Success Story

Vasco Barros

personal training and indoor bootcamp client

When Vasco decided to join Unity Gym he had no idea it was going to change his life…

Since the age of 48 Vasco has had a serious heart condition. After suffering from 2 heart attacks himself and sadly, losing his brother to a heart attack at age 51, it was very important for him to regain control of his health and fitness.

Since joining, Vasco has shown inspiring dedication to his training that has resulted in an exponential improvement in his heart condition. Dr Ross Walker, Australia’s leading cardiologist, says he now has the heart of an athlete!

“I wanted to improve my base line fitness and keep my heart condition at bay. I started with personal training so I could learn how to train effectively. Now I do bootcamp sessions five mornings a week and two evenings on my own personalised program. I’ve noticed both my strength and fitness has improved, my body has toned and I’ve lost body fat around my waist.

My last cardiologist appointment was in late October 2014 where Dr Ross Walker commented on how fit I looked and (after being tested) said I now have the heart and performance of an athlete. That is certainly proof that the time spent at Unity has been totally worthwhile and life-changing.

Personal Training in the beginning really helped improve my knowledge of correct training techniques and gave me a better awareness of my body. Now I do bootcamp as it’s really motivational and I’ve met some great people through them. The bootcamp sessions cover a vast spectrum of exercises/training and the trainers are really knowledgeable and passionate. There is an energy there that makes you want to push yourself and achieve what you thought was out of your reach.”

To anyone who is thinking about training at Unity Gym Vasco says, “Nothing is truly gained from sitting on the fence – you will surprise yourself with the results.”




After being tested – my cardiologist, Dr Ross Walker, commented on how fit I looked and said I now have the heart and performance of an athlete.”

Rebecca Boyle

Indoor bootcamp client

Rebecca dominated in our 21 Day Weight Loss Challenge and loves bootcamp training.

The 21 day challenge was exactly what I needed to get my bikini body back, fast. The bootcamp training was fun and the meals were easy to prepare. Training in a group environment with a personal trainer (that knows what they’re on about) is so motivating and it taught me good habits that allowed me to keep the weight off long after the challenge was over.”


Jimmy Naumovski

Personal training and Indoor Bootcamp client

“I work in an office, sitting at a desk all day in front of a computer and I would regularly experience pain in my shoulder and neck.

It got to the point where I would wake up in the morning and feel pain, which started preventing me from going to the gym.

I decided to do something about it and I came to see a personal trainer at Unity Gym. They did an assessment and based on that, recommended a conditioning program.

Within those 3 months of the conditioning program I started seeing results. The pain in my neck and shoulders was dramatically improved, and I started waking up in the morning without that pain which is fantastic.

The conditioning program laid a good platform and has now enabled me to move forward with my training and not have any injuries.

For anyone who is experiencing problems like this, I highly recommend they come and see a personal trainer at Unity Gym. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Unity Gym provides a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle. If you want results, you’ve got to put in the hard work but you’re bound to get those results.”


The pain in my neck and shoulders was dramatically improved, and I started waking up in the morning without that pain which is fantastic. ”

Matt Cook

Personal training client, lost 12kg in 8 months

“After a scary visit to hospital in October 2012 for a suspected heart attack, doctors discovered I had a bundle branch block. I have a family history of heart disease, cholesterol and blood pressure issues and was advised that unless I took control of my health I was likely to develop serious heart problems.”

“I was struggling to know what I needed to do. I kept going between 108 – 112 kg in the space of only weeks. I needed help! I had changed my diet and started training at the gym, but it wasn’t until I got a Personal Trainer at Unity that I made significant and lasting progress.”

“I lost 12kg in 8 months. I noticed a consistent improvement in my strength and flexibility and started to realise I was actually getting better! I feel like I’m getting back the fitness I used to have when I played competitive cricket years ago. It’s a great feeling.”

Lincoln Younes

Actor, personal training client

“I cannot say enough positive things about Unity Gym and their personal training programs. When I first started training years ago, I was uncomfortable with my body, had terrible posture and had little to no idea of proper eating/proper health.”

“As soon as I spoke to the team at Unity however, my mindset and outlook on correcting the above changed instantly. Unlike other trainers I’ve seen; they were genuine, honest and motivating about getting me to a place where I was happy in myself and confident. The approachability and likeable personalities of the whole team here are immediately felt as soon as you walk in.”

