Musician Gus Leighton shares his story in an effort to help others

March 8th, 2023

The producers of a new short documentary hope to spark a conversation around well-being in the arts and the limitations of fitness culture when they launch the project this Thursday, 9 March, in Hobart.     

Artgym owner Eilish Kidd instigated the project after getting to know one of her favourite gym members; musician and songwriter Gus Leighton, a familiar face to jazz and swing aficionados around town. 

Definition: A Year to Remember is a 22-minute reflection on body image and physical transformation, through the story of Gus’s journey from weighing over 200 kilos to have lost more half his body weight and having embraced a new passion for resistance training. 

During her chats with Gus, Eilish had a realisation that the Tasmanian community could do better in offering support to anyone – no matter their skill level, age or background – who seeks to improve their fitness.

“Once someone has been labelled ‘fat’ or has begun to think of themselves as ‘not the sporty type,’ it’s so hard for them to see that gyms can be for them too. The sad thing is that when an overweight person does finally summon up the courage to seek support they are often met with indifference. Or ignored.”

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My Kickboxing Journey by Aimee Pizzo Ferrato

April 30th, 2017

What I love about Joe, is that from my very first class, he ensured that he kept the entire class at the same pace, grounded in the same set of basics that we have slowly built up from, moving forward at a comfortable pace with each new week. I’ve also been fortunate enough to benefit from one-on-one training with Joe weekly and he has single-handedly, reignited that physical and mental spark for kickboxing and martial arts that I needed, through his patience, expertise, humour, gentle nudging to push the pace, and the constant variety of the program.

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Create! Collaborate! Celebrate!

May 14th, 2017

Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. one of the Eternal team — Rochelle, Fabrice or Claire — teaches a 60-minute beginners-oriented hiphop class at Artgym. If you are not joining in the class, we encourage you to enjoy watching it. It’s one of the highlights of our week!

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World Champ Jennifer Shares Kettlebell Love

April 19th, 2017

Nothing is more inspiring than learning from real people who live their dreams. Jennifer Hintenberger, a world-record holder in kettlebell sport, spent two weeks at Artgym in April as our kettlebell coach in residence. She returns in June for the GSAA state championships.

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Bodybuilding, Friends and Gummy Bears

March 15th, 2017

Back in May 2016, Nicholas Bostock had been working out with weights but wanted to really explore what his body could do. He decided to give body-building a shot and made it a goal to enter the 2017 ICOMPETE Rookie and Rising Star competition on 5th March in Melbourne.


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Miskad featured in Strength Matters magazine

December 19th, 2016

“Strength to me is a lot deeper than physical strength. Mental strength is more important because without that, I am not going anywhere…” — Miskad. From the article “Adventures in Strength” by Dan Frantz in issue 23 of the Strength Matters magazine.

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A Very Merry Artgym Breakfast and the Best Christmas Present Ever (Shhhh…. It’s a Secret)

December 14th, 2016



We celebrated the end of the year, Artgym style, with a bang-up breakfast, a medley of comedy carols and some pretty serious gift giving.




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A Creative Approach to Fitness

December 9th, 2016

There’s a tendency to compartmentalise, restricting parts of our lives into neat and tidy boxes, gym between 3 and 4pm and creativity in the morning. But, inevitably, all the aspects of our life and thoughts, and who we are, are intertwined.

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SaBaR Interviews Eilish

December 7th, 2016

Artgym owner Eilish’s interview with local apparel line SaBaR for Athletes, first published on their facebook page

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Daisy Chain Interview, Artgym’s Beginnings

December 9th, 2016

This interview with Artgym owner Eilish was first published in the Daisy Chain, an online platform with the aim of connecting and promoting inspiring Tasmanian creatives by Sylvia Lawrence. 


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