This Is What Success Looks Like

This Is What Success Looks Like

My spirit was low after numerous failed attempts to get going on my own.

Over the course of a few very challenging years, I went from being in the best shape of my life to realizing I had lost it all – physically and mentally. My time with Joonas has been exactly what I needed, and we’ve even made it work being on opposite sides of the planet.

I’m no gym rat – I just love to move and I love living an active life in a body that feels healthy, strong and capable. Joonas understands that life is messy – and it’s rarely a straight line from where we are and where we want to be.

I’ve worked in the fitness and health industry for over 20 years. (Even coaches need coaches!) The key to success in this industry, to really changing the lives of our clients, is the ability to listen, see the whole person, and design an effective approach. Joonas excels at this.

If you’re ready to move – he will get you to where you want to be. And, he’ll work hard to help you have fun doing it.
– Louise Orders, Owner and Coach, Dauntless Fitness

“Thanks for giving me my life back”

“Sounds a bit melodramatic doesn’t it? But not for me. I was sleep-deprived, falling asleep in elevators, restaurants, taxis. I was starting to hunch over when I walked. I was scared. I knew I needed help.

Getting my life back proved to be frustratingly slow. It required patience and persistence. “Extremely simple, yet frustratingly difficult” cannot be truer. But fast forward one year and I’m a new person. Well, I feel like one anyway.

It’s about taking control − owning one’s life. And owning one’s health is simply the only way to do that. The payoff is huge.

Thanks Joonas!”
Chris Vein, former Deputy U.S. CTO for Government Innovation in the Obama White House and former World Bank CIO.

“I am back at skiing and playing soccer with confidence.”

Before coaching I never prioritised my health and well-being more than fitting it in as an optional bonus. It took a nasty leg injury and teaming up with Joonas for that wake up call.

Training is now a regular fixture in my diary throughout the week. And as I find myself achieving what I set out to achieve, I am now setting new goals and extending new challenges beyond what I ever expected. 

Joonas genuinely cares and works hard to ensure my program works for me and my goals. He regularly adjusts and tweaks my coaching around my goals, achievements and setbacks without flinching. 

I also don’t need to be in a gym or pounding the pavement, my program is at home and scheduled when it suits me around my busy schedule. 

Working with Joonas ensures I have been well supported and am accountable. He has a way of getting under your skin and motivating you to be better and not give up without you even knowing it. He shows that locking in time for yourself is so important. 

Joonas is firm but not a hard ass! He is realistic and understands that life, work, illness or family can interrupt your best intentions. He doesn’t stress but will gently encourage you back on track without being in your face or causing you embarrassment which is so valuable in a trainer.

I would 100% recommend this coaching for anyone who wants to (re)discover their strongest self and feel confident in the activities they enjoy.
– Amy, Lawyer

Before training with Joonas, I was regularly working out at the gym but always suffered with a few problem areas.”

I had frequent shoulder and back pain. As well as a knee injury from doing the Oxfam 100 km hike two years ago, which hadn’t ever improved, I had stopped hiking.

Joonas immediately noticed weak areas for me to work on…which has meant my shoulder pains have gone entirely. I no longer need a fortnightly massage to untie those knots. It’s made such a difference to me.

I have started smaller hikes again and snowboarding without any pain in my knees. My overall fitness has improved, I lasted 6-8 days boarding on a recent 10 day snow trip to the US.

Joonas noticed that what I need is to focus on strength training and cut down on the yoga/stretching. I promised to try for a few weeks, and haven’t looked back – no more tight hamstrings or hips.

I feel lucky I met Joonas – he’s made a big difference to improve and even resolve problem areas I had, and changed my overall outlook on fitness and nutrition. I am stronger, healthier and leaner. I’d highly recommend Joonas.”
Rachel Cornish

“Before I started training with Joonas I was battling with an injury that prevented me from doing any running at all.

I was able to get back to competing and completed a 100 kilometer race shortly after. Joonas’ coaching was an essential part of my strong return. It’s allowed me to be successful in my races.
Matheus Rafagnin, Ultra Marathoner

The best investment I could have made to my health and happiness.

My physical strength and resilience has massively improved, as has my general health and fitness.

What I really like about Joonas is his ability to push me safely further than I think I can go, without being pushy or domineering. He’s always encouraging and friendly, and is a true professional who knows his stuff (particularly if you have ever had an injury).
– Ghassan Kassisieh

“The work we did made a massive difference.”

You need to take a lot of the credit for keeping my body on the bike to get through the training… the work we did made a massive difference and my body has pulled up really well this week [after completing the 1300km Sydney to Geelong Tour De Cure to raise money for fight cancer]. Thanks Joonas.
– Kristeen McCarthy

“Because of our work together, I’m achieving things now that I never thought possible.”

