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Eleanor

The Ops superstar

I started my Virgin Active journey as a member of our Frenchs Forest club, before it had even finished being built! I must have really loved the place because as soon as I finished uni, I joined the team as a Receptionist and haven’t looked back! Since then I have worn a couple of different hats and currently I am working as the Operations Manager at our Pitt St Mall club. A typical day for me involves many variations of ‘stuff’; computer stuff, cleaning stuff, fixing stuff – just whatever stuff needs doing really! I really truly care whether people feel confident and comfortable in their skin and what I love about working at Virgin Active is it gives me the chance to make that real for all the people who come here, and all the people I work with.

Q: Favourite excuse for not exercising?

A: I don't work in fitness! I work in operations. The club is running so I shouldn't have to.

Rob

the 'Mr Fix it'

I have worked for Virgin Active (here and in the UK) for 5 years now. I left the UK to travel Australia, initially only for 6 months but as fate would have it, I walked past our Bourke St club and popped in to ask if they had any jobs going. Turns out their maintenance tech had just left the business so there was a vacancy – right place, right time! No two days are ever the same in my world, one minute I am on the roof of the Bourke St club and the next I am under the pool at Collins St. You’d have trouble spotting me around the club, as I spend most of my time in the plant room, on the roof or in the basement – but I love it I swear! The people are what make this place memorable, I have worked with some absolute gems and my boss isn’t too bad either!

Q: Favourite excuse for not exercising?

A: As author of the book "101 reasons not to exercise" I am an expert! Yet despite all the great lines, the simple "I've got too much to do" seems to be the most frequently used!

Emma

the group ex queen

I started out working for Virgin Active UK, where joined as a Fitpro before discovering my passion for everything Group Exercise. After a few years and a few different clubs, I decided to spread my wings and hop on a plane down under to see what other adventures were out there. Fast forward nearly 3 years and I am managing the Group Exercise programs across both of our Melbourne clubs – a typical day could be anything from pulling on the training gear and teaching a bunch of classes or sitting at my computer analysing the timetable to see what we can do to make group exercise even better. If you were looking for me, best chance of spotting me would be in a studio rehearsing choreography – I just about live in the studios! What I love the most about working at Virgin Active is what the company stands for, never have I believed more in a company’s values. We want to make the world a more active place by making working out less intimidating and more fun – how could you not love a company who believes in that!

Q: Favourite excuse for not exercising?

A: Well, most days I don’t really have a choice, if I’m not exercising neither are our members! BUT favourite thing to do other than exercising? Breakfast and coffee ( how Melbourne of me) any excuse - anytime of the day!

Tony

the fitness superstar

Jonathan

the personal training machine

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