Meet our personal trainers

We have a diverse range of personal trainers available at BALC for one-on-one or small group training sessions. Read more about our personal trainers below.

To enquire about availability and session pricing, you can contact us online or speak to a member of our Customer Service team in Centre.

Our Health Club is staffed during opening hours, with a member of the team available to answer any questions you might have during your workout.

Billy Gianacopoulos
Billy has been at BALC for 4 years after completing a Certificate III & IV in Fitness.

Billy’s areas of expertise include human movement, strength and conditioning, mobility and pilates. His personal fitness interests include all types of physical training from cycle classes to gymnastics and strength training. Billy grew up playing soccer, then moved across to boxing and is now enjoying mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Outside of his work in the Health Club, Billy enjoys fishing and camping.

“The body will become what you do or don’t do.”

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Sam Todd
Sam has a Certificate III in Fitness and a Certificate IV in Personal Training among a range of other fitness qualifications. Sam’s areas of expertise include boxing, circuit training, women’s fitness, pre and post-natal training, older adults and mental wellbeing through exercise.

Sam has been a qualified PT since 2013 and was running her own PT business in Darwin before moving to Ballarat in 2015. She has 2 young children and loves to spend her spare time running, hanging out with family and going to the football.

“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford

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Emma Donald

Emma has been working in the fitness industry for the past eight years. After having her two beautiful little girls she decided she wanted to take on a role that helped make a positive difference in the lives of others, through inspiring them on their health and fitness journey. Emma is a passionate and committed coach that loves nothing more than seeing her clients and members reach their personal fitness goals, no matter what their goals are. She strongly believes that the body always achieves what the mind believes!

Not only is Emma a qualified personal trainer and group fitness instructor with her Certificate III and IV in Fitness, she is also a qualified Level 2 Recreational Running Coach with Athletics Australia. With a passion for long distance running she has completed more half marathons than she cares to count and has just completed a double marathon to raise awareness for mental health and Beyond Blue. Her specialities include women’s and children’s fitness as well as aged populations.

In Emma’s spare time you will find her spending quality time with her beautiful family, she loves camping and being in the bush and you might even spot her running one of the many local trails around our lovely Ballarat.

“The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday!” – Matty Mullins

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Samuel Padarcic

Samuel is an Accredited Exercise Sport Scientist who completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Deakin University, and is currently completing his Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology at Federation University.

Samuel’s areas of interest includes strength training, circuit training, group fitness and HIIT. He enjoys being able to work with a diverse range of clientele; with varying age, gender and skill level.

Outside of the BALC, Samuel works with the SES completing health assessments as part of the Healthwatch Team and has also coached junior’s soccer for the past two years with the Aldi Miniroos competition. From a young age Samuel has had a passion for sport and currently enjoys watching soccer, basketball and MMA. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends and caring for his many pets.

You may also recognise Samuel from the front desk as part of our Customer Service Team.

”Doubt is only removed by action. If you’re not working, then that’s when doubt comes in.” – Connor McGregor

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Georgie Coutts

Georgie has been working in the fitness industry for over 20 years. Her specialised area of interest and skill base has been towards Cardio Fitness, Posture, Weight loss, Flexibility Mobility and Core Stability.

With a background in dance, Georgie training at The Victorian College of the Arts and went onto working professionally here in Australia, overseas and on cruise ships. It is from Georgie’s love of Dance that brought her to the Fitness Industry. With Georgie’s training in Human Movement and Body Awareness, it is this she wishes to pass onto others through safe and comprehensive movements. Her manner in which she uses to train clients and herself is strong technique based.  Georgie’s approach is to lay the correct foundation in the beginning to enable strong and healthy movement moving forward.

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Sarah Condous

Sarah is qualified in Cert III & IV Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer. She is also a qualified Pilates and yoga instructor and teaches various classes on the Group Fitness timetable at BALC.

With a keen interest in combining fitness and nutrition, she completed the Metabolic Precision nutrition course in 2012. Her areas of interest and skills are directed towards improving strength, building/maintaining muscle mass, core stability and mobility in all ages with an emphasis on correct technique. Sarah has trained as a Registered nurse and has a sound knowledge of acute and chronic conditions that may need to be considered for clients when training.

Fitness Philosophy – consistency is key…if you don’t use it you lose it!

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