Why is Elements4Life a GREAT gym?

Elements4Life Striving For Excellence

So here we are writing an article about our own gym – Elements4Life (E4L Team Training Centres) in Gungahlin, Canberra.

Seems a natural thing to do since we live and breathe this business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and we want to share our vision to as many people as we can.

Making a difference takes effort and every person we impact in a positive way is worth it.

The Elements4Life journey so far for us has been an extremely exciting and challenging experience.

We feel we have grown as people, we have learnt a lot as coaches and we are grateful for all our members and friends that we have developed over the years.

When Erin and I started the first physical Elements4Life Gym (E4L Team Training Centre in Harrison, Gungahlin) in 2013-14 we had a clear PASSION for fitness.

Once we truly realised that we could make a bigger contribution to the industry and our community, we established our PURPOSE.

“Let’s start a gym based on honourable values, focused coaching and functional training ideology and change lives one by one.”

“If we build it they will come…”

<< How to get grey hairs very fast! >>

The fitness industry is no doubt saturated and very competitive and to stay relevant it takes a lot of work and dedication.

This is why we focus on value, programming, coaching principles and delivering fitness solutions.

Functional training protocols focusing on community, advanced technology and coaching.

No amount of hype or hollow promises will ever make up for short comings in genuine fitness solutions for the individual.

It is not an easy job however through evolution, technology and the forever developing skill set of our coaching we believe we can deliver great value and results to our members.

One thing we have learnt is that it is a two way street.

Communication and the open sharing of how we feel about life, our health and the universe seems to be the magic ingredient.

Unfortunately the message for sustainable health and longevity is still missing as people still fall for the allure of cheap gym deals, marketing hype, meaningless free trials and the dangers of “body conscious” marketing tactics.

We also feel there is a major lacking of mindfulness, key knowledge and education into what health actually is.

Are we in a state of blind ignorance?

Health and fitness is not fat loss and muscle gain.

Health and fitness is not instagram likes and six packs.

These things can make us feel good in moments however they will never be as valuable as better lifestyle behaviours, relationships of value and healthy routines.

Health and fitness is the cumulative effect of all that we do over an extended period of time.

A lifetime of behaviour!

Whether you want to minimise fat, develop lean muscle mass or maintain fitness, joining Elements4Life is a fantastic way to boost your health, develop your skills and eliminate stress.

This is what we do!

We own the business and we also run the business, keeping us in arms reach of our members needs.

Finding a reliable, well-equipped gym isn’t always easy however Erin and I have done our best to make sure everyone is welcome and given the best opportunity to thrive.

We take pride in our systems, although always improving them, and hope that with a focus on fundamentals, technique and communication people can establish healthy relationships with training and nutrition.

We also have a great Team Training program too with over 51+ different workouts, team challenges, strength cycles and more.

SmartTeam™ technology and PFI management is also being rolled out in 2019 and we know this is going to be a game changing event for not only our business however for every E4L team mate.

Establishing health lifestyles full of movement and good food surrounded by better people (#E4LTeam = Our Community) is our goal and when we add some adventure, fun and memorable experiences we believe we have a great product.

What Makes a Great Gym?

Let’s get real…

What makes an ideal gym will depend on your training age, skill level, confidence, and fitness goals.

Luckily we ensure all members partake in a fundamentals program from the start and we can then direct them to the right training package as we cater for all levels.

Structured Effective Programs:

  • E4L Team Training (up to 16 people)
  • Focus Personal Training (Individuals)
  • Focus Small Group Training (up to 4 people)
  • X-Treme30 (Higher Level Training)
  • InBody Intensives (4 Week Intensives)
  • 8 Week Challenges (Linear Progression)
  • 12 Week Training Programs (Individual Change Program)
  • Customised Programs (Individuals & Groups)

There are a few key factors that can be considered in choosing the right gym.

