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Combining her unique blend of energy and enthusiasm, Stacey promotes wellness for every age and stage of life. As the Director of Freedom Health & Wellness, Stacey connects with people of all ages, cultures and demographics. She is a popular and well regarded fitness professional and presenter.
Xen is a Sales Executive with Precor Australia. Xen has consulted to global fitness equipment corporations, while also developing sales, marketing, communication and retention strategies that have helped plan and launch over three hundred health clubs throughout the Asia Pacific region. A 30-year veteran of the fitness industry, Xen is a highly regarded leader in change management.
Alan is a nutrition researcher and educator with over 20 years’ experience. He is known as one of the most influential figures in the fitness industry’s movement towards evidence-based information. His notable clients include Stone Cold Steve Austin, Derek Fisher, and Pete Sampras. Alan writes a monthly research review (AARR) providing cutting-edge theoretical and practical information, and is co-author of Nutrient Timing Revisited, the most-viewed article in the history of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
A true fitness entrepreneur, Libby is the founder of two fitness businesses, BUF Girls and AGŌGA, and co-founder of Chief Bar, a natural wholefood protein bar. Libby stars in Network Ten's The Biggest Loser Transformed, is celebrity trainer for Scoopla and 2DayFM/Austereo and resident PT for Women’s Fitness magazine.
Dan has been President of the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA) since 2004. He has a PhD in sports science from Edith Cowan University and is an Adjunct lecturer in the Masters of Strength & Conditioning programs for both Edith Cowan University and St. Marys University (London). A Level 3 Master Coach of Elite Athlete Strength & Conditioning, he has published over 40 peer-reviewed publications and worked as strength and conditioning coach for the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League team for 19 years.
With over 30 years’ experience in the fitness industry, including group fitness, personal training, and club and studio management, Ken is passionate about sharing his knowledge. A Master Trainer for FAI, ViPR, Schwinn Cycling, BOSU and Twist Conditioning, he is also the Director of Education and Training for Perform Better Australia.
Derek is the President and CEO of Barton Productions, a marketing consulting company that helps its clients become more valuable and meaningful by differentiating themselves from competitors through improved branding, advertising and customer service. He has helped build several international brands, including Gold’s Gym, which featured in America’s Greatest Brands book in 2005. His passion and love for public speaking, along with his unique brand of humour and story-telling, has made him a popular speaker globally.
Jordan is the director of education for Piloxing and Piloxing Barre, as well as the senior US Master Trainer for both programs, and a certified private Pilates instructor. After years of performing leading roles on Broadway and touring with artists such as Taylor Swift, Bette Midler and Liza Minnelli, Jordan discovered Piloxing and a new passion was born. She is an international presenter and educator for the program, and has certified over 2,000 instructors across the world.
In her 20-year dance and fitness career Claire has taught everything in fitness, from dance to circuits. More recently she has specialised in aquatic training and Pilates instruction. After moving to Australia in 2007, Claire began presenting workshops, sharing her experience and knowledge with others in the industry. An Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) international trainer, she delivers training and workshops to fitness professionals. Claire's passion for aquatic fitness shines in every session she presents.
Mike is a Personal Training Manager with Fitness First Australia. Entering his sixteenth year with Fitness First and the fitness industry, he finds a balance between personally and professionally developing trainers, continuing work with his personal clients and most importantly spending time with his family. Mike is a regular contributor to, and facilitator of, Fitness First’s induction program, which affords him the opportunity to shape the future of countless fitness professionals.
Dr Paul Batman has been teaching and lecturing in exercise science and the fitness industry for over 30 years. He co-owns and lectures at Australian College in the Fitness Certificate courses. Paul has produced numerous publications and lectured at international conferences throughout the United Kingdom, Asia, United States and Canada. In 2012 he was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by Australian Fitness Network and inducted into the ACPE Hall of Fame.
Paul has more than twenty years of experience working in countless roles in the fitness industry. As part of his PhD in member retention, Paul implemented an initiative that increased club membership by seven months – a feat that laid the foundations for his business, Retention Guru. Paul works with just 12 clients each year, combining his knowledge of the fitness industry, exercise psychology and research methodology to increase member tenure and loyalty. A regular international speaker, he has delivered sessions on five continents.
As BUF Girls Australian Licensee Manager, Alicia helps female PTs launch and manage BUF Girl Boot Camps nationwide. As Head Trainer, creator and coach of BUF Girls ‘Fit & Fierce’, Alicia mixes her love of athletic training with her passion for creating emotive and engaging workouts.
Dallas is Head Program Coach for Les Mills SPRINT high intensity cycle program. He began his Les Mills journey delivering RPM training, to which he brought boundless energy and a wealth of experience. One of his career highlights is being part of the SPRINT and RPM events at One Live in Melbourne. Dallas enjoys helping mould and mentor up-and-coming instructors and delivering inspiring classes.