“Yani’s knowledge of the human body is extensive and highly informative. With a Unity Gym program, you can be sure you’ve got the most effective way to get where you want to go, whether it is building lean muscle, losing weight, trimming down, etc.”

“The Unity philosophy is not to take shortcuts or cut corners if it is going to jeopardise your health or promote injury. Their ethics around personal training are unparalleled. I have never felt unsafe whilst training and to me, that is vital.”


Their ethics around personal training are unparalleled. I have never felt unsafe whilst training and to me, that is vital. ”

Bill Morrow

CEO of the National Broadband Network, personal training client

“As a person in an executive role, I hire professionals around me to get whatever needs to be done in the various areas. I don´t try to do that myself. That´s a waste of time and I am not sufficient within that level of expertise. Across business, that’s why I’ve been so successful.”

“Then it dawned on me – when it came to my own body, I recognised that I didn’t have the same kind of professional looking after my health program as I did with the functions that are in the office.”

“When I sought to make that change, I first of all looked at the gyms that were close to me. Second, I didn’t just want to go into the run of the mill. It´s more than the equipment. It’s the type of people that can help me be the professional exerciser that I want to be and that’s why I came to Unity. There isn´t any ego from the staff, all they care about is my welfare and my wellbeing. They have a long term picture in mind and it is as if they care more about my physical health than I do myself! That´s why I trust them to get my body in shape.”

“In business it´s all about results. It´s all about what’s been achieved at the end of the day. After my first DEXA scan, I had lost 2.5 kg of fat and gained 2.5 kg of lean muscle in just 3 months. Which, to achieve this in the first conditioning (preparation) phase of the program, is a great result. I’m looking forward to my next DEXA now that I’ve progressed to the next level of my program.”


They have a long-term picture in mind and it is as if they care more about my physical health than I do myself! That´s why I trust them to get my body in shape. ”

Brett Leroy

Personal training client, lost 19kg in 8 months

Like most people do, Brett tried to lose the weight on his own, but it wasn’t until he started working with a trainer that he really started to see results.

Brett started a personal training program with us in November last year and his latest (March 2014) DEXA scan revealed that in just 4 months he had lost 5% body fat and gained 2.5kg of lean muscle, which is a truly outstanding result.

When asked why he decided to get a personal trainer, Brett says, “I got back from an international holiday in August 2013 weighing 126kg and looking at myself in the photos, I decided that something had to change”

“For me, I’ve never joined a gym before and having a trainer to guide me, especially in the beginning, has been fantastic. Starting with the basics and working up from there whilst learning about all the different equipment that you have is exactly what I needed to get going and stay motivated.”

“It feels great! I’m stronger, I’m eating healthy, I’m changing old habits… my clothes are all too big now because I’m dropping sizes, it‘s wonderful.””I’d recommend to anyone to at least give it a try. I definitely wasn’t the type of person that would ever join a gym but I gave it a go and after the first 3 months, I’d never look back.”


It feels great! I’m stronger, I’m eating healthy, and I’m changing old habits my clothes are all too big now because I’m dropping sizes, it‘s wonderful. ”

Nic Harkins

Personal training and indoor bootcamp client

“I cannot rate Unity Gym highly enough. All of the trainers and staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. There is a wide variety of group training formats and times available. Much better than your typical gym.”

“I first joined Unity after losing 30kg by myself (through diet alone) however, my weight loss had began to plateau and I didn’t know what I needed to do to progress further. I was told that my calorie consumption was dangerously low (only 700 a day) and Rad and Yani feared I would suffer adverse health effects unless something changed. They advised me to have a DEXA Scan and from this they worked out exactly what my daily calorie intake should have been (which was more than double what I had been eating!). I started a conditioning program which was designed for me and I also attended the Group Training sessions. My next DEXA scan (three months later) showed that I had lost a further 5.6kg of body fat, taking my total body fat percentage down from 24.5% to 17.8%. But the most amazing part was, I actually gained 7.7kg of lean muscle at the same time!”

This is an outstanding result to achieve over a three month period. Nic’s story is a classic example of the dangers of dieting, but he is also living proof that anything is possible when given the right advice, support and encouragement from a qualified and experienced fitness professional.


My DEXA scan showed that my body fat had gone from 24.5% to 17.8%, plus, I gained 7.7kg of lean muscle at the same time! ”

Annette Houghton

Personal training client

“I decided to start a program because I compete in Ballroom dancing. Recently I did extremely well in a Melbourne competition but was very disappointed in my overall appearance, I saw the photos and they made me realise that change was necessary. I also knew that I needed to develop more strength to progress.”

