My Crabtree Fitness journey is all about consistency….

Physical and mental wellbeing has always been an important part of my life but a few years ago “life” got in the way! As a working mother, my priorities were focused on work and family rather than myself. 

In 2017, I decided to make my own health and wellbeing a priority and to juggle the balance to fit it “ALL” in. 1 session a week with Crabtree Fitness was where I began, barely being able to complete the ‘warm up’, struggling with a set of the dreaded burpees or the punishing shuttles runs.  I consistently pushed myself to the motto ‘one step at a time’ and continued to remind myself that these sessions were all about MY wellbeing. 

In 2018, I continued to ensure I had the balance of life and increased my commitment to Crabtree Fitness to 2 sessions per week and also included the nutritional advice and healthy eating plans. I saw an increase in my fitness and also my mental wellbeing. I remember a session where Jackie explained that we were to attempt to run up to 400metres in between the strength training… Secretly I thought “could I do this”? Running is not my strength and I was never going to finish in the top 10…..but I surprised myself and consistently pushed myself to complete the session without stopping or decreasing my pace.

The nutritional support has assisted in my goal of becoming a better me. Crabtree Simply Healthy recipes were and still are part of our weekly meal planning. Family favourites zucchini slice, chilli beef with lentils, sweet potato cottage pie, goji fudge and protein balls.

My mental wellbeing has benefited by the consistency of my sessions with Crabtree Fitness. My work is a stressful environment, which is complex and difficult some days. The ongoing consistent approach to my wellbeing has improved my mental strength and resilience, which has allowed me to cope and think clearly.

In 2019, I increased my commitment to prioritise my health and wellbeing and I have seen huge growth in my strength and cardio fitness. I increased my commitment to 3 sessions per week and continued with the simply healthy recipes. I am now able to increase my pace when running, can complete most reps of the dreaded burpees (they might be ugly though!) and now look at the next level of weights when using the kettlebells.  

Early in 2019, my Nana passed away. She was a huge part of my life. During the last few days of her life and the days after her passing, I continued with the routine of my fitness. I even went to boot camp on the morning of her funeral, as I knew the benefit of me smashing out a session would help me with the difficult day ahead. The increase in my mental wellbeing allowed me to process my grief and have the strength to support my family. 

Today, I thank Jackie and Paul for a friendly and supportive approach to my fitness goals and allowed me to increase my personal best goals. I am thankful to have been able to compete in a couple of bike races, fun runs and the MCG Stadium Stomp. I have lost weight, improved my body shape, increased my strength and improved my mental wellbeing. 

Overall, I am thankful to Crabtree Fitness for helping me be a better version of me.



BALANCE, this would seem to be the best word to describe our Crabtree story. Balance in lifestyle, balance in family life, balance in dietary intake, and balance in fitness, all things we both have gained from our time with Crabtree fitness.

GRETEL- I had spent the best part of 2 decades caring for someone other than myself. My fitness after 4 children was well… non existent. I never really enjoyed “exercise” in fact the thought of running gave me shudders (still does really). It became apparent to me though that I should attempt to do something about my weight and fitness.

When I first returned to fitness I felt a little out of control (to the point of being obsessive) at one point. “Lose weight fast” was the approach I took! Looking back now, I was wrong in a lot of ways, which I am happy to admit now.

Something needed to change for me mentally!

A few friends from work had spoken about Crabtree Fitness and it was clear to see how much they enjoyed their sessions. The thought of a local fitness group with other mums appealed to me and I liked the idea I would be more community minded by trying this out, so I called Jackie and before long I was at my first session. I can safely say not one session has been exactly the same since!

After some time Jackie was able to get me to change my mindset (with BALANCE). Nutrition coaching was key in this. My mindset had to do a BIG shift. However, now as a result, I am happier, stronger and healthier than I have ever been. I can accept that I am the mother of 4 children and that I have to set an example for them all to live and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

The mums I have met constantly inspire me, some with their young toddlers and babies in prams, some even coming along while pregnant. The friendships that have been formed, the coffee dates, the walks with the dogs…. Community at its best.  So thank you Jackie and Paul for your hard work and dedication in helping our community see the world in a better way.

