It has been the most fatiguing year so far. Since 2009 when the gym opened, we have had a tendency to bite off the proverbial gullet full, and then chew like hell.

Whilst the early years were anxious, every gym being a year to year proposition at best in the beginning; we have bloomed into the pleasant conundrum of having to try to continue to offer the same level of service whilst taking on more members and more diverse sporting goals.

In 2016 we reached the NFL, we expanded our reach in college football programs, we had a weightlifting team and broke national records, we took on the total programming management of sprinters, boxers, powerlifters and football players.

The best broad jump of any OL this year entering the NFL.

Blake practices with the rest of the OL in Atlanta’s indoor facility. Courtesy of atlantafalcons.com

We travelled and competed. Around the nation and internationally, we didn’t just turn up, we won.



We travel far and wide for our athletes. Tbilisi, Georgia.


We said goodbye; our good friend Jon Johnson passing away on a mountaineering trip in preparation for an accent of Everest.



We continued to host an every increasing number of fitness and healthcare professionals. 68 people, among them 8 physiotherapists, 26 Exercise Science students and graduates, plus 15 former members now with their own premises: Shire Speed and Strength continues to generously share skills and methodologies.

Foremost though, it is the little things day to day, which make consistent differences for members and visitors. Regular complimentary coaching access every single day as part of being a member has been the Shire Speed and Strength offering since day one.

In 2017 we will attempt to do even more. We’ll be in the US and New Zealand for sure, multiple states, we’ll continue to grow youth gridiron in Australia and provide players not just the pathway to get to where they want to go, but also the skills to do so. We’ll have quite a large weightlifting team and have more lifters compete in powerlifting.

We’ll keep our eye on developments of the effects of PED use on sport and how the influence the training environment.

And we’ll continue to call to task the high credential industry flagships who take advantage of pre-sorted athletes in order to appear ‘cutting edge’, but in reality lack fundamental coaching skills.