I was quite nervous as I wasn’t sure I’d be able to commit. (I had previously been in a variety of gyms and hadn’t felt comfortable in any of them, so it wasn’t a very confident time for me.)

I didn’t just want to go to any Gym as I knew I would need a lot of support and direction, that’s when I came across Unity.

My results so far have seen my body being transformed by consistent training. I am extremely happy with how much stronger I am and the enormous improvement in my core and upper body strength. I am also much more aware of how my overall body works and how much better my technique in training has improved.

I have already come down two sizes in my clothes and I am thrilled to bits. What I am most happy about is that I have managed to stick with my training program! Rad advised me to train 5 days a week for best results, I have really embraced this and have loved every minute.

Having a personal trainer is very important as they constantly challenge you. My trainer Mish, has been invaluable to me… making me feel that I am capable of so much and more. She never allows me to use the wrong technique and consistently develops a strong and clear understanding of each movement so that my foundations are secure.

I have never felt so valued by my trainer before and this has really helped me to stay focussed on this wonderful program.

What I really like about the personal training program in-particular is how well structured and personalised it is. This is sincerely life-changing and most enjoyable. The best part is you feel so fantastic and full of life and energy! I enjoy the program and gym so much that words are not enough.

To anyone who is sitting on the fence about hiring a personal trainer, I’d say don’t stay there! You don’t know what you are missing. Just go and join, you will never be the same again. It’s the best decision you could make for yourself.


I am extremely happy with how much stronger I am and the enormous improvement in my core and upper body strength.”

Jessica Searle

Personal training client

Can we just say what an incredibly AMAZING result has been achieved by our May 2014 Member of the Month, Jess, who was just given the green light to stop her medication for insulin resistance!

This is kind of a big deal… and all thanks to hard work and dedication to her training and nutrition program.

The reason Jess started a personal training program with us, was because “I had been diagnosed with insulin resistance and was told that it could be reversed if I lost weight.”

Insulin resistance is when the body becomes unable to store glucose in the correct way, causing an elevation in blood sugars, which if left untreated can lead to Type-2 Diabetes. Other than exercise the only method to control blood glucose is medication, which is easily prescribed by practitioners. The action of these medications prevents weight loss, so for someone like Jess, losing weight becomes that much more difficult.

Jess says, “I had spent all this money on specialists and hadn’t seen results until I started at Unity, they were the first people to actually help me make progress. Not only that; they encouraged a lifestyle change for real long-term management.” Since training with us, Jess has achieved more than she first thought she could… even overcoming her fear of jumping on the scales.

So, how does it feel? “It’s a little surreal… it’s only just beginning to sink in. It feels great not to have to take tablets at night anymore!”

To anyone considering doing personal training themselves, Jess says “I recommend it all the time, I tell people that with Unity you’re really guided through your journey, not told or pressured to do something that is going to be unachievable for you. And you learn so much about nutrition and the muscles in the body in the process.”


I had spent all this money on specialists and hadn’t seen results until I started at Unity, They were the first people to actually help me make progress. ”

Lina Mao

Personal training client

“Since training with a trainer at Unity Gym I’ve noticed a huge difference in my energy levels, I feel a lot fitter and I’m much more active. I’ve learnt how to make healthier, informed decisions and lifestyle choices so I’m more health conscious than before which helps a lot”

It will change you in a lot of ways and has so many long term benefits. I definitely encourage you to just give it a go and try it out because it is so worth it ”



Lea Chiu

Personal training client

“I noticed great improvements within just 3 weeks of group training in the 21 Day Challenge. The biggest growth area was in my cardio-vascular fitness. The HIIT style circuit training I feel definitely was the contributing factor to increasing my cardio in such a short amount of time.

Group training worked for me and was the perfect kick start and motivation I needed to get back into a fitness routine.”

“If your fitness is a top priority, but you are unsure on how to train effectively or need that extra motivation to show up to the gym, group training can be the perfect fit.

Personally, I found the group style format made me accountable. Having fellow group members kept me motivated to turn up to each session as well as encouraged me to push myself that little bit extra during training. Also, working out with other team mates helped answer fitness questions I hadn’t even thought about and I learned proper training techniques purely by observing others.”

“Having committed team mates and a knowledgeable trainer equals the perfect fitness combo in my books. You can’t go wrong!”