JAMIE- Sport was a massive part of my life from 12 to 20. It wasn’t until I was 40 that I took up sprint training. Although I had always had a strong focus on fitness I had let my work/life balance get out of alignment. Building a new business from the ground up meant something had to go and fitness just fell to the side.  After seeing how much Gretel loved it and to compliment my sprint training, to fill up my winter fitness, build on strength and condition myself a little better for my running, I joined Crabtree Fitness as well……and it worked! My sprint times have improved, even winning a gold medal in a 40 plus age group!

Paul and Jacki are great and double back as coaches and mentors as well. 

My message is, make sport part of your life, not just a flash in the pan, and as you get older keep up the intensity. Stay hard and stay hungry. It sets a great example to your kids and your health will thank you.


Sarah- I joined  Crabtree Group Fitness group nearly 3 years ago, mostly to increase fitness rather than achieve a particular weight, size or shape.  As a smoker, mum of two and approaching 40, I was keen to make some positive changes.  I felt that I was active day to day but the lack of a structured fitness program, regime or activity, needed to change in order to feel positive about getting fitter…that and giving up smoking fairly quickly!

While joining the group was never about achieving a particular size, the benefits came quickly – new found strength, the emotional well-being gained from exercising hard and the aches in the days following the sessions felt good too!  We’ve all found muscles we didn’t know we had and the stress relief makes for a more effective mother, wife and nurse.  The friendships formed as part of the group are brilliant. While it’s not ONLY about the coffee at the end it is a nice way to finish a session.

Grant- I joined initially to increase my race fitness with mountain biking.  I was keen to exercise in a different manner rather than just on the bike. I was a in a pattern of training up for races and then doing nothing until the training commenced for next big race, which could be months apart.  Also, as a rider who concentrated on long races, I found I lacked the punchy speed needed for shorter races.  Bootcamp has provided an awesome all-round fitness alternative – its consistent, structured and fun!

The Crabtree approach to sustainable outcomes and lifestyle changes strongly resonates with us. We were never after a quick fix, rather a positive lifestyle change that we would maintain for the years to come.  Both of us relish the fact that we have strong and active children, we like to think that some part of this at least is due to the positive role models they are surrounded by.  The kids think it’s completely normal to head out for a 30km bike ride for fun or hike through the bush… fact, last weekend our family  hiked the Great Ocean Road walk, 70km in 4 days, carrying all of our equipment, all thanks to the fitness generated by our Crabtree attendance! Our lifestyle is a reflection of the Crabtree philosophy including balance, nutrition, exercise and community. 


Bryan – I started with Crabtree Fitness about 18 months ago and it was one of the best things that I have ever done.  My wife Siobhan has been going for a lot longer than that and I saw the positive changes that she had made and how fit and healthy she was, so that motivated me to have a go as well. 

I used to be a bit of a couch potato, but now I have lost some weight, with some more to go, and have a lot more energy and motivation to do all of the things that I want to do. 

Exercising with the group at Crabtree Fitness is a lot of fun and it is always enjoyable with a few laughs as well, usually at the start as I am too stuffed by the end!!!  Jackie and Paul are always available for advice and tips and make things so much easier.  I have learnt more about nutrition and healthy eating than I ever knew and this has enabled me to make meaningful changes and develop healthy habits. 

My only regret is that I didn’t do something sooner, but better late than never!!!

Siobhan – I never used to be a morning person at all, but getting up to fitness is now part of my life.  I have a very hectic lifestyle and I wouldn’t be able to fit exercise in if I didn’t get up early to do it. It’s an amazing way to start the day and I feel great because I have actually done something for myself.

I had just turned 40 and my girlfriend Nic and I decided to give bootcamp a shot as it was getting harder to shift those kilograms that quickly add up especially after having 3 kids. When I first started over 5 years ago there was only about 18 people or so in the mornings and with hardly any guys. It has been great watching the business grow and expand and some mornings there is more guys than girls. It was the best decision that I ever made as I have managed to achieve some goals which I would have laughed at years ago, such as running a half marathon, let alone two, and competing in a triathlon.