  • Gym Equipment. The equipment in a gym can make or break your experience, overall results and routine. Elements4life has the best functional equipment available as well as a series of functional machines, lifting platforms and cardio equipment. You can also train at anytime during business hours with private access. E4L has all the toys such as Kettlebells, Dumbbells, Barbells, Squat Racks and Torsion Bars. Lots of floor space and supported by SmartTeam™ coaching Technology.
  • Coach Knowledge. Do you want a trainer or a coach? Do you know the difference? Trainers float around the room delivering a pre-prescribed program without the required skillset, qualifications or desire to support your development. The fitness industry is very lax on qualifications and many gyms only hire low level entry certifications as they cost less to hire. The result of this is dire. Coaches however are knowledgeable, passionate and have dedicated their lives to the industry. A genuine desire to be better and improve not only their own skill set however the results of their clients. Everyone deserves a supportive qualified coach. All coaches at Elements4Life are Cert IV or higher and must demonstrate, practice and live health inside and outside of the gym. They must also align with our company values with a long term vision for growth.
  • Value & Affordability. A gym membership can either be cheap with the minimum set industry value (do it yourself ideology) or it can be more niche orientated with a focus on the individual, coaching and community. What is your experience worth? The cost should be reflected in the quality of staff, delivered value, community and overall atmosphere. You need to determine what your health, mental and physical, is worth to you. Surrounding yourself with strength.
  • Supportive. A great gym should meet your unique requirements and support your goals. It should challenge you as well and give you confidence in your training. Whether that’s specific training programs, working out on your own or simply a flexible membership and pricing options based on your circumstances. In the end the training needs to be enjoyable, effective and sustainable.
  • Positive Atmosphere. Nothing worse than being considered just a number, part of a herd, a sardine and one amongst many without a voice. Working out can be horrible if the gym’s atmosphere makes you uncomfortable. Mirror staring, phone watching, pack mentality, bad energies and attitudes, commercial TV’s everywhere and let’s call out those stereotyped gym members that can be a little bit creepy. The community and energy of a place can be real deal breakers. All comes down to what you will tolerate. What is your sanity and gym experience worth?

Want To Be Part of Something Bigger & Better?

Community is everything and if you feel like you can walk into your gym without being judged and you feel confident to participate then you are in the right place.  Programming and coaching can only go as far as how you feel.

  • Does the environment support healthy training ideals and routines?
  • Do you want to train for something specific?
  • Are you learning something new about yourself every-time you participate?
  • Are you part of a supportive community?
  • Are you being challenged with the programming and training?
  • Are you improving?
  • Are you actually enjoying it and showing up?
  • Do the coaches say hello to you and ask you how you feel?
  • Does the gym cater specifically for what you need?

Sometimes it takes two to tango and Erin and I know first hand it is not always easy to cater to the needs of new members as we have to go through the discovery stage of getting to know them and finding out their personal issues, desires and fitness goals.

The more we communicate, improve our systems and ask the right questions we feel we are getting closer to supporting each and every member we have.

Getting closer to a gym network we can be truly proud of, a gym network that delivers real time fitness solutions to everyone that walks through the door.

We love what we do, we love the challenge and we look forward to continuing our journey of life and fitness with our E4L Community.

If you need something more specific, a different result, a better result, a bigger push, or a gentle pull then please let us know and lets work out a plan together and get it done!

Thanks for reading this article.

We hope it gives you some insight to who we are and what we hope to achieve.

Sab & Erin


Elements4Life | E4L Team Training Centres

Canberra & Gungahlin Gyms

E4L High Performance Team

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Erin Wells

Erin Wells

Co-Founder | Client Services


5 years ago, 4 months after giving birth to my 4th child, I took the first step towards changing my life

~ Erin Wells 

How did I get through it?

I joined a gym and found a great coach!

At the time I was suffering post-natal depression, was overweight & struggling to motivate myself, I felt like I was drowning in my life.

I was ashamed of the person I saw in the mirror and knew it was time to make a change.

I wanted to be able to jump on the trampoline with my kids, have more energy, and really just wanted to become a happy mother for my children.

