STRONG MIND: Jake Bell damaged his neck when he was 17 and was told he would never walk again, but he came out so much stronger after putting his mind to exercise.
STRONG MIND: Jake Bell damaged his neck when he was 17 and was told he would never walk again, but he came out so much stronger after putting his mind to exercise. Patrick Woods

'No such word as can't': Injury no obstacle in health drive

PERSONAL training is an obvious passion for the team at Savage Over Average.

After damaging four vertebrae in his neck at 17, Jake Bell was determined not to spend the rest of his days in a wheelchair.

His determination and mindset led to a lifelong love of fitness and to his partner Kerryn Jones, who had suffered her own setbacks - both physically and mentally - throughout her fitness journey.

Together they're a force to be reckoned with and promise to whip anyone's butt into shape.

"I hate seeing people coming into gyms and not giving it their all,” Jake said.

"You can't say 'you can't' because I know you can.

"Anything is possible.”

While Jake's passion lies with rehab work and strength training, Kerryn found her love with functional fitness.

She takes charge of the bootcamp, which sees their determined clients flipping tyres and smashing sledgehammers.

"It's going to take your whole being,” she said.

"It'll take 100 per cent but afterward you always feel so much better.

"People come in to train, but no one judges.”

The couple said the friends they had made through fitness had quickly become family, all sharing a common interest to keep pushing themselves.

"I've made lifelong friends in the gym,” Jake said.

"It's brought so much into our lives, it's one of the reasons we found each other.”

The duo has also found a passion for couple training, where they get people pushing and constantly encouraging one another, growing together over time.

"There's always one person trying to improve - trying to be the best version of themselves,” Kerryn said.

"That's the kind of camaraderie you need,” Jake said.

"To have that one person beside you, helping you along the way,” Kerryn said.

For more information, visit facebook.com/savageoveraveragept.



GoFundMes more deserving of money than Israel Folau

premium_icon GoFundMes more deserving of money than Israel Folau

The Israel Folau's GoFundMe appeal was roasted online.

Stonewalling on bypass rolls into court

premium_icon Stonewalling on bypass rolls into court

It was a frustrating day in court with the RMS for Cr Sally Townley.

Woman hospitalised after car rollover at roundabout

premium_icon Woman hospitalised after car rollover at roundabout

Traffic delayed following single vehicle accident.