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Where do you live and work?

I live on the Lower North Shore in Sydney. I’m the owner of Katalist Personal Training where I do outdoor sessions at Milsons Point, and I operate out of Goodlife Health Clubs #1 Martin Place in the city.

What fitness qualifications do you hold?

I have my Cert III & Cert IV and have also completed lots of other courses. I’m an Advanced Crank It Fitness Suspension Training Coach, Advanced ACE Certified Boxing Fitness Trainer, Advanced Boot Camp & Outdoor Fitness Instructor, Qualified Small Group Instructor and Wellness Coach, to mention a few!

How did you get into this industry?

I was always active, participating in gymnastics, field hockey, athletics and cheerleading, but that all took a back seat after I earnt my Master of International Business degree. I went straight into the corporate world, spending all day in an office, and although I was successful at what I did, I didn’t enjoy it. To combat feeling stressed and dealing with lower back pain from sitting all day, I got back into running and a training routine. One lunch break I walked out of the office in tears of frustration and ended up in front of the doors of the Australian Institute of Fitness. At that point I decided I needed to pursue what makes me happy. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.

Describe your typical day

I wake up at 5am, quickly eat brekky and head out the door by 5:30am to catch the train into the city. I’ll often grab a coffee on the way into the gym. I train my wonderful clients from 6am until noon at the gym before I head back across the bridge to do outdoor group training with a fun corporate team. In the late arvo I head home for a short nap or do some admin and marketing for my business. Then, in the evening, I head back out to do a few more sessions under the bridge.

What are the best and worst aspects of your job?

The best part is my clients! I love helping them reach their goals and break through barriers. The worst part is trying to figure out when a good time to take a holiday is!

What’s your main focus now and what are your goals for the future?

To ensure I keep myself healthy and continue to learn so I can provide my clients with more value. In the future I’d like to expand what my business can offer. Possibly branch out online or find like-minded trainers to work with me.

What motto or words of wisdom sum up your fitness/life philosophy?

My life philosophy: ‘The world rewards clarity, you must be clear on what you want to achieve.’

My fitness philosophy: ‘The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.’ Arthur C. Clarke

And finally – who would be on your ultimate dinner party guest list, and why?

Jillian Michaels, because I admired her growing up. She seems tough but I think she is just getting to the clients’ ‘why’. Shannan Ponton because I like his training approach and honesty. Anthony Robbins – who wouldn’t want to sit next to a motivational guru? And, last but not least, dietitian Sue Shepherd because I’d hope she’d bring some of her amazing gluten free dishes!

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