A strength and conditioning coach, Matthew has 12 years’ industry experience working in different roles within teams from the NRL, AFL and the A-league. He is a lead coach at the Australian Institute of Fitness, NSW, as well as the director of Invictor, a fitness company that delivers ropes conditioning courses in Sydney.
With over 14 years’ experience in high performance development, Nick’s credentials speak for themselves. Formerly the national trainer and high performance coach of a multi-national real estate firm, Nick today coaches the who’s who in many different sales-based industries through his company, Performance Wave.
Tony Boutagy, PhD
Tony is a personal trainer and director of the Sydney-based Boutagy Fitness Institute, a strength training facility for personal training clients and an educational centre for personal trainers. He is a research fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Fitness Research. Tony is a former recipient of Australian Fitness Network’s Author of the Year award.
Amanda Bracks, BSc
Amanda is an international speaker, trainer and business consultant training thousands around the world in fitness sales and lead generation. The author of two sales and marketing books, she has sold over 21,000 memberships and 1,000 PT packages. Amanda has received many accolades, including NSW fitness manager of the year and Australian Club of the Year.
Thuy Bridges, BAppSc (Physio)
A registered physiotherapist, certified Kinesio Taping Instructor and Pilates instructor trainer, Thuy (Twee) is known for her advanced problem-solving skills, which form the concepts for her dynamic presentations to health, movement and fitness professionals. The director of PhysioWISE, and author of Length, Strength and Kinesio Tape, Thuy has presented her practical lectures and clinical research in Japan, Germany, Norway, Canada, Dubai and the US, as well as in Australia.
Known globally as Mr Retention for his groundbreaking work in member retention, exercise adherence and membership growth, Paul is the creator of the Face2Face Retention Systems which are the standard operating procedure for several of the world’s most successful and prestigious health club groups. A former club owner, Australian Sport Aerobics Champion and conditioning coach to world champion athletes, Paul truly understands the science of fitness along with the wants and behavioural needs of club members.
Paul Bulatao, BExSc, Dip VocEd
Combining his passions for fitness, education and training, Paul is the National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Manager for fitnessU. During his 13-year fitness industry and VET career, he has held roles as an instructional designer, curriculum developer, lecturer, presenter, assessor and training manager for Australia’s leading fitness colleges. Paul also teaches freestyle cycle, and is one of the most sought-after cycle instructors in Sydney.
Jenny is head of Burrell Education, the UK's leading educator in the field of modern pregnancy, post-baby, 3rd Age (peri-to post-menopause) and female fitness, wellness, massage and bodywork therapies. Jenny is also creator of the ground-breaking women's core health wellness system, Holistic Core Restore®, leading a team of specialist fitness professionals and physiotherapists dedicated to improving the pelvic and core health of women throughout life.
Susie is one of Australia’s leading dietitians with degrees in both nutrition and psychology. The resident dietitian on Channel 7’s Sunrise, she also has a weekly nutrition segment on the 2GB afternoon show with Chris Smith. Susie has written three books and has a nutrition practice in Sydney, where she specialises in working with clients to achieve weight loss.
Since 2005, Peta has worked as a sports dietitian with elite teams, including Brisbane Broncos, Queensland Academy of Sports, Newcastle Knights and the Newcastle Jets. She currently consults to Australian Rugby Sevens, NSW Waratahs, NSW Rugby League and Manly Sea Eagles. She also undertakes clinical work and presents to a range of professionals.
Luke is the founder and CEO of Discover Strength personal training in Minneapolis, USA. Discover Strength’s three studios are among the highest volume/revenue training facilities in the country. An American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified exercise physiologist with a Masters degree in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota, Luke is also a sought-after speaker to businesses and leaders in a variety of industries.
With over a decade of fitness industry experience to draw on, Chaddy is a PTA Global Faculty Member, TRX and Trigger Point Performance Senior Master Instructor, ViPR pro trainer, and SandBells and Kettlebell instructor. Chaddy is renowned for his ability to apply science to movement and make it fun and understandable.
With over 20 years’ industry experience, Ish is one of the world’s leading fitness presenters. The head of fitness for Les Mills New Zealand, he is internationally recognised throughout the health and fitness industries as a leader, educator and visionary.
Cameron is the Director of Education of Stages® Indoor Cycling. As a leading authority in the indoor cycling tech revolution, she has worked with the largest commercial fitness accounts in the world. Top fittech operations and innovators seek her expertise when bringing their products and programs to the group fitness market.
Owner and director of Sports Training Solutions, Katrina specialises in women’s health, small group training and athletic performance. A popular international presenter, Katrina educates and inspires health and fitness professionals around the world with new and innovative training concepts and is a Master Coach with the Australian Institute of Fitness.
The Director of Brand Strategy and Education for US-based Hyper Wear Inc, Declan has over 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry as a trainer, coach, teacher, gym manager and fitness business owner, and personal training manager with premier US gym chain Equinox Fitness. The co-founder of fitness tech company PumpOne, he was the content/subject matter expert until its sale to Anytime Fitness.
