Coaches and Ambassador
The most popular Personal Trainer in Australia, Michelle Bridges rose to fame on Channel Ten's The Biggest Loser after she first appeared in 2007. Michelle Bridges has been an ambassador for Australian Institute of Fitness for the past few years, encouraging others to get certified with the Institute, just as she did. Michelle has lived and breathed fitness all her life, and was even taking group exercise classes at her school from the early age of 14. She now has her own weight loss program and has written three books. "Think you've got what it takes to be a world-class Personal Trainer, you'll need passion, commitment and a great qualification. Give Australian Institute of Fitness a call on 1300 669 669."
Our Coaches are dedicated fitness professionals who specialise in the area of fitness education. With over 12 campuses across Australia and in excess of 75 Coaches nationally, we'd need a tonne of space to cover them all! So instead we have described the various Coach roles and profiled just a few of our fabulous Coaches who are typical of the high standard and experience on our Training Team.
(Main Pic) Michelle Bridges, Matt Shirvington and some of our great Course Coaches
Our Course Coaches are on campus, face-to-face with our Friends (students), training, guiding and encouraging them in the training room and on the gym floor. They empower, excite and energise our students to have fun as they learn. Experience has taught us that when our Friends are laughing, they are listening; and when they are listening they are learning. Hence we employ a variety of teaching styles and incorporate fun, accelerated learning techniques into our delivery of programs, to assist Friends in grasping concepts quicker and remembering information for longer. Coach in classroomAll of our Coaches are qualified Personal Trainers and/or Massage Therapists, who hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (or equivalent); have currency in First Aid and have obtained a Working With Children Check. In addition, many hold relevant higher education qualifications at an undergraduate and/or postgraduate level, and/or qualifications in the areas of massage and business. But most of all, they have a wealth of experience in the health and fitness industry and demonstrate a genuine desire to empower our Friends to excel in their chosen fitness careers.
Scott Lloyd-Owen (Massage and Business - NSW)
Name: Scott Lloyd-Owen
Qualifications: Diploma of Remedial Massage; Meadowbank TAFE. Bachelor of Management: Sport and Exercise; University of Technology Sydney
Experience: Over 7 years experience as a remedial massage therapist, over 5 years working in practice with a chiropractor, own mobile massage business and have worked with several sporting teams and athletes.
Favourite Fitness Activity: Cricket
Favourite Play Away: Guitar
Favourite Food: Thai
Favourite Movie: Anchorman
Tip for Institute Friends: Enjoy your time at the Institute, at times it will be challenging however you will look back with fond memories, great skills and a real sense of achievement!
Heather Chirakis (Fitness, Massage and First Aid - SA)
Name: Heather Chirakis (Nickname: Healing Heather)
Qualifications: General Nurse, Diploma in Remedial Massage, Certificate IV in Massage Therapy
Experience: Over 15 years nursing in community practices and public hospitals, over 5 years as a self employed Massage Therapist including provision of services at physiotherapy clinics and health clubs
Favourite Fitness Activity: Walking, Boxing
Favourite Play Away: Caravanning
Favourite Food: Dark Chocolate
Favourite Movie: Shirley Valentine
Tip for Institute Friends: Life is like an encyclopedia, you never stop learning.
David Mitchell (Fitness Lead Coach - WA)
Name: David Mitchell (Nickname: Dangerous Dave)
Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Science (Sports Management and Sports Science), Master of Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning), Edith Cowan University
Experience: Strength and Conditioning Coach and Sports Coach since 2004 working with athletic groups such as East Fremantle Football Club, Western Australian Cricket Association, Hyper Active Sports, Inglewood Soccer Club.
Favourite Fitness Activity: Can't beat a good resistance training session
Favourite Play Away: AFL and Cricket
Favourite Food: Ice Cream
Favourite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Tip for Institute Friends: You are never a failure unless you stop trying.
