Meet the Team

At Muscle Nerds, we pride ourselves for having not only amazing educators and coaches, but also the most motivated and passionate ones. 

LUKE LEAMAN

I wrote you guys a really nice and detailed about me, but Zoe said it was too long-winded. Here’s the Reader’s Digest version, but apparently you can click through to read more (if for some odd reason you wanted to). I’m the big boss around here, the head honcho… or at least, Zoe tries her best to let me think that.

Disgruntled with the industry and the lack of empathy and science, Zoe and I started Muscle Nerds in 2015. In that time we’ve gone from not knowing anything about starting and running a business, to creating a highly successful online training and education platform.

The idea for Muscle Nerds started in 2013, when a colleague of mine started a spoof page on Facebook called “Muscle Nerd Leaman.” Muscle Nerd, absolute brilliance. I kept that idea in the back of my mind until Zoe made it a reality.

I’m the big-picture person in the company, the dreamer. I create concepts and ideas, and Zoe makes it happen. I’ve never been much for the details, so together, along with our staff, we make a complete and conquering machine, like Voltron.

My daily activities include pestering Zoe, auditing and managing our online training, research and development, creating course material, lecturing, networking, deal-making, and staring at the wall waiting for ideas to pop up. I also practice Jiu-Jitsu on Daisy periodically through the day.

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When was the first time you decided the health and fitness industry for you?
When I was 8 years of age. It was 1986 and I had just watched the original Conan the Barbarian with Arnold Schwarzenegger. I became obsessed and my parents thought it would be funny to buy me a little weight set for my birthday. I started training that day and have trained ever since. When I was 14 I started the powerlifting team at my high school and competed in powerlifting until I was in my 30’s. My obsession with learning began in my early teens when I began reading every magazine and T-Nation article I could get my hands on. Being inquisitive in nature, my studies therefore naturally lead me into the why and the science. Soon I was studying textbooks and doing internships with professionals that were top of their field, from strength coaches to therapists to doctors.
How did you come about working for Muscle Nerds?
I fell into it in 2015 when I started the company. I had been online training a select few clients since early 2006 and when I finished up with Poliquin Group, I turned to Zoe and said ‘Let’s start Muscle Nerds’. (Read Zoe’s answers for more detail. She’s good at that – the detail. Me, not so much).
What goals are you working on at the moment?
Completing my level 2 ASCA.  Completing an undergrad in physiotherapy in the next 3-4 years and successfully running Muscle Nerds clinic.
To become Australia’s best therapist and rehabilitation specialist in the next 5-8 years.  In the next 10 years, I will be consulting Australian sporting teams on rehabilitation and sports performance.

What is your current study focus?
Cell physiology, inflammatory systems, and the immune system.
What is one piece of advice you’d tell yourself when you first started?
Never start a company. It’s a trap and the ‘freedom’ it gives is a lie!
What’s been the biggest game-changer in your career?
Meeting Zoe.
What’s been your biggest achievement?
I’ll let you know when I get there.
What has been your biggest life lessons?
1. Never trust a fart 2. Never pass up the chance to use the bathroom 3. Never let a good boner go to waste
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What’s a typical day like for you?
Wake early, start working. Play with Daisy. Work some more. Annoy Zoe and distract her from work. Work more. Beat my head against the wall. Look up and realize it’s 1 AM.
Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me: 
At my laptop doing work.
Name three words that describe you:
Relentless Resilient Restless
Name a few of your daily habits:
Brush teeth. Poop. Annoy Zoe. Annoy Daisy. Rant. Quit the business. Re-hire myself.
What would your personal motto be?
Help enough people get what they want out of life, and eventually, you’ll get what you want out of life.

ZOE KNIGHT

About Me’s are the hardest things to write. You feel you have a pretty good grip on who you are and what you stand for until you have to put it into words. Written words, that is. Because no one gets talker’s block – we only get writer’s block (what’s up with that by the way?!).

In short, I’m a Co-Founder of Muscle Nerds. I’ve been with the company since day dot – although you could argue it was brewing in the background long before Luke and I gave it a legal structure. My sole role in the company is to try and keep some form of order – not only in our accounts, in our team, and in our admin processes, but in the methods to our madness as well.

I am inquisitive by nature and I love to learn (almost as much as I love Luke, Daisy, reading, and having a tidy house). If you don’t find me working at my laptop, studying at my laptop, cleaning my house or at the dog park, you’ll see me in some shape or form trying to get Luke to either stop trying to pick things off the floor with his toes or getting him to take his coffee mixed with water, instead of eating the granules dry off a table spoon.

