Amanda worked in the fitness industry on a casual basis since 1986 and founded Personal Best Fitness in February 1998 after working as a teacher for seven years.
‘I became frustrated with dealing with large groups of children for small amounts of time and prescribing first workout programs and never seeing the client again.
Moving into the field of personal training successfully addressed this for me’.
Until December 2005 Personal Best Fitness was a personal training consultancy working out of another health club. The initial client base was derived from writing to the parents of the children that Amanda taught and word of mouth.
It then became a dream to provide the clients of Personal Best Fitness with a facility that had a warm and friendly atmosphere and that inspires its members and clients.
After a year of planning this health and fitness club was a unique concept in Tasmania. Our premises were once the science labs for Hobart High School and when we started our renovations the periodical table was still on the wall!
As a result of business growth, in early 2006 Personal Best Fitness opened, as you know it today, offering memberships as well as personal training and then in 2007 group exercise was added.
Our aim to bring our members and clients, the highest level of professionalism, expertise and knowledge in helping you to look, feel and function better.
At Personal Best we achieve this by building and maintaining relationships, with our customers that is why we are not ‘just a gym’. Our belief is that every client is different and has a right to a membership and exercise program that suits their needs, goals and lifestyle.
We provide you with life changing experiences, by regular structured staff education and training programs, with the aim that you feel valued by ALL our team.
During our 22 years in the fitness industry we have expanded into the Corporate Health and Wellbeing space and conducted a number of programs for the likes of Norske Skog, Nystar, Hydro Tasmania, Tasmanian Audit Office, Glenview, Education Department and the MS Society.
We are now proud to say that we are the most awarded fitness business in Tasmania and are the only gym in Tasmania to be Quality Accredited with Fitness Australia.
Thank you for being a part of our journey as we continue to help you look, feel and function better.
Most group exercise regulars have done a class with Larnie, who greets you with a smiling face. Larnie has been teaching group exercise for some 30 years after completing what was known as the Fitness Leaders course in 1989, as a 17 year old at the University of Lismore. Larnie’s early days as an instructor were very much Jane Fonda style, where she taught on the Gold Coast and also at a Swiss Boarding school. In the late 90’s Larnie moved to St Helens and opened up a small gym and also taught classes at St Helens High School.
Some years later she updated her skills to include spin and kick boxing. However her true love is teaching step classes. Larnie has been in Hobart now for 10+ years and at Personal Best for over 6 years. After 3 decades in the fitness industry, Larnie still has the same passion and love for teaching classes.
“ I just love the enthusiasm of those who come to my classes and also the social contact that brightens all of our days”.
Lifting weights both pin loaded and free weights is Larnie’s favourite form of exercise for herself. Away from fitness Larnie enjoys all things Thai and to relax she enjoys horse riding, a good movie and a Kahlua on ice. Larnie favourite quote is;
“time waits for no man and neither do I”.