The other great thing about bootcamp and Crabtree Fitness is that I have made some great long-time friends through bootcamp. One of my closest friends I meet one morning and over many mornings boxing, running together, chatting while working out (shh, don’t tell Jac) and whining through burpee challenges we have become lifelong friends. I wouldn’t say that I am the healthiest or fittest person around, but I like a balanced lifestyle. I can justify the glass of wine and odd piece of chocolate or two when I have worked out in the morning.

I love that Bryan has finally realised that he needs to exercise more and has joined the Crabtree Fitness team. I hate to admit it but I think he is more addicted to me as our lives now revolve around bootcamp in the morning and at night. The kids have even got the bug and attend bootcamp.

Finally I would like to thank Jackie and Paul for putting up with my complaining in the morning and making me believe in myself and my ability.


I have been training with Crabtree Fitness since 2012, after the birth of my second child.

I have always been into my fitness and sport but after having children I found my old fitness regimes didn’t suit my new child dependent lifestyle.

My husband was actually the one that got me involved, via an email he received at work about a local early morning bootcamp that was starting up and I haven’t looked back since.

Four children later and I’m still coming. Jackie and Paul have been so great during this time, allowing me to come and go between pregnancies, modifying workouts and swapping sessions and so on nothing is every any trouble for them.

I feel I have really hit a peak in my fitness since being with Crabtree Fitness. I have been able to continue to participate in my favourite sport, netball, at a high level and be rewarded with a premiership and a best and fairest in this time. I have also recently participated in my first half marathon and made it under 2 hours.

Jackie and Paul are great trainers with exceptional variety in there sessions. After 5 years with Crabtree I still enjoy every session and constantly feel challenged.

I feel fit and healthy and most importantly I’m setting a good example for my kids, who recently participated in the kids bootcamp and enjoyed it thoroughly and now also have an understanding of what bootcamp is and what mum gets up to of a morning.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jackie and Paul for being so great at what they do. We are moving to Katanning in W.A. next year and I know I will definitely miss my morning fitness session.


The identity of this client will remain private. Our client has chosen to keep their identity anonymous and we respect her decision….

MY STORY….. ******
What does a 44 year old mother of 2 look like? She gets up of a morning, takes kids to before school sports training, gets kids ready for school, makes their lunches, throws on a load of washing (that may need to be re-washed as it sits in the machine all day), goes to work, phone never stops ringing, pick up kids from school, runs them around with after school sport, run a business, starts dinner, stops arguments with the kids, have a glass of wine whilst cooking dinner, unpacks the dishwasher, family has dinner, pack dishwasher, supervise homework, fold some washing, get kids ready for bed, have a shower, sit down with husband with another glass of wine. Breathe.
Somewhere in this crazy life I try to fit in exercise and friendships.
I started with Jacki 5 years ago. I thought I was fit and in good shape. But I quickly realised I couldn’t do a sit up without Jacki holding my feet, and couldn’t do a push up without Jacki pulling me back up by my t-shirt (what a way to get to know each other!).
Whilst going to Crabtree fitness only twice a week (tried 3 times but kept cancelling on Jacki so she cancelled the session!), it started to become more than just an exercise session. Jacki has become a mentor, someone who has taught me to be true to myself, to be mindful, to be forgiving of my failures, and respectful of myself. She has taught me to like who I am and look after me.
One glass of wine every now and then turned into 1 or 2 every night. Doesn’t necessarily mean I was doing anything wrong, but a sign that a bad habit was building. It had been a while since I had skipped that evening glass of wine – whether it was stress or habit…
Jacki has taken me on a very slow journey where I have been able to change my behaviour and achieve a better version of myself. After 3 years of Jacki telling me I needed to change my relationship with alcohol, I finally decided to give it a try. It was able to really look at what I was drinking and eating. “cut out the crap”, “how is that working for you?”, ”just change 1%” – Jackie’s voice rings in my ears all the time.
Who would have thought that I could complete the 20klm Tough Mudder course for my 40th birthday with my super-fit-policeman-brother!
I don’t drink alcohol any more, and I eat “cleanly” (most of the time). This year, I have lost 5 kgs, 10cm off my waist, dropped a size in clothes. People tell me how good I look. I know how good I feel.
To Jacki – you have helped me change my life. You have helped me become a role model for my kids. You have helped me believe that I can live a long life. After losing my parents too early, believing I would suffer the same fate, I am now giving myself a chance to hang around for a long time.
I don’t know what my life would look like if I didn’t have Jacki and Paul in it. I am so grateful. Thank you, for helping me.



