theMill is a state-of-mind where the emphasis is ‘to get the job done’.
The mind is the most powerful source of strength. Your performance potential is reliant on your mental conditioning. To train the mind is to train the body. Character, fortitude and an indomitable spirit are paramount for success. The proof is in improved performance in your given profession or pursuit and your ability to deal with the worst that is thrown at you.
We don’t profess to know everything. We train, we learn and we strive to improve. We’ve committed ourselves to gaining knowledge, attaining qualifications and practicing what we preach. We must perform as well as you.
At the end of the day, the unique knowledge we’ve gained from years of committed training and exposure to some of the harshest conditions and situations is irreplaceable and difficult to duplicate intelligently. Our exposure to extreme situations and conditions has taught us about mental conditioning and how to compliment this with true functional fitness. Development of the mental tools required to deal with such hardship denotes the difference between those who only hypothesise and those who have experienced it. Some of those who train with us still face these situations regularly at the highest level and so choose to train in the environment we’ve created.
The Mill is a term used to represent a place where basic raw materials are transformed under extreme pressure (both mental and physical) to produce a worthwhile result. This result can only be achieved through the process of hard and arduous work. Therefore theMill is synonymous with the tasks undertaken by those who train here.
The graphic of theMill stone was chosen because it is a simple and durable symbol of the shaping and grinding process required to achieve set goals.
theMill is a basic facility with all the tools we need. It is purposely designed this way for a number of reasons. One of those reasons is to sort out the pretenders from the realists. There is no time to look at yourself in the mirror, because we have no mirrors. There is no time to stop and watch TV, because we have no TVs. Nor will you find any other distractions here.
Any person seen wearing an item bearing our name has attained that item through their actions and conduct. They have been given that item because we are proud to be associated with such an individual or group. Items bearing our name are not and cannot be purchased with money.
Everybody has one, including us – however having the right attitude is more important to us than anything you can do physically. Your dollars are not our biggest concern, your training hard is. Being the strongest or fittest or a world class athlete is irrelevant – if your attitude is poor. If you’re a non-athlete or not as strong or fit as another, but you are prepared to suffer what it takes to achieve your goals, we will gladly help you.
Class sizes at the Mill are kept small to ensure a low member to Trainer ratio, and a high level of attention to technique and training detail.
At the Mill we recognise that whilst we are expected to train hard, we are also expected to rest ‘hard’. Rest and recovery is 50% of the training. Unfortunately, while many have the ‘know-how’ on hard work, they have very little skill in recovery. Commonly used one-liners like “rest is rust” have no relevance here. You build your training experience and knowledge of your body by being attentive to your execution of a well planned program. Experience will tell you if you are being lazy, or if you are truly too tired to train. If our members are injured or ill we offer highly qualified services, referrals and information to facilitate the recovery process. These include injury rehabilitation and remedial training, massage and trigger-point therapy, dietary advice and physiotherapy.