Meet the team

Would you like to train with one of our trainers? Get in touch with us to find out about their availability and rates. Don’t forget to tell us a little bit of info about yourself and your goals. We will get back to you with the right fit.

Chaz is one of our Personal Trainers

Change happens through movement, and movement heals” – Joseph Pilates
Physical movement is so important! I like to think of it as one of the elements that allows us to feel truly happy. It clears the mind, makes us feel stronger, and can lead to all sorts of adventures. Personally I love to mix up my training, practicing Pilates, lifting weights, but also making sure I find time to incorporate time in nature such as running through the bush or boxing on the beach.
Certificate in Advanced Personal Training (FIT College), First Aid Certificate, Currently doing Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Course, REPS registered, Barre Teacher Training Course (District Fitness)
Specialises in:
Identifying behavioral patterns in bodies and figuring out how to get them moving more efficiently! I like to use a Pilates fitness screening to see which parts of our bodies are restricted in any way and come up with a plan to improve them. But if you’re up for a bit of a sweat session we can do that too!
“I love experiencing live music and collecting/playing vinyl. Happiest when boating and being out on the water in general, you’ll find me having a cheeky dip or sunbathe at the beach in between clients in summer, with my puppy dog Olive in tow! I love cooking for my friends as well as traveling and exploring new places.”

Cheryl has worked at Waiheke Workout for more than 15 years. Qualified at AUT as a fitness instructor in 2006. Cheryl trained many of our members over the years.  
Now she is retired and helps us to keep the gym clean and tidy.


Chris currently teaches two spin classes a week at Waiheke Workout.

Chris Gilchrist is a qualified Personal Trainer(AUT) and SPIN® instructor. Her passions are HIIT, resistance training and nutrition.
She has had a varied involvement in the fitness world including marathon running.  Chris came third in her age group in the Auckland marathon.  She has run many half marathons and earned an elite time in the Sky City Challenge.
Chris is extremely interested in weight loss, nutrition and wellbeing.

Corinne teaches our Stronger for Longer class and is available for Personal Training sessions.

“Rest in reason, Move in passion”

Training philosophy: 
I just want my clients to enjoy their workouts, see progress and stay injury free. I personally like to set goals for myself when I train and keep things interesting. For me fitness is not just about health or appearance it’s a special “ME” time with tons of rewards. So why not make the most of it? I think it’s important to try different styles of workouts or sports and find the one that challenges, motivates and makes you happy and stay open minded
Personal Trainer certification, National Council on Strength & Fitness
Functional Fitness for Older Adults CEU, National Council on Strength & Fitness
Personal trainer, The New Zealand Institute of Health and Fitness NZIHF
Fitness consultant, The New Zealand Institute of Health and Fitness NZIHF
Exercise prescription for the prevention and treatment of disease, Trinity College Dublin
BOSU Complete workout System Certification
Ageing Well: Falls and Falls prevention course, Newcastle University (in progress)
BOSU BALL training
LIVE LONGER&STRONGER ACC Fall prevention programme

Interests: Spending time with family and friends, studying and learning new things including languages, fitness related subjects and history. Landscaping has become a recent hobby.


Denisa is our manager and  looks after staff and members. She will take care of your inquiries and requests. 

Favourite quote/motto:
  You have two homes: Earth+Your Body. Take care of them!

I became a member of the gym in 2013 when I first came to the island. Not long after I started work as a trainee and enrolled in a PT course at AUT. Since then I have worked with our members as a fitness instructor and personal trainer, lead fitness boxing classes and high school student fitness programs.

I am now managing the facility  and am responsible for both our staff and members. While my duties are largely administrative I like to keep the balance in my job and still enjoy training personal training clients and writing occasional programs for our members.  After all helping others to improve their quality of life is what I love about this industry and what started this new vocation. Working in this community based gym has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.

I am all about finding the right fitness focus that works for me in the moment. My interests over the years include: Powerlifting, Boxing, Pole Dance …. You will see me e-biking or walking around Waiheke a lot!
Training philosophy: 
You can’t build a great building on a weak or no foundation therefore I am all about building the base first. I like to work with clients who want to learn the fundamentals of fitness and how to safely exercise while having fun.  

2014, AUT Level 5, Personal Trainer + Fitness Instructor
2015, Functional Movement Systems, FMCS
2016, AUT Sports Massage2017, Precision Nutrition
2017, National Certificate in Business, First Line Management level 4 – Skills Active
Interests: Environment and Sustainability, Volunteering, learning new languages (currently Spanish), cooking, traveling

Heidi is our Spin, Pump and Yoga instructor

 ‘Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you
that is greater than any obstacle.’  -Christian D. Larson

Training Philosophy:
Think positively, Exercise Daily, Eat Healthy, Work Hard, Stay Strong, Worry Less, Dance More, Love Often, Be Happy, Sleep Peacefully…. 
Your body is for life, inside and out, so exercise for life, whatever form of exercise that may be.  Have a healthy daily diet, everything in moderation.  Be authentic in all that you do and strive to resonate at your highest frequency to ‘lift’ everyone around you.  Be your best ‘you’ for peace of mind.

