I am a 33 year old endurance athlete, qualified fitness specialist, corrective exercise trainer and have studied exercise nutrition. I originally hail from Tasmania. I have completed 50 marathons (both competitive and non-competitive), several triathlons/multisport events ranging from duathlon to ironman. I have represented Tasmania at Cricket from U15 to 2nd XI and made the Aus. U19 Squad. I have also been a football umpire, umpiring in the VFL and AFL from 2001-2007.
I am based in Melbourne
I came to the sport after losing the passion for team sport where my efforts were not being justified in the outcomes I was receiving due to external factors – teammates and coaches (long story). I was seeking a challenge where I could test my limits and explore new horizons.
I came to coaching way back in 1996 when I started out coaching junior cricketers (while still a junior cricketer). I spent over 10 years doing cricket and fitness related coaching. Then my interests in fitness expanded and I decided to become a personal trainer then a fitness specialist (Diploma of Fitness) and currently now an accredited Corrective Exercise Trainer. My driving passion is to assist others seeking greater health, fitness and mental focus through exercise. I take pride in seeing someone eyes glisten when they achieve a goal.
I am currently doing Face to Face, Internet and possibly in the future creating a “Not Just Fitness Team”.
No, I like to coach anyone in any discipline and any form. “A seed is what needs to be planted for it to grow”.
Running and corrective exercise.
My knowledge in various aspects of fitness (Strength & Conditioning, Corrective Exercise, Nutrition, Triathlon, Running and skill based sports). My understanding and constant availability to assist when required. I also think my adaptability is a valuable trait.
Yes and No. Experience is knowledge. An understanding of the nature of endurance sports is important both from a theoretical and practical standing. One thing you must be able to do is understand the mental aspect just as much as the physical.
Currently training 11 people from a different range of demographics.
Diploma of Fitness
Certificate III and IV in Fitness
Corrective Exercise Trainer
Exercise Nutrition Certificate
Exercise Rehabilitation Certificate
I have real life experience in dealing with the following:
Depression, Injury, Nutrition, Endurance Training, Psychology.
Coaching children, training overweight people, coaching people with disabilities.
Marathons, Triathlons and Multisport events.
High Level Competition in team based sports (Cricket & Football Umpiring)
Short Term – Help those who seek my assistance develop as an athlete and person
Long Term – Have a training stable
My coaching style is based on addressing the weaknesses of an athlete and developing training programs to being able to maximise performance depending on the situation.
Do you follow a general philosophy or influence, e.g. Friel, Lydiard, etc.
Phone – daily if required
Email – daily if required (programs can be emailed weekly, fortnightly or monthly depending on the athletes requirements).
Face to Face – When required
Performance is gauged in many ways depending on what the client is seeking.
For weight loss; obviously scales and body measurements.
For nutrition; energy levels and body composition.
For training; programs, races and time trials.
For strength and corrective exercise I use test sets.
Yes, gadgets have their place as does the ability to know your body. One day the gadgets may fail and you need the ability to be able to be in touch with body to handle different situations.
Gadgets I utilise – HRM, Bike Computer, Watch.
As needed, depending on the athletes requirements.
I have great experience as I have or had clients/athletes who have family and/ or work commitments. It is all about finding out their availability, financial situation and then working a program to fit around these. To become successful it requires balance in both general life and training life.
Fully individually based. No two athletes are the same and should not be treated like that.
Yes in some aspects.
Yes if required or requested.
Feedback and the ability to follow a program without overdoing things.
No, no preference.
Certainly – goal setting needs to be realistic to your ability and limitations.
No, but I have not taken on clients due to their attitude.
I have trained the elderly. They are treated differently by adapting programs to limit load and placing more emphasis on maintaining strength.
Yes, very much so. Recovery is essential as we get older from both from a nutritional and training aspect. Older athletes require less impact and can maintain levels of fitness by utilising other forms of exercise in their plan to complement the “normal stuff”.
Good question. Injury is not caused by the coach in many aspects. Injury is caused by the athlete possibly not following their program and/or not listening to their body. This is where feedback is important.
Yes and No, it depends on the client/athlete. We are all not the same. People have different genetic makeup so this must be understood.
This depends on the athlete/client and their current situation. Past history, availability and testing outcomes all come into consideration in determining what intensity and volume is required.
Coached several juniors who have become State/National Representatives.
Matthew Wade (VIC/TAS/AUS), Jonathan Wells (TAS) and several junior reps.
Nour Eldin Tarraf – when starting coaching him in mid 2013 he was able to run approx. 30mins maximum with difficulty. Since then he has been able to complete 70min runs and also during this time has been able to overcome his injury riddled past by using a progressive patterning in his training.
Nathan Dennis - I can personally vouch for Andrew’s effectiveness as a Personal Trainer and Coach, as in 2009 Andrew helped me to optimize my training and diet to achieve remarkable results. With a history of severe trauma to my upper body, chronic joint pain and multiple serious muscle tears Andrew helped me to change my running technique, markedly improve my core strength and flexibility, and in the process lose 40kgs of body fat. I went from not being able to run 400m to running a 10km race in 53 minutes. My comment to him at the time was that he made me feel “bulletproof”.
Cost depends on what you are seeking.
Online training : $25p/w or $100 per month. This is delivered in weekly, fortnightly or monthly blocks depending on your needs/situation. Unlimited communication.
Nutritional Analysis is $25 – Full analysis and report of current diet
Nutritional Plan is $50-80 depending on the requirements – Weekly diet plan that is functional and adaptable.
Training Programs – Corrective exercise, Strength Training, Rehab, Block plans for races (e.g. 10km Race/10 week program) all these P.O.A as they vary depending on the client/situation.
Not Just Fitness