I started FitterFaster in 2008 after taking up fitness for the first time in my life at the age of 34. I know first hand what it is like to go from diet to diet and start exercise programs without success. But now I know exactly how to get awesome results and how to keep them and really enjoy showing and helping others to learn the same and put it into practice.
My favourite thing ever is to spend time with my family. They're a really busy bunch of kids who have taken part in lots of sports and since having them I've qualified as a gymnastics coach, swim teacher, triathlon and running coach and have coached soccer, football, basketball and cross country running coaching to my resume. Not bad for someone who prior to getting married knew pretty much nothing about any sport at all.
I never thought that FitterFaster would continue to grow like it has. But I'm so glad I started. Helping people change not just their bodies but their whole lives is the most amazing thing.
It's the best thing ever to see people change their outlook on everything, not just their bodies.
From a few friends asking me how to get into shape, to changing 100's of lives has been unreal. But I couldn't do it without the support of my family and the wonderful team of coaches featured on this page.
Caitlin is my eldest daughter. From a young age she was super organised and good at directing others (some may call that bossy). This and her empathy for others made her an ideal choice for coaching people on their individual fitness journeys at FitterFaster
Caitlin has been training with us from the very beginning. She was the youngest person to start serious training at FitterFaster and still holds this title.
Other job: swim school coordinator at MB Sports and Leisure Centre
Fave exercise: Dead Bugs
Least Favourite exercise: thrusters and mountain climbers
Fave music: country tunes
Fave food: roast lamb and veggies with mum's gravy
Hobbies: walking, hanging out with my friends, cooking, basketball, football
I started training with mum when she first started FitterFaster. I used to get up before school and workout with all the clients.
My first coaching role was FitForce after school. I really enjoyed it and have coached early morning sessions and now run PeakFit on my morning off from my 'real' job.
I love catching up with my regular clients and especially enjoy their funny stories and their recipes.
I also still enjoy training with everyone at Basecamp and at home with the 45Lives.
Amanda is our resident organisational guru. She loves to have everything in order and lined up perfectly. Her enthusiasm for health and fitness is infectious and she inspires everyone with her can do attitude and her commitment to her own training and nutrition. Ever reliable, Amanda is equally at home teaching new exercises to new clients or pushing our most advanced clients at the other end.
My health and fitness goals are to maintain my body fat % to under 15% and keep working on my level of fitness and to Walk the Kokoda Trail
I started coaching at FitterFaster in April 2018. I was hesitant at first to take on coaching, but I knew I had a lot to offer other people in my situation with their goals.
I have ‘been there and done that’ with weight and yo-yo dieting. Since starting at here I've reduced my own body fat from 29% to under 14%. I was in a rut with my training and nutrition and needed someone to motivate me to push myself to the next level.
I have finally found what works for me and am willing to share my experience with others and be genuinely happy to celebrate their successes and be there to help them get back on the wagon if they too fall off.
I love the atmosphere at FitterFaster! I love training alongside clients, the environment and the variety of each session. And I love Challenge Week.
Barry started training with us in November 2016 and has fitted right in as one of the most likeable and inspirational people here. While he clearly has an amazing fitness level, he's never in your face about it and instead encourages everyone else to do their absolute best at whatever level that may be - from total beginners to the most advanced and everywhere in between.
I started at FitterFaster in November 2016 Jo's always been at the Forefront of fitness in Maryborough. I was introduced to her and her family at a function and said I’d be interested in trying Fitterfaster for a few sessions and I’ve never looked back.
I started coaching BoxOut in May 2019. A position became available and I applied. I love the position as it’s a rewarding Job. And seeing athletes push themselves motivates me to be my best.
I feel I’m in a really great place at Fitterfaster. Mentally and physically. To me that’s the definition of fitness. I also love the fact i can be involved in my boys adventures and sports in more ways than being on the sidelines observing. My future goals are to age gracefully and enjoy my active lifestyle
It’s nice to be around positive like minded people. Everyone shows up does the work and has a laugh at FitterFaster. It’s a great community. The legacy Jo is creating has had a major impact on the health and habits on Maryborough as a whole and she should be very proud of what she’s created.
Pet Hates. When people say they wished I was a little more mature.
Tatiana originally coached for us back in 2008. She'd been on her weight loss journey for some time and in her own words, thought she was pretty fit. FitterFaster proved to be the challenge she was looking for to improve her results and when we were looking for a coach to run some of our sessions, Tatiana was keen to help. Sadly (for us) her family moved to Ballarat and she had to leave us 😟 but as soon as she heard we were running virtual training, Tatiana jumped back into training with us. And history repeated itself. We were looking for a coach to continue running most of our virtual session and once again, Tatiana was keen to help.
I first tried a FitterFaster class in 2007 to test myself. I’d spent the previous 6 years losing a lot of weight and improving my fitness, and I thought I had reached the top! Wow was I wrong. The class whipped me, and it also set my sights on a new challenge – to be at the top of Jo’s classes.
I quickly became a member and soon enough I was toning up, shedding more kilos and reaching fitness heights I never thought I’d be capable of.
When I overheard Jo saying she needed help running classes I quickly volunteered, and I became the first trainer (other than Jo) at Fitterfaster, a role a happily held for over 5 years.
I had to leave Fitterfaster when I moved to Ballarat, but I kept the workout manual close by to help me maintain my fitness. I also participated in some online challenges from time to time.
Now, thanks to the launch of online classes, I’m back! And I’m so excited. I love being a part of such a positive program; one that encourages and enables people to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Having been through the highs and lows of weight loss and fitness, I know the journey. I hope that with my experience and Jo’s program, I can inspire and motivate people to reach and maintain the level of fitness they’re aiming for.
When Trish started at FitterFaster, she described herself as 45, fat and depressed. After transforming her own mind and body, Trish stepped up to coach for us to help others transform their lives. Feedback from new clients about the way Trish helps them to fit in is amazing. From explaining and demonstrating exercises, to holding babies and encouraging, often all at once, Trish is fantastic at helping new people feel welcome and supported.
I first started at FitterFaster when I was 45 years old. I was terrified I'd be yelled at - afterall it was called Bootcamp
I started coaching 2 years after I started (so 5 years ago), because Jo had faith in me.