Welcome to the premier Newcastle gym for all ages and fitness levels...
If it’s time to look after yourself, join the strength training club where everyone is welcome, no matter what level of fitness you currently have.
In as little as 2 sessions per week, you will notice yourself getting stronger and your everyday movements becoming easier.
Meet Karl Versteeg
“If I can do it, you can too”
I started Groundwork Fitness because strength training changed my life.
I was born with cerebral palsy and took up strength training as a way to improve my movement. What followed was a lifelong passion for my 5am training sessions.
Over time, curious friends began asking me to train them. Each one gained great results from my method, and I wanted to reach even more people. So now I have created a space where I teach everything I’ve learned since picking up my first barbell at 14 years old.
Why choose Us?
Coaches who genuinely care
Our certified coaching team has the experience necessary to design programs for specific concerns, like that niggle in your back, poor posture or sore joints. They’re always up for a laugh too – so in just a couple of sessions, your trainer will feel like an old friend.
Premium training environment
Our gym is intentionally small to ensure it feels like a true community. We also offer complimentary towels, brand new amenities, toiletries, off-street parking and a chilled face washers for freshening up, so you feel your best at every session.
Foundations for everyday life
Our method is designed to make everyday movements easier, whether that’s picking up a heavy bag of groceries, sitting on the floor to play with kids or keeping up your surfing habit. The Big 4 Lifts we teach give you the strength to live a fulfilling life.
Flexible training options
Train solo, with your partner or friends – it’s up to you. We have flexible memberships that allow you to access the gym however you prefer. See the memberships page to learn how it works and check out our signature Lift and Learn program.
“It didn’t take long for me to notice that I was lifting heavier.”
Strength training has kept me at a level where I am still able to do the things I enjoy at 52 years old. I go to the gym 4–5 days a week and I also surf 5–6 times a week. Without the training Karl has showed me, I don’t think I would be able to do these things.
Karl came up with a program that I could start with, and it didn’t take long for me to notice that I was lifting heavier. He has taught me a lot about strength training – it isn’t all about just lifting heavy weights, which can become boring.
He is very dedicated, is always trying to get the best out of the person he is training and teaches people how to lift properly so as not to cause an injury. I can’t recommend Karl enough.