Doug Neaves-Black, owner-operator of the Fitness SHED has been on a healthy trajectory since starting his business fresh out of school.
In 2009 he won the Outstanding Youth Award which was 12 months after he started the business at the age of 18. In 2012 he won the Outstanding Youth Award for the second time at the age of 22.
Now, in 2018 and 2019 he has won back to back awards for Best Fitness Services in the Lake Macquarie and Hunter region.
"I have always been commemorated for the age I started the business, winning the outstanding youth award twice, but to win for the actual services we provide for two years in a row has been life changing to me and my family," Doug said.
"It has motivated us to not only continue delivering our services to the best of our ability but inspired us to explore more ways to improve and grow the business."
The Fitness SHED is a strength and conditioning gym that aims to create a safe, positive and welcoming community environment where people of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities can be encouraged, motivated and inspired to reach their personal goals through a range of services to suit the needs of the individual.
Whether it is burning fat, building muscle, focusing on performance, working form and technique when lifting or just wanting to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle, the Fitness SHED can help.
"When we find the customer's solid REASON, that alone will drive their MOTIVATION which develops their SELF-DISCIPLINE to get out of bed each morning or come in after a hard days work, which then creates ROUTINE to show up each day and with that comes RESULTS," Doug said.
"We aren`t just a gym where people come to train. We are a place where no matter what is happening in your life we will share those burdens, lift the weight off your shoulders and not only show you but develop your ability to take on anything that gets in your way with a strong mind, body and with both hands up ready to fight for what you truly want in life."
The business motto at the Fitness SHED is "To serve without attachment".
For Doug and his team that means no matter who you are or how long you stay a member or customer, they will always serve with their full heart and all they have to offer the individual, whether it be getting you to their ideal weight, building up your self confidence with praise or being a supportive shoulder to lean on.
"We entered this year because our clients had nominated us for a second time and we were still on a high from the previous year's win," Doug said. "We did not expect to win though our hopes were high as my team and I have worked very hard over the past 12 months."