FAQ – Athletic Development

  • Do you only work with athletes?

No. Scroll down to the next section. 

  • Does my child have to be an Athlete (or training for a specific sport) to join your Athletic Development program?

No! We have members who are training for their physical health, mental health, fitness, sport, life, etc.

  • Doesn’t resistance/weight training stunt growth?

No, yet this myth is still prevalent. 

(“Weight training stunts growth like Basketball stimulates growth.”)

Here is the position stand of the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association. 

  • Do you have experience with *the particular sport* my child competes in?

Short answer: probably (we’ve been employed by, or consulted, to 10 different state or national sporting organisations). 

Longer answer: Sport Specific experience is over rated. At Propel, we take our young athletes through 3 phases.

  1. Healthy Person – where we focus on treating any injuries, niggles and ‘imbalances’. 
  2. Healthy Athlete – the primary goal during this phase is to improve their general athleticism. 
  3. Healthy Sports person – this is the time to become ‘sport specific’ and usually when the athlete is  competing i) on the world stage ii) at the elite – not age-group – level. 
  • Can you help my child with nutrition?

Definitely! We believe nutrition should under-pin every aspect of training.

  • Can you help my child with their attitude/mindset/ability to cope with pressure/etc?

Again, definitely. 

In fact, our most common feedback from parents is how much their child’s mentality has improved!

  • My child has no experience/never been in a gym before… Is this a problem?

No! We are often the first gym (Athletic development facility) almost all our young members have trained in.

And some have now been with us for 8 years!

  • Why don’t you allow parents into the gym while their children are training?

One of the biggest predictors of the success of our member’s progress is their relationship with us: the stronger the relationship, the better the results.

And during the session is our time to build our relationship with your child.

FAQ – For health & Fitness

  • Ok, so you don’t only work with athletes… How can you help me?

We can help you lose weight, gain muscle, rehabilitate your injuries, help you with your back pain, prepare you for an event (like a marathon or hike). 

  • I have no gym experience (or am intimidated to enter a gym)…. 

That’s ok. We’re the first gym most of our members have joined (for real!). And one of our jobs is to help you enjoy your time training (yup, true!).