Bret Contreras, PhD, CSCS
Bret is widely regarded as the world's foremost authority on glute training and is the author of Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy, the co-author of Strong Curves, the co-founder of Strength & Conditioning Research Review, the inventor of Hip Thruster, the editor in chief of Personal Training Quarterly, and the founder of Strong by Bret.
Michael is the National Fitness Manager for Fitness First Australia, a role in which he has developed fitness strategy, products and programming throughout Fitness First clubs both in Australia and abroad. He has overseen the development of thousands of personal trainers through his involvement with Fitness First’s induction and development programs and is a regular contributor to industry publications.
Tiffany is the founder of Yoga Medicine and an internationally renowned yoga instructor who has dedicated 20 years to crafting a teaching and practice methodology infused with Eastern and Western notions of medicine. Her teaching is supported by her work as a holistic health practitioner, acupuncturist, and sports medicine expert. Based in Seattle, Tiffany has authored two books, teaches regularly for YogaGlo, and teaches extensively around the world.
An experienced and popular convention presenter, Hays is the founder of Australian Combat & Exercise, a sports science and education business, and of ACE Martial Arts & Boxing. As a coach, Hays has trained a number of professional fighters over the years in boxing, kickboxing and MMA, with many of them winning international titles.
Mark Davis, BAppSc (Physio), BEd (PhysEd)
Mark is a physiotherapist with an extensive background in gym-based rehabilitation and over 25 years’ experience in the fitness industry. A former master coach with the Australian Institute of Fitness, he has been involved with the preparation of thousands of fitness professionals. In 2011 Mark was the recipient of the Australian Fitness Industry Presenter of the Year award. He is currently undertaking PhD studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Greg is an Australian Sports Physiotherapist whose work in systematic injury prevention and athlete preparation is regarded as a considerable asset in Australian and international sport. Greg rebuilt the sports medicine/physiotherapy service for the NT Institute of Sport, Performance Physical Therapy service for EXOS at the Shanghai Sports Institute, and China National Women's Volleyball team (2015 World Champions).
An experienced educator, researcher and specialist in human performance, Luke has been presenting and lecturing on health, fitness, exercise and sports science for over 15 years. The head of sports science at Australian Combat & Exercise (ACE), he is a few months away from completing his PhD in sports science.
Liz Dene, BHMS, Grad Dip Sc (Nut)
Liz is a qualified nutritionist and exercise specialist with over 17 years’ experience in all areas of health, fitness and nutrition. She has been instrumental in developing the Australian fitness industry through her involvement in curriculum development on training and education boards. A regular guest presenter on various TV networks, Liz’s goal is to bring people’s lives back into balance through healthy eating and exercise.
Effe has over 20 years’ experience teaching and managing group fitness. Both a national and international presenter, she was an Australian Fitness Network Master Trainer for the Indoor Cycling Experience program, and was a part of the Australian Schwinn Master Trainer Indoor Cycle team. An accomplished and well-respected instructor and instructor mentor, Effe’s passion lies in the development, education and training of fitness professionals.
Mel Dos Remedios
Mel is the Marketing Manager and Co-Owner of the Personal Training Academy. She is a certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach, NLP practitioner, life coach, personal trainer and PTA Global faculty member. For the past 20 years she has worked in a broad range of management and leadership roles both within Australia and overseas.
An Accredited Exercise Physiologist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia, Chris holds a Bachelors in Health and Exercise Science and a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology. He holds further qualifications in the areas of strength and conditioning, health and behavioural psychology, nutrition and exercise rehabilitation. As the owner of CD Exercise Physiology he has been involved in the health and fitness industry for over 10 years, working with clients ranging from elite athletes to those with chronic disease.
Laraine Dunn, MSc
Laraine's fitness industry accolades – Australian Fitness Industry Lifetime Achievement and Australian Fitness Professional of the Year – reflect her passion for her work. Her areas of specialty range from aquatic exercise to healthy ageing. Laraine's diverse expertise includes delivering innovative classes and presenting at international conferences.
Kylianne is a movement coach at The Movement Room in Karratha, Western Australia. A personal road to health and wellness led Kylianne into personal training in 2011: prior to this she had completed her education in counselling. Seeing the link between movement and mental wellbeing empowered Kylieanne to specialise in movement conditioning for pregnant and post-natal women, guiding them safely and effectively through everyday challenges and the real demands of mum life!
Adam Floyd, BSc (Physio) BPE (Hons)
Adam graduated dux of his physiotherapy class in 1997 and has been working in private practice for 17 years. He is the director of Regenerate Physiotherapy in Perth, WA, which incorporates a commercial rehabilitation facility. The centre specialises in exercise programs for clients with osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, spinal pain and other musculo-skeletal injuries and pain. He presents nationally and internationally at industry conferences and is the creator of the GymED series of Rehab DVDs.