At the start of 2016 I was emotionally, mentally and physically at my lowest point in my life. I had gained so much weight from poor eating, skipping meals, not caring, respecting or looking after myself, I was ready to pull the pin and call it quits on bootcamp after being member for 3 years. But I kept coming because my husband was still keen and ready every Monday and Thursday night, so there was no easy out for me. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed it, I loved catching up for the friendly chats I had with the other members at the start of every session, but it seemed to get harder for me as I hadn’t paid attention to my nutrition. I was trying to out exercise a bad diet and it simply wasn’t working!

My light bulb moment came when Jackie asked at one particular session “Ask yourself how’s what you’re doing now working for you, and if it’s not working, what can you change to make it better”.

This rang true to me and I needed to make big changes. So at the start of term 2 I put the call out to Jackie and signed up to Crabtree Nutrition Coaching.

When I started I thought I was going to be given a strict low calorie eating plan to follow, as this is how most “diets” work. But this was not a diet. It wasn’t a quick fix meal plan but a sustainable habit based program that included balance of the foods that I enjoy. Not only do I get to eat foods that are never included in “diets”, I’ve also adapted to adding nutritious foods that I never thought I would eat. It helped me break a lifetime of bad negative mindset habits of self doubt and not believing in myself , to building new stronger mindset habits where I believed in myself, respect and care about myself and most importantly give myself “ME” time each day.

I completed 6mths on the program with Jackie’s support and continued with my new found skills and education to have now lost 20kg in 14 months. Unlike quick fix diets it required patience, I had to learn that consistency was key! I can’t believe how my mindset has changed and what a strong and positive woman I have become.

I hated running when I first started at Crabtree Fitness but with my new vision on life I have now completed 5 fun runs, 2 x 40km treks and on an overseas trip with my husband , encountered some of the steepest slopes on a mountain bike and came out a winner. Not only did I complete all these amazing things my times have improved as my nutrition habits gave me more energy and a zest for life.

I’m feeling so inspired that I have now signed up for the Melbourne half marathon. The support and encouragement I receive from other members makes me realise how lucky I am. I now live and enjoy my life and without the life changing lessons I learned from Crabtree Nutrition Coaching, plus my husband not allowing me to quit, I would not be here.




rose-and-allan-1Our Story

Back in 2010, as my 50th birthday was fast approaching, I set myself a goal to complete a fun run but I lacked confidence in my ability to pull it off. So I enlisted the support of a neighbour (thanks Jill 😃) and we trained up for the 6km Mothers Day Classic at Lake Wendouree, then backed it up with the 10km Run Melbourne. Despite completing these events I didn’t feel as fit as I could be, so the following year, when a friend (thanks Ange 😃) told me about a personal trainer starting group sessions in Buninyong I was keen to give it a try… and support a local business – living 25kms from Ballarat, as we do, means having to travel for most activities.

After the first six months of me coming home buzzing after a workout, my husband Alan unexpectedly said: “I think I’ll give it a go” … this from a man who regarded sufficient exercise for him as chopping wood in winter and putting out fires with the CFA in summer 😉. At first I felt a bit miffed that Alan was encroaching on my ‘me time’ but of course I’m glad that he is prioritising fitness and nutrition too – he lost approx 10 kilos within the first six months and has kept that weight off. Now Crabtree Fitness is something we (mostly!) enjoy as a family since our daughter Ciara started coming along to help relieve VCE study pressure.
Since joining Crabtree Fitness in 2011 I’ve added a couple of short runs to my weekly schedule so I was able to train up with my bootcamp buddies (thanks Fiona & Gaye 😍) to complete our first half marathon at Run Melbourne last year. Our Saturday morning ritual is now a 5km run in picturesque Buninyong followed by coffee and brunch … Aahh … Bliss!
At the end of 2016, exactly five years after my first session, we’re still going two nights per week and we regard Crabtree Fitness sessions as part of our weekly schedule that we would not think of missing. Both the physical and mental stimulation has got us through various bouts of illness and injury (hernia, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow) that are happily in the past.


