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Personal trainers in Canberra?

By orangegirl - 31 October 2011 30

Does anyone have a recommendation for a personal trainer in the city, inner north or inner south?

I want to find someone who can teach me a program/skill set that will set me up for years rather than months.

I am not interested in group training or anything resembling boot camp. 

I’m happy to pay for quality.

What’s Your opinion?


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Personal trainers in Canberra?
Bussie 7:09 pm 31 Oct 11

NDelatovic said :

Hi Orangegirl, My Name’s Nick and I’m a pretty great personal trainer. I work out of a gym called ACT Barbell in Fyshwick but I live in Braddon and can take you for sessions in the inner north area.

I pride myself on setting up my clients with the skills and knowledge to be healthy and fit for their entire lives. If you were to train with me then we’d achieve whatever your immediate goals are while also servicing that overarching goal. We’d take a holistic approach towards improving your whole lifestyle, not just the time that you’re in the gym. It’ll be about using the best available knowledge to develop a system that works for you personally. My goal is to get my clients to the point were they’ll never need my services again.

I charge $44 per session, which includes all the outside programming we’ll do for the rest of your week. If you have any health/fitness/nutrition questions or you’d like to organize a free trial session then please e-mail me at nickdelatovic@hotmail.com or call on 0423 535 369.

Failing that, I can personally vouch for the knowledge and skill-base Ben at Elements.

Very modest there Nick, can you help me with my immediate goals of deadlifting 400kg and running a 2:10 marathon?

NDelatovic 5:40 pm 31 Oct 11

I’d also like to agree with Watto23’s comment. As an athlete myself, I’m very reliant on the knowledge and oversight of my Coach’s to make I keep progressing.

Getting expert knowledge will help you in ANY pursuit. Anyone looking to become healthy who is decent financial means should avail themselves of coaches, psychologists, physiotherapists etc.

Of course their are a thousand ways to be active, many of them free. But many Australians are short on basic knowledge that would make a real difference in their lives. For instance, how to strengthen and mobilize your lower back, or the concept of homeostasis (which explains why many people can’t lose weight just by going for a run). The best part of my job is getting to share this life-changing info.

NDelatovic 5:22 pm 31 Oct 11

Hi Orangegirl, My Name’s Nick and I’m a pretty great personal trainer. I work out of a gym called ACT Barbell in Fyshwick but I live in Braddon and can take you for sessions in the inner north area.

I pride myself on setting up my clients with the skills and knowledge to be healthy and fit for their entire lives. If you were to train with me then we’d achieve whatever your immediate goals are while also servicing that overarching goal. We’d take a holistic approach towards improving your whole lifestyle, not just the time that you’re in the gym. It’ll be about using the best available knowledge to develop a system that works for you personally. My goal is to get my clients to the point were they’ll never need my services again.

I charge $44 per session, which includes all the outside programming we’ll do for the rest of your week. If you have any health/fitness/nutrition questions or you’d like to organize a free trial session then please e-mail me at nickdelatovic@hotmail.com or call on 0423 535 369.

Failing that, I can personally vouch for the knowledge and skill-base Ben at Elements.

watto23 5:07 pm 31 Oct 11

goose said :

Reduce intake and increase output.
Eat less and walk, run, swim, bike ride etc.
No need to pay someone, self discipline is all that is needed.
Make a set time everyday to do some exercise, and just reduce what you eat by a bit.
Good luck 🙂

Seriously if its that simple we all would do it. OP don’t be afraid to try a few trainers out. Since I found a good personal trainer she is worth her weight in gold. My life and health have turned around completely.

As someone whos always played sport and been a member of the gym, but also 30 kgs overweight, its easy to suggest to exercise more and eat less. A good personal trainer will help target the right exercise programs, also keep you motivated and also push your own limits. Most professional atheletes need a coach to help push them.

Also if you mentally struggle see a psychologist also. This is far more useful than going on diets and doing fads etc. I’d recommend my trainer, but she is southside and has no spare places right now.