The Managing Director of Les Mills Holdings Limited, Dione oversees the Les Mills club chain and property portfolio in New Zealand. After a brief career as a financial controller, she followed her passion to study sport and health science, and started working at Les Mills as a part-time receptionist to fund her studies. Since then Dione’s career has encompassed everything from hosting a weekly TV fitness segment, to university lecturing and management roles.
Jai is committed to helping improve the economic and social contribution that fitness and wellness bring to our community. A former professional triathlete, his love for fast-paced sprint triathlon and trail running led him to study Human Movement (Sports Science), and as a PT studio owner/operator he honed his appreciation for the powerful role that a healthy mind/movement relationship plays in the success of high performing humans. It is this awareness that inspires him every day.
A passionate teacher of meditation, Rod empowers people to let go of physical and mental tension and effortlessly dive into deeply meditative states. Drawing on his traditional studies with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Art of Living) and the synergistic approach of his current teachers Lorin Roche, Shiva Rea and Bryan Kest, Rod weaves knowledge of the deeper practices of yoga with experience from his own practice. As co-founder of InYoga, Surry Hills, he artfully shares this with yoga students and teachers alike.
The Director of Polestar Pilates Australia, Catherine has many years of training experience, both as a dance instructor and corporate consultant. An ongoing back injury led to a career in Pilates, and she opened her Pilates Studio on the Northern Beaches of Sydney in 2002. An inaugural committee member of the Pilates Alliance of Australasia, Catherine understands the importance of continuing training and keeping up-to-date with the latest rehabilitative techniques.
A former competitive soccer player, years of training and education taught Janni the advantages of functional strength training and a positive attitude. Through practicing bodyART he learned to appreciate the impact of the combination of strength and flexibility. Working in fitness for over 15 years, he trains several professional national teams and individual athletes. Janni is a personal trainer, movement therapist, massage therapist, yoga teacher, bodyART educator, co-creator of BAX, STABY® educator, Ballooning Ball® educator and creator of Certificat Health Trainer Education.
Dom has been teaching aqua fitness since 1993 and has a reputation for offering innovative and challenging water workouts. He delivers aqua workshops and new instructor trainings across Australia. A regular contributor to fitness industry publications, in 2012 he was named Australian Fitness Network's 'Author of the Year'.
After many years participating in group fitness classes, Chelsea took the leap to pursue a career in the fitness industry. Since becoming a group fitness instructor in 2011 she hasn't looked back! The Group Fitness Manager at Goodlife Health Clubs in SA, and a qualified personal trainer, Chelsea has a passion for inspiring others to achieve their goals.
Stephanie Glickman, BA (Dance)
Stephanie is an educator with Melbourne-based Breathe Education, delivering training in anatomy, biomechanics, clinical Pilates and gym assessment. A former Stott Pilates instructor trainer and fully certified across a range of Pilates trainings, she owns and manages armaturepilates in Brunswick, VIC. When not training instructors or teaching, she is the Herald Sun's dance and circus critic.
Debi Godfrey has been teaching aqua fitness for over two decades, both in her native South Africa and then in Australia when she moved to Sydney in 2000. In addition to her Liquid Barre program for deep and shallow aqua, Debi teaches Aqua Zumba and Gymstick H2O.
Lisa is the Director of YogaFit Canada and Program Development Manager for YogaFit in Australia. With a strong passion for fitness, yoga and movement, her goal is to make yoga accessible to all and to make YogaFit the go-to source for yoga education and classes around the world. Lisa has been teaching yoga and fitness since 2001.
A global ambassador for the benefits of exercise and living well, Maureen is Vice President of Program Innovation for Canada’s GoodLife Fitness and canfitpro. Mo, as she is known, is a licensed physiotherapist and a physical health educator, and has been recognised for her three decades contribution to the industry, being named one of Canada’s 20 Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity (2014) and IHRSA’s Woman Leader of the Year, in honour of Julie Main. Mo is a published author and a regular contributor to publications including The Huffington Post.
An instructor of numerous movement disciplines, from ballet and pole dancing to Pound and freestyle, Alissa is the Group Programs Manager for Crunch Fitness & UFC Gym. A former competitive aerobics athlete and finalist, she has a love of performance which has led her to work with Madonna's trainers, and make regular television appearances.
A former professional dancer from the UK, Sally has over 15 years’ experience in the physiotherapy and fitness industries. Her Sydney-based business Pro-align integrates clinical Pilates with functional corrective exercise. She is a national ViPR instructor for Perform Better Australia and also presents workshops on holistic health and corrective exercise rehab for dancers throughout Australia.
After successfully opening, operating, and selling his personal training, yoga, and spin studios in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tom relocated to Sydney where he served as a general manager for a chain of gyms.
With a passion for coaching and helping people achieve their goals, Tom joined the NPE team as the AP Regional Coaching Manager. A Ju Jitsu, sports and theatre buff, he supplemented his income with acting gigs when starting out in the fitness business.
