Meet our group fitness instructors
Cassiano has been working in physical education since 2002 and has a Bachelor Degree in Fitness Health and Science (Brazil). He was trained through Les Mills (BODYPUMP®, RPM® and CXWORX®) and he also creates his own classes in Freestyle Cycle and Step.
Cassiano is passionate about encouraging people to meet their fitness goals while creating positive and consistent change in their lives. He believes that hard work and motivation are the keys to success.
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 her advanced teacher training in Pilates, in conjunction with trained physiotherapists.
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 at Macquarie University, with the aim of becoming a clinical psychologist.
Katie is a psychology student here at Macquarie. Group fitness has always been a big part of her life and she decided to take up the challenge of teaching in 2012. With the support of the fabulous team at Macquarie University Sport, Katie has been able to polish up her teaching with a constant view on up-skilling and bringing the best of Les Mills programs to the club. Katie’s classes are all about a fun, positive environment where friends encourage each other to enjoy the workout and feel fantastic.
Cara holds a Cert III as a fitness and group exercise instructor, a Cert IV in personal training, and is a Les Mills BODYPUMP® and BODYATTACK® instructor, Zumba instructor, and RIDE and cycle instructor. After being in the industry for over ten years, fitness and exercise are her true passions and she aims to help make it others’ passions as well.
Alicia holds 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 tries to take that ethos to all of her classes.
Faria’s passion for dance began when she was very young while watching a ballet performance at Bolshoi Theatre. She walked out knowing that dance is the only form of expressing the inexpressible. Faria is trained in Indian classical dance (Kathak) and has performed in several stage performances in Moscow and South Asia. Faria teaches Zumba, Zumba Toning and Bollywood dance.
Faria says, “Teaching Zumba is more than being just an instructor, it is about inspiring and being inspired. Any form of fitness gives you empowerment, strength, vitality and confidence. I am a new mum and Zumba gives me the chance to let my hair down and get fit in a fun way with friends.”
Larissa is a certified international wushu/tai chi instructor (6 Duan) and judge, and has 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). Larissa has been practicing since the late ‘80s.
Yogi grew up in India so yoga was never a foreign concept for him. He has played with yoga nearly all his life, having been introduced to it at the age of five by his grandfather and uncle. At the age of around 14 years, Yogi started doing a regular Japa meditation (chanting of sacred mantra). He focuses more on dhyana (meditation), which is the seventh limb of the eight limbs of yoga. He believes his main purpose of physical asanas and other limbs of yoga are 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).
Negar has been teaching group fitness since 2012. She began as a participant of Macquarie University Sport’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®.
Chooky originally trained as a Les Mills instructor more than 20 years ago while at university studying in Dunedin, New Zealand. Since then, she feels incredibly lucky to have taught BODYATTACK®, BODYPUMP®, BODYCOMBAT® and BODYBALANCE® across NZ, Australia and the UK.
In New Zealand, Chooky was a Les Mills regional workshop presenter for BODYBALANCE®, and before that, she was an international gymnastics representative and competitive gymnastics coach.
Anna was originally a student member at this gym and loved it so much that she became an instructor. She is currently studying Human Science at Macquarie University. Anna teaches athletic and aerobic programs, including BODYATTACK® and BODYSTEP® athletic, which are great for people looking to burn lots of calories and get fit fast.
Alex has made the transition from being a keen participant in fitness classes from his student days to becoming an instructor. He currently holds a Master Degree in Chiropractic as well as a group exercise leader certificate. With a background in karate and kung fu, it was not surprising that he became a BODYCOMBAT® instructor (Advanced Level). He also teaches BODYPUMP® and Les Mills GRIT® Series.