Balancing the Grind with Alex Johnson, Studio Owner at Infinite Cycle

Alex Johnson is a studio owner at Infinite Cycle, one of Australia’s most advanced indoor cycling franchises.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

My name’s Alex Johnson and I’m an ex-AFL player for the Sydney Swans. I was in the AFL industry for 8 years, in only 47 games, the Premiership in 2012. I suffered numerous knee injuries which kept me sidelined for extended periods of time over almost 6 years between 2013 and 2018.

 Currently, I’m in the process of opening an Infinite Cycle Studio. I have joined the Infinite Cycle family by acquiring a couple of territories in the South-East of Melbourne. Currently working towards opening my first studio in Armadale. 

2) What does a day in the life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

It’s been a while since I worked full time, recently it’s been all about putting things in place to be able to open this first studio as soon as possible. I’ve hit a few roadblocks along the way with council and other things, but hopefully an opening date won’t be too far away.  

3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine? 

At the moment I can work remotely and it’s flexible as it’s all over the phone or on the computer, however once the studio opens, I plan to be very hands on, initially anyway to ensure things get off the ground smoothly.

I’m excited by the nature of the fitness industry and being a former professional athlete, staying active for a living has been a part of my life, so being able to have my own studio and instruct will give me an opportunity to continue that.

4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

Work life balance is of huge importance to me and should be to everyone, Work is a part of life, it shouldn’t be everything. There needs to be time for family and friends, hobbies, exercise and any other interests that people have. Staying fit and healthy should be a priority for everyone in any field and will assist it in boosting productivity in all facets of life.  

5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life? 

 With a new border collie puppy in my life over the last 12 months, it’s definitely made it more of a priority to get up earlier and get out for a walk or to the park regardless of the weather. There’s no excuses with a dog full of energy. 

6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

‎Dyl & Friends podcast is one of my favourites. Dyl Buckley is a great friend of mine and is doing awesome things in this space. Boy Swallows Universe is a recent book I read; Trent Dalton has some stories to tell.  

7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?

Apple Watch – It’s amazing how addictive it is to make sure you close your rings.

8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?   

Hamish McLachlan. The leading front man for sport, events and anything else. Very impressive in all things he does.  

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.