I was craving physical activity and wanted to dance again but was too overweight and in the wrong headspace to do anything about it.

As a child I loved to dance, was heavily involved in the local swimming club and athletics team.

I then followed my dreams and studied Dance at WA Academy of Performing Arts.

Years later after travelling and living life, I began teaching ballet.

Teaching was something that came naturally to me as my passion for dance was contagious and my students enjoyed being encouraged to push their limits!

It was then my turn so I joined a gym.

I started like most people, walked on the treadmill, did a few group classes but didn’t really know what I was doing and how to get the results I wanted.

I then found a great Coach and Personal Trainer.

He changed the way I saw the gym, changed the way I thought about fitness & exercise, even helped me change my terrible eating habits with firm but encouraging words.

After starting personal training it was only a few months and the results were obvious, I was slimming down, was no longer out of breath chasing after my kids, was enjoying the “me time” going to the gym and loved smashing out a hard session every day!

I had in fact become addicted to training!

Not a bad thing to be addicted to!

In 2014 I decided I wanted to be the coach, I wanted to help people the way my PT had helped me.

So I enrolled in the Fast Track program through AIPT and began studying to become a Personal Trainer.

The course was great but a lot of my knowledge has come from being in the gym, training hard myself and most of all watching and learning from my mentor.

This lead to an incredible opportunity, a chance to open my own gym and as a close friend said to me “If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes then learn how to do it later – Richard Branson” so I said YES!

It’s now 3 years since I joined a gym, in that time the changes I have made have enabled me to become a confident, strong, independent woman, something I did not think was possible.

I am now proud of the person I have become, am much happier, I have a firm goal and because of this I am a better mother to my children.

Why did I open a gym?

So that I can help others become the best people they possibly can be and give them the tools to be healthy & happy individuals.

To create a friendly environment where everyone feels comfortable enough to ask questions, chat with the other members, to make a kind of community.

Really I just want everyone to discover how powerful you can feel when you take charge of your health.

Building strength in the gym is just one step to taking charge and in my opinion nothing else makes you feel better!

Now, I am excited to watch our business and brand, E4L, evolve and grow.

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Sebastian Ellis

Sebastian Ellis

CEO | Founder | Head Coach


When I founded the “Elements4Life Team Training” model in 2010 I had a grand global vision for the E4L brand.

E4L will be a fitness revolution!

~ Sebastian Ellis

Sebastian’s Major Accomplishments


2014 – Current – Elements4Life | E4L Team Training Centres – www.elements4life.com.au

2016 – Current – Online Coaching Australia – www.onlinecoachingaustralia.com.au

2016 – Current – Blockchain Analyst & Commentator – By Contract

2018 – Current – Lombok432 – Lifestyle Holiday Resort – Coming Soon 2020


1988 – 2016: 30+ Years – Self-Managed Entrepreneurial Business & Enterprise

2000 – 2004: Studied Information Management

2000 – 2001: Cert III & Cert IV In Fitness (ACT Tafe)

2010 – 2012: Cert III & Cert IV In Fitness (Renewed Certificates with PTA Global)

2011 – 2012: EMT (Effective Movement Training) – Advanced Sports Training

2011 – 2012: CrossFit Trainer Level 1

2015 – 2016: Master Functional Trainer (MFT FTI Global)

2015 – 2016: Sports Power Coach Level 1 Licence (Australian Weightlifting Federation)

2015 – Present: Head Coach & Owner of Elements4Life Team Training Centre

2016 – Present: Continuing to work on myself as a person via learning, further education, sharing and helping others.

2017 – International Cryptocurrency and Digital Asset Commentator – Employed Consultant and Opinion Writer.

2018 – Established Lombok432 – Adventure & Better Lifestyle Coaching Centre Lombok, Indonesia

My ambition is to genuinely impact as many lives as I can using my vast life and business experience and specific personality traits.

You will find all that I am passionate in sharing with you within in my various blogs, online courses, podcasts and videos.