PREMIER Training & Development Diploma:                                                2000 Windsor
Fitness Training & Sports Therapy: Fitness Instruction, Nutrition,
Body Massage, Sports Massage, Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation,
Circuits & Exercise to Music (Aerobics)
BODY PUMP – Les Mills                                                                      2002 London
FITBALL – Physique                                                                              2002 London
STEP – Fulcrum Training                                                                     2002 London
SIVANANDA YOGA – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (200hrs)         2002 India
BODY COMBAT – Les Mills                                                                 2004 Windsor
Safe Integration of Pregnant Students in Yoga Class – Sitaram Yoga            2005 London
PREGNANCY YOGA – The Life Centre                                                 2007 London
KU-NYE Tibetan Massage – Tibetan Massage Centre, Bagsu                        2018 India
I have a husband and 3 young boys so family time is very important to me.  
We enjoy nature walks, cycling, bowling and good movies together.
I also enjoy paddle boarding, 5-Rhythms and Yoga.
I have recently applied to participate in my 2nd 200hr YOGA TEACHER TRAINING (Vinyasa Flow) which will take place next February/March in Queenstown which I am really looking forward to June 2019


Jaque started at Waiheke Workout as a passionate member and became a staff member in 2015. Jaque looks after our members and also after our equipment. He is also available for Personal Training sessions.

“The worst thing I can be, is the same as everyone else.”

Training Philosophy: Coming from a sports background and heading into a sporting future, fitness has always been a big part of my life. I use my life long experience and knowledge to help my clients achieve their fitness goals and improve their quality of life.
I am available to help clients with body transformations, sport specific conditioning and event/show preparation.
Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training – FIT college
Basic Human Nutrition Level 1 – IFBB International
Interests:  Aside from bodybuilding and fitness my interests are food, adventure and gaming.


Kelly is our cool receptionist and a corporate boxer who teaches the boxing class, she is available for one on one boxing-focused training too! 

Do one thing every day that scares you. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this… I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt 

Training philosophy: 
We only grow by pushing outside of our comfort zone, challenging ourselves and trying new things.  Why not try out boxing? 
Sport has always been a huge part of my life, and key to my physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.  I love sharing this enthusiasm with clients, and creating a space where people feel empowered to push themselves to their full potential. Boxing can be an intimidating thing to jump into, but my sessions take it down to the basics. I’ll teach you the foundations of proper technique so you can have fun, get fit, and then take it to the next level if you want to!
Interests: Outside of work, I’m often training for an upcoming fight.  I’m also finishing up a PhD in population health on global obesity prevention policy and the effects of international trade.

Lyn is our Yin Yoga instructor – more info coming soon


Mika is our lovely receptionist

“I will greet you when you come in to the gym. I like working in this positive environment. I worked at Waiheke Workout as an aerobics instructor from 1997 to 2004, taking a rather long break now I’m back.
My current activities in my free time are yoga and power walking. My passion are cooking, spinning (not the bike! But wool, yarn and knitting.
I love flowers. If you see flowers on the desk it’s me! “


Nydia is our Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. Soon she will be teaching Group Fitness classes.


Training philosophy
I have 30+ years in the fitness industry and have a passion for helping people realize their potential, always moving towards a healthier and energised lifestyle for longevity
Exercise Training Academy – Advanced Diploma in Sport and Group Fitness
Intec College – National Certificate for Fitness and Nutrition
Physical IQ (NASM) National Academy of Sport Medicine – Corrective Exercise Specialist
Varsity College – Effective Management Skills
Hiking (Part of the mountain backpackers in South Africa.
Running (Comrade ultra marathon, 89km in South Arica) Whew!
Swimming (Midmar mile 1.6km swim) did it for fun (twice) – I am not a good swimmer! I do enjoy stand up paddling
I play the piano and enjoy crafts


Rachel completed her PT certificate in 2002. She had a big career gap to bring up her 3 beautiful boys and is very excited about getting back into the workforce to work with individuals who want to improve their health and fitness! 
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~C.S. Lewis
Training philosophy: 
Health and fitness is an essential human need. My aim is to provide a positive, fun, and safe fitness experience, by using the best of my knowledge and experience to achieve your goals. 
My interests are to work with people who have special medical conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, hypotonia, depression, and cerebral palsy, etc.

Personal Trainer + Fitness Instructor certificate (AUT)
Exercise as Medicine certified trainer (Wright Foundation, UK)
Bachelors degree in Psychology (University of Auckland)


Rahman teaches most of our choreographed aerobic classes (Zumba, Strong by Zumba, Pump, and Sport). He’s been teaching group fitness classes for many years.
Training Philosophy
“Although cooking is my passion, fitness is my priority. I like to make exercise fun and challenging for students of all levels, teaching new moves with uplifting music. I aim to create a friendly and inclusive atmosphere so that it feels more like a party than a workout.”
Certified Zumba Instructor
Strong by Zumba Instructor
Power Music
Interests Creative cooking, dancing, fashion, and traveling.

Richard is the owner of Waiheke Workout and a Personal Trainer.

Waiheke Workout opened on April Fool’s day, 1996, Waiheke’s very own 1st fitness centre. The gym, still on the same site, has grown from its small beginnings to a modern facility with many and varied services.
Historically I was responsible for everything and everyone, working with clients, members staff and facility management. I spend less time at the desk now, instead focusing on my personal training clients and any special needs members.
With 25 years experience in the industry I have learnt to deliver practical fitness solutions that are both rewarding and fun. I  passionately believe in our logo ‘fitness for life’ and think exercise is the key to a full and independent life.

Sarah is a Personal Trainer and coach who teaches our Spin and Pilates classes. She has more than 30 years of experience in the fitness industry.

Originally from Vancouver Island, Canada and now residing on Waiheke Island, NZ. I specialise in functional human movement, corrective exercise, post-rehabilitation programming and prescription and high performance conditioning. I run small group training including Spinning, outdoor Bootcamps, trail running and Pilates , as well as offering personal training at the gym, clinic, or at your place.