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Team 98 consists of trainers from a range of backgrounds; from former elite athletes to members of the defence force. Together we represent over 50 years’ combined expertise. We deliver real results for any objective. We are committed to providing an experience and education for our athletes. We preach training, eating and living with the desired goal in mind, and we provide the tools needed to reach that goal.
- Professional Rugby League Player for 11 Years (UK) (FRA) (AUS)
- Fully Certified Gym Jones Instructor
- Founder of 98 Riley Street Gym
Hailing from Leeds, Northern England, Chris had a keen interest in many competitive sports from an early age, originally finding his calling in rugby league as a teenager.
Chris’ competitive spirit, skills and grit saw him shoot up the ranks. A professional player at just age 17, Chris spent 11 years playing top level Super League in the UK and Elite League 1 Rugby in France.
His enduring passion for fitness led him to a career in Fitness upon retiring from rugby league. Relocating to the sunny shores of Sydney, after completing Certificate III and IV in Fitness, Chris was then charged with the responsibility to open and manage one of the cities most exclusive private gyms in 2011 – 98 Riley St. At ‘98’ the focus is on turning ordinary into the extraordinary, providing targeted, personalized and accountable training programs and classes for fitness, health and well-being.
In recognition of his dedication and excellence to training and fitness, Chris was invited to Utah, USA to participate in a private training and fitness qualification program called Gym Jones. Gym Jones is an elite program that prides itself on a dedication to ‘the art of suffering’.
In late 2011, Chris became one of only 20 current Certified Gym Jones Instructors worldwide, and utilizes this knowledge and spirited elite training philosophy when devising programs and challenges for his clients. This certification also brought new opportunities, including global demand for his services as the fitness trainer of record for key cast members during film production on many Hollywood blockbusters.
Chris’s overall philosophy is based on hard work, mental strength and willingness to suffer. In his opinion, aesthetics are a bonus to achieving true fitness. Not vice versa! Importantly, he also practices what he preaches. There is no training or workout that Chris prescribes for a client without already completing it himself.
Chris trains a variety of clients, male and female, from beginners through to professional athletes. No matter what their age or ability, his clients simply require a passion to succeed, a positive mindset and a whole load of determination. He continually challenges them to improve their results and efforts, essentially competing with themselves in order to achieve their personal goals… and when that goal is reached – to set and reach new goals in the constant quest for fitness excellence.
- Bachelor of Sports Science & Exercise w/ primary research in Strength & Conditioning.
- Registered Exercise & Sports scientist with ESSA (Exercise Sports Science Australia)
- Former Strength & Conditioning coach for a NPL Football team.
- 6 Years coaching experience
Brought up living in the UK, Dan is a proud Yorkshire man with a passion for achieving goals and results in all individuals. From a young age, Dan has excelled in all his chosen sports but now has found his place as a young leader in the fitness Industry. With a strong desire for achieving mental toughness, Dan has found himself excelling at multiple competitions that the fitness industry has to offer and thrives off the accomplishments that can be achieved through hard work and determination. His never quit attitude has helped him overcome all obstacles placed in front of him and lead to many exciting opportunities.
With over 4 years of studying Sports science & Exercise, Dan is a qualified ESSA sports scientist, and has had over 6 years coaching experience. Within his 6 years of coaching, Dan has trained elite Football and Rugby league athletes, to individuals of the general population. Dan is passionate in the development of Strength & Conditioning through diverse programming techniques. With the use of scientifically backed training methods, Dan customises all of his programs to suit the needs of the individual, and understands the methods needed in order to reach his clients goals.
Dan is an enthusiastic and determined trainer who’s primary focus is to ensure the pursuit of functional excellence, with all sessions aimed to be enjoyable and purposeful. With consistency and adherence, Dan believes that results will be achieved with the right attitude and proper guidance.
Emma’s philosophy as a trainer is based upon motivating and encouraging people to move through as much range as possible and gaining as much strength as possible in the process. This not only returns the best body composition result for her clients, but her pace and programming style also significantly decreases the risk of injury.
She specialises in strength and conditioning, body composition, women’s health and nutrition. Her simple and holistic approach to nutrition education is the cornerstone to her practice. She trains a wide range of skill-levels and ages, providing clients specific prescription where necessary, based on body type, activity levels and goals. Emma believes that combining the tools for both nutrition and exercise delivers longevity and the best possible results long term.
Movement has not always been a huge part of Emma’s life, however it eventually became apparent of the huge benefits exercise had on her mental health. These benefits are what motivated her to begin a consistent and rewarding career in personal training.
Harriet Walker is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Accredited Sports Dietitian with a bachelor’s degree in human nutrition, diploma in leadership and management and master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. Across five years in private practice, Harriet has worked with over 350 clients one-on-one ranging from grassroots athletes to Commonwealth Games gold medallists. Harriet has also worked within the health and fitness industry assisting private companies to develop nutrition challenges, recipe books, develop online content, content for apps and provide advice and consultation on product development. Harriet has complemented her work in the health and fitness industry with over four years working in the not-for-profit health promotion sector as a program manager promoting physical activity for children. To back up her academic and industry experience, Harriet has competed herself in several sports including flat water rowing, surf boat rowing, body building and strongman all at a national level giving her a rare insight into both sides of elite sports and performance. Harriet specialises in nutrition for strength sports, body composition transformation, making weight for sport, women’s health and general nutrition.