My Story

I first joined Crabtree Fitness when my youngest child was 4 months old, he is now 4! I can honestly say it’s one of the best things I have ever done.

In the early days going to boot camp was a bit of ‘timeout’ from the sleep deprived haze I was in. Now, I have to say I love it!! I go three times a week and I have never felt fitter, healthier or stronger.

Jackie and Paul provide such a practical approach to healthy living fitness. I have learned to understand and interpret food labels, make better food choices AND we get amazing receipies!!!

It sounds crazy, but I am now in a place where I love to work out and excercise, I enjoy the variety of the workouts and I love how I feel afterwards. I have also encouraged my husband to come along and our kids even talk about boot camp. I am grateful that I can be a positive role model to my favourite little people – my kids!! Jackie and Paul are amazing.


My Story

After snapping my achillies in August 2015, I had 11 months of no running. My health before the injury was ok, I attended bootcamp most weeks but my diet was pretty average. By the time I was able to be active again, I’d stacked on a few more kg’s and I had a couple of health concerns creeping in. My snoring was out of control, I was taking preventatives for my asthma twice a day and nexium once or twice a day for heartburn. Pretty much ready for the knackery!
Come July 2016, physio gave me the ok to start a few small runs. My first effort I made 1km, took me 6 tries to get to a 6km shuffle in. Started attending bootcamp far more frequently and changed my diet. Jackie started setting me a few goals which we have smashed, knocking 8 minutes of my 6km time so far and running (or shuffling) the 12km Run Ballarat! Pretty happy considering I’d never gone past 5km in my life.
Health wise, 15kg dropped off, snoring now occasionally, no asthma and no heartburn at all!
The biggest impact has been on my personal life, I feel so much better all the time, I’m out and about with my little ones (7 & 9) more and my older girls (18 & 20) are both now starting to get stuck into more exercise, hopefully 2 more Crabtree nutters joining soon. Michelle is especially happy (not just because of the snoring) because I am keen to be eating much better, I do pretty much all of our menu planning and shopping which makes our chaotic lives far more mellow.
Alot about how I feel now is thanks to the support I get from Jackie and Paul and I cant wait to see what happens in 2017!


My Story

I’ve been a bootcamper for about 18 months now and it’s the longest I’ve ever stuck with any kind of fitness regime. I keep coming back because of the friendships, the coffee, the variety in workouts and of course the results! I’ve lost weight & gained energy. I’m less tired. I feel strong and healthy. I enjoy spending time being active with my kids.

My husband thinks I’m addicted to bootcamp, he’s probably right, but not for the reasons he thinks.
He says it’s all about endorphins and that I’m addicted to the rush, but he’s not there to hear the chatter, the whinging, the laughing, more whinging or to see our kids running & playing with their friends.

These aren’t just the women I go to bootcamp with, these are my friends. They encourage me, inspire me, motivate me and keep me coming back.
I’m looking forward to spending 2017 sweating and swearing with them.


My Story

I’ve never struggled too much to maintain a healthy weight and I have always considered myself a fairly healthier eater. However, as forty rolled on by and the age of my nursing patients was getting closer to mine, I was forced to confess that I was unfit and doing nothing to maintain, let alone improve my own heath.
I used to listen to work colleagues and friends talk about running and the fun runs they had entered and I’d tease them, calling them mad and even claiming that running was bad for their health, when if I was honest with myself, I was in fact in awe and even jealous of the amazing things they were achieving and the fun they all seemed to be having. I would watch my husband go off riding and be left with my kids asking `Dad rides, Mum what do you do?’
Enter Crabtree Fitness. It’s thanks Jackie and Paul’s amazing encouragement and ability to get you to push yourself and believe in yourself, I now have run four half marathons and well as various other fun runs and while I am thrilled with my own personal achievements, the best bit of all is that I’ve been able to share this with my family.
As a family we have participated in numerous running festivals together, taking weekend trips and even travelling to Sydney for a family holiday so we could all enjoy the experience of running over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I don’t think anything has given me has much joy, as being able to share my love of running with my family. All standing together as a family having completed our various running events, ‘bling’ in hand for my mandatory family photo, still bring tears of joy, pride and gratitude to my eyes.
Thanks to Crabtree fitness, physical activity is no longer a topic for teasing, or something I avoid, it has become a regular and enjoyable part of family life and not just running. Jackie and Paul haven’t only given me the gift of health, it has been a gift for my whole family, for which I will be forever grateful.


