The Personal Best Team
At Personal Best we pride ourselves on providing you with a professional, dynamic and highly skilled team of health and exercise specialists who have the common goal of helping you make sustainable changes to your health and fitness and educating you about the benefits of choosing to lead a healthy lifestyle. All our personal trainers and lifestyle coaches are certified level 4 and registered with Fitness Australia. Many of them have invested in further enhancing their skills in specialist areas such as weight loss, pain free movement and exercise and the use of kettle bells. We encourage our personal trainers to develop 2 or 3 specialist areas, for example if your goal is weight loss you would work best with Fran, Shiela, Ryan, Marc or Urszula. Our personal trainers also participate in weekly education workshops to improve their skills as personal trainers. We can say with confidence that we have the best team of personal trainers in Australia.
A passionate believer in the power of the human body and a dedication to excellence is what makes Eidolan Erin one of the most sought after Personal Trainers in the Tasmanian Fitness Industry. Eidolan specialises in kettle bell training, strength and conditioning and functional movement training.
With more than 11 years as a Personal Trainer and clients of every shape, size, age and fitness level, Eidolan is in high demand for his skills in the rehabilitation of injuries old and new and his extensive knowledge of how the body works and functions.
His client success stories include: Assisting in the rehabilitation and subsequent strength and conditioning of a Beijing Olympic rower. Successfully helping a client with over 30 years of hip and lower back pain become pain free, fitter and stronger.
Teaching clients with a long history of knee pain to squat pain free. Regularly teaching male and female clients, who have not done so before to perform full body chin ups. This includes a client who spent almost two years in a wheelchair.
Eidolan is also proud to contribute to the exceptional high standards of services at Personal Best Fitness by regularly facilitating the weekly educational workshops for the team of Personal Trainers at Personal Best Fitness. He is a Sifu teacher level student with the Cheng Dao Kung Fu School.
Marc Hand | Master Trainer & Wellness Coach
I’ve been working in the industry for over 12 years- I love what I do, I’m passionate about finding solutions for my clients, and helping them to make lifelong changes that improve their quality of life.
I firmly believe that life is easier when your stronger. I am incredibly proud that the majority of my clients have been with me for over 5 years, and many have become great friends and that they trust me to look after their health and fitness.
The names have been changed to protect the client’s privacy
John is a competitive athlete who came to me over a decade ago when chronic hip pain threatened to put him on the sidelines permanently, I fixed his hip through lengthening and strengthening then we moved on to sport specific goals, since we have been working together he has won multiple championships including state, national and world titles.
Paul likes to race fast cars in tarmac rallies, however, constant migraines were making life unbearable, he came with a desire to lose 30kgs, because “in a race car every kilo counts”. These days he’s 35 kilograms lighter and has the strength he needs to compete at the highest level in Targa Tasmania and the migraines that were once frequent are mostly a distant memory.
George came to get fit for a ski trip in 6 weeks, 5 years later he is the fittest he is ever been (at 60). For the first time in over 40 years he fits into the suit he wore on his wedding day, has the lowest golf handicap of his life and recently completed the Kokoda Track.
Annie is a medical professional who spends long days in the operating theatre, chronic pain was making her work life a misery, and she was the heaviest shed ever been. Five years later she breezes through long days at work, is over 20 kilograms lighter and is “the fittest and strongest” she has ever been.
Shiela Askey | Master Personal Trainer & Activation Practitioner
In September of 2001, just before turning 40, I joined the gym to tone up. Little did I know where this journey would take me. Almost one year later, I sought the assistance of a Personal Trainer (Eidolan Erin) to help with technique, strength and cardio fitness.
Group exercise classes were fun and I formed many friendships BUT…. personal training made me feel great. One day I realised the aches and pains I was so used to putting up with had gone – well now that was a bonus! After almost 9 years I started to think of how great it would be to make other people feel as good as I did when I trained.
So began my journey into the professional side of Health & Fitness. In 2011 I became a certified Level 4 Personal Trainer, my qualifications also extend to the following areas: Older Adults, Childhood, Kettlebell & TRX suspension training. As a personal trainer I am proud to have helped clients achieve goals in the areas of weight loss, toning, strength and movement. These goals have been achieved through trust, motivation, a commitment to change, hard work and fun! I feel very privileged to have been able to share in, so many life-changing journeys, both mine and others.”
