND is quite interesting – it’s not like any other group fitness facility that we have been to.
Because members start and finish the workout at any time, it almost feels like each person is exercising ‘next to’ each other, rather than ‘with’ each other. You don’t exactly feel like you are on a journey with other members as everyone is at a different point in their workout, which can limit the social interaction between members.
If you are someone who wants to get in and get out whilst still receiving motivation from others around you and the structure of a class, 12RND is for you. It’s a great way to workout with little distraction, whilst having an environment that allows you to really push yourself to the next level.
We had a great experience with Luke, a coach and manager of 12RND Richmond. He was super friendly, welcoming and not pushy with getting us to sign up. It was great getting live and individual feedback – we learned a lot about boxing technique in little time.
Luke gave short, sharp cues and quick feedback that saw our technique soar in no time at all. In saying this, the way 12RND is set up makes it difficult for coaches to greet and spend extended times with new members as they are almost always ‘kind-of’ running a class, almost multi-tasking.
It may be beneficial to call ahead so you can organize to spend some more time with the coach if you’re new and hoping to ask further questions.
Club Manager & Coach Luke | Photo Credit: 12RND Richmond
The intensity of training at 12RND Richmond is really up to you. The structure of the class gives you the opportunity to really push yourself, but at the end of the day, you need to apply yourself to get the most out of each session.
The 12RND experience is based off a 7-week cycle, and include the following training blocks.
We have put each stage into our own words, as 12RND are a little ‘fluffy’ in the way they describe the training.
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PHASE 1: BASE
In 12RND Words: “Full-body movements with high reps, longer durations, limited recovery and intentionally dramatic tempo changes to quickly boost your fitness level.”
In our words: You’ll be more focusing on cardio, with long efforts and little rest in between. E.g. Rowing machine, spin bike, running, start jumps.
PHASE 2: STRENGTH
In 12RND Words: Reps drop and weight increases for targeted muscular development, enforcing greater control in major movements and increased range
In our words: You’ll start building strength, using heavier weights. E.g. Goblet squats, pull-ups, heavy sled pushes.
PHASE 3: POWER
In 12RND Words: Strength and speed are combined to create higher outputs through explosive movement and quicker transitions.
In our words: You’ll start doing more explosive movements. E.g. sprints, box jumps, fast sled pushing.
PHASE 4: PEAK
In 12RND Words: Speed, agility and reaction time become a key focus to build on your boxing technique, introducing athletic movement through increased plyometrics, boxing combinations, and padwork and footwork.
In our words: You’ll start doing more athletic movements. E.g. jumps and footwork.
The 12RND training is relatively easy to pick up, get started, and is not a bad option for beginners to get started.
There aren’t big heavy weights and the movements don’t require extreme levels of skill or experience.