My Story

I joined Crabtree Fitness Professionals back in 2012 when my friend Kirsten asked me to sign up with her. I wasn’t sure at first as I have always looked after my own fitness and felt I was going ok after having our first baby. But I straight away learnt so much. I wasn’t as fit as I thought. I could run out a game of netball in centre, but Crabtree Fitness Professionals has taken, not just my fitness, but health and wellbeing to a whole new level.
My husband Matt was intrigued by my new found fitness, so I signed him up too. He has been attending boot camp sessions since 2013 and he’s kicking goals with his fitness and is now running half marathons, which I believe he wouldn’t have done if it wasn’t for Crabtree Fitness. We made some minor adjustments to our diet. Jackie challenged us to make new choices and Matt noticed a big change in his weight.

Now Matt and I can do a challenging workout at home with our girls with limited space. Not only do we benefit from High Intensity Interval Training sessions (that Jackie and Paul are so generous to supply us with), we also educate our kids on the importance of exercise and I hope we can continue to model this positive behaviour to them in the coming years.

This year I started having a small group Personal Training Session with Jackie. It has been gold. I train with my two friends, Kirsten and Barb and I have seen great results. I feel strong, challenged and inspired.

Some weeks it’s tough with three young kids but we wouldn’t miss it. It fits in perfectly having the early mornings and gets us motivated for the day. It’s so affordable and such a positive and important investment in your health. I love Jackie and Paul’s leadership, they provide a training environment that is relaxed yet challenging with the upmost professionalism. They create interesting and fun sessions, we have such a variety in our workouts it’s amazing and keeps us all motivated. We are so lucky.

I also now consider Jackie not just as my trainer but also has my friend. She has been a huge support for Matt and I over these past few years. I believe I am now the strongest I have ever been and am still running around the netball court.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jackie and Paul and the positive impact they have had on our lives. Our fitness and health wouldn’t be where it is today without them.



My life was grand, eat what I want, drink as much beer as I want and occasionally do a big heavy weight training session. I thought I was in good shape and living the dream, until my wife enrolled my daughter and I into Crabtree Fitness Bootcamp, I didn’t know what to expect but as you can see it turned my life around!

I thought my nutrition was good but Jac and Paul told me to keep a food diary and they were able to tune a few things (okay, they reconstructed everything completely).

The first couple of weeks were a real grind, man I was sore. Soon the weeks turned into months and the grind turned to trying to push myself harder and harder. The atmosphere at bootcamp is awesome.
Life’s better since losing 19kg; no more cycling shorts under my work pants to stop my legs from rubbing, energy levels have gone through the roof. It wasn’t easy but I know it was worth it.
Thanks Crabtree Fitness.


I was a Stay at Home Mum with 2 girls and I wasn’t doing any exercise at all. I decided that the time had come to get fit and healthy, a big task really given I’d never exercised in my life and was actually very lazy.

It was 39 degrees on the day I did my very first bootcamp and all I could think was “what on earth am I doing” but at the same time I enjoyed getting out and doing something for me.

I joined the Mum’s (and a few Dad’s) 9am bootcamp which worked perfectly because I could do the school drop off and then go straight to bootcamp and I could also take my youngest child with me and she played with other kids while I was exercising. There was no excuse not to go because I was already out of the house anyway. The first few months were tough, at the start I couldn’t even run a warm up lap of the oval, but everyone was so encouraging and supportive. It was a big surprise after a few months to find that I was enjoying bootcamp and more to the point I could see an improvement in my fitness. I’ve been going to bootcamp for 2 years now (I even moved to 6.15am sessions when I was studying and couldn’t get to the 9am sessions) and over that time my fitness has improved greatly and in the process I’ve lost 8kg which has been an added bonus.

Thanks Jackie and Paul, I totally recommend Crabtree Fitness because honestly, if I can do it, and enjoy it, anyone can!


