Meet Leona Kontkanen
Director, Health coach, Strength coach & Pilates instructor
I know the science, the bro-science and the theory to apply to health and fitness coaching. My 20 yrs of experience has shown me you bring me an idea or a fad, which got you in the door, and now I would like to deep dive into finding your optimum health and well being – mind, body and spirit.
I believe in living this life, enjoying all it has to offer – being comfortable in swimwear in the summer; eating, drinking and being involved socially; while maintaining your awareness and fullest truth.
Since Aug 9th, 2001, I have been working at least part time as a personal trainer. I was lucky to be interned with some very clever people during my qualification process in Canada. No 12 week to a certificate for me! I spent 8 months being mentored in strength & conditioning and bodybuilding in a gym outside of Toronto, Canada. I returned to the beautiful Gold Coast working as a mobile PT in the parks and beaches until taking up a franchised personal training business in Indooroopilly Fitness First in conjunction with enrolling at the University of Queensland. I eventually completed my undergraduate in Psychology, which I continue to study towards registration.
In 2005 I was named Queensland Personal Trainer of the year and was encouraged to move into education, training and mentoring the personal training team of Queensland. I quickly worked my way to Cluster manager, overseeing 8 club’s personal training departments. Some of my greatest rewards are the people I met and mentored to success.
I left to run The Studio Personal Training with a team of 4 PTs for a little over a year. Fitness First Australia lured me back with another training manager’s role, bringing me back to the Gold Coast where I continued to teach, learn and achieve accolades for 3 years.
Most recently I have worked developing an allied health clinic as practice manager, gaining an allied health assistant certification and a diploma in Pilates. It’s time for me to return to my love, helping people find function, strength, ability and health in the fitness space and in their world at large.