Helping everyday people to move and feel better through strength, flexibility and play.
Our main focus is based around 3 principles:
We aim to help everyday people to move better, feel better and perform better.
Move: Regaining your child-like movement and having confidence to control with your body, all while learning new skills, strengths and flexibility.
Feel: Having movement freedom that's pain free, and not having a checklist of pain and injuries that haunt you in your daily life.
Perform: Being able to play with your kids at the park, or increasing your capacity in a hobby or sport that you might play or compete in.
Some people might boil down what we do to general Strength & Conditioning — though we like to use the word "movement" as an umbrella term because it gives us the opportunity to use many disciplines as an open source within the realm of physical training.
To give some examples:
We use gymnastics and bodyweight work for upper body strength because it builds both strength and stability that is progressive and highly transferable to other areas of training.
We use tools such as the barbell for lower body strength because it allows us to gain strength and power, while also utilising bodyweight lower body strength to increase endurance, mobility and complexity.
We use stretching methods based around Gymnastics, martial arts and Yoga to help us achieve a mixture of both active/loaded mobility and passive/relaxed flexibility, which helps to create functional ranges of motion in our bodies.
We incorporate rehab/prehab and joint preparation tools to help create a strong and resilient body, as well as screening our members for potential injuries and movement dysfunctions.
We learn new skills, play games, locomote and use other organic movements because it's fun, it's where we originate from and we should never fall into the trap of growing up!
We also like change: the things that we are doing today will change in a months time. Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, we're always trying different ways to move the wheel.
While some people might feel that this sort of training is advanced in comparison to a general gym program, it may be in technical complexity but it's really not regarding its execution. The process and preparation is what matters — and we like to scale our curriculum to fit all levels and abilities.
We're excited to help people from all walks of life, to build a bigger movement toolbox, skill capacity and reduce or remove their previous injuries — and most of all having fun whilst doing it!
Owner & Program Director
Progressive Movement, Handbalance & Bamboo Mobility classes
David has extensive knowledge and over 10 years of experience in different areas of physical development, operating gyms and working in the fitness industry.
Over this time, Shoshin Movement has become an extension of David and his training ethic and philosophy, where he has compiled and developed a system of methods that align with his vision to improve everyday people’s quality of life through better movement.
Co-owner, Administration and Event Planning
Monkey Movement classes
Hannah is a primary school teacher and runs our kids Gymnastics curriculum, where she brings a wealth of knowledge in the fundamental movement skills and development of children.
Also being David’s partner in both life and business, Hannah aids in the administration side of Shoshin Movement.
Progressive Movement classes
A long time student of David's, Annika made the transition to teacher in 2018.
Prior to training with David Annika trained in Powerlifting and Judo. Currently she is on her own journey to conquer handbancing, though not an easy task to do while also juggling family and work!
Annika takes great satisfaction in helping ordinary people achieve physical feats they never thought they were capable of.
Progressive Movement classes
Justin has been part of the Shoshin Movement team since the very first day we opened our doors in 2014.
His day job involves working with Search and Rescue, dealing with people in distress and who have lost their way.
Being a trainer at Shoshin Movement is equally as satisfying as he gets to help people navigate towards being healthier, happier, stronger and injury free.
Progressive Movement & Bamboo Mobility classes
Rosa has been part of the Shoshin crew since 2014, and its inception has led her to officially enter the fitness industry.
She has recently completed her Certificate III in Fitness, and feels that there's no better place to further expand on her knowledge and skills than being mentored by David.
Rosa has also trained Capoeira and is still in love with Brazilian Jiu-jitsu even after 10 years. Her Brazilian blood has nothing to do with it!
Progressive Movement classes
Will has completed a Cert III in Fitness and is currently studying Certificate IV in Fitness while being an intern at Shoshin Movement.
Since a young age, he has been exploring the world of health and movement, and has incorporated it into his everyday life.
Will has experienced many forms of activities such as:
Serving four years in the military
Many Miles for Mary, a three day multi marathon charity run from Cairns to Townsville
A five day trek into the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, as part of the Mountain Adventure Skills Training program
Will’s experiences have solidified the importance and possibilities of health and fitness and how they resonate with the Shoshin Philosophy.
Rossi is an advanced Yoga practitioner who has completed 4 levels and over 500 hours of teacher training under Nicky Knoff.
She brings a wealth of knowledge to our Yoga classes in the topics of asana, pranayama, meditation, methodology, philosophy, ethics, anatomy and physiology.
Rossi brings positive energy and smiles all round to Shoshin Movement 😄
Develop full body strength and control while learning new skills with a progressive approach to Gymnastics strength, weightlifting, ground movement, conditioning and most importantly; play.
Create a flexible yet resilient body by developing full-range joint mobility and stability that will prepare your body for the rigors of daily movement.
Improve your handbalance and inversion skills by progressively building the strength, balance, flexibility and endurance needed to get you confident with being upside down.