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When was the first time you decided the health and fitness industry for you?
It was after a Saturday morning boxing class. Our usual trainer was away and the owner of the gym took the class. He had a completely different coaching style that was encouraging, motivating, positive, and fun. I had one of the best workouts of my life that session and I remember being at home in the shower afterward and thinking “Man I want to be like him”. As soon as I got out of the shower, I jumped online and started googling PT Schools. I submitted an application form to Max Fitness College and to the Australian Institute of Fitness. I had an interview with AIF on Tuesday and an interview with Max on Wednesday. I got accepted to the both but decided to go with Max as their application process was a lot more thorough. The next day, on Thursday, I received a call from the owner of the gym I attended boot camps at as she had heard I was starting my Cert III & IV. She offered me a job on the phone then and there. It was a crazy fast evolution, from deciding what I wanted to do on Saturday, and 5 days later I was enrolled to study and had a job. Just goes to show – if you have the balls to go after what you want, the universe will reward you for it!
How did you come about working for Muscle Nerds?
I attended a Biosignature Course in Sydney in March 2015. Luke was one of the instructors at the time and I thought he was a real dick (Let’s be honest here – sometimes I still do). I even gave him a bad review on my feedback survey for Poliquin group! A week after the course he added me on Facebook and asked me on a date. I said no for almost 2 weeks (he was annoyingly relentless – please refer to his answers on the 3 words that best describe him. He is NOT joking) until I finally caved and thought to myself “You know what Zo? You never have any fun. Just go on a date with the guy – you’ll never see him again”. So I drove down the Gold Coast one Saturday night and picked him up for a dinner date. The minute I arrived it felt like we had been together forever. What was meant to be one dinner date, turned into a 4-day date and I stayed down the Gold Coast with him until he flew out that Wednesday. We kept in touch constantly over the coming months, and in June, I quit both of my jobs, sold my car, and on July 9th 2015 I flew to America. I originally had the trip booked for 4 weeks. I obviously knew there was a chance I wouldn’t be back after 4 weeks which is the reason I handed in my resignation. That last thing I wanted to do, was call work from the other side of the world and tell them I wasn’t coming back (have integrity guys – it pays off). The day before I was meant to fly back home to Australia, I phoned the airline and changed my departure date to the day before my 90-day visa was up. About a month later, Luke finished up with Poliquin Group and we, therefore, found ourselves both Jobless. Luke looked at me and said, “let’s announce Muscle Nerds”. So. We did. That very hour. And here we are!
What goals are you working on at the moment?
My current goal and one that will probably never change is to always learn and to always raise the bar of what is expected. I want to learn business, I want to learn finance, I want to learn marketing, I want to learn all that self-development shit. (I also NEED to learn business, and NEED to learn Finance, and NEED to learn marketing. This business stuff is no joke). I want to learn science and I want to learn the art of applying that science. Stemming from that, my goal is cut through the bullshit that this industry is full of, and just offer true, real, genuine, and honest information and services. The ultimate goal is to create a huge family of coaches that can change the industry for the people who really need us. For those people, we can quite literally be the difference between life and death. My goal is to get people healthy. Help the people that need the help.
What is your current study focus?
I’m currently studying my Bachelor of Health Science and Naturopathy, so I guess you could say that is my current study focus haha. It’s a full-on workload but I’m somehow managing to keep my juggling balls all up in the air.
What is one piece of advice you’d tell yourself when you first started?
Time management is the crux. Sacrifice is inevitable if you want to go far. Get into the habit of being organised. Be as proactive as you can – be two steps ahead. Get into the mind of your clients – consider their emotions and perception. Set a quality standard and then strive to exceed it. Eat well and keep a good sleep routine – you’ll need the energy. Also. Luke is a maniac.
What’s been the biggest game-changer in your career?
Meeting Luke. For waaaaay too many reasons to count.
What’s been your biggest achievement?
The lives we are changing. Not only through the coaches we directly influence, but also their clients that we indirectly influence. Giving people a better quality of life is an absolutely priceless gift.
What has been your biggest life lessons?
The harder I work the luckier I get.
What’s a typical day like for you?
I tend not to get really warmed up for work until around midday. I have tried to fight this for years, but now I embrace it. I get all of my personal stuff done in the morning (clean the house, do the washing, walk the dog, etc), and then I work from midday/early afternoon until far too late into the night. There is typically breaks every 15 minutes for cuddles and kisses with our Dog Daisy. She’s the best.
Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me: 
At the dog park or the dog beach, cramming for a test, or frantically finishing an assignment (due dates are ALWAYS Sundays. Ugh).
Name three words that describe you:
This is hard. I say: Compassionate, Happy, Loyal Luke says: Loyal, Honest, Integrity. So I don’t know. lol
Name a few of your daily habits:
Bloody good question. I really don’t have any. Every day I pash my dog and drink soda water? lol
What would your personal motto be?
Just give a shit. In everything you do – care. Do everything with the best intentions and the highest of standards.

