Performance Training Institute (PTI) is an innovative and dynamic training and educational provider for Exercise/Fitness Professionals, Coaches and Exercises Scientists.

Corey Bocking

AEP, BEd. Bsc. M. Coach Education

Corey has worked with athlete’s of all ages and abilities, ranging from local club athletes through to State, National, International and Olympic and Professional athletes from a variety of sports including Boxing, Swimming, AFL, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Athletics, Shooting, Triathlon, Touch Football, Hockey, Judo and Basketball. Corey has recently been responsible for helping a group of young athletes to the fourth highest ranked team in twenty20 cricket. Corey has not only worked with some of the world best athlete’s he has also worked with 1000’s of everyday people helping them to achieve their personal health and fitness goals.

With his background in high performance coaching and business development Corey understands what it takes for people to get the most out of themselves. Corey regularly works some of the world best coaches and this experience has formed the basis of all PTI courses.

Corey is passionate about educating others and enabling them to fulfill their potential as athletes, trainers and coaches.

Robert Leslie

B.Sc. Exercise Science / B.Com Management

Rob has over 10 years experience in the fitness industry and has worked throughout Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.Rob has a background in Rugby Union and is a former nationally ranked Olympic Weight Lifter. He is an Australian Strength & Conditioning Association strength and conditioning coach and has worked with the Cronulla Sharks strength and conditioning team.

Rob currently runs a very successful exercise physiology and personal training business through Fitness First Cronulla and was formerly a Cluster Personal Training Manager with Fitness First.

Tony Merrick

Tony is experienced in the areas of leadership training; business development strategies; the establishment of health and fitness programs; personal training and individual and class instruction. Since May 2002, Tony traveled regularly to international locations to provide instructor training and business strategy workshops on behalf of Star Trac USA and Fitness First – Australia.

Most recently, he has returned from Germany where he was placed in the role of National Fitness Manager, provided training and development to Directors and gym managers in over 300 Fitness First clubs. Along the way Tony has supported and trained gym owners and industry professionals in Bangladesh, Surabaya, Beirut, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Kuwait giving a well rounded and appreciated view of different cultures and their lifestyles.

Tony Merrick is the Managing Director and Founder for Peak Body Performance where he is responsible for recruiting and managing the professional development of 10+ Performance Coaches in both Western Australia, Victoria.

Dale Kalnis

Joined Royal Australian Navy and served for 6 ½. 1985 began training in Zen-Do-Kai freestyle karate, attaining 2nd Degree Black Belt. Qualified as Personal Trainer in 1989 and have been working as such continuously ever since.Dale has also, on occasion, been variously employed as a doorman, stuntman (on the movie Two Hands), personal security and sparring partner.

Dale has worked with many high profile clients including; Russell Crowe (actor), Heath Ledger (actor), David Hasselhof (actor), Mariska Hargaty (actor- Law & Order SVU), Aaron Jeffrey (actor- McLeods Daughters), Jon Stevens (singer- Noiseworks, INXS), Wayne Cooper (fashion designer), Lucy Turnbull (ex-Sydney Lord Mayor, wife of Federal Liberal Party leader) an was responsible training many personal trainers and coaches in the art of boxing and self defense.

Dale currently operates a very successful Personal Training business built around teaching boxing skills to his clients and is a presenter for the Performance Boxing courses.

Angela Saville

B Ed (Physical & Health Education)

Owner/operator of Savvy Health & Fitness Training. Angela attended Wollongong University and graduated with a bachelor of Education in Physical and Health Education. Angela has worked within education and the fitness industry for over ten years as a group exercise instructor. She has attained her instructor certificate in boxing, numerous Les Mills programs, her CHISM certificate IV in Children & Adolescent and Pre & Post Pregnancy & Fitness certificate. Angela’s experience with working with some of Australia’s leading health and fitness professionals has enabled her to create some of the most innovative and effective programs. Angela is soon to feature is a book alongside 13 other leading health & fitness professionals and was recently awarded the 2009 ILLAWARRA YOUNG BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR.

Candy Wegener

Previously, Candy was employed as a Personal Training Manager, and then became a Regional Manager for the Fitness First Lady´s Clubs in Germany.

She has been in the Industry since 1999 and has come over to Australia to work for Peak Body Health & Fitness in Perth. Her passion is in educating and helping individuals attain a healthy life with a lot of movements, good nutrition and FUN. Candy explains, ‘Health is the basic ingredient we need for everything we do!’

Candy specialises in health, fitness and wellness for children and adolescence.

She believes that everyone can achieve their goals, just get started!!!


BJ Rule

B.Sc Exercise Science

BJ is the educational director and along with his business partner Tommy Matthews the founding director of the Optimal Life Fitness Group. With over 13years of experience in the fitness industry BJ continues to advance his own learning as well as his ability to educate others in how to get the body performing better. He holds a BSc in Exercise Science, but also strives to ‘walk the walk’ and this is apparent in his own training where Weightlifting Boxing and Kettlebell Sport are his focus. As well as educating trainers BJ still trains clients who vary from executives to athletes.

Tommy R Matthews

Tommy’s skills and knowledge in Kettlebell training have come from years of working with some of the world’s greatest Kettlebell athletes and hours of his own training. He’s trained with arguably one of the greatest Kettlebell lifters ever, master of sport Valery Fedorenko and the all time great Pantelai Filikidi, who is master of sport in 4 different sports. Tommy is one of only 2 lifters in the UK to have completed the AKC certification. Before his work with the AKC in Greece he spent some time with Steve Cotter, which is where he developed his interest for Kettlebell sport. Tommy is the Managing Director of The Optimal Life Fitness Group.

Keegan Smith

Keegan is the current strength and power coach for the Sydney Roosters NRL and NYC teams. I’m interested in olympic lifting, powerlifting, nutrition and everything that relates to performance and health. My other interests include understanding the nature of life / energy / spirit, permaculture and biodynamic farming, ancestral perspectives on living and indigenous cultures. Together these interests create a holistic approach to better performance through healthy living. Keegan has co-developed the very popular Strength Essentials-Real world strength training course

Phil Roberts

Phil is a Level 3 Exercise Professional with over 13 years’ experience as a personal trainer and strength coach. A former professional golfer, he specialises in training athletes in rotational sports and has trained six tournament winners on the PGA European (Golf) Tour.
Currently, Phil combines lecturing at Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, where he has been awarded for his teaching skills, with running his personal training business.
He has written strength workouts for athletes from 23 different sports, mentors personal trainers and trains a variety of general population clients.
Phil is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He has taken private internships with many of the greatest minds in fitness and is passionate about acquiring and passing on knowledge.

Rubin Ruzicka

Masters of Sport & Exercise Science
Rubin is the current Speed Coach and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles & Beach Sprint Coach for the Manly Surf Life Saving Club.
Rubin is known as the Velocity Technical, speed development is his specialty working with some of the world best athletes. Rubin is the presenter for the Speed Essentials Course, give trainers and coaches a greater understanding of how to coach and develop speed in their athletes and coaches.

UAE Team

Michael Haddin

Bachelor Applied Science. Sports Science.
Michael is the managing of Haddins Fitness & Consulting in the UAE. Michael has previously worked as a Strength & Conditioning coach for State, National & International Cricket team, a corporate health & wellness consultant and a management consultant in the health and fitness industry.
Currently based in Abu Dhabi Michael runs his own gym based at Zyed Sports City and consults to the UAE government.

Andy Elliott

Andy is a former member of the UK military, Andy has more recently been involved in facility design and management. Now a member of the Haddins UAE team, Andy was previously responsibly for the prestigious Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. 

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