Waiting For Godot 3:33 pm 31 Oct 11

Stay right away from a certain gym in Weston. One of their personal trainers is a psychotic, tattooed roid freak with a pathological hatred of “faggots”.

Rusalka 2:45 pm 31 Oct 11

And by Mort St I mean Moore St.
Time for another coffee me thinks.

Stevian 2:22 pm 31 Oct 11

goose said :

Reduce intake and increase output.
Eat less and walk, run, swim, bike ride etc.
No need to pay someone, self discipline is all that is needed.
Make a set time everyday to do some exercise, and just reduce what you eat by a bit.
Good luck 🙂

If it was that easy everybody would do it

Rusalka 1:33 pm 31 Oct 11

Ben at Elements Fitness in Mort St. Hands down.

Elements does personal training and fitness stuff, yoga, as well as Martial Arts (BJJ, MMA, Boxing, Capoeria, etc). The benefit to this is the Ben has a large wealth of knowledge and tailors his sessions to meet what you want to work on, or in my case what you need to work on. He’s also a great person to talk to about nutrition and food in relation to what exercise you’re doing. Also I find a lot of his stuff you can take away and do at home.

Their webpage is http://elementsfitnessact.com.au/ but I know they are having issues with that at the moment. Ben’s mobile is 0402 581 977, or drop in if you’re in the City as Ben or one of the other instructors are usually there.

Good luck on your hunt.

Angelina 12:09 pm 31 Oct 11

I mentioned this in the thread the jenny123 is referring to. Rebecca Brown, Peak Performance. The facilities are at her home in O’Malley so you don’t have to join a gym. She has several large rooms that take up the bottom floors of the house with a lot of different equipment. When I was going there I got true one-on-one personal training each session and I didn’t have to share the trainer or the room I was doing the session in. When I went I had a young baby so it was great to be able to bring baby with me to each session.

She also writes up exercise plans (homework if you like) for you to do between sessions. I found that was great to give me structure so I kept on track between sessions. You get the progress checkups too. It was a really great experience for me. It got me back on track.

As I mentioned on the other thread she wasn’t cheap but I was happy with her, I thought the vibe and the facilities were great and I learned so much about making my own exercise plans to vary my routine so I don’t get bored.

http://www.peakp.com.au – her qualifications and stuff are all on the website.

Mysteryman 12:05 pm 31 Oct 11

goose said :

Reduce intake and increase output.
Eat less and walk, run, swim, bike ride etc.
No need to pay someone, self discipline is all that is needed.
Make a set time everyday to do some exercise, and just reduce what you eat by a bit.
Good luck 🙂

All true, but far too vague to be of any actual help. I’m a big believer in one’s ability to self-teach but sometimes it really does help having someone else teach you and share their insight, or even just show you where you’re going wrong.

orangegirl 12:04 pm 31 Oct 11

That was very helpful, thanks jenny.

jenny123 11:40 am 31 Oct 11

I was looking into A Hern personal trainers, not sure if their any good, has anyone had any experience with them??

Orangegirl you might find this helpful

http://the-riotact.com/getting-fit-for-summer-in-canberra/56346

sawyer 11:37 am 31 Oct 11

goose said :

Reduce intake and increase output.
Eat less and walk, run, swim, bike ride etc.
No need to pay someone, self discipline is all that is needed.
Make a set time everyday to do some exercise, and just reduce what you eat by a bit.
Good luck 🙂

Thanks, goose. You’re a genius.

sawyer 11:33 am 31 Oct 11

Ben and Jamie at Deakin Fitness First are good. They both charge about $60 an hour.

goose 11:28 am 31 Oct 11

Reduce intake and increase output.
Eat less and walk, run, swim, bike ride etc.
No need to pay someone, self discipline is all that is needed.
Make a set time everyday to do some exercise, and just reduce what you eat by a bit.
Good luck 🙂

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