SHANE O’LEARY

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions”
– Stephen Covey

We all have a story. A reason why we are where we are today. There is no reason why we cannot start rewriting where we want to go.

My passion for health, training and nutrition came about like an overnight obsession. I faced challenges growing up that one day flicked a switch which turned my world upside down. I could tell you about my education, my university degree, the countless seminars I attend to consistently stay atop my game and my relentless pursuit in studying and mentoring to ensure I always provide results. That is not how this started though. It started with the most torturously slow 50m jog while drenched in sweat and having every fibre in my body scream at me to stop and give up. Consistency, patience and a relentless desire to be the best is everything I am.

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When was the first time you decided the health and fitness industry for you?
At the ripe old age of 12 years old.
How did you come about working for Muscle Nerds?
After jokingly (it was jokingly right guys?) offering a position to my girlfriend, I panicked and called a meeting of the couples to beg for a job so I didn’t get left behind. They say that people will do anything to get ahead in the business world… luckily for me I am terrible giving that.
What goals are you working on at the moment?
My girlfriend and I are currently in the process of launching boot camps to offer a wider level of support to those in the community who want to not just train, but be educated in health, nutrition and stress management. She’s up and coming and I know she will change the world. Me personally, I am always looking over my current methodologies for clients, acknowledging and admitting my weaknesses (this is a work in progress), and working on sharpening up when and where I can.
What is your current study focus?
Biomechanics, stress management, sleep and mindset, energy production and nutritional adjustments for optimal living.
What is one piece of advice you’d tell yourself when you first started?
Slow down and do a little bit each day. Even the smallest details, if done consistently, make the biggest changes over time. You have no idea where you will be in a year, let alone a month, but keep putting in the work, ignore what others might think or say and you will get there when you are ready. How will you know when you are ready? You won’t, but the opportunity will present itself.
What’s been the biggest game-changer in your career?
This is going to turn positivity on it’s head but my biggest growth has come from my greatest losses. At university I was diagnosed with celiac disease after stressing myself to the point of complete collapse. The following year I lost my brother to suicide. I have dislocated my neck twice and received 9 lumbar punctures, which left me unable to properly walk, let alone feel my lower body. Any one of those situations would be an acceptable time to throw in the towel and maybe take a break. From adversity comes opportunity. You may not see it at the time nor may you see it in a year from then, but I promise you, even the darkest of times, the deepest of challenges, they all carry a seed for success and growth. It may not feel like it at the time but you are stronger than you will ever know.
What’s been your biggest achievement?
It’s taken me almost 30 years but I have finally surrounded myself with the most supportive and genuine people I could ever wish for. The MN family (Zoe, Luke, Daisy, Isaac, Del, KLB, & Margs), my good friends from NZ, Roger and Nic Symes at Soulful Living, my dear friend Christian Maurice, all these wonderful people have changed my life. My beautiful partner Courtney has pushed me to places I never dreamed possible and it is by surrounding myself with these people, and many more, I have unlocked my deepest potentials. So what’s my biggest achievements? They are yet to come.
What has been your biggest life lessons?
1. The chance you don’t take is the one you will regret. 2. It’s possible to end up naked on a treadmill and not be drunk. 3. The older you get the less you appreciate “things” and the more you appreciate memories and experiences. 4. The basics work for a reason.
What’s a typical day like for you?
Wake up early, open the blinds, make a dad like comment on the weather (aw she’s bloody lovely out there), have a glass of water, have a cold brew, start doing some work, realise I don’t have clothes on and go and rectify that, go poop, then talk about said poop with my partner. Walk to the gym and train while being highly vigilant of the many animals that can kill you in ‘Straya. More coffee. More work. Sex. Then sleep.
Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me: 
Drinking cold brew, working at my laptop or whiteboard.
Name three words that describe you:
Resilient Funny (self-proclaimed) Really, really, ridiculously good-looking.
Name a few of your daily habits:
Drink coffee. Poop. Work. Write programs. Overthink. Re-write programs.
What would your personal motto be?
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change.

