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Support and advice are critical factors in any long-term fitness program.

Regular training sessions with our personal trainers will see you attaining your individual goals while staying motivated and getting the results you’re after. The guidance provided at The Underground Fitness Club is informed without being intimidating.

Our certified fitness trainers and consultants will help you to embark on the right program for you, moving beyond any stubborn plateaus. They’ll help you to break out of fitness ruts and will seek to re-energise your workout at every opportunity. Along the way, they’ll challenge you, change your outlook and build your confidence with results that extend far beyond the mirror.

Train with the best and get results!

Jade

Jade is TUF Club’s manager and owner, but she hasn’t spent all of her life behind a desk; instead her constantly active life has led her to a career in fitness.

No-one who meets Jade would disagree that she has a particular flair to TUF Club – she’s been a dancer since the age of 4, and has performed on some big stages over the years.

It’s through her dance background that she developed and grew her love for fitness; not only has she been a keen tennis player for most of her life, she’s also been boxing since the age of 5, a passion she inherited from her father.

As a result, you can see that boxing plays a large part of the classes at TUF Club; Jade and her team know that boxing is one of the best forms of exercise for all over conditioning, not to mention the self defence benefits.

However, Jade’s holistic approach to fitness means that she, and therefore TUF Club as well, aren’t solely focused on boxing. Each of the many sports that Jade plays brings new approaches, techniques and philosophies to her fitness journey; this is this then passed on throughout the TUF Club team.

Furthermore, as the manager and owner of TUF Club, Jade ensures that everyone’s experience at TUF Club is as positive as can be – that starts from the team she’s put together, but also making sure that TUF Club is a safe, respectable and safe environment for all.

Chris

In Chris’ time as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach, armed with self-motivation and enthusiasm, he’s found that anyone is capable of achieving anything. Chris insists that fitness should never be a passing phase but rather, a way of life for everyone in order to maintain a balanced lifestyle.

Chris joins The Underground Fitness Club team with a wealth of experience under his belt. In addition to being a qualified fitness instructor, Chris has worked extensively as a Personal Trainer since completing Certificates 3 and 4 at the Australian Institute of Fitness in 2010.

His career as a Personal Trainer/Life Coach has seen him working at some of the most renowned establishments in Australia.

Since childhood, Chris has been passionate about everything related to sports and fitness, embarking on his sporting career at the age of 5 when he began playing AFL football. At 12-years-old, Chris began playing soccer, working his way through the Under 13s, 14s, 15s and 16s. In 2007, Chris was selected starting as keeper for the Australian Private Schools team. From there, he was then selected as keeper again for a combined Under 19 team competing in Germany. At just 16 years of age, Chris was the youngest member of the team.

Soon after, in August 2007, Chris spent three weeks on trial with the Scottish Premier League team, Hearts of Midlothian Football Club. He went on to spend another 3 months in Europe which also saw him coaching the Under 13 Australian squad competing in an Italian tournament.

Chris’ experience throughout Europe proved that his commitment to the sport and skill level was promising. In a bad stroke of luck, Chris was forced to return to Australia due to injury. His time overseas saw him exposed to some of the world’s finest athletes and trainers, however. His time playing competitively imbued him with self-discipline, while his time spent coaching taught him how to relate to all types of personalities and adjust his coaching style according to the individual in question.

Since then, Chris has put the knowledge gained during this period to good use, boosting the fitness and overall confidence of the numerous clients he’s worked with over the years by devising personal programs to suit their various needs. His time at Total Health Management Training Studio saw him engaging in boxing, cross training techniques and providing general assistance to the studio’s many clients.

Meanwhile, Chris has also continued to train with some of the best athletes and boxers in the country, spending three months in training with Sam Soliman (holder of numerous middleweight boxing titles including the Australia Super Middleweight and Commonwealth British Empire Middleweight titles).

Qualifications:

  • Certificate 3 and 4 Personal Training (Australian Institute of Fitness)
  • Qualified gym instructor
  • Worked as a Group Fitness Instructor

Obtained certificates in:

  • Pregnancy and post-natal
  • Exercise
  • Food for thought: entry and exercising for natural health
  • Kettlebells Level 1 and 2

John

In 1996, John trained and graduated at Brent Street School of performing arts which saw him working extensively in the corporate world for the likes of Telstra and Ed Hardy.

John has entertained at sporting events for the NBL’s Sydney Kings and Wollongong Hawks as well as the AFL’s Carlton and NRL’s Penrith Panthers and NZ Warriors. Meanwhile, his television credits range from City Homicide, Roy & HG’s Club Buggery to GMA with Bert Newton and commercials for KFC and Kool Mints.

In the late ‘90s, John made his Musical and Theatre debut with the Australian and New Zealand Tour of Grease the Arena Spectacular. Since, he’s appeared in shows such as Fame the Musical and the Australian production of The Lion King.

While his career on-stage soared to new heights, John continued to hone his massage skills, using his experience and knowledge in terms of human movement, to assist those he worked alongside. John adds another element to TUF Club’s many services – given that he specialises in sports, Swedish, seated, pregnancy and deep tissue massage, he’s the go-to man for all of those niggling aches and pains. In the past, he’s also practiced shiatsu, reflexology, aromatherapy, lomi lomi, reiki and crystal therapy which he’s been practicing for over a decade now.

Phil

A life-long athlete, Dublin-born Phil naturally gravitated to sports like soccer, skiing and track and field, before focusing on his current passion ñ weightlifting.

As a result, Phil is TUF Clubís resident expert when it comes to weight training, especially as he had to work hard to build his smaller frame into the shape he wanted. Phil is testament that with hard-work, dedication and commitment, you can get the look you desire; and Phil can show you how.

Phil has an Honors degree in Sports Science and Nutrition, so he has a holistic approach to fitness ñ he knows that diet is just as important as the weights you lift, and that technique is crucial in preventing injury.

Additionally, Phil knows that communication is one of the biggest tools you have in your fitness journey. Therefore Phil places the utmost importance on the trainer-client relationship, and the constant flow of information ensures that youíre getting the best possible results, not just from each workout, but with every single part of your fitness plan.

MJ

A life-long athlete, Dublin-born Phil naturally gravitated to sports like soccer, skiing and track and field, before focusing on his current passion ñ weightlifting.

As a result, Phil is TUF Clubís resident expert when it comes to weight training, especially as he had to work hard to build his smaller frame into the shape he wanted. Phil is testament that with hard-work, dedication and commitment, you can get the look you desire; and Phil can show you how.

Phil has an Honors degree in Sports Science and Nutrition, so he has a holistic approach to fitness ñ he knows that diet is just as important as the weights you lift, and that technique is crucial in preventing injury.

Additionally, Phil knows that communication is one of the biggest tools you have in your fitness journey. Therefore Phil places the utmost importance on the trainer-client relationship, and the constant flow of information ensures that youíre getting the best possible results, not just from each workout, but with every single part of your fitness plan.