Dan Henderson, BA (Sport & Exercise Management)
The owner of Functional Training Institute (formerly Australian Institute of Kettlebells), Dan is a dynamic presenter who delivers courses to fitness professionals worldwide. He has created accredited courses in many functional training modalities, including kettlebells, powerbags and battling ropes. He regularly contributes to fitness industry publications.
Gareth is a Director and Coach with OD on Movement, using education, empowerment and enjoyment to achieve results with clients of all ages and abilities. He is known for his different perspective on science and its application for client results. Gareth is passionate about helping people regain purpose and enhance the standard of service in health and fitness through applied education.
Jeremy is a physiotherapist and Pilates practitioner and former ballet dancer. He has been teaching Pilates for close to a decade in a wide range of settings, including physiotherapy private practice, chiropractic clinics, health and fitness centres, ballet schools, private homes and university classes. In 2015, Jeremy assumed the roles of Assistant Educator for Polestar Pilates and Treasurer for the Pilates Alliance of Australasia, with the goal of increasing the profile of the Pilates Method within the healthcare sector.
A former professional ice hockey player, Jan is passionate about helping people enhance performance both in life and as athletes. As well as running his own boutique fitness studio EvoPrime Fitness, Jan is a Perform Better Australia presenter, Australian Faculty of the Institute of Motion and ViPR Global educator. Devoted to helping people build robust and resilient bodies for life, he challenges everyone he encounters to think differently about how to achieve this.
Caroline is an experienced fitness professional working as a group fitness manager, mentor and coach within the industry. With a passion for group fitness and education, she is committed to doing all she can to see group fitness continue to thrive through the development and education of current and future fitness industry professionals.
Hailing from Bulgaria, Ivan is the creator of the 5 major Suples Training Systems: Bulgarian Bag, Gladiator Wall, H.I.R.T.S (High Intensity Rope Training System), Suples Wrestling Dummies, and the Suples Fit Ball. In 1981 he joined the Greco Roman wrestling program at the Sports School & Technical College in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. He went on to compete in Greco Roman Wrestling for the Central Army Sport’s Club, and then for Wrestling Club Slavia Litex in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Meghan Jarvis, MEd. & BKin
Meghan is CEO of Buzvil, a digital platform designed to change group fitness. She holds qualifications in sports science and kinesiology, and brings to FILEX her experiences from a lifetime in professional sports, including her global top 10 standing in girl’s BMX bike racing, her semi-professional basketball career, and her coaching at university level.
Steve Jensen has been involved in the fitness industry for over three decades and is regarded as a world leader in sales and communication training. As the founder and CEO of Impact Training Corporation and the National Sales Academy he has helped boost the profits of thousands of fitness businesses in Australia and around the world.
A professional singer, dancer and actress, Sian brings her skills to the fore as a BUF Girls ‘enter-trainer’. The creator of, and coach for, BUF Girls ‘LBD Sleek & Sexy’ program, she seamlessly integrates her health and nutrition qualification with her fitness expertise. Sian is also a functional training coach at AGOGA in Bondi.
Kathy Johnsun, BSc
After completing her Certificates 3 and 4 in fitness in 2008, Kathy's fitness career began when she was awarded a PT Scholarship for Fitness First St Leonards in Sydney – and she has never looked back! Each week she teaches basic training, boxing, aqua and Zumba sessions to packed out classes. In 2014 Kathy was named Australian Fitness Network's Group Exercise Instructor of the Year.
Darren is the Senior Vice President of Instructor Programming for Zumba Fitness LLC, based in Miami, US. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Human Movement Science, he is a featured writer for numerous fitness industry publications and a regular presenter at international conventions. Darren sits on the IDEA Program Directors Committee and is an IHRSA industry expert in the field of personal training. He is the former Head of Fitness for Virgin Active Group’s 100 plus clubs in South Africa.
Manny is a highly respected industry expert and accomplished presenter with over 30 years’ experience, both nationally and internationally. With a passion for tough strength work, he has presented for Les Mills International and many other programs, delivering technical and motivational instruction to fitness professionals. A BODYPUMP and BODYCOMBAT expert, he teaches at Fitness First and other top Sydney clubs, and is also an ambassador for Australian Fitness Network.
Shira Kramer, BPhty
Shira is one of Australia’s leading women’s health and fitness professionals. An experienced physiotherapist, fitness leader, presenter and business leader, she is the founder of BeActive, a successful enterprise that has consulted to over 4,000 women at various stages of their pre- and post-natal journeys. A renowned global speaker and mentor for women's health and wellness, Shira is passionate about keeping women active during all ages and stages throughout life.
A dietitian and the co-founder of Eat Play Thrive, Vicky is a proud proponent of the low carb high fat (LCHF)/paleo lifestyle, a stance which puts her at odds with the Australian Dietary guidelines. With qualifications and experience in the health, nutrition and fitness industries, she has 20 years’ experience in consulting, presenting, lecturing, training, instructing and writing, and is recognised as a pioneer of Pilates in Australia.
