Thinking about a career in fitness?
Introducing our free Industry Insights event.
register free
Thinking about a career in fitness?
Introducing our free Industry Insights event
register free

All in
90 minutes

Get an honest overview of Australia's fitness landscape in this 90-minute workshop.

learn from
industry experts

Get insights from current professionals who've carved out a range of different careers in fitness.

live
Q&A

Ask questions about studying fitness and working in the industry, to figure out if it's for you.
All in
90 minutes
Explore the fitness industry through the eyes of experts in this 90-minute workshop.
learn from
industry experts
In 90 minutes we'll cover everything you need to know about all career models in the industry
live
Q&A
In 90 minutes we'll cover everything you need to know about all career models in the industry
presenting

industry insights

justin ashley
Co-Founder & CEO
With 18 years of experience in the fitness industry, Justin progressed through a range of club-based roles before co-founding the award-winning Fitness Playground and The Bunker gyms. Justin has led the business to five locations, with 15,000 members and 200 staff. Yet his proudest achievement is the company being recognised as one of Australia’s Top 50 Great Places to Work.

Justin is known for being an unconventional thinker who loves to challenge the status quo and build brands. But his greatest passion is educating young fitness professionals on how to succeed in the industry he loves.
LAURA BASTA
National Group Fitness Manager
2015 PNBA Olympia World Title holder and former Puma and Women's Health Magazine Ambassador Laura has merged her two passions, circus and fitness.

Starting off as a part-time instructor at Fitness Playground Surry Hills, Laura quickly worked her way up to National Group Fitness Manager. Along the way, she created the renowned CircusFit™ class, recruited and trained more than 150 Group Fitness Instructors and even managed to place in the 2017 Ultimate BeastMaster Series.
matt duncan
National Personal Training Manager
After being nationally recognised for his program ‘Breakthrough’ while being a Youth Worker, Matt pursued his desire to help people achieve a better quality of life via fitness.

Today, Matt’s client base includes people recovering from stroke or learning to walk with cerebral palsy as well as athletes, business owners and actors. While balancing such a diverse client base, Matt also provides structured education on movement and personal development to over 100 Personal Trainers at Fitness Playground.
TOM MERRIMANHead of Education
Having graduated university and completed his Certificate III/IV equivalent in 2013, Tom travelled to Australia from Scotland that same year, in search of career opportunities in the fitness industry.

Since then, Tom has helped 100s of aspiring coaches step into the Industry, as well as educated and mentored successful coaches through his various roles with Fitness Playground. 

Tom's huge passion for transforming industry education helped lead to the development of our external education arm of the business, Fitness Playground Academy. Working with the CEO, his team launched the Academy in 2020.

what's on

5.30 PM

justin ashley

How to carve out a career you love

5.50 PM

LAURA BASTA

Succeeding in the world of group fitness

6.10 PM

matt duncan

How to become a career coach

6.30 PM

TOM MERRIMAN

How you can start your journey

6.50 PM

all

Q&A with our fitness professionals
WEDNESDAY EVENING
90 MINUTES
FREE EVENT

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READ THE STORIES

"The fitness industry fulfils two of my personal goals – to be able to continually grow as an individual, and to help and support others on their journeys. When I saw that Fitness Playground was offering Industry Insights, it felt like the perfect opportunity to explore whether I could turn my passion into a career.

Industry Insights was my first exposure to fitness as an industry. It was great to get an honest representation of the current landscape, understand what opportunities are out there, and how to be successful in what seemed like a challenging industry. Seeing the direction that Fitness Playground was heading, through its culture and support systems, tied in with my values and made me want to study with them."
- KAREIM
"I was thinking about transitioning from my career in finance to fitness, so I was interested to hear from Fitness Playground professionals and get their perspective on the industry, because it can be hard to figure out all the different Personal Training models. The speakers made it all really transparent. A career transition can be really overwhelming, so being able to ask questions really gave me clarification."
- Dilawar
"I went to Industry Insights after a stagnant few months at work. I'd lost inspiration and wanted to be involved in an industry I was passionate about. After seeing how happy the trainers and sales guys were at my gym, The Bunker, every day, I was curious to know what career options Fitness Playground could provide. The event exceeded my expectations. I've since left my job in an agency, am studying to be a sports massage therapist and working part time in fitness."
- Samantha
"The fitness industry fulfils two of my personal goals – to be able to continually grow as an individual, and to help and support others on their journeys. When I saw that Fitness Playground was offering Industry Insights, it felt like the perfect opportunity to explore whether I could turn my passion into a career.

Industry Insights was my first exposure to to fitness as an industry. It was great to get an honest representation of the current landscape, understand what opportunities are out there, and how to be successful in what seemed like a challenging industry. Seeing the direction that Fitness Playground was heading, through its culture and support systems, tied in with my values and made me want to study with them."
- kariem

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