Instructor profiles

Instructor profiles

Meet Your Group Fitness Team

Group Fitness Instructor Cassiano

My name is Cassiano. I have been working in physical education since 2002 and have a Bachelor Degree in Fitness Health and Science (Brazil). I have been trained through Les Mills (BODYPUMP®, RPM® and CXWORX®) and also create my own classes in Freestyle Cycle and Step. I feel passionate about encouraging people to meet their fitness goals while creating positive and consistent change in their lives. I believe that hard work and motivation are the keys to success. 

Group Fitness Instructor Profile Jacqui

Jacqui began her love affair with fitness in 2008 as a member of Macquarie University Sport and a participant in group fitness classes. Being so passionate about group fitness, she began instructing classes. 

Over the past four years, Jacqui has studied extensively in fitness and taught many forms of group exercise including BODYATTACK®, BODYSTEP®, freestyle aerobics and Pilates. Jacqui has taught thousands of pilates classes for both large groups and individuals and completed advanced teacher training in pilates, in conjunction with trained physiotherapists.

Sport Group Fitness Instructor Sophie

Sophie has been teaching Les Mills group fitness since 2008, but was an avid participant for three years prior to her training. She teaches BODYATTACK®, BODYPUMP® and RPM® and hopes to train in BODYBALANCE® soon (to explore the calmer side of life).

  • Her future goal in the fitness industry is to become a Les Mills presenter for BODYATTACK® and then RPM®. She has also just finished a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours Macquarie University, with the aim of becoming a clinical psychologist.

Sport Group Fitness Instructor Katie

My name is Katie and I'm a psychology student here at Macquarie. Group fitness has always been a big part of my life and I decided to take up the challenge of teaching in 2012. Since then, my fitness and friendships have gone from strength to strength. With the support of the fabulous team at Macquarie University Sport I've been able to polish up my teaching, with a constant view on up-skilling and bringing the best of Les Mills programs and myself to the club. My classes are all about a fun, positive environment where friends encourage each other to enjoy the workout and feel fantastic.

Sport Group Fitness Instructor Cara
  • Cert III fitness and group exercise instructor
  • Cert IV personal training
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP® and BODYATTACK® instructor
  • Zumba instructor
  • RIDE and cycle instructor

After being in the industry for over ten years I can honestly say that fitness and exercise are my passion and I love helping make it others passion as well.

Sport Group Fitness Instructor Alicia

I hold both a Cert III and Cert IV in fitness specialising in freestyle group exercise. She has training and experience in a range of pre-choreographed and freestyle programs including BODYCOMBAT®, BODYPUMP®, Boxing, Aqua, Zumba, Pilates and Yoga. She has a real passion for making exercise enjoyable, rewarding and suitable for everyone. She believes that styles of training such as aqua and pilates are viewed as easy classes or for injured/old people but that quite the opposite is actually true. She thoroughly enjoys helping and educating people and try to take that ethos to all of her classes.

Group Fitness Instructor Larissa

I am a certified international Wushu/Tai Chi instructor (6 Duan) and judge. I have been involved in a number of different pursuits. One of them is the sport of Wushu (this is the correct title for the Chinese Martial Arts that includes internal arts such as Tai Chi, Bagua, Xing Yi and modern spectacular Wushu with various weapon play as well as traditional Wushu that sometimes is referred to as kung fu) in which I was involved since the late 80's.

Group Fitness Instructor Yogi

I grew up in India so yoga was never a foreign concept. I have played with yoga nearly all my life having been introduced to it at the age of five by my grandfather and uncle. At the age of around 14 years, I started doing my regular Japa meditation (chanting of sacred mantra). I focus more on Dhyana (meditation) which is the seventh limb of eight limbs of yoga. I believe main purpose of physical asanas and other limbs of yoga is to prepare one's body and mind for the meditation because it is the last step before Samadhi (realization of oneness with all that is salvation/liberation/moksha/true nature). 

Sport Group Fitness Instructors Negar Khamsie

Negar has been teaching group fitness since 2012, she began as a participant of Macquarie Sports and Aquatic Centre's classes and was immediately inspired by the fantastic instructors and knew she wanted to be a part of it.

Currently, she teaches RPM® and BODYPUMP®.

Group Fitness Instructor Profile Image Chooky

I originally trained as a Les Mills instructor 20+ years ago while at university studying (BSc (Stats)) in Dunedin, New Zealand. Since then I feel incredibly lucky to have taught BODYATTACK®, BODYPUMP®, BODYCOMBAT® and BODYBALANCE® across NZ, Australia and the UK.  

In my homeland (NZ) I was a Les Mills regional workshop presenter for BODYBALANCE®, and well before the group fitness bug took a bite I was an international gymnastics representative and competitive gymnastics coach.

Group Fitness Instructor Profile Image Anna

I was originally a student member at this gym and loved it so much I became an instructor here.

I am currently studying Human Science at Macquarie University. I teach athletic and aerobic programs including BODYATTACK® and BODYSTEP® athletic, which are great for people looking to burn lots of calories and get fit fast.

Group Fitness Instructor Profile Image Alex

Alex has made the transition from being a keen participant in group fitness from his university student days to being an instructor. He currently holds a Master Degree in Chiropractic as well as a group exercise leader certificate. With a background in Karate and Kungfu, it was not surprising that he became a BODYCOMBAT® Instructor (Advanced Level). He also teaches BODYPUMP® and Les Mills GRIT® Series.

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