Our Personal Trainer Of The Day, Tanya Matthews, Will Lend You Her Shoes Just So You Can Train

Our Personal Trainer Of The Day has worked at  Fitnance (http://www.fitnance.com.au/) for eight years.  Tanya Matthews loves meat pies and having fun while training. Read her full interview to know more about her and Fitnance.

Tell us your story, who are you and how did you start in the health and fitness industry?

My name is Tanya Matthews. I am an exercise physiologist working for Fitnance Australia. I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I finished high school but I knew I loved sports and wanted an active career. I completed a degree in Human Movement Studies at QUT in 2006 and met Steve Nance (founder of Fitnance) as a lecturer in one of my subjects. I completed my major university prac at Fitnance and loved it so much that I am still here today, 8 years later. I have also worked with professional athletes and sporting teams in many different sports. Wynnum Manly Seagulls Rugby League Club is the latest team I am working with.

What were some of the biggest mistakes you made when starting out in this industry?

Assuming people’s fitness levels. You can’t judge someone’s strength and fitness by looking at the outside.

What is the most absurd excuse you heard from a client and how did you respond to it?

Tried to get out of training because they forgot their shoes. I took my shoes off straight away and gave them to my client to wear. Problem solved.

What makes your gym/fitness center different from others?

Fitnance is based in a shed in East Brisbane. We are part of the Registered Training Organisation that teaches Certificate III & IV in Fitness. A very fun environment to train, learn, and meet new people.

What is your greatest guilty pleasure when it comes to food?

Meat pies!

What are some of your tips these coming holidays?

Drink water between alcoholic drinks. Plan exercise sessions or get in some extra activities eg. Surfing, bush walking.

What are your goals or plans this coming 2015?

To get stronger and faster for the Australian Dragon Boat Championships in Perth in April

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