MARGS O’FARRELL

I came into the fitness industry in 2009, driven by the urge to share what I’d learned as I rehabilitated from a motorcycle accident. Since then, I’ve been on a mission to learn as much as I can and share what I’ve learned with whoever cares to listen.

I’m a personal trainer, a group fitness instructor, mentor, fitness and motivational writer, and coach the Metamorph group training program for Muscle Nerds.

I describe my personal training style as ‘tough love wrapped in kindness’. I specialise in post-physio rehabilitation, and love nothing more than working with someone to bring their confidence in movement back.

Oh, and did I mention I’m Vegan? 

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When was the first time you decided the health and fitness industry for you?
During rehabilitation from a motorcycle accident, when I was struggling to find help to get my body back to where I wanted it to be, I found strength training and with it the passion to help others reclaim their lives through finding their strength.
How did you come about working for Muscle Nerds?
After following Luke since before MN started and realising what quality of education he was bringing to the industry, I was excited to get on every MN course I could. I also took the opportunity to be mentored through MN. It was definitely one of the biggest highlights of my career to be invited into the MN team.
What goals are you working on at the moment?
Personal goals at the moment include a commitment to more of the ‘yin’ activities to balance out my ‘yang’. Finding time each week to participate in a mind/body class is helping with this.
What is your current study focus?
Program design and the application of movement and training principles to post-physio rehab clients.
What is one piece of advice you’d tell yourself when you first started?
The hours are long and the work is hard, but it’s so so worth it. Take care of yourself, you need to if you want to be in this for the long haul.
What’s been the biggest game-changer in your career?
Attending my first ever ‘big’ course post trainer qual and thinking “Fuck. I’ve got SO much to learn”. From that moment my desire to take on education from wherever I could was set in stone.
What’s been your biggest achievement?
My achievements are measured by the success my clients have, everything from those who achieve performance success in their sports through to people who achieve a successful return to quality movement.
What has been your biggest life lessons?
Be yourself. In a world full of smoke and mirrors, be honestly, authentically, unashamedly real.
What’s a typical day like for you?
I start early with either clients or teaching classes. The middle of the day is my downtime – dog walks, lunch and meal prep, and on good days a nap. Mid-afternoon I’m answering messages and catching up with online contacts. Late afternoon and evening I’m back in the gym for clients and classes.
Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me: 
At the gym. It’s the only day of the week that I’m not rushing through my own training to get back to work, it’s nice to have a more relaxed session.
Name three words that describe you:
Ethical, loyal, honest.
Name a few of your daily habits:
Morning coffee, evening green tea and ginger.
What would your personal motto be?
Do or do not, there is no ‘try’.

Ben Kerswill

Writing about myself is one of the hardest things for me to do. I always struggle to do it without rereading it and thinking I sound like a tool so here we go… hahaha.

I started in the fitness industry after being frustrated with the lack of preventative care in the “health industry.” After moving to Canada to get myself out of my training comfort zone I met my beautiful wife Courtney and ended up staying there for 12 years. Luckily during this time I focused on my programming education and landed a job at a great MMA gym in Vancouver. Over the subsequent years I had the privilege to train some great people, amazing fighters, physique competitors and even a pro skateboarding legend. During this time I got punched and kicked allot but loved (almost) every second of it.

After a good stint in the rain and cold we decided it was time to move back to Australia and start the new chapter of our adventure. About a year before moving back I had been lucky enough to train with Luke and Zoe right at the very start of muscle nerds and “prepped to prep” for a physique show. After 2 years working in a powerlifting and fitness training gym in Brisbane the stars finally aligned and I got the chance to join Muscle Nerds. So begins the story…

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When was the first time you decided the health and fitness industry for you?
When I was at university I was studying psychology and anatomy and while I found it fascinating, I was frustrated how everything was based on treating symptoms rather than the cause. I wanted to be part of an industry that worked on preventative care and treating and improving health before it became illness or dysfunction.
How did you come about working for Muscle Nerds?