To me, the meaning to life, the universe and everything lies within a focus and desire for knowledge, self-development and understanding.

Sebastian’s Key Words

Energy | Frequencies | Vibrations

432Hz & Sacred Geometry

I love skimming rocks on the river

Dog Man

Cider over Beer


Boxing Day Test


Star & Sun Gazing

Working Out & Dynamic Movement

Self-Development & Learning

Activist & Humanitarian

Higher States of Consciousness

Other Education

Advanced Kettlebells 1 & 2

Fundamentals in Power Bags

Fundamentals in Battle Ropes

Fundamentals in Mobility

Fundamentals in Suspension

Punch Fit Australia Certification

Mums and Tums

Olympic Lifts

Metabolic Finishers

Understanding High Intensity Interval Training (HITT)

Maximising Muscle Strength and Hypertrophy (Growth)

Dealing With Tricky Weight Loss

Threshold Training

Loaded Movement

Fundamentals in Suspension

Punch Fit Australia Certification

Mums and Tums

Olympic Lifts

Metabolic Finishers

Understanding High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)


Life Coaching & Helping Other People

Business Creation

Good Food & Cooking



Music Production

Sporting Achievements

English Indoor Cricket Team

Indoor Cricket World Cup & International Tours

State Badminton Champion 2 Years

State AFL

State Cricket

State Hockey

State Indoor Cricket

Previous Business Experience

Director of Symphony Homes & Strategic Property Services (2000 – 2003)

Director of 5 Star Cricket Equipment ACT (2000 to 2012)

Director of Buzz Monkey Energy (2007 to 2010)

Director of Monkey Grip Beverages (2007 to 2010)

Current Business Experience

Head Coach of Elements4Life Gym Network – www.elements4life.com.au

Director of Online Coaching Australia – www.onlinecoachingaustralia.com.au


Tina Nikolovski

Tina Nikolovski

Senior Coach

My training style is supportive whilst encouraging healthy movement, strength and results. As your coach I will not just push you, I will help pull the best out of you.

I have had over 5 years experience in the industry with extensive training as a Les Mills instructor, specialising in Grit Strength, Cardio and Plyometrics as well as CX Worx (Full Body / Functional Core).

With my coaching I will help you understand the relationship between training, mindset and nutrition, as well as the various factors that contribute to your overall holistic health; with training being an integral element. Being able to move is a privilege and training should be enjoyable!

Having a strong WHY behind what you do will also solidify your behaviour and allow for long term sustainable change.

I look forward to coaching you through this journey.

Joseph Peluko

Joseph Peluko

Senior Coach

5 years coaching experience at E4L and has been evolving his skills in all areas every year.

Passionate about coaching others achieve greatness with the great ability to listen to his clients and then seek and apply suitable solutions.

Now working towards higher duties as an E4L performance coach, branch manager and E4L business development.

Brigid Baker

Brigid Baker

PFI Management & Coach

My passion for coaching and training stems from over 15 years’ experience in leading and participating in military styled fitness, coupled with several years in the health and fitness industry as a coach, teacher and mentor.

I hold a Bachelor of Human Movement specialising in Physical Education coupled with interests in Kinesiology and Biomechanics. I’ve also recently completed my Event Group Specialist coaches’ qualification with Australian Track and Field Coaches Association and aim to impart my experience on the younger generations.

I am keenly aware of the difficulty’s life can throw at us. As an athlete who suffers from both physical and psychological injuries, I am passionate about spreading the importance of health and fitness on the road to recovery and beyond. As a result, I specialise in adaptable mobility centric training, utilising my experience as both a coach and adaptive athlete through the Invictus Games Foundation and Defence Adaptive Sports Program to develop a unique training experience.

No obstacle is insurmountable with the right team and tools!

 ERIN – 0414 437 889

  Units 79-81 / 170 Flemington Road HARRISON, GUNGAHLIN, ACT, CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA

Monday to Friday – 5.30am to 9pm
Weekends – 7am to 7pm
Public Holidays – 7am to 7pm


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