F45 Seven Hills part of Australia's fastest growing franchise

FIT FANATICS: Former NRL player Dan Conn with F45 Seven Hills directors Sean Stuart and Maree Sorbello. Picture: Supplied
FIT FANATICS: Former NRL player Dan Conn with F45 Seven Hills directors Sean Stuart and Maree Sorbello. Picture: Supplied

It’s Australia’s fastest growing franchise, and devotees admit there is a “cult-like” attraction to the fitness fad.

As of March, F45 Training had grow to 480 studios around the country in just three and a half years.

F45 Seven Hills director Maree Sorbello and her partner Sean Stuart were both working for a rival company when they decided to open their own studio in September last year.

“It’s an awesome system, it gets results and builds communities,” Ms Sorbello said.

“It’s the best thing we’ve done. We wouldn’t look back.”

The Seven Hills class after their workout with F45 ambassador Dan Conn. Picture: Supplied

The Seven Hills class after their workout with F45 ambassador Dan Conn. Picture: Supplied

Named for its functional 45-minute workouts, the fitness fad is designed so each class can include seasoned athletes and total beginners.

Ms Sorbello said the bonds forged in sweat stretch beyond the daily sessions, with many from the Seven Hills studio recently meeting up to celebrate the end of their eight-week challenge.

“With the community, the music, the crowd and the trainers, people get caught up in it and don’t want to miss what’s next. It’s addictive,” she said.

“We’ve had clients who’ve been in tough situations, and after a few weeks they start to lighten up and open up.”

Ms Sorbello believes the fitness community can be helpful phyically and mentally – a view shared by F45 ambassador Dan Conn.

The former NRL player dropped by the Seven Hills studio last week to run a session and get feedback, as well as speak about his passion for mental health.