When Luke and Zoe first started Muscle Nerds, I was one of their very first clients. They have been pioneers in looking at client health as the number one priority and I jumped at the opportunity to work for them when I left my previous coaching job.

What is your current study focus?

My current study focus is mostly on biofeedback markers and how it relates to recovery.

What goals are you working on at the moment?

My biggest goals right now are to improve my functional nutrition knowledge so I can help improve my client’s health as much as possible. Making them feel better and function better rather than just look good.

What is one piece of advice you’d tell yourself when you first started?

Be excited to learn more and find the smartest people you can to learn from. Mentorships with great coaches are the best way to learn.

What’s been the biggest game-changer in your career?

The biggest game-changer was moving to Canada early in my career. It forced me outside my comfort zone and afforded me the opportunity to train with a ton of great people in many different fields.

What’s been your biggest achievement?

My biggest achievements to date would have to be training Curtis Harriott to a BFL pro-MMA title, Saeid Mirzei to an amateur IMMAF world title, Victor Wang to a Heavyweight Taiwanese Muay Thai title, Kiarash Moghaddam to a Canadian Cruiserweight Muay Thai title and Mike Crisp to a NAGA New Orleans Black Belt Division champion. This year I was lucky enough to do Kate Gordon’s nutritional coaching for the Crossfit Games and train Anna Zamora on her way to becoming a US Army Master Fitness Trainer.

What has been your biggest life lessons?

A lot of trainers get people fast amazing results but it can really mess them up long term if it’s not done the right way. Sacrificing long term health is not worth having shredded abs for a week.

What’s a typical day like for you?

A typical day starts with coffee and walking my dogs, client check-ins and emails, get in my own workout, programming and technique checks, answer client questions and emails, some study, and then spend some quality time with the wife and animals.

Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me: 

Drinking coffee with my wife and the zoo (we have 2 adopted dogs and a cat)

Name three words that describe you:

Patient, determined, optimistic.

Name a few of your daily habits:

Every day I try to learn something new, get some type of study in and do some type of exercise.

What would your personal motto be?

Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.

Jason Burgess

Jason is a highly motivated and passionate individual who has a keen interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and human performance. To this date, his career in the health industry has been centred around soft tissue therapy and strength and conditioning fields. He has interned with some of Australia’s leading sporting teams, such as: The ACT Brumbies (rugby union), Australian NBA academy (basketball), Canberra Raiders (Rugby league), Canberra Demons (AFL). As well as completing continuing education with some of the World’s leading health experts : Brad Hiskins (Clinic 88), Colin Frost (Canberra Soft Tissue Therapy), Jeff Murray (ONSEN Muscle energy techniques), Gavin Heward (Health and Performance), Andrew Lock (Proraw Gym), Sebastian Oreb (Australian Strength Coach).

He currently works as a Movement Therapist at Muscle Nerds. This role combines hands on treatment and exercise execution to find out why you are in pain, to then help you eliminate it.

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When was the first time you decided the health and fitness industry for you?
I had originally wanted to be a personal trainer back in 2015, but I didn’t take the plunge until 2016 when I completed my certificate 3 and 4.
How did you come about working for Muscle Nerds?
I had attended the bodybuilding seminar in 2017 where I met Luke and Zoe and immediately knew I had to work for them. I then attended Foundations in late 2017. Early 2018 I attended ‘when it’s not about the food.’ I had also enrolled in the program design course in 2018. In late 2018, there had been some talk of bringing on a therapist and Luke had asked me whether or not I would move to Brisbane. In January 2019 I got the call and was offered a job. The rest is history.
What are you working on at the moment?
Completing my level 2 ASCA. Completing an undergrad in physiotherapy in the next 3-4 years and successfully running Muscle Nerds clinic.
To become Australia’s best therapist and rehabilitation specialist in the next 5-8 years. In the next 10 years, I will be consulting Australian sporting teams on rehabilitation and sports performance.
What is your current study focus?
Currently taking a keen interest in arthokinematics. Which is the study of how joints interact with one another. As well as understanding exercise biomechanics.
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What is one piece of advice you’d tell yourself when you first started?
Keep working
What’s been the biggest game-changer in your career?
Having the right mentors –
I always attribute my thirst for knowledge back to my first mentor Michael Bray. The passion and desire he had to be the best was passed on to me. Every mentor I have had has passed on knowledge freely, which has also played a crucial role in who I am and who I will continue to be.
What’s been your biggest achievement?
Career – being employed by Brad Hiskins at clinic 88. Working for Muscle Nerds.
Personal – Travelling the world and experiencing different cultures. I truly believe I wouldn’t be the person I am today without having travelled. I have learnt so much about myself and the way people interact.
What has been your biggest life lessons?
  • Context is everything
  • Everything happens for a reason
  • Failure is necessary
  • Time heals all
  • Anything is possible if you work hard enough for it.
What’s a typical day like for you?
Wake up, drank. Sit down, drank. Stand up, drank…… just jokes
Wake up round 5am. Tunes on. Have a shower, eat some breakfast and drink a coffee on my veranda and marvel at the area and opportunities I have in front of me. Head down to work for 7:30. Work till 12 then have a break and go to the gym or eat lunch. Come back to work till 6. Head home and cook dinner, do some reading and study. Sleep. Repeat.

