Facility Owner/Personal Trainer
Rachel moved to Geraldine from the Gold Coast, Austalia with her husband Andrejs and infant son Ashton in 2014. She purchased the local gym in 2016 and has since then been an integral part of providing the local community with a variety of opportunities to learn about health and fitness. Rachel has introduced many new first timers to the gym training environment, facilitated fun fitness challenges, supported local sports clubs and athletes through their training and provides a range of different fitness classes for the community to suit all ages and stages. Rachel works closely with local physiotherapists to help support recovery from illness and injury and is always looking for new ways to add value to her family business. As a mum of two very busy boys Ashton (8) and Lochlan (2) there is never a dull moment!
"During my time as a Personal Trainer and building the Four Peak Fitness brand I have been privileged and trusted with many personal health experiences, both mental and physical, through members of our Four Peak Fitness community.
This opportunity has led me on a new journey as I identify a need to develop my coaching skills beyond just exercise and nutrition support.
Also, based off my own experiences in mental health/depression and past traumas I have embarked on this new personal journey learning about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Lifestyle Coaching to become even more mentally resilient and stronger as a person.
I am currently training in both these areas to obtain a practitioners certification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a diploma in Lifestyle coaching so that I can add these important aspects to my Coaching skills In order to be able to have more of a positive impact on others.
I want to be able to lead my clients into greater depths of insight and understanding of health and wellbeing, that which is true to them.
Im really excited to learn these new skills and be able to expand my knowledge base and have the ability to help change lives for the better."
Personal Trainer/Nutritionist/Mental Skills Trainer
Who am I?
With a background in competitive sport, Asher was introduced to the importance of nutrition and sport psychology from a young age by a very experienced coach. After reaping the rewards of these teachings, Asher was able to see how many others would benefit from learning more of these skills.
Asher studied through ARA Institute of Technology (formerly CPIT) and Massey University in order to achieve greater knowledge as well as the proper qualifications. Through these teaching environments, Asher was able to learn from some of the top Mental Skills Trainers and Nutritionists in New Zealand. It was through these environments where Asher was given the opportunities to work within regional organisations and some of the top teams in New Zealand. Asher has worked with athletes from many different areas; from volleyball, cycling, rowing, weight lifting, basketball and combat sports.
Asher is able to work with people of all ages, abilities and goals. From nutrition consultations in order to get the most out of your training and your food. Whether you are trying to reach a specific goal, or just find a greater balance in life, Asher’s knowledge in nutrition and mental skills training could be exactly what you need.
Asher is able to offer both individual, small group or even large group seminars in order to help you and others with their nutrition. Asher understands the importance of nutrition in order to get the most out of your training as well as the most out of your life. Asher also believes that food is to be enjoyed and not a factor that should control the way you are living. This approach allows Asher to understand your lifestyle, where you struggle and other aspects of your fitness and health that could be being affected by your nutrition that you haven’t become aware of yet.
Asher understands that for most people, it is about making their life better and not a strict lifestyle change. This philosophy helps to encourage people to begin to understand that their nutritional choices have a huge impact on their day to day life, and that it is not about completely changing everything but making decisions to make them work for you.
Mental Skills Training
Mental Skills Training is all about developing and using different techniques in order to produce you optimal performance and outcome. Every persons prescription needs to be individualised because of the difference in our responses to different situations and goals. The aim is to use practical methods in order to train and improve your mental performance at the same rate as your physical performance. Performing these exercises can be continuously improved and more efficient through training. The aim overall is performance based; to obviously improve your own performance in whatever skill set you are working towards (sport, business, life balance) by improving self belief, confidence, understanding your own triggers and giving you tools to make these work for you.
Commonly Asked Questions
What is a Mental Skills Trainer?
It is a person that works you through the mental approach to your activity. This person is able to address physical and mental responses to stressful situations (competition, meetings, tests or even speaking publicly). Every person thinks differently, reacts differently and sees situations completely differently, so a mental skills trainer is able to identify these differences in reaction and customise a plan in order to work for the client to improve their performance.
Why use a Mental Skills Trainer?
A mental skills trainer understands everyone will react differently to situations put in front of them. Their job is not to eliminate anxiety or fear but to help you understand it and utilise this energy in a greater way than the previously negative response. A mental skills trainer is able to apply different techniques to a whole range if individuals and goals and understands that no reaction to a situation is too extreme but is able to be worked in your favour once approached with a change in mindset.
What is the difference between a mental skills trainer and a sports psychologist?
Both of these professionals have done the work to gain these titles, but a Sport Psychologist has a Psychology degree as part of their study. A mental skills trainer has been through University to gain qualifications in the area but without that Psychology degree they are unable to use that title.
How do I choose a Mental Skills Trainer or Nutritionist?
Qualifications and vibe. Ask about their qualifications, they should be happy to chat about them. Vibe- you should feel comfortable and not judged in this situation. If at any point you aren’t comfortable or understanding what they are saying, let them know. As a professional we understand that it can be a very vulnerable situation so making a connection that works between the two of you is important.
What can I expect in one of these appointments?
The first appointment especially will be a lot of talk, in order to understand more about you and gather further information. There will be note taking and possibly a little bit of thinking or quiet on our end as we analyse what you are telling us. It can be hard to open up in an initial appointment, but it is important to be as honest as you can be in these meetings or let them know afterwards if you think of something else. We do understand it can be a hard situation for a lot of people so won’t rush you if you aren’t quite ready. From there you may be given homework (not like you got at school) or some tricks to trial to report back on at your next appointment.
Group Fitness Instructor
I have loved sports and being active for most of my life - although I haven’t always been fit by any means!
Netball and tennis were key throughout high school and my early 20’s. This flowed into a love of running, then a move to Sydney added gym based fitness into the mix!
Sydney life exposed me to many different styles of training, classes and methods - not to mention people! This has become invaluable experience to draw on for both planning classes and my own training.
As well as my obvious love of HIIT training, I have a new found passion for strength training. I love the physical and mental challenge of pushing my body further than I thought it could go and seeing the (often slow!) progress!
I love learning new things and sharing knowledge with people. Along with mastering or teaching new skills, helping people is the best feeling and a real passion of mine.
I like to spend as much time outside as possible - often setting up a makeshift office on our deck, or taking a break to head out for a walk…..I’m also rather fond of gin, wine and bloody LOVE a good party!
Come say hi if you see me around - I don’t bite and love meeting new people!
Active and Alive Group Fitness Instructor
From a very early age I was interested in ballet, drama, swimming and singing - a bit of a show off really! Through life’s little experiences (knock backs) I then developed humility and self esteem.
Later in life, between jobs and travel, I studied at Christchurch Polytechnic and attained a certificate in Fitness Industry Training. This was a 20 week full time, 500 hour course. At every opportunity I continued to study - Exercise Science at Christchurch College of Education and Fitness Leadership with YMCA in Vancouver Canada. Recently I have re-qualified with a current Comprehensive First Aid Certificate, a Community based Exercise Foundation Course by Canterbury Sports and am brushing up on Aquafit Training. All of this helped in creating the well rounded character you see today!
I enjoy creating a relaxed and friendly, safe atmosphere in which to exercise. It is important that you enjoy anything if you want to continue doing it!
I currently take a Gym Circuit class which is aimed at, but not limited to those of a mature nature. Moderation and consistency are what I recommend for those not so young as we don’t recover as quickly as we used to. This is essential to limit any chance of injury, correct technique and form are key to a great workout.