The Fitness Elite group training was the perfect kick start and motivation I needed to get back into a fitness routine. ”

Liz Morison

Indoor bootcamp client

I joined R.A.G.E classes about 7 months ago on the recommendation of a friend. I was playing semi-professional football so I was already quite fit, but for months I was dealing with a back injury, which was significantly inhibiting my performance.

After only a few weeks of RAGE I noticed an improvement in my back and also general strength, speed and flexibility, which contributed to better mobility on the football field.

“If your fitness is a top priority, but you are unsure on how to train effectively or need that extra motivation to show up to the gym, group training can be the perfect fit.

Not only did R.A.G.E help with my football, it’s also improved my everyday life. I feel a lot healthier, I have more energy and I can focus better at work. I am also very happy with the improvements it made to my physical appearance. I now attend more R.A.G.E sessions each week and finding even more benefits. It’s a very nice feeling to be getting strong and fitter everyday.


After only a few weeks of FMS I noticed an improvement in my back and also general strength, speed and flexibility, which contributed to better mobility on the football field. ”

Tracey Reynolds

Indoor bootcamp client since September 2013

I just wanted to formally express how much I am enjoying my time at Unity Gym. I am in the very early stages of my “health & fitness journey” however, the time I have spent at Unity Gym I have enjoyed immensely.

All the staff and trainers have made me feel very much welcome – almost to the point where I feel like I have been a member at your gym for years and part of the extended Unity Gym Family!

Following a significant change in my personal circumstances earlier this year, I felt it was time to take more of a “holistic style” approach to my health & wellbeing. It is obvious that your Business Principles / Philosophy are very much geared to that approach also – hence I elected to join Unity Gym over other fitness organisations, and I could not be happier with my decision.

It is both inspiring and motivating to be a member of your gym, so keep up the good work guys (and girls!) and I look forward to continuing my health & fitness journey with Unity Gym!


All the staff and trainers have made me feel very welcome – almost to the point where I feel like I have been a member for years and part of the extended Unity Gym Family! ”

Saskia Croft

Actor, Sydney/L.A USA, personal training client

Yani Burmeister has been my personal trainer for over five years. I first came to Yani having been offered a role in the Australian feature film Hating Alison Ashley. Playing the lead character, Erica Yurkin, required me to put on weight. On completion of the role Yani helped me lose the character weight in a safe, fun and healthy environment. I was thrilled with the dramatic and rapid results. Since then, Yani has revised our program to suit the various characters I have played over the years. Most recently, upping my endurance and physical strength to play a pirate in Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji and playing a Navy officer, Nikki ‘NAV’ Caetano in the three series of Sea Patrol.

I have had the pleasure of working with many personal trainers from different companies in different countries, but Global Fitness has immediately stood out as an outstanding training centre which I would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in personal training, wellness, massage, physiotherapy or nutrition and life coaching.

Yani has not only implemented fitness skills to complement my life as an actor, but continues to bring health, vitality, and energy to my daily life through our workouts. I would like to emphasize the outstanding level of professionalism I have experienced from the whole team at Global Fitness Personal Training and I would like to give my sincerest thanks to Yani for all his ongoing support.

I started training with Rad in the first week of August 2012. My first Dexascan showed my starting weight was 80.8kg and my body fat was 23.2%. My goal was, and still is, to get my body fat down to 12% and increase muscle mass. Rad and Yani designed a 12 week conditioning program and a calorie counted eating program for me (believe me it is delicious and healthy and it works!).

At the end of the conditioning program (end of October), I went for my second Dexascan. My weight was down to 72.3kg and body fat was 18.8%. In the 7 weeks since my last scan my weight has continued to drop (69.6kg now in mid December) and my body has shape and definition which was non-existent when I started. I am excited to see what results I am going to see in my next Dexascan in 5 weeks time.

I was wearing size 33-34 in pants when I started and I am now in 30-31. I have seen a huge change in my body shape as well as my posture (no more slouching) and I am constantly getting compliments from friends and family about how good – and more importantly, how healthy – I am looking.

It is not just the physical change that I have noticed either. Rad and Yani are both very supportive and helpful (even when it’s not your PT session you can still ask for help), they celebrate your successes with you and are genuinely decent guys who care about their clients. Rad has helped me build the mental strength to push myself further than I ever did before. This has had a knock on effect in all areas of my life, I feel like I am mentally tougher and stronger and I can take on anything.