*mandatory that tunes stay all day*

Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me: 
Listening to some chooooonzzzzzz or having coffee with friends.
Name three words that describe you:
My top 3 values – Discovery. Sensuality. Loyalty
Name a few of your daily habits:
  • Studying
  • Drinking coffee
  • Obsessing over how people move and interact

What would your personal motto be?

Everything will be alright in the end… and if it’s not alright, it’s not the end.

Courtney

You are all probably thinking who is this kid… as Luke would say I’m the coaches PA (he wishes).

I’m just the other half to Shane. I have recently graduated with a sports and exercise science degree. It has been a long four years but I’m ready to use everything I have learned and continue to learn along the way. You may see my name pop up here and there or you may see me at seminars, but I am just really the backbone to Shane to ensure he eats, sleeps, poops and gets his work done.

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When was the first time you decided the health and fitness industry for you?
When I was young, I rubbed my grandads feet while he was in a coma. I then said I wanted to be a physiotherapist, from then onwards I knew I wanted to be a part of the health and fitness industry – no longer as a physio though.
How did you come about working for Muscle Nerds?
Well, that’s a funny story, maybe start with asking Shane how he came to work for muscle nerds…. Who stoles who’s job opportunity???
What are you working on at the moment?
  • Finishing my degree
  • Helping muscle nerds grow in any way I can
What is your current study focus?
Currently finishing my last paper of my sports and exercise degree, so for now that is my focus.
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What is one piece of advice you’d tell yourself when you first started?
Only just starting now, so I tell myself everyday to believe in what I am capable of and get it done
What’s been the biggest game-changer in your career?
Meeting Shane as he allowed me to see my own potential and what I am capable of.
What’s been your biggest achievement?
To be confirmed
What has been your biggest life lessons?
Your past doesn’t have to shape your future
What’s a typical day like for you?
Wake up drink water, then coffee. Look at the day and complain if its cold, some how find myself at the gym working out, then home to cook and eat and work and probably a few dances in there somewhere.
Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me: 
In my undies drinking coffee, annoying Shane
Name three words that describe you:
Funny, Caring, Personable
Name a few of your daily habits:
Drinking coffee, feeding Shane, Going on about how cold it is, Always looking at cafes I can go and eat at

What would your personal motto be?
If you cant sing and dance your way through life, whats the point?

DEL FAIRFIELD

Hi! I’m Del! I’ve been a part of the Muscle Nerds team since March 2018. I’m a mum to the most kind-hearted 3-year-old Piper who has a beautiful soul that I am so incredibly proud of!

When you enquire about any of the Muscle Nerds Services, I’ll be the one you talk to! I’ve been doing sales, customer service, and finance for the team since I started and I absolutely love getting to you know you all – this industry really has some gems hidden amongst it and the Muscle Nerds seem to have a knack for bringing them out of the woodwork. I enjoy talking to every single one of you and I love being a part of the community that we are building.