Kate’s performance driven attitude fits the 98GYM ethos perfectly. It wasn’t long after starting training at 98 that Kate broke her first World Record on the Concept2 SkiErg. Kate subsequently followed this by breaking a number of others for multiple distances which still stand.
Setting the benchmark in the gym and now internationally for females led to an opportunity to represent Australia at the Turf Games in London at the festival of functional fitness. Kate is the first and only 98 Sponsored Athlete and is a leading example for both women and men in the gym.
Kate has not only pursued fitness for herself, but has also studied the social determinants of health through her tertiary education, completing a Bachelor of Health Science followed by a Masters in Health Policy. Her desire to understand how health and disease can be understood and addressed as a social phenomenon has been one of the biggest drivers to her becoming a coach.
Kate’s coaching experience spans over a decade, training both elite level swimmers to adults learning the basics, with the level of athlete not mattering nearly as much as the character caliber of the athlete.
- Strength and Conditioning Coach for SOCOM
- 18 Years Military Experience
- Diploma Exercise Science
- Powerlifting Coach
Kevin is a strength and conditioning coach with ten years direct experience coaching athletes, soldiers and coaches alike. With over fifteen years serving in the Australian Military, five of which were managing a high performance program, Kevin’s skills and experience are rooted in training with purpose, to achieve the mental toughness to never quit – to always find a way.
He currently sits on the board for the Tactical Strength & Conditioning Association in Australia and has presented to Police, Military and S&C coaches across the country. He is also the founder of Strength Elite.
Kevin believes in humility and the pursuit of excellence. His training is science-based and he is happy to work with anyone who possesses the grit and determination to improve themselves, get uncomfortable, knowing that nothing worth having ever came easy.
Matt grew up in country Queensland where hard work and commitment were drilled into him from a young age. Health and fitness became the focus of his life after he overcame obesity as a teenager. It inspired his studies and a career in the fitness industry. Fitness changed his life and now he wants to help others.
He’s become one of Sydney’s most popular personal trainers in the last decade using a simple philosophy based on discipline and dedication. You can’t get fit without them.
Specialising in strength and conditioning, Matt trains both men and women, of all ages, from all walks of life. He customises and adapts programs to different fitness levels and works with clients to ensure they reach their personal goals. He focuses on positivity, progression, accountability, results, respect and relationships.
Personally, he loves the mental challenges that come with intense workouts.
Away from the gym, Matt loves to spend time in the kitchen experimenting with healthy food and cooking up a storm. And, of course, with a good glass of red. He’s a mad Broncos fan (don’t hold that against him) and also advocates balancing out a busy work and training schedule with some R&R. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially his son Rafa.
- CrossFit Level 1 Certification
- Certificate III in Fitness
- 5 years coaching experience
They say you are the product of your environment, and Tess was raised in a family driven by high performance sport. Her mum and sisters were strong female role models when growing up. Patricia, her mum, competing at the CrossFit games at 56 years old and her sisters both highly ranked CrossFit competitors. The bar was set high from a young age.
Tess began competing in swimming and claimed national titles for three consecutive years. Having found a love for the gym, Tess then progressed into training to make the CrossFit games like her mother and sisters. At the age of 16 Tess competed as part of a team for the CrossFit regionals. A year later Tess qualified for the CrossFit games as an individual and placed 14th in Madison, Wisconsin.
Tess committed herself to coaching others and has gained coaching experience one-on-one, large and small group training in some of the most respected gyms in Australia. She continues to improve her coaching skills and knowledge and is studying exercise and sports science at university.
Although still relatively young, Tess has more coaching experience and knowledge then most trainers twice her age. She also has a passion to keep learning and improving to better help all clients she coaches.
This combination of experience as an athlete, passion to be a great coach and her strong upbringing in a performance driven family means Tess knows how to achieve and get people achieving their goals.
Haydon’s path to joining the team at 98 gym was a journey in itself. Spending most of his teenage years being overweight as well as being diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic at 13, health and fitness took a back seat in Haydon’s life. Leaving school at 15 to commence an apprenticeship in Fitting and Machining, Haydon worked for the following seven years in the trade, before moving to become a marine diesel mechanic and very much thought his career path was set.
It was not until he was 19 years old that Haydon even set foot in a gym. After struggling his whole life with self-confidence and body image, he managed to loose 22kg in the following three months and very quickly discovered a new passion for training. After four more years of developing a strong knowledge base in both nutrition and strength training to aid not only his fitness but also daily living with diabetes, Haydon finally made the decision to turn this passion into a career and commenced nightly tertiary education to complete a Certificate III and IV in Fitness while still working in mechanics, and now has four years face-to-face coaching experience under his belt.
Haydon brings knowledge from study but also from lived experience to his coaching style and clientele; his ability to empathise with others facing their own challenges is near unmatched. Added to a sincere interest in supporting people to achieve more than they thought possible of themselves and enjoy the privilege of movement, Haydon has made a deep impression with the 98 member base.
Those who have met Haydon know him as synonymous with hard graft and allowing no room for excuses. Starting out as a 98 Training member, Haydon consistently posted impressive numbers along with emphatic support of others online. Offline, his work ethic rings just as true.
For Haydon, honesty, humility and a strong work ethic build the foundation blocks of all he takes on. He demonstrates all three daily, and this solidified his place at 98 Gym. Haydon’s willingness to learn paired with a head first, get-it-done attitude and a strong understanding of what it means to put others first make him a key member of the 98 team.