The Personal Training Council (PTC) Mentoring service is all about connecting personal trainers and professionals with skills and knowledge with personal trainers and fitness professionals who are looking for knowledge.
It’s by trainers, for trainers.
The service is offered by the PTCouncil and supported by NZ Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and Exercise New Zealand. ExerciseNZ provides administrative support to operate the mentoring system on behalf of the PT Council.
It’s an easy way of registered individuals sharing their knowledge with other registered professionals. We have a pool of vetted mentors which we connect with those who are looking for a mentor through our online service.
All mentors that are exercise professionals are REPs registered, those that are not offer some sort of proven expertise in a business area relevant to PTs, so have already met their industry standards.
We have a vetting process for specific skills areas so you can be sure you are getting put in touch with experts.
So, how do I get a Mentor?
If you are looking for a Mentor the process is a simple one. Simply look through the bios of our mentors below and get in touch with them direct. If you have any questions you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Our Mentors
Hilary Blackstock – Taranaki based mentor
Hilary (Hils) lives in Taranaki, New Zealand with her partner and 2 young boys and dog. She is the director and trainer at Playfit a business aimed at making movement fun. She has also just written her first book, a wellness journal titled Project You.
She is passionate about getting people moving, in a way that makes them smile and fits their lifestyle.
Hilary studied for a Bachelor of Physical Activity in Otago before working as a group exercise instructor of small and very large groups, aqua instructor, PT and studio owner. She has been an active member of the NZ Personal Trainers Council since 2009 and has recently started speaking to small and large groups about the joys of play and movement and making wellness accessible to everyone
Smile more, move more, love more
email Hilary at email@example.com
Rachel Marks- Wellington based mentor
Specialist Areas: Starting in business, admin and paperwork, growing your business
Rachel Marks has been working in the industry for over 15 years and is a highly experienced and sought after Personal Trainer and NLP Practitioner. She founded one of the first mobile personal training services in the Hutt Valley and still operates her successful business All Active there.
Rachel has appeared on TV including Good Morning, TV1’s Close Up, Breakfast and TV1 news. She also presents regularly at FITEX and has become a sought-after mentor to other personal trainers. Rachel was proud to become a finalist in the personal trainer category in 2010 & 2011 and was a finalist in the initiative category in the New Zealand fitness awards in 2015.
Rachel has a passion for raising the standard of personal training in New Zealand and is an expert on media releases, marketing, branding, client care, business start-up, and administration.
You can contact Rachel on 021 0232 2193 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Elly McGuinness- International mentor
Specialist Areas: Online Business, Online Marketing
Since February 2017 I have been living a location independent lifestyle with my family. We’ve spent our first two years of this lifestyle traveling around Asia. That means that my health and fitness business is carried out completely online. I can help you to transition your business towards more of an online focus. This can provide you with more freedom as well as leverageable income streams. With almost 20 years of fitness industry experience, I can help you explore the various options available to you, and then guide you in the direction that’s the right fit for you.
You can contact Elly on email@example.com
Paul Todd- Christchurch based mentor
Specialist Areas: Corrective exercise, Looking after yourself, small group training
Paul is passionate about seeing trainers of all abilities and levels of experience continue to grow and believes mentoring is the perfect platform for this. After 13 years in the exercise industry he still finds learning excites him to grow and develop his business. He has a holistic whole body approach and like to work with trainers so they maintain a focus on their own health and thrive longterm.
You can contact Paul on firstname.lastname@example.org
Rich Ellis- Auckland based mentor
Specialist Areas: Setting up (business/branding), Advanced technique, Business systems
Rich has worked in business before the fitness industry and has been in the exercise industry for 8 years. He brings a mix of experience which has always been customer focused and commercially minded. Rich loves the branding and set up of businesses which is where you get to be creative and set yourself apart from the crowd.
You can contact Rich on email@example.com
Alistair Richardson- Hamilton based mentor
Specialist Areas: Growing your Business, Starting in Business, Equipment Use
Alistair has been working in the fitness industry since 1995 as a self-employed personal trainer and since 2010 as the PT manager at Les Mills Hamilton.
He helps his new PTs start and grow their business to become successful personal trainers.
In 2017 Alistair won the Educator of the year category at the Exercise NZ fitness awards
So, if you are wanting to get started in the industry or want to take your current business to the next level contact me today.
You can contact Alistair on firstname.lastname@example.org
Susanna Cappai- Auckland based mentor
Specialist Area: Business
I want to motivate and empower people who just start the career in fitness, to develop strategies and tools for lasting business success. In 30 years I have developed strong coaching skills valuable to purchase. I can offer support in progressive training technique, breathing technique and stress management, wellness programs for the special population with holistic approach, customer service, accounting, marketing, research end development.
You can learn more about Susanna at www.cappaipersonaltrainer.co.nz
Will Jenkins- Auckland based mentor
After gaining a Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Science 20 odd years ago, Will began his fitness industry journey at Les Mills Hamilton and has been hooked on facilitating positive changes with clients ever since.
One of his passions in the fitness industry lies in personal trainer development particularly around programming, movement screening and assessment, and exercise technique.
Will has trained clients, managed gyms, owned personal training studios, managed and mentored personal trainers in NZ, London and Australia and has extended into being a lead instructor for FMS (Functional Movement Systems) throughout Australasia. He is currently working from Les Mills Newmarket as a personal trainer.
Matt Norris- Auckland based mentor
Matthew has been a trainer all his life and loves to coach not just members of his gym but also fellow trainers. His 15 years experience in the Uk and now New Zealand ranges from Personal Training to owning his own facility Invigorate Auckland.
Small and large group training is his niche and making the most of your time. He is easily approachable and loves to share his knowledge.
Jono Petrohilos – Online Mentor
Specialist Areas: Bootcamp and Social Media
Jono is the co-founder and director at Fitness Education Online, an organization which specialises in providing online CEC / CPD courses for PTs in the Bootcamp, Functional Training and Social Media space. Jono is a qualified Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer who has been in the fitness industry since 2006. Jono is also a podcast host, published author at international presenter (FILEX / FITEX).