Paula Martin

Group fitness instructor

Paula MartinPaula has been with our gym for over 12 years. She started group fitness classes and still runs classes every week like a clockwork.

A little about me...

I moved to Australia in 1982 and started work as a nurse  in 1989. I realised that what I really wanted to do was help keep people healthy rather than nursing them when they got sick, so I started working as a freestyle fitness instructor and Aquarobics instructor and have been working in fitness ever since.

I've lived in Palmerston for 33 years and worked in many different gyms around Darwin and Palmerston. I've taught Aquarobics at many public pools in the Top End and even the odd hotel pool over the years. I have three wonderful children, my youngest is now 15 years old.

You will often find me...

During the dry season, out bush walking and camping with my partner Allan or other family and friends in the wonderful NT Outback. Going a bit silly in the Wet season and eating lots of mangos, going to the cinema, playing Candy Crush and having a great Christmas, my favourite time of year.

My Favourite quote...

"Illegitimi non carborundum" google it!

What I love about fitness and health is...

The social aspect of the classes, meeting new friends and old. Exercise helps you feel better and cope better as it relieves stress and worries and helps you with your daily life activities and chores, particularly as we get older.

My approach to fitness...

First and foremost fitness should be fun, otherwise why would you continue taking part in something you don't like doing? I also think you are never too old to start a fitness routine, whether it be gym classes, walking, using the gym machines, swimming, cycling or any other type of fitness exercise.

First and foremost
I can tell a good joke or story. I love organising social events, including display teams and parties.

My specialty...

There's a lot of different classes I instruct,  from choreography styled classes to new body with hand weights, circuit classes, power bar, TBT, chair aerobics, to name a few.

Fitness related qualifications...

  • Certificate lll in Fitness
  • Registered level 2 gym instructor and Group Exercise Instructor
  • Aquarobics (Queen) Instructor

Sports related achievements...

Was never a sporty person in my early years but discovered running after the age of 50. Sadly not able to run seriously anymore due to health issues, but ran the City to Surf five times and The Bridge to Brisbane once, what a buzz!

Contact us

T: 08 8946 6971

Opening hours

Mon - Fri: 6am - 9pm
Sat - Sun: 8am - 4pm
Public holidays: 8am - 4pm*
* no group fitness on public holidays

Memberships may be subsidised by

Bupa   nib   NTG sports voucherCDU logo

Access guildlines

  • Bring a towel and water bottle to each session
  • Appropriate footwear must be worn
  • 14 - 15 year olds may attend with parental supervision
  • 16 - 17 year olds may attend with parental consent


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