We have 6 personal trainers here at The Fit Stop, who specialise in strength training, fat loss, & functional movement training
Please scroll through to learn a little bit about us all.
Ben Longley is the owner and one of the personal trainers here at The Fit Stop. He has been a PT for approximately 10 years and has worked with hundreds of clients over that time in both a private and group setting.
Ben has a certificate IV in fitness & studied Health Science (Human anatomy & physiology) at La Trobe University.
He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). This is one of the highest standard credentials for a strength & conditioning professional.
He is certified to conduct the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), a ranking and grading system that screens movement quality and movement patterns that are key to normal function & injury prevention. The FMS is used world wide amongst professional athletes and sporting teams including NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, as well as Special Ops military personnel.
Ben is also a Precision Nutrition certified Level 1 coach
Ben has always had a strong interest in the many facets of health, fitness, performance and nutrition and really adopts a mindet of ‘constant learning’ by blending a love & appreciation of both science and the scientific method with an open mind that like to think ‘outside the box’, question assumptions & beliefs and adopt a critical thinking approach to everything he applies.
He still sets aside time on a daily basis to study and further his education & development in all of these areas.
Ben has a very eclectic approach to his training style and draws from many different modalities in training both his clients, and himself, ranging from:
– General strengh & conditioning / athletic preparation
– Corrective exercise & rehab
– Strong man training
– Martial Arts (kickboxing, boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu)
Whilst cliched, the Bruce Lee quote ‘Adopt what is useful, reject what is useless’ has always resonated with Ben and perfectly describes his approach to health, fitness, training and life in general.
Ben is married with 3 boys aged 10, 6 and 4 so needs to stay fit & strong to keep up with them! 🙂
Matt has a certificate IV in Fitness, and is an accredited Level 1 coach with the ASCA (Australian Strength & Conditioning Association) and is also and AFL accredited junior football coach.
He is currently studying a Bachelor of Exercise Science at Victoria University.
Matt became a PT because of his love of movement, or ‘body management’ – something he discovered in studying traditional Japanese martial arts (Wado Karate).
Since becoming a PT, he has learned of the many, varied benefits of strength training, and this, combined with the body management approach, fuels his passion for showing others the potential they have for their own healthy rewards!
His training philosophy is: train hard, learn as much as possible about the process, then train smarter and harder. Rest, play and terrific eating are also vital or maintaining a quality of life.
Matts’ personal interests include: Science, cooking, art and drinking fine ales (in moderation, of course!).
Matts’ family is his constant inspiration: two fabulous sons, one fabulous daughter and, of course, one fabulous lady!
Hayley Dillon studied Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin University, graduating with a high distinction average and a double major in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition .
Her studies have focused on human movement, the anatomy and physiology behind fundamental human movement, exercise programming and testing, and general and sport specific nutrition
Following the completion of her Bachelor’s degree, Hayley received an ESSA accreditation as a Sports Scientist, and is currently studying to complete her Honours Research Degree with the aim to complete an additional PHD in Exercise Science.
She is also an accredited Level 1 coach with the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association.
Hayley has a wide range of PT experience, and has trained everyone from complete beginners in fitness to nationally ranked athletes. She has been a strength & conditioning assistant coach for swimmers & cricketers, trained the staff of doctors & nurses at the Royal Children’s Hospital Fitness studio, and has worked with plenty of regular everyday people from all walks of life, ranging from 3-75 year old.
Hayley’s interests outside of studies and training include Netball, Basketball, Soccer, Running and eating Mangoes!
Cyrus is currently in his 2nd year studying a Doctorate degree in Medicine.
A lifelong health & fitness enthusiast, Cyrus likes to utilize a blend of traditional strength training, functional training and corrective exercise where needed, for a comprehensive, fitness regime based on long term, sustainable progress. Cyrus also likes to keep his sessions interesting & fun where possible, whilst sticking to tried & true methods and not quick fix solutions or training fads.
Studying medicine, whilst at the same time working with regular, everyday people in the gym who want to improve their health & fitness, Cyrus is in a unique position to blend his constantly expanding knowledge of the human body & how it works with the practical side of helping people get fit & healthy.
Cyrus interests outside of the health & fitness realm include:
– His 2 dogs
– Basketball & Ultimate Frisbee
– Art / Drawing
– Reading. Science Fiction especially
– Travel (He has visited over 20 countries!)
Tara has a cert 3 & 4 in personal training, Masters degree in Health Promotion and studied sports and exercise science in Edinburgh.
After initially focusing her studies on public health – obesity, diabetes, mental health etc. Tara started becoming interested in helping people with their health on a more individual basis, leading to becoming a personal trainer.
Tara loves to learn about the human body, and how we can use it in many different ways, and is a big advocate for good nutrition, exercise & daily movement for optimising both mental & physical health & wellbeing.
‘Ultimately I like to look at health from a holistic perspective – and I think that your health is determined by a multitude of aspects’
As a result of her broad interests and passion for learning, Tara is well versed in a variety of training methods, incorporating strength training, gymnastics & bodyweight, & ‘functional movement’ in to her training and that of her clients. She also currently trains in boxing and kickboxing.
Always staying active, Tara is a big fan of the outdoors and loves to get out and about for some hiking, mountain climbs and has even done a few mountain bike races!
David has over 14 years in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and has worked with hundreds of clients over that time in both a private and group setting.
David is well studied & proficient in a variety of training modalities and methodologies such as Olympic Lifting, Powerlifting, Kettlebell training, Strongman training, Bodybuilding and Calisthenics.
He has a cert 3 & 4 in fitness, he is a certified Kettlebell instructor (AKI), a certified level 2 Olympic weightlifting coach (Australian weightlifting federation) and is a certified senior Muay Thai kickboxing Instructor (Muay Thai institute, Thailand),
David has completed over 20 other certifications including:
– TRX Suspension training
– Exercise and pregnancy
– Level 1 & 2 ZUU training
– Core assessment and training
– Advanced strength training
– Advanced power training
– Mechanics of lifting
– Exercise Anatomy
– Applied strongman training
David utilizes a range of strength & performance based training methods to help his clients achieve their desired goals and at the same time has a big focus on correcting any structural issues or assisting with injury rehab.
‘I enjoy the technical aspect of fitness and strength training, with detailed attention to correct movement mechanics, form and safety. My sole purpose is to address my client’s fitness goals while having a lot of fun achieving them’
David’s personal interests are martial arts and Olympic weightlifting. He has 31 professional Kickboxing fights in Thailand. He also won 3rd place in the Victorian amateur weightlifting 85kg division and 1st place in the NABB Victorian Novice Bodybuilding competition in 2004.