If you are serious about wanting to make a change for the better in your life, then I would strongly recommend that you give Unity Gym a go. It is a lot of work and you will be pushed, but there is no better feeling than leaving a session knowing that you gave it your all and you can see and feel the results.


If you are serious about wanting to make a change for the better in your life, then I would strongly recommend that you give Unity Gym a go!”

Phiroze Devitre

Personal training client

I started training with Rad Burmeister in June 2012. At that time, my fitness levels were very low as I had to stop regular exercise due to a hamstring strain and problems with my lower back. I weighed 87kgs, which meant that I was carrying about 14kgs excess weight.

The first thing that Rad did was to individually assess my physical condition and he then devised an exercise program that would build up my flexibility, aerobic fitness and muscle strength to ensure that I did not injure myself when the training sessions increased in their intensity.

Rad also stressed the importance of the combination of diet and exercise. He recommended that I should have a DEXA (Total Body Composition) Scan done which gave a detailed breakdown of my muscle and fat content, bone mineral density and provided a very accurate calorie intake required for me to attain my ideal weight goal of 73kgs. Rad then designed a diet for me with the correct intake of protein, carbohydrate and fat that would combine with his exercise program to help attain my goal weight of 73kgs.

The exercise program increased in intensity every week and every four weeks, Rad changed the program depending on the focus on cardio, endurance, strength and muscle building. This also ensured that I did not get bored with the program and, more importantly, I got an all‐round exercise routine that dramatically increased my flexibility, cardio fitness and strength.

In early July 2012, the DEXA Scan showed that I had lost almost 5kgs and I had increased my muscle content by almost 2kgs, which meant I had lost around 7kgs of body fat. Two further DEXA Scans showed that, by the end of September 2012, I had lost a further 2kgs and by mid December 2012, I had lost a further 2.5kgs and increased my bone mineral density. My fitness and strength have increased dramatically. When I started, I could not do even one dead pull up (pull up after hanging with arms fully extended and both feet off the ground). I can now do four to five of these. My osteopath commented that my back was “in the best condition he had seen”.

In October 2012, I had normal blood tests done which showed that my total cholesterol level was quite high. My GP advised me to discontinue my diet and go on to medication to reduce my cholesterol levels. Rad put me in touch with Dr Ross Walker, one of the leading cardiologists in Australia, who analysed my situation and had me undertake Arterial Screening and CT Calcium Scoring tests. These tests proved that I was in the lowest risk category for coronary artery disease and as a result, I did not need to change my diet or take medication that in fact would have had undesirable side effects. Dr Walker also confirmed that there was no reason to change the diet recommended by Rad.

At the time of writing this testimonial, I weigh 75kgs, even after a break in exercise over the Christmas and New Year period. I have 2kgs to lose to attain my goal weight. I cannot thank Rad enough for helping me. There is no doubt that without his expertise and guidance, I would not have been able to achieve these results.


The DEXA Scan showed that I had lost almost 5kgs and I had increased my muscle content by almost 2kgs, which meant I had lost around 7kgs of body fat. ”

Emily Searle

Health devotee, Unity Gym advocate, personal training and indoor bootcamp client

I have been training with Yani and Rad for the past 6 years and I can honestly say that they have not only changed my whole perspective on health and wellbeing, but they have also helped me achieve the results that I have struggled to achieve for so many years.

I have been doing personal training with Yani for a long time and am still amazed at the breadth and depth of his knowledge and learnings he has about all things including – strength and conditioning, managing and improving injuries, nutrition, sleep and lifestyle. It is so much more than just a training session – it is an absolute holistic approach to reaching your ultimate physical and mental potentials.

I have also been an active participant in the R.A.G.E group classes which I have really enjoyed. Not only has it taught me yet another way of training and testing your body, it has also provided me with more motivation in a really social and active environment. Rad is an excellent group trainer, and has the ability to focus on AND train individuals in an intimate group environment. R.A.G.E is all about training different energy systems, and classes are specifically designed around this and ensuring the best results, whilst keeping us entertained! These classes are great for individuals who want to train and learn from very experienced trainers, but who perhaps don’t want to do one-on-one personal training and would feel more comfortable in a group environment.

I would highly recommend the team at Unity Gym to anyone who wants to achieve their physical and mental goals with extremely experienced and friendly mentors.


I would highly recommend the team at Unity Gym to anyone who wants to achieve their physical and mental goals with extremely experienced and friendly mentors. ”

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