Relaxing, enjoying life, and choosing to make healthy choices and being active will make life much more fulfilling and rewarding than over analysing and obsessing about every tiny detail.

My new goal is to not sweat the small things. Joonas, you got me to this place, so thank you!
– Rebecca Sharp, Strategic Psychotherapist and Performance Coach, The Sharp Mind

“My body is changing for the better without having to follow gruelling workouts, restrictive diets, or eating plans.”

“I had my apprehensions about signing up for coaching. For one, I wasn’t sure if I was ready for the commitment. I was also hesitant because of the fear of doing something that’s way out of my comfort zone. But I was also adamant that if I am serious about improving my health, I should give it a go.

What’s different about Joonas compared to other trainers I’ve met in the past is how personable he is. It’s his ability to make me feel comfortable, which put me at ease. Especially when I was just starting out. When I first met him, he asked a lot of questions about my goals and the reasons behind them. And genuinely wanting to know the type of person I am.

My initial goals were to become stronger and to improve my overall health. In nine months, I’ve gotten noticeable improvements in both. I also have more energy and stamina for cycling, hiking and everyday life with friends and family.
– Mesh Kumari

“One of the most knowledgeable personal trainers in Sydney.”

Expert in mobility and keeps up to date with evidence-based practice. Highly recommended.
– Daniel Arbilla, Owner and Exercise Physiologist, Arbilla Exercise Physiology
[not a client testimonial]

“The training before and after my bilateral ACL reconstruction surgery really sped up my rehab and recovery.

I was able to get back to skiing and other activities I enjoy. That, and in the last year I have gone from having never done a chin-up, to knocking out 20-30 during an upper body session. As a coach, I couldn’t recommend Joonas more highly.
Malachy O’Connor, Senior Software Developer

“Thanks Joonas for getting me through my first half marathon.”
– Kathleen Furey, Osteopath

“After having major surgery disc replacement to my L5, S1 and not being in a gym for more than 4 years, Joonas was a god send.”

I needed someone with the rehab skills and the empathy to understand my limitations and still work with me to achieve the confidence to walk into the gym, and the patience to really get me back to feeling like I can move again in my own skin.

The guidance I received with my tailored program helped me physically regain my strength and also mentally combat the mindset that I couldn’t do it.

I highly recommend Joonas as a trainer and coach as, if he can work wonders with me he can work with anyone! I owe my physical and mind set confidence to his guidance.

– Natalie Iglesias

“I have progressed so much over the past year!”

You have helped me deal with my initial knee/hip problem when I was training for the marathon, helped me through my annoying boxing/wrist injury and sorted out my weird shoulder issue.

As well as given me some great new eating habits (remember when I was absolutely stuck on granola, fruit and yogurt for breakfast!?). I just wanted to say thanks again.
Christie V.

“Training’s made a huge difference to my fitness level.”

Joonas is awesome. He’s passionate about fitness and helping his clients reach their goals, but in a very reasonable, rational way that takes their personal challenges and lifestyles into account. It also helps that he has a great dry sense of humour and some very eclectic interests!
– Rukmini Singh

“Having suffered from a succession of sporting injuries last year, I sought to rebuild my foundations at the gym to further my soccer ambitions.”

Joonas’ holistic approach ensured my tailored program reduced my risk of injury and well as build strength and speed. With his philosophy of health rooted in evidence based practice, his methods have helped me modify my approach to fitness to achieve more results efficiently.
Shanon Chan

“I am a lucky man.”

Although I left hospital walking again, the nerves that route signals to my limbs, particularly down my left side, were badly damaged.

Joonas spoke with my physio before agreeing to see me as a client so that he could learn the extent of my injury and thus tailor a programme for me. We haven’t looked back. The improvement (which statistically becomes more difficult after 18 months) has continued.

The personal attention I have received from Joonas has been incredible. He keeps me motivated. We continue to get results. Long may that last!
Ross Malone

“I had a knee injury a long time ago and was pretty wary of any lower body workouts for a very long time.”

Joonas helped correct my movement patterns and get me the fittest and strongest I’ve ever been. Great programs, very good at staying in contact and helping you with any questions. And a great guy to top it off.
– Lachlan Thomas

“I entered the coaching lacking strength, technique and out of shape.”

The improvement has been immense. I am now fit, healthy and very strong. I couldn’t have achieved this without the help of Joonas and his dedication and knowledge.

I would recommend his coaching to anyone thinking of becoming a better version of themselves.
Carl Pritchard