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Tim Brown

Tim’s passion is helping people. He founded FunFit (now Personal Strength) in 2008 to do just that.
Whether you have a specific specific physical goal or just want to make life a little easier – Tim is there to help.
Along with strength and conditioning coaching, Tim’s special interests include Self Defence training for ‘at risk’ populations and has recently run local seminars and workshops with Ku-Ring-Gai Council Youth Services, BodyShape Female Fitness Centres and Neighbourhood Watch.

Qualifications:

  • Certificate III & IV in Fitness (Personal Trainer and Children’s Trainer)
  • Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA) Level 1 Coach
  • 5th Dan Black Belt and Teaching Licence in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (Japan)
  • Personal Defense Readiness (PDR) Fundamentals Coach (USA)
  • Applied First Aid (Senior First Aid)
  • Lifeline Course: CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic & family violence
  • Currently enrolled in a Postgraduate Diploma in Domestic Violence (Prevention)
Nicky has always wanted to help people. She is a registered Psychologist with a particular interest in what environments, characteristics, and skills help people to flourish. Nicky has been studying Psychology since 2003, and researching and teaching psychology since 2008. She has specialised in motivation, decision-making, sleep, resilience, positive psychology and coaching, and psychology research and evaluation. Nicky has provided training and coaching in resilience to community members, and employees of large corporations and government bodies through her work for Resilience Research and Training Systems at Macquarie University (link the name to: occupationalresilience.com.au).

Relevant Qualifications:

  • PhD/Masters in Organisational Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science – Psychology (1st class honours)
  • Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training (2005)
  • Lifeline Course: CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
  • Black belt in Ninjutsu

Attended training in:

  • Acceptance Committment Therapy (ACT) for Children, Parents, and Adults (4 days total)
  • Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Resilience
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Bullying in schools
  • Positive psychology and coaching
  • Working with strengths

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Sally Thompson

Sally has a passion for helping women exercise to help them reach weight loss andfitness goals and to provide pelvic floor safe exercise programs for women with a weak pelvic floor/bladder – due to childbirth, family history etc. or for those recovering from any pelvic surgery and to maintain bone strength for osteoporosis prevention (and to relieve the symptoms of menopause).

Qualifications:

  • BAppSc (Health Education)
  • Certificate III & IV Personal Trainer (MMISS accredited fitness trainer)
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Applied First Aid (Senior First Aid)
  • For more about Sally and the Pelvic Floor Fitness Project click here

Kimberley has 6 years experience as a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. She enjoys combining theoretical and practical knowledge to help her clients achieve their goals and develop a better understanding and implementation of a healthy lifestyle. Kimberley enjoys being healthy and active herself, and achieving balance at work and at home. She has competed in numerous long distance running events and is working towards competing in long distance triathlons and multi-sport adventure races. She believes in sharing this passion and motivation with her clients to help them achieve their goals and embrace a healthier lifestyle.

Qualifications:

  • Masters of Human Nutrition
  • Certificate III & IV Personal Trainer
  • Currently studying for Masters in Health and Human Services
  • Applied First Aid (Senior First Aid)

Kimberley Weeks

Lachlan Heasman

Lachlan’s curiosity lead him to coaching via helping organisations improve their work in software development.

Coaching is about helping you change and grow. As your coach Lachlan works with you to help you understand what you want to achieve and how you can get there. Research has demonstrated that people being coached not only achieve their goals but also generally feel better or more satisfied with life. Lachlan’s top strengths (on Realise2) are Curiosity, Change Agent, Humour and Counterpoint, and if you are wondering what these mean he is happy to explain (another strength of his) over a coffee, barbell or break fall.

Qualifications:

  • MSc in Coaching Psychology
  • BSc (Hons)
  • Realise2 Practitioner – Centre of Applied Positive Psychology Europe
  • ACT Practitioner – ACT Mindfully

Narelle is passionate about promoting better movement, flexibility and strength to her clients through Pilates. Having had a difficult pregnancy and birth, Narelle found Pilates was critical to her rehabilitation, enabling her to be able to have pain free functional movement again. Coupled with her personal love for health and fitness, all this inspired her to take on the challenge to train as a Pilates Instructor. After working in demanding roles in the corporate world for over 24 years, Narelle understands the stress and ‘tech’ postures and how to improve them for reduced pain.

Narelle is a fully qualified Mat Pilates instructor and has been practicing Pilates for over 10 years. With a Bachelor of Arts and Honours degree in Psychology, Narelle understands the importance of the mind-body connection, a key tenant of Pilates. Her passion for Pilates is evident in her creative classes, teaching good alignment and technique, designed to challenge and encourage her clients to strive for their goals. Narelle is completing further studies in Pilates and looks forward to continuing her Pilates journey.

You will find Narelle active in her down time, in a Pilates mat or studio class, lifting weights or boxing and sweating it out or chasing her son around.

Qualifications:

  • Mat Pilates instructor and has been practicing Pilates for over 10 years
  • Bachelor of Arts and Honours degree in Psychology

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Testimonials

We've helped many people take control of their lives and learn to lead a better, stronger and more fulfilled life etc.
Check out what our current and past clients had say!

Self Defence For Women
Tim’s workshop has provided me a great insight of defending myself in dangerous situations. It was comprehensive and easy to understand. Started with knowing nothing about self defence, I walked away with confidence of protecting myself in just 2 hours.
Vikki Song
Self Defence For Women
Tim’s self-defence class gave me the skills to be more confident in being able to protect myself as well as making me more aware of my surroundings and being able to read situations before they got out of hand. Thanks Tim.
Jackie Stokes
Self Defence For Women
I attended a Self Defence workshop for women yesterday. It was excellent!! I learnt so much and really enjoyed the whacking part of it!! Thank you, Tim!
Kathy Campbell
Adults Fitness
More than just a gym! I would highly recommend Personal Strength to anyone who is looking to gain strength and confidence as well as to anyone looking to improve their performance in other sports. As a distance runner, cyclist and dragon-boat racer,… read more
Lisa Mah
Adults Fitness
Tim, thanks again for your demo yesterday afternoon on using the foam roller. I was always under the impression that as long as you felt OK (i.e. no sore points) then that indicated that the body was basically relaxed. Your simple demo yesterday has blown… read more
John O.
Adults Fitness
Great private gym! Tim is friendly and approachable and the atmosphere of a Personal Strength session is quite unique! His experience and knowledge is beyond most trainers you’ll meet meaning that you’ll always get value for money and far more attention… read more
Rocky Huang
Adults Fitness
Tim is a transformational coach that I have being training with for last 8 years. Tim uses the principles functional fitness that develops fitness for everyday life. Tim has taken the best of different fitness methodologies to develop his own program…. read more
Adam Davis
Adults Fitness
Great local gym with a very welcoming environment. I’ve been training with Tim for years and I have always enjoyed his personalised approach which helped me to achieve my goals. Tim is always very encouraging and makes each training session challenging,… read more
S L
Adults Fitness
Tim helped me turn around my health and fitness completely. After 27 years of inactivity, he showed me the way to a healthier, stronger and rewarding way of life, and all in such a short time. My hat’s off to you my friend.
Chris Raap
Personal Training
Tim’s personal approach and genuine concern for my well being and progress is unique, and his advice on diet, exercise and mental/emotional balance means I enjoy a well-rounded health regime. I have seen enormous benefits from attending FunFit and… read more
Mike Godfrey