It didn’t initially even enter my mind, I did an exercise science degree at Deakin wanting to work for an elite sporting team. I lost my passion for that throughout the course but finished the degree nonetheless (this automatically qualified me as a registered PT).
It wasn’t until I had worked in management in sport and got into bad habits and my once athletic figure was now very overweight to the point my best mate called me a “fat f***” one night.
I’d grown up the skinny kid and never been called that. It fat shamed me into action, then I started my own journey. Visited my cousin's training facility in Warrnambool and was inspired. The rest is history.
Basketball referee at 14, then checkout chick at 15 with Woollies.
I love mixing it up. But If I was held to ransom, I’d say bench press because I’m decent at it.
Brentwood Secondary College (Glen Waverley)
The reward from helping someone who didn’t know how to help themselves and showing them the way. All these years on it never gets old and there is always more to learn, it’s an evolving science.
Mum's meatloaf or lasagne.
I have been a coach of junior elite basketball players for 19 years. I wanted to turn the love of coaching and training into helping people reach their goals and potential.
Hungry Jacks crew member. I worked my way up into management.
I love lifting weights. The days that you push your body further than you ever thought possible and the days you drop the weight and just smash out a workout.
I also enjoy running, boxing anything that pushes the body.
Cleeland Secondary College.
Seeing clients achieve things that they never thought they could. Transform their body into something that they can admire in the mirror. Complete a box jump, do a chin up, complete a push up on their toes, lift 200% of their body weight.
My wife makes a Chicken Risotto to die for. She made a batch once and went out to netball. I came home to a note “help yourself”. She planned for it to be leftovers for the next night and possibly lunch the day after (5 serves) … there were no leftovers!!!!
During high school, I saw lots of bullying because of people’s weight. It didn’t sit right in my belly at all, and it really fuelled the fire within me to become a Personal Trainer and help people. To learn the knowledge to teach others how to live a healthier and fulfilling life.
Fish and chip shop (don't miss it at all, especially Good Fridays!!)
Footy (AFL) playing it, watching it, listening to it, just helps keep me sane.
Rowville Secondary College (Western Campus)
Seeing clients faces when they get results.
My Mum's lamb curry, it’s to die for!! (Only on cheat nights though)
I became a chef because as a kid I used to love the smell of food in the family home. My Italian mum cooked every day and so food bought the family together at night! So cooking for me represents excitement “What’s for dinner ma??? being nurtured , coming together, a feeling of home, being loved and a celebration of life. So when I was offered an apprenticeship I was delighted as I was going to be able to live this on a daily basis! For me food brings people together and to be able to cook for people gives me great joy as I am able to give the very thing I got in the family home growing up, love and nurture!
My first ever job was at “Dial a Dino’s Pizza” I was 15 years old answering phones!
My favourite exercise activity is leg extensions and curls and I love Thai boxing!!!
Growing up I went to two high schools. My first high school was Burwood High which now is part of Deakin Uni and after that, I went to Bayswater High.
The best part of being a chef in The PT industry is learning the nutrition element of food!!! As a chef, you cook for flavour, not health that’s what I was taught going through the ranks! These days things are different and people are much wiser in their food selection. I love the fact that I am able to incorporate my years of cooking skills and knowledge to be able to understand how to manipulate cooking methods to get optimum health in my food.
Ohhhh my favourite food would have to be Thai yummmmo!!!
I always wanted to do something which I love. I am passionate about health and fitness, So I thought working as a P.T.will be something which I will enjoy. And assisting clients to achieve their fitness goals gives me great satisfaction.
I was a cook.
My favourite exercise is Squats and Deadlifts. Cricket and soccer are also my favourite sports!
A government school in Punjab, India.
The best part of being P.T: getting paid for doing something I love. Also the satisfaction I get from helping people achieve their health goals.
Indian and Mediterranean.
I became a Massage therapist to heal people.
My first job was before and after school carer.
My favourite exercise is Circuit training.
I went to Berwick Secondary College.
The best part of being a massage therapist is meeting people and seeing results.
My favourite food is Salmon steak and crunchy Asian salad!
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