I moved from NZ in 2012, where prior to that I worked in radio after attending radio school. Let’s just say I enjoy a good yarn! I also enjoy baking and watching people eat my baking – it’s just a pity so many of you are gluten free. Perhaps I should get the gluten free cookbooks out…

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When was the first time you decided the health and fitness industry for you?
When the incredible Luke and Zoe offered me the opportunity, just at the time I needed it most.
How did you come about working for Muscle Nerds?
We were at a mutual friend’s wedding when Luke and Zoe advised they could use a hand with admin and sales calls, little did they know how much more I needed them than they needed me lol.
What goals are you working on at the moment?
My goal is to improve my mental and physical well-being and have that reflect everything I do in my day to day life.
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What is one piece of advice you’d tell yourself when you first started?
Take everything one day at a time, life isn’t a race.
What’s been the biggest game-changer in your career?
Muscle Nerds. Before these guys I was being beaten by “the man” doing jobs I did not enjoy and that were in no way improving lives. Working with Muscle Nerds has offered me the opportunity to help people grow, learn and live a more educated life. I also get to see my daughter grow and as other parents would know, the time goes so fast, so to have a career I love and also be there for my daughter is INCREDIBLE.
What’s been your biggest achievement?
My daughter Piper, seeing her kind loveable nature will forever be my greatest achievement. I also see great achievement having built a life in Brisbane, now as a single mum and knowing I am doing everything I can to be the best role model I can be to my little one.
What has been your biggest life lessons?
People can’t always be who you want them to be and that has to be ok. So long as you can look at yourself and admit your faults, you’ve already won the war.
What’s a typical day like for you?
Waking up to my daughter Piper telling me the suns awake, then serving her 3 breakfast options with only one likely to get eaten, rushing to get out the door for daycare or work, then coffee, then some more work, then the supermarket, then home for dinner and quality time with Piper.
Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me: 
Getting coffee for me, a bagel for Piper then headed to the park.
Name three words that describe you:
Friendly, loyal, fierce.
Name a few of your daily habits:
Coffee, scrolling through FB & Instagram without even really taking any notice and a square of 78% Lindt after dinner.
What would your personal motto be?
Be a better version of yourself every day.

DAISY

I’m Daisy!

When Mum and Dad rescued me, my name was Meg. But Dad didn’t like that, he thought it reminded him of Family Guy, so he changed it to Daisy. Mum and Dad tell me every day that I’m the most important member of the Muscle Nerds family.

I’m not very athletic (I have bad hips and bad knees, you see) but I am VERY smart. I’ve figured out how to open the front door so I let myself out whenever I want. Because I’m so independent, Mum and Dad make me Employee of the Month every month. I pretty much run the show though, all I need to do is cry and I’ll get whatever I want. Humans are so easy to manipulate.

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When was the first time you decided the health and fitness industry for you?
My Mum and Dad decided it for me. 
How did you come about working for Muscle Nerds?
I was adopted into the family in February 2017 from the RSPCA.
What is your current study focus?
I’m trying really hard to catch a bird. I caught one day but Mum got really mad at me. I also caught a fish once too. I got such a surprise I dropped it back into the water. Lots of people clapped and cheered so I’d like to catch another fish again one day.
What goals are you working on at the moment?
Saving Mum and Dad from the postman.
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What is one piece of advice you’d tell yourself when you first started?
My Dad is a maniac.
What’s been the biggest game-changer in your career?
Getting my knees operated on. I can jump onto the bed and the couch now without Mum and Dad’s help.
What’s been your biggest achievement?
Catching a fish.
What has been your biggest life lessons?
If I cry to Mum I can get anything I want. She’s really easy to manipulate.
What’s a typical day like for you?
I wake up and roll around in the bed and kick Dad in the face. Then I slide out of bed and sit there and cry and cry until Mum or Dad gets up and takes me for my morning play. I work on my goal of trying to catch a bird and then I go home and sleep. I let Mum and Dad know every time a motorbike goes past the house, another dog, and I let them know when the mail man arrives. I wrestle with Dad every afternoon and every night after dinner I go crazy and sprint around the house and wrestle with my toys.
Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me: 
Trying to catch a bird or fish at the dog beach.
Name three words that describe you:
Loyal, Careful, A dog.
Name a few of your daily habits:
I poop in the garden. Some days I walk through it and take it into the house for Mum and Dad because I know Dads favourite thing to talk about is Poop. I try and catch a bird or a fly every day.
What would your personal motto be?
Protect family from motorbikes and mailmen at all times.

PABLO

I’m only a puppy so I don’t have a clear sense of who I am yet. Not consciously anyway. I have a very strong intuitive sense though. I can sniff out a good pee spot, I know what food I like and what I don’t like, I know how to protect my household, and I can run REALLY fast without even practising.

Anything other than that you’re going to have to ask my family. Which is actually quite big. But I’m tiny so everything seems big to me….