Tom Flint |Personal Trainer
Finding time to exercise and to make healthy food choices is not always easy. However, being stronger and fitter and eating well can make life’s challenges SO much easier. If this is or has been a struggle for you, I would love to help you.
I have always been a musician with a passion for health and fitness – both my own and other people’s – and after seven years based in the UK where I led the hectic life of a classical singer touring the world, my Hobart-born violinist wife and I have sought a change of pace with our two little boys. This has presented the perfect opportunity for me to engage my qualifications as a Personal Trainer at Personal Best Fitness.
Whether your goal is to lose weight, get stronger and gain muscle in the process, walk up an extra flight of stairs, or feel better when you wake in the morning, I can help you achieve this with a safe and effective program tailored to your needs.
Away from Personal Best, I continue to enjoy my flourishing national and international singing career, while getting to discover my beautiful adopted home state.
Please come and say hello!
Sofia Tsamassiros | Personal Trainer, Be Activated Practitioner & Front Desk.
I first attended Personal Best Fitness in 2009, seeking Eidolan Erin’s help after being sidelined from a knee injury. I was continually amazed by Eidolan’s’ ingenuity and his approach to ‘problem solving’ how the body moves and functions, which inspired me to gain my certification in fitness in 2014. From starting and continuing my role at the front desk in 2014, to training clients from the ages of 17 to 78, people and the body’s in which they reside never ceases to amaze me.
Coinciding with my journey in the fitness industry, I continued to follow a pretty ‘mainstream’ path through University and the medical profession. However, I like to think the catalyst to where I am as a personal trainer today, began in 2018 after attending what I can best describe as a life changing few days at Douglas Heel’s ‘Be Activated’ course. It is through the knowledge learned at this course and my interest in continually learning about the body that I am able to facilitate the body into a place of strength, whether for athlete performance, ongoing pain relief/management or for general wellbeing and functional movement. I am a firm believer that if you give the body what it wants it will respond. My challenge as a personal trainer is to facilitate this experience with you and your body to discover what that actually is for you.
I have a particular interest in helping clients move and function more efficiently, allowing them to break free from pain, as well as exercise as a form of preventative medicine, in both the physical and mental realm.
Fran Sullivan | Master Personal Trainer
Since a career change in 2007, I have worked in all aspects of the business at Personal Best Fitness. I now specialise in Personal Training and have had great success in helping clients lose weight and returning them to good health be it from illness or injury. One of my clients constantly reminds me that I have helped change her life, she has lost 60 kilos. Another client, presented with high blood pressure and a dangerously high waist circumference, putting him at high risk of coronary heart disease along with lower back pain and breathlessness.
After 4 years of support he now has a new lease on life, is less stressed, normal blood pressure and a healthy waist circumference.. He has also completed the City to Casino 7km event and the in 2011 and 10km Bridge. When I’m not at Personal Best Fitness I enjoy spending time with my three children aged, 5, 3 and 10 months.
When I’m not at Personal Best Fitness I enjoy spending time with my three children aged, 10, 8 and 5.
A certified Level 4 Personal Trainer with Fitness Australia, I also have obtained additional qualifications in the following areas, older adults, childhood trainer, kettle bell instructor, crank it fitness. I started my career in the fitness industry in group exercise teaching classes. I would love to help you improve your lifestyle whether it be from illness, injury or otherwise so……I really hope to see you at Personal Best Fitness soon!
Lyndie Butler-Bruce | Pilates Guru & Personal Trainer
Lyndie is a certified level 4 personal trainer who is passionate about passing on the benefits of fitness and well-being to clients of all ages and levels. She enjoys the personal touch of tailoring programs to meet all individual needs, including clients who have experienced previous injury or health issues, or those that just need some encouragement to achieve a healthy and more balanced lifestyle.
Lyndie has additional qualifications including group fitness; she is a certified Barre Attack instructor and has considerable experience in classes suited to older adults. Lyndie is also an award-winning and highly respected Hobart hairdresser who lived and worked in London for three years where she had members of the Chelsea Soccer Team and Linda Evangelista among her clients. She enjoys sailing, kayaking, travelling and Pilates.
Urszula Stanny | Personal Trainer
Urszula has been a personal training client and member at Personal Best for over five years. Being a mother of two active boys she faced the challenge of scheduling exercise into her busy life and of regaining her former fitness and body shape. If you were wondering why Urszula makes the rower look easy it’s because she was a Gold medallist in rowing at the 1986 Commonwealth Games and found that in her late 40’s with regular personal training she was competitive again at Masters level.