Blending 20 years of international experience with degrees in psychology and exercise science, Nathalie is a passionate educator and inspirer. As the Director of Membership and Certification for canfitpro in Canada, Nathalie uses her uniquely vibrant leadership style to make profound and lasting change with her staff, clients, and participants.
Australian Sports Physiotherapist Ulrik Larsen believes passionately that exercise professionals need specialised tools and skills in order to deal competently and confidently with their clients’ niggling injuries – without actually becoming physios themselves! For the past decade Ulrik and his team of elite international sports physio educators have conducted boutique face-to-face REHAB TRAINER courses around the world, specialising in muscle imbalance correction and functional movement retraining to manage and reduce injuries.
Dedicated to the life-enhancing benefits of functional movement, Marin is a TRX Master Instructor and owner of TRX Training Sydney, the first licensed TRX Training studio outside of the US. A lululemon Athletica Ambassador, he is also a certified Trigger Point Performance Master Trainer, ViPR Pro Trainer and SandBell instructor. Marin is a former member of the New Zealand Men’s Water Polo Team and also competed in the Australian National Water Polo League for the Balmain Tigers.
Michelle Le Grand
Michelle is the owner of Le Grand Marketing, helping fitness businesses get a better return with their marketing. She has over 20 years of marketing experience and specialises in strategies and social media. Michelle also has ten years’ experience as a group fitness instructor and manages her own PT business.
A passionate and intensely driven movement therapist, Vanessa is a firm advocate for continued education and training, not only for herself but for the whole health and wellness industry. She works closely with one-on-one clients and small group training, and also mentors personal trainers. She is committed to group exercise and is currently on a committee programming national classes for Virgin Active Australia.
The co-owner of the Kaizen Institute of Health in QLD, Dave is an exercise physiologist specialising in holistic health and exercise. With a long history in elite high performance sport conditioning, he lectures internationally to health professionals on the benefits of integrating a holistic approach to health and fitness.
Alani (Storm) Mala is world renowned for developing and delivering inspiring fitness experiences. With over 20 years’ experience as a leader in the fitness industry, and with a degree in physical education, Alani lives and breathes health and fitness and is passionate about helping others achieve their full potential through both group and one-on-one training.
Rosemary is a physiotherapist with an additional 20+ years’ experience in fitness consulting and training. The Practice Principal for Max Sports Physiotherapy Clinic on Sydney's Northern Beaches, she has been a subject matter expert for various organisations including Sports Medicine Australia (co-author of the new pre and post-natal Position Stand). She is author of the award winning The Essential Guide to Fitness, and The Fit Busy Mum.
Merrin Martin, BAppSc (Physio)
With over 20 years’ experience lecturing within the health and fitness industries, Merrin is regarded as an expert both in her role as educator in specific exercise programs, and in managing injuries. Based in Sydney, NSW, she is the director of Active Anatomy physiotherapy and Active Anatomy health professional education.
Emma is Australia’s Master Educator for Stages® Indoor cycle, and has been cycling her way through the industry for the past seven years. As Group Exercise Manager for Virgin Active, Emma lives and breathes group exercise, and revels in getting to do what she loves every day – developing, mentoring and educating instructors to be the best they can be.
Bill is a health club industry veteran with over 25 years’ experience leading and managing all aspects of commercial health clubs, medical fitness centres, residential, community, multi-tenant and corporate fitness sites. He co-founded Active Sports Clubs and Active Wellness, LLC and owns health club consultancy BMC3. Bill has served as Chairman of IHRSA Board of Directors, and served on the Industry Advisory Board for the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
Dr Cam McDonald
After studying to be an Exercise Physiologist, Dietitian and Nutritionist, Cam completed his PhD looking at lifestyle change after cancer treatment. Those learnings, in combination with a decade of private practice, conference presentations, and a general thirst for the whole answer to health, have led to him becoming Australia’s Director of ph360, the world’s most advanced platform for understanding lifestyle, medicine and genetics.
Lisa is in the top 5 per cent of keynote speakers in the world. She has authored seven bestselling books, spoken to over two million adults in twenty-six countries, and shared the stage with two American Presidents. Lisa is one of only three Aussies to be inducted into the International Speakers Hall of Fame (CPAE) and is one of the most memorable speakers you’ll encounter. With a background in sports psychology and high performance, she’ll empower you to ‘lift your game’ and contribute your talents to society.
Mark McKean, PhD
With an extensive background in fitness and strength and conditioning, Mark is a Research Fellow heading up 'Fitness Research' at University of the Sunshine Coast. With over 20 years’ fitness industry experience, he has provided consulting services to sporting and fitness organisations and conducted workshops and lectures both nationally and internationally.
Mel has been practicing, teaching and experiencing all that yoga, meditation and pranayama have to offer since a lengthy sojourn in India 17 years ago. She has trained with some of the world’s most respected teachers of yoga energetics and bodywork. Mel has a background in dance and bodywork, which lends itself naturally to the flow and movement of asana yoga and an understanding of body mechanics.