Our eCoaches guide and encourage our eFriends - students who study online via the Institute's eCampus. eCoaches provide support, feedback, and direction to our eFriends to ensure they achieve success throughout their online fitness studies and stay on track. They are available to assist eFriends with any queries and maintain regular contact with them to keep them focused and motivated to achieve their goal. eCoaches have similar qualifications to our face-to-face Coaches and in addition, have the IT savvy to conduct virtual classrooms and assist eFriends navigate their way around eCampus.
Aimee Harvey (Fitness - Vic)
Name: Aimee Harvey (Nickname: Harvs)
Qualifications: Bachelor of Dance, Auckland University of Technology
Experience: Commenced her fitness career in 2004 at Les Mills Auckland City and worked in various roles in the fitness industry such as s gym instructor, PT, Body Pump and Freestyle group instructor and receptionist and been a professional Lifeguard around the world. I have been working at the institute since 2008 and LOVE it!
Favourite Fitness Activity: Running and Body Pump
Favourite Play Away: Beach!
Favourite Food: Pasta mmmm
Favourite Quote: 'Carpe diem - Sieze the day'
Tip for Institute Friends: Just Do it!
Melody Stewart - (Business - Qld)
Name: Melody Steward (Nickname: Mel)
Qualifications: Master of Management (specialising in Human Resource Management), Bachelor of Business (double major in Management and Sports Management), Graduate Diploma in Education , Griffith University
Experience: Over 2 years experience as a Business Development Manager/Consultant in the Engineering and IT Sectors, and management at Just Jeans, plus over 7 years experience as a tennis coach / program coordinator
Favourite Fitness Activity: Swimming
Favourite Play Away: Walking outdoors
Favourite Food: Chocolate
Favourite Quote: There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine.
Tip for Institute Friends: Make sure you find purpose and feel passion in everything you do.
National eCampus Coordinator
This is the person your eCoach is referring to when they say they're going to ask the 'the IT guy at the National Office'. The National eCampus Coordinator is not only responsible for the technological features and operation of eCampus, but also controls the design, implementation and continual improvement of the Institute's online programs for fitness, massage and business. This person is highly qualified in information technology with skills ranging from digital media to website production and is crucial to the eLearning experience on eCampus.
Nagi Saeed (IT)
Name: Nagi Saeed
Qualifications: Certificate IV in Digital Arts and Media, Certificate IV in Website Production, TAFE NSW; Short courses in Project Management and ActionScript Programming
Experience: Over 10 years of developing and delivering courses online including the creation of Flexible Learning Toolboxes at the start of his career at TAFE NSW and the implementation and ongoing development of the first Learning Management System for Konica Minolta Australia.
Favourite Fitness Activity: Walking.
Favourite Play Away: Chess
Favourite Food: Anything that has coriander in it specially Thai
Favourite Book: The Ugly American by William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick
Tip for Institute Friends: Keep your software up to date ;)
Master Coach - Fitness
Each region has a Master Coach who oversees the team. As an exemplary Coach, the Master Coach has all the qualifications described above plus a relevant tertiary qualification such as Human Movement, Sports Science, Exercise Physiology, Physical Education or Physiotherapy to name a few. This Coach also has extensive experience in two key areas being the Institute's curriculum and years of involvement in the fitness industry.
The Master Coach is in the classroom but has the added responsibilities of ensuring high quality delivery of curriculum across the region. And, the Master Coach coordinates and conducts high-level, on-going training and professional development for the Coaching team to ensure they are continuously improving upon the
ir professional practice.
The Master Coach contributes to the continuous improvement strategy and is an integral member of the National Training Team that ensures the Institute has one great way of training across Australia!
Training Team Captain
Each region has a Training Team Captain who provides exceptional leadership and management of the Training Team. The Training Team Captain is also an integral member of the National Training Team and deals with the business of training.
Experienced Coaches and fitness business managers, these Captains have extensive experience in working with fitness professionals and guiding teams to high quality outcomes. As educational managers, they are committed to ensuring Friends achieve their fitness goals in a supportive and nurturing environment that promotes life long learning.Next › To get started - Request your Free DVD - Click here