“The renewed fitness helped me to balance the demands of hectic work and family commitments and I felt I had more energy”. She has coached rowing crews ranging in age from 12 years to older adults, helping them to achieve their goals, which included success, at State and National championships. Urszula is passionate about encouraging others to experience a balanced, healthy and functional lifestyle.
She is keen to share her skills and experience as a personal trainer and to help clients achieve their fitness and body shape goals. Urszula enjoys travel and being outdoors, and she swims and bush walks with friends, often followed up with a chat over a good coffee.
Gabby Steele | Personal Trainer
I am passionate about many things, well as long as it generally involves a pair of trainers and gym gear! I’ve always had a love of physical activity and after the birth of my second child I knew it was time to improve my general fitness. Personal Best Fitness emulated my passion for customer service and love of exercise and this is where I started with a regular personal training session each week.
I became a certified Level 4 Personal Trainer with Fitness Australia in 2015. I am very fortunate to be able to share my health and fitness passion with my clients and I love helping them achieve their goals. To move well with a smile and a laugh are fundamentals in feeling better and help to maximise the best in all of us.
Shana Hall | Front Desk Team
Hi, I am the person you see at the front desk 3 days each week.. I manage the accounts, memberships and KPI’s for Personal Best Fitness and I enjoy that aspect of my role, I’m a ‘numbers’ person.
One of the main reasons I love working at Personal Best Fitness is because of my contact with the people, I enjoy hearing about your holidays, families and interests and having day to day banter with our regulars. I treasure the many special friendships that I have at Personal Best.
Away from Personal Best, I enjoy keeping fit and spending going on adventures with my golden retriever Buddy as well as spending time with my family and friends.
I’m now back from maternity leave!
Laura McShane |Front Desk Team
I am part of the Front Desk Team at Personal Best Fitness, with aspirations to build a career within the fitness industr
I love working at Personal Best Fitness as it enables me to connect with each and every person as they walk in – it hardly feels like work when I can have a chat to the clients about their life, work and family! The friendly and welcoming environment from both staff and clients is something I value greatly.
My plans going forward are to complete an Exercise and Sport Science degree, and potentially build on that by obtaining a certification with Fitness Australia as a Personal Trainer.
Away from Personal Best, I enjoy spending time with friends and family! I also love to compete on the athletics track, as a sprinter in the 200m & 400m events.
Lisa Crowther | Front Desk Team
My name is Lisa and I’m part of the Front Desk team.
My areas of expertise are administration, customer service, payroll, banking and reconciliation and I’m enjoying my new working environment very muc
Not having a fitness industry background, I am really inspired by our personal trainers as they make you relaxed, confident and a part of the family, regardless of your age, injuries, body shape and size. They REALLY care about their clients.
I have just started personal training and even though I have significant back injuries, I am confident my personal trainer will be able to help me live a pain-free, normal life without the need for back surgery in the future.
Outside of Personal Best Fitness, I love to go ‘glamping’ (glamour camping in a caravan NOT in a tent!), kayaking, bushwalking and spending time with my husband, pets, family and friends. I also love to garden, travel, read, sew, recycle furniture and renovate, just to name a few things I enjoy!
I hope I can make your visit to Personal Best Fitness a positive and motivating experience. I look forward to seeing you soon!
Kate Eckhardt | Front Desk Team &Personal Trainer
I am a casual receptionist and am working toward becoming a Personal Trainer and I really enjoy working at Personal Best because of the welcoming, friendly environment.
Currently, I am studying health science hoping to later complete a physiotherapy degree. I am also a canoe slalom athlete and have been representing Australia since 2013.
In my spare time, not that there is much of it! I love exploring the outdoors, travelling, rock climbing and going on adventures!
Lynne Cretan | Group Exercise Instructor
I started going to group exercise classes about 10 years ago, and was the badly co-ordinated one in the back corner for ages. People assume if you are not overweight, you are fit – very wrong in my case, as I got fitter, the buzz got stronger and I was encouraged to do my Fitness Accreditation with the intention of being a group exercise instructor.
Eight years later, no regrets, still love it. I love taking strong classes where I get a good workout myself, so you’ll see me rostered for fitbar and high intensity interval classes. I am also a mat-certified Pilates instructor. I like to try new things, as I hope the Forever Actives will agree with.
As an all rounder, I have instructed and enjoy most class formats, but you’ll never see me willingly on a spin bike! I have taught the group exercise module of Certificate III in Fitness at TasTAFE. See you in class soon!