Dr Joanna is one of Australia’s best-known health, nutrition and healthy lifestyle experts. She is the official nutritionist for the Today Show, and appears regularly in TV, radio, print and online media. The director of Dr Joanna, which runs online lifestyle change program Get Lean, Joannais a nutrition science consultant to various companies, and author of several books, blogs and articles. She is also a co-author and ambassador for the Diploma of Nutrition with the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers.
Marietta is an award winning Australian presenter and Australian Fitness Network Ambassador with over 20 years’ teaching experience in both land- and water-based group exercise. She is also the World Master Trainer and education coordinator for Gymstick International and Pelvic Floor Ambassador for Continence Foundation Australia. Marietta has developed a unique mentoring system based on accelerated learning that has provided the fitness industry with many highly skilled instructors and presenters.
Nic is the General Manager at AGOGA, Bondi in NSW, and a functional strength specialist. While his passion for functional training spans many disciplines, his true calling is teaching clients how to reach high levels of strength. Nic’s training philosophy is that strength is a skill: a deliberate practice for your whole life.
Kat is a trainer, speaker and coach who has worked in the health and fitness industries for the past 13 years. The owner of Get Results Training, she has helped thousands of people achieve outstanding success in body and life transformation. Kat is a qualified NLP practitioner, business coach for personal trainers and a fitness lecturer.
Cassey is Women's Health Next Fitness Star 2015, fitness expert for Channel 7’s The Morning Show and creator of and coach for BUF Girls ‘Australia's Bride’ and ‘Red Carpet Ready’ programs. She is also Head Trainer at AGOGA in Bondi and celebrity trainer for Scoopla and 2DayFM/Austereo.
Fusing a business background with yoga and fitness, Angela firmly believes in the power of play and living a life in balance. A master trainer and yoga teacher (as well as a Certified Accountant!), Angela’s goal is simple: to help people achieve their goals with a lighthearted approach, a smile and an invitation to explore freedom.
With 20 years’ experience working in fitness across the globe, Mark has a genuine desire to help people create a balanced and sustainable lifestyle to maintain their fitness and weight loss goals. He has designed group fitness and bespoke oneonone programs worldwide, and is leading the move towards mindful fitness.
Troy is a Wellbeingpreneur, CEO of Willows Health Group, a Business Partner in the award-winning ABC Commercial’s Happy Body at Work program and a director of SpringDay, a wellbeing technology platform. Troy is a sought after national speaker concentrating on creating a culture of wellbeing for all his businesses reach.
Thomas Myers, LMT
Thomas directs Anatomy Trains, which offers courses globally in manual therapy and the anatomy of movement. The author of Anatomy Trains (Elsevier 2001, 2009, 2014), Anatomist’s Corner (Kinesis 2012), Body3 (Kinesis 2010), and co-author of Fascial Release for Structural Balance (North Atlantic 2010, 2016), he speaks frequently on fascia, connected anatomy and movement. Thomas has authored numerous articles and contributes frequently to trade magazines and journals. He has produced 16 DVDs and a dozen webinars for manual therapists and movement teachers.
Christine regularly presents the AUSTSWIM WETS Aqua Instructor Course across Australia and New Zealand and works behind the scenes in course development. She is a popular group fitness instructor, teaching various classes and using her background in Drama and Education to keep participants entertained and on their toes!
Perry is the founder of Stop Chasing Pain and Pain Laser Center, LLC. He is also the creator of the Primal Rehab: Moving Beyond Mobility course, which teaches people how to move smarter, move better and feel great.
Kirsty Nield, MA
Starting her career as a fitness professional in 1999, Kirsty has established herself as a leading freestyle instructors in SA. She is Group Fitness Manager of Blackwood Fitness, one of SA’s leading freestyle gyms. Holding regular workshops and training for instructors, Kirsty is passionate about keeping freestyle classes on club timetables and training instructors in the art of freestyle.
Claire Norgate, MEd
Claire has spent the past 30 years studying health and wellness and has a passion for simplifying the complexities of the human body. Her varied occupations, including those of midwife, yoga teacher and academic, have inspired her to share her knowledge with her peers. Claire currently runs a successful personal training business, teaches group exercise classes and develops instructor training courses.
David Norman, BPhEd
As the owner and founder of EYE Fitness, David has built the Excite Your Environment brand to be the Australasian fitness industry’s leading provider of innovative fitness concepts. He is passionate about getting more people involved in exercise through engaging products and programs.
Nardia Norman, BPE
Recipient of Australian Fitness Network’s Personal Trainer of the Year award 2014, Nardia is a fitness industry expert with over 15 years’ experience in personal training, coaching and educating fitness leaders. An integrative training expert, she is renowned for her effective coaching methods and ability to guide clients and students to fulfil their true potential.
With over 20 years’ experience in health and fitness, Ian is considered one of the ‘Elders’ of the industry. His unique perspectives, innovations and effective applications enhancing the human being, have seen him collaborate with and befriend many of the industry leaders. He is the Director of OD on Movement, a training and fitness professional education provider that aspires to lead and innovate.