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When was the first time you decided the health and fitness industry was for you?
A dolphin never decides to be an exceptional swimmer, it’s born with greatness coursing through its flippers. I, like Usain Bolt, didn’t choose greatness, fame, superhuman speed, it chose me.
Was that the question? Did I mention I’m friends with Bolty and the dolphins?

How did you come about working for Muscle Nerds?
How did Muscle Nerds come about working for me? Have you ever seen a video of a toy cat being humped into submission by a frustrated pooch? Google that and you’ll understand.
What goals are you working on at the moment?
2019 was a pretty good year for me in regard to ensuring I kept a high pee on poop ratio, but when out late last night on my evening zoomies, I noticed I’d missed one. This won’t happen again and 2020 and beyond will be a perfect record for me.
What is your current study focus?
I’ve been playing with different fasting protocols as Dad is normally doing something where he doesn’t eat so he can be skin on a peepee or something. I’ve tried, just got to get mum off my back though, she’s a feeder.
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What is one piece of advice you’d tell yourself when you first started?
Hump day is every day and if you need to pee and there isn’t poop about, just go on the pillows.
What’s been the biggest game-changer in your career?
I didn’t watch that movie but my mum and dad did. I do like meat though.
What’s been your biggest achievement?
What has 4 paws and never has to eat out of a bowl at mealtimes? This guy. Daisy and Frank have it ruff.
What has been your biggest life lessons?
What’s with all these “biggest” questions, you sizest!
What’s a typical day like for you?
Imagine the greatest day of your life…multiply that by 100. That’s my everyday. Zoomies, handfed meals, tonguing my mum, tonguing Frank and Daisy… wait sorry that was in the wrong order for those last two.
Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me:
Ha! Good luck finding me.
Name three words that describe you:
Hiccuppies. Humpies. Zoomies.
Name a few of your daily habits:
I like to nap between zoomies and do zoomies between naps. I also like to lick Frank’s flubbery mouth bits in case I can find a treat.
What would your personal motto be?
Ever seen a dog run faster than you can see? Wanna see it again?

Frank

Ha! Pablo thinks HE has a strong intuitive sense. He has NOTHING on me! I have this very very very strong urge (that I cannot ignore) to chase anything that moves. Pablo has more self-control. That tells me I’m waaaay more intuitive than him.

I do love Daisy and Pablo though. Even though they only love each other and don’t love me back as much. But I just attach myself to my humans and that’s all I need. That and a ball to chase. Or a bird. Or a light…

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When was the first time you decided the health and fitness industry was for you?
Huh?
Can you pick me up please, there’s a shiny thing on the roof again and I need to get it.
Oh wait…it’s gone again…what was the question.

How did you come about working for Muscle Nerds?
Wuurr-king…what is this wuurr-king you speak of?
Have you seen my basketball in the back yard? Come, let me show you.
What goals are you working on at the moment?
*pulling rubber on the basketball* I’M GONNA GETCHA!!
What is your current study focus?
Show me your mouth…hmm…I’d say you could fit a chicken strip and a beef treat in there. I’m working on 2 beef treats, a daisy size chicken treat, and some carrot. Have you ever tried carrot? Me neither. I just swallow everything whole.
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What is one piece of advice you’d tell yourself when you first started?
Started what? How do I tell myself if I haven’t started whatever I’m starting?
What’s been the biggest game-changer in your career?
Learning how to jump has gotten me places I never thought I’d go. Dining table, coffee table, kitchen bench…
What’s been your biggest achievement?
This morning’s poop. Hooooge.
What has been your biggest life lessons?
Eat fast. Swallow faster. Things taste about the same coming up or going down, and you can’t beat the taste of a fresh poop.
What’s a typical day like for you?
Wake up, check for shiny things, grab my asthma inhaler (I have some breathing troubles, don’t tell the others), watch dad pose in his undies to mum, check for shiny things. Chase dad around the kitchen. Lick the dishes in the dishwasher, and check for shiny things. Check on my basketball and ask it if it’s seen any shiny things. Poop. Eat poop. Kiss mum.
Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me:
Swimming! NO!! Doing the dishes! NO!! wait, which one is Sunday?
Name three words that describe you:
Frank the Tank.
Name a few of your daily habits:
I recently wrote and ate a book called 21 habits of highly successful pooches. I list my 23 daily habits in there.
What would your personal motto be?
Some of us were born for jumping.
Some, born for humping.
Shiny things. Shiny things.
Don’t touch my basketball.

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