Alia Knight | Group Exercise Instructor
Alia greatest fitness inspiration has always been her Grandfather, who started up one of Tasmania’s first gyms, which she attended from a young age. Alia fondly remembers treadmills, that were completely powered by your own power!!
An accredited group exercise instructor and personal trainer, Alia teaches a variety of classes at Personal Best including; Spin, Tabata, Boxing, Fitbar, 3 Peaks and BAAM. She has a particular passion for BAAM (body weight and animal moves). Alia strongly believes classes should always be fun and challenging. It is where success and better health lies.
Exercise to Alia is an integral part of health management. In her daily life she runs a very busy acupuncture and naturopathic practice.
Jacqui Morrison | Group Exercise Instructor
Jacquie has been working in the fitness industry as a group exercise instructor since 2015, and her passion for health and fitness are still as strong as ever! She has always enjoyed living an active lifestyle and decided to become a group exercise instructor to improve not only her own fitness but help others improve theirs as well.
Prior to her fitness qualifications, Jacquie trained for many years in Tae-kwon-do and attained her black belt first dan in 2017.
She also trained for many years in dance and has recently discovered a passion for salsa!
Jacquie also has a Bachelor’s of Theatre and Performance and when not at the gym can often be found working on various theatre productions. Movement and body awareness are highly important in the performing arts and she enjoys how well her backgrounds in theatre and fitness complement each other.
She aspires to help you understand the way your body works and unleash its full potential!
Ruby Greig-Hurtig | Yoga Teacher
I travelled to India to complete my 200hour yoga teacher training. During the course, which felt like a heart opening, soul expanding and beautifully nourishing experience for my entire being, I knew I had to share this gift. I teach to share and to create a beautiful, loving community. A safe haven to be vulnerable and open. I am more than excited and humbled that Personal Best has invited me to create a space of stillness for the mind and body. I look forward to seeing your smiles and sharing our yoga journey together.
Melissa Molloy | Operations Manager
Melissa enjoyed her Personal Best experience so much she went on to become a Personal Trainer and Group exercise instructor and now 7 years after joining the Personal Best Fitness team she has become the Operations Manager. Melissa brings a wealth of business experience to Personal Best from her past life as a Director of Nursing. Melissa has a keen interest in working with all types of people, especially those with health and rehabilitation challenges.
Melissa has specialised older adults certification and enjoys helping people to reach their goals. She is certified with Fitness Australia as a Personal trainer and Group Exercise Teacher. When not at Personal Best, Melissa will usually be foundbush walking. She also loves to cook, garden organically and to travel.
Colin Millington | Director & Senior Personal Trainer
Colin has more than 35 years of experience in the health and fitness industry having worked in many health clubs in Tasmania and also established a Fitness Centre in the Australian Taxation Office where he was employed until 2001.
A pioneer in the industry, Colin was the 1991 Tasmanian Fitness Leader of the Year and a past Board Member of Fitness Tasmania and was a Member of the Regional Industry Council of Tasmania.
Colin has a passion for client service and is committed to develop a best practice approach for the Fitness Industry in Australia.
Colin is a Level 3 Exercise Professional, a Level two Strength and Conditioning Coach and completed the University of Tasmania, Wicking Centres Understanding Dementia course in 2018.
In 1989 and 2001 Colin presented at the International and Healthy Lifestyle Convention in Sydney and also at the 2002 and 2003 Fitness Extravaganza in Hobart.
Amanda Coombe | Founder & Master Trainer
Amanda is considered a national expert in lifestyle coaching and personal training having four times been a finalist in the Australian Personal Trainer of the Year Award. She has 5 times been the Tasmanian Exercise Professional of the Year and has twice been awarded the Star Performer of the Australian Club Owners Round Table.
Amanda is the founder and Managing Director of Personal Best Fitness, Tasmanian’s most awarded Fitness Business and is recognized as a leader in corporate health programs. Her corporate clients include Nyrstar, Tasmanian Collection Services, Hydro Tasmania, Norske Skog, Tasmanian Audit Office, SEMF, Housing Industry Association, RACT and the Tasmanian Fire Service.
By far her most outstanding professional achievement was being named as the Tasmania Telstra Women’s Business Owner of the Year in 2013. Amanda has won numerous National and State athletics championships over 800m and finished in the top 5 at the World Masters Indoor Championships in 2017. She was part of the Australian 4x200m team that won the World Title.