Matt O’Neill, MSc (Nut&Diet)
Matt is the dietitian/nutritionist on Channel 7’s The Morning Show, director of the SmartShape Centre for Weight Management and creator of the Metabolic Jumpstart weight management system. He’s a dynamic speaker on a mission – Mission Metabolism – to jumpstart the nation to eat well and move more.
Phill is a multi-disciplined executive coach, global speaker and influential change-maker who assists organisations to create businesses, brands, careers and personal life journeys that are enriched with meaning. Phill has mentored and coached leading executives, world champion athletes and globally celebrated artists and entertainers in the lifestyle of meaning. His powerful workshops and keynotes inspire and challenge audiences with conversations on leadership, personal branding, engagement and client experience.
Matt is a seasoned coach, published author and the founder of numerous international health and fitness businesses, including Hip Thruster UK Ltd, Sandbag Fitness & Brute Force Europe. He also sits on the board as a nonExecutive Director for the YMCA in the UK.
Kerri’s passion for aquatic fitness has seen her pioneer the aquatic exercise industry in Australia. An educator, trainer, motivator and mentor with over 30 years’ experience, she was the recipient of Australian Fitness Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. As presenter of innovative and practical workshops, she is generous with her time and in demand both nationally and internationally.
Practicing for nearly two decades, Duncan has trained in most major styles of yoga and is the founder of Australia’s most successful yoga studio business, Power Living. A teachers' teacher, he has graduated over 1,000 yoga teachers and authored the popular book Modern Yoga. Among his many accolades, he ran the Guinness World’s Biggest Yoga Class (18,000 people) and helped start YogaAid, a charity foundation raising over one million dollars for people in need. Duncan teaches all over the globe and inspires thousands of people to live powerfully and selflessly.
Jono is Head Presenter at Fitness Education Online, St George Area Manager at ABBBC and a PT mentor/assessor at AIPT. A Level 3 Fitness Australia-registered personal trainer, he has been in the fitness industry since 2006. He also hold s a degree in exercise science and is a qualified exercise physiologist.
Steve Pettit, BPhEd, BCom
After many years of fitness leadership, Steve has become a highly respected figure in the industry. He has worked with some of the world's leading fitness providers, including Les Mills Asia Pacific, Zest Health Clubs and Les Mills International. He is now the CEO of the Australian Institute of Fitness, QLD, and is currently completing his MBA.
Amelia is a Digital Fitness Entrepreneur with 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry. She has cofounded many fitness products (including Michelle Bridges 12WBT), and appears regularly in the media and at FILEX. Combining her knowledge as a trainer with digital experience, Amelia loves nothing better than helping other fitness enthusiasts.
John Polley, BA (Hons)
JP is a movement coach, physical therapist and mentor, with the philosophy of training the human being, not just the human body. Owner of BE FREE in Perth, he works with a wide range of people, from those with extreme restriction through to professional sportspeople. JP has taught workshops across Australia and New Zealand and is a regular presenter at FILEX. He is tirelessly driven to share what he loves – a passion for wellness with movement.
With a background in both exercise science and sports nutrition, Taryn has been involved in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years. She is an international instructor trainer, fitness presenter and the host and creative director of the international TV show Aerobics Oz Style. Taryn lives in Sydney where she owns a Pilates studio and a holistic lifestyle and nutrition practise.
Dr Helena Popovic, MBBS
Dr Helena is a medical doctor and leading authority on brain plasticity and its relationship to obesity. She graduated from the University of Sydney and is the founder of Winning at Slimming - thinking the light way, a ground-breaking fat loss program based on changing the brain to change the body. She is also a best-selling author and international speaker whose philosophy is ‘education is more powerful than medication’.
Krista Popowych, B.HKin
Krista has been inspiring fitness leaders, trainers and managers for over two decades with her motivating and on-trend sessions. Her outstanding commitment to fitness education has seen her named canfitpro’s 2016 Fitness Presenter of the Year and IDEA’s 2014 Fitness Instructor of the Year. A highly sought instructor, trainer and educator, Krista is the Global Director of Group Education for Keiser®. She is also a TV personality, DVD creator and Adidas 3-stripe team sponsored member.
Eleni has over 28 years’ experience in education and the fitness industry. She has combined her professional experience with her lived experience of an eating disorder to deliver Fitness Australia-approved education on this serious mental health issue to the fitness industry.
Farkas is an all-round acrobatics entertainer and educator. He has coached acrobatic gymnastics up to international level, representing Australia as a coach in the 2008 World Cup and Junior World Championship, and 2011 World Cup. He holds a Master’s degree in Physical Education (Hungary), Bachelor’s degree in Gymnastics Sport Coaching (Hungary), as well as High Performance Gymnastics Coach qualification (Gymnastics Australia) and personal training, Pilates, sports nutrition and rehabilitation certifications.
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