The Lower North Shore’s latest fitness movement has a nightclub vibe and is designed to ‘unleash the extraordinary’ in members… and the lady behind it is a real local dynamo! Meet Adala Bolto and ZADI Training.
When ZADI founder, Adala Bolto, met her husband 20 years ago in Waverton, she had no idea that the Lower North Shore would become not only her home, but the place she was to launch a revolutionary fitness movement for women. Her brand new studio in Neutral Bay, ZADI Training, is the latest fitness studio to open in our local area.
Adala’s story in the fitness industry is a combination of experience (as a personal trainer and group instructor) and strong business acumen and entrepreneurial drive (she was a Fernwood Club Manager before becoming a Fernwood franchise owner). The mother of two saw a gap in the Australian market for a bespoke fitness program targeting younger women, and ZADI Training was born.
Joining Adala in the venture is another powerhouse of the Australian business and fitness scene – Fernwood founder and CEO, Diana Williams. In 2008, Fernwood was named joint winner of BRW’s Most Successful Private Business (under $100 million) and has regularly appeared in their Top 10 Fastest Growing Private Companies. Nearly 30 years since its inception, Fernwood is the largest organisation of its kind in Australia with 70 clubs around the country. Together, Adala and Diana have ambitious plans for ZADI, with hopes to roll out many locations both locally and internationally.
So what exactly is the ZADI Training experience?
Weekly workouts cover all the key elements – strength, cardio, flexibility, core and booty, and stretch sessions. With classes named ‘Toned AF’, ‘Selfie Status’ and ‘Insta Firm’, it’s obvious that ZADI is a model for a new generation of young women. And the choice of Neutral Bay as one of their first studios (alongside Surry Hills) is no accident. Says Adala, “I live in Neutral Bay and have seen the active lifestyle and wellness culture growing very rapidly. I chose Neutral Bay as it has a high percentage of females of a younger median age which is our core demographic. ZADI is no bullsh*t, impactful and innovative which fits in with what our clientele in Neutral Bay/Mosman appreciate and want. We believe our brand is like-minded to the women here.”
ZADI offers HIIT and functional combination programs with metabolic circuit training methods designed exclusively for women. Advanced heart rate monitoring tracks just how hard users are working during each and every session. Plus, they can also track all workouts from the exclusive ZADI app. Bespoke video displays with large screens show users what to do and how to do it (safely), while personalised experiences for each member can help guide and drive maximum results. And the studios themselves are not your average gym fitout… think bright lights, loud music and a raw, industrial warehouse vibe. As the team at ZADI put it, “More nightclub than gym, this high-energy setting is guaranteed to get you in the mood to work out.”
In addition to the training, ZADI is also about the community. As Adala points out, “We are all about having fun music, neon pink lights, a nightclub vibe and we want to empower women to come along and be themselves. Sure we work hard in class, but it shouldn’t be a chore. ZADI is about including fitness into your everyday lifestyle and having some fun with it.”
Adala’s Local Favourites: As a Neutral Bay local, we got the lowdown on Adala’s top tips for the area
- SUPU DUPU Hair – “They are unique and very skilled”
- Italian Street Kitchen – “For quick family dinners that feel like home cooking”
- Against the Grind – “Coffee here is a must at least twice a day”
- NU Healthy Café – “For lunch when I’m at the studio”
- Firefly – “For Friday night drinks. I’m pretty easy to find!”
ZADI Training Neutral Bay is located at Shop 1, 19A Young Street.
Tel: 8311 3737