I have been having personal training with Crabtree Fitness since May of this year.

Over the last few years I had been putting everyone and everything in front of myself. I slowly watched the scales creep up but kept telling myself I would lose the weight soon. When I jumped on the scales and realised that I was even heavier than when I was pregnant I knew it was time to do something about it. I had mentioned to my husband that maybe a personal trainer was the way to go. He was so supportive and encouraging that he gave me the Personal Training sessions with Jackie as my birthday present.

I had tried fitness sessions/bootcamps in the past and ended up losing my motivation and in some cases injured. I was a little hesitant to have another go as I didn’t want to injure myself again. I had many friends mention Jackie and Paul and how much they had enjoyed going to their sessions. I finally picked up the phone and called. From that first conversation, Jackie has been fantastic. She was so supportive and I love her practical approach to nutrition and exercise. She has been able to tailor my weekly workouts to my level and to help me work on my technique so that I didn’t injure myself again.

Not only has my fitness and core strength improved, so has my confidence in my own ability to push myself. Since starting Crabtree Fitness I have lost 14kg. The training sessions with Jackie gave me the confidence to start running and set myself the goal of doing a 5km fun run before I was 40. I still have a few months to go however I have achieved my goal by doing not one, but two fun runs, as well as a few laps around Lake Wendouree. Things I never thought I would achieve.

Thank you Jackie and Paul for all your help and support.


I had been living a sedentary lifestyle for years and thought I was too busy to fit in any exercise with long hours of work and a young family keeping me busy. A dodgy knee stopped me from playing football and was another excuse for not exercising. A regular check-up with the doctor confirmed my cholesterol was out of whack and that was the second time I had received that news so I thought I really need to do something about this. A friend said come along and give this boot camp a try and I have hardly missed a session for the last 20 months.
I have found Jackie and Paul to be great trainers and I enjoy the variety in the workouts. There is no yelling or screaming but rather support, advice and encouragement which works for me. One of the most important things I have done is make the boot camps priority and actually plan my week around them rather than tyring to squeeze them in around other commitments. The early morning boot camps help with this.
I have lost around 12kg and my cholesterol is back to normal. I feel fit and healthy and most importantly I am setting a good example for my kids. New clothes are costing me a small fortune but also gives me great satisfaction when the old ones are just too big now.



I have been a regular exerciser for many years and tried everything from all codes of aerobics classes to running a marathon 10 years ago….basically I got bored easily. I joined Jackie and Paul in September 2012 and have never been bored yet!! The variety that they tap into week after week is exceptional and the manner in which they combine strength and cardio work is a real winner for me!

This year though I wanted to step it up a notch. Jackie helped me work towards my goal of building a six pack and gaining a 10 on the beep test. She also gave me invaluable nutritional advice. Seven months later I feel the fittest I have in years. I love going to bootcamp 3 mornings a week with the fabulous morning crew and for the past 4 months have been doing some PT with Jackie with the focus of building muscle.

I cannot thank Jackie and Paul enough for all they have done for me over the past 3 years. They well and truly have gone above and beyond with absolute passion for what they do!! My career is moving me to Bendigo next year and I only hope I find fitness professionals with the same knowledge, care and philosophy!



I have been working with Crabtree Fitness Professionals since late 2012 and have loved every minute of it!

Whilst many have said they never even noticed I was overweight, I absolutely was. With my upcoming nuptials in November, that was all the motivation I needed to do something about it. I’d been listening to “Jay Quellen” and Paul (half asleep mind you) blabbing on about nutrition for over a year, and thought I might actually take some action to improve my diet. So, since February this year I have been able to lose 15 kilos and have never felt better!

I am constantly amazed by Jackie and Paul’s creativity – we NEVER do the same workout twice. I’ve always been an active person through my involvement in sport, although I’ve never really enjoyed working out. I absolutely LOVE coming to bootcamp and sweating it out with my fellow morning comrades. The social element of morning bootcamps has really helped me with this too. Without Kirsten, Sal, Barbie, Hobes, Kaz and Heady I wouldn’t have felt the pressure to not hit snooze on the alarm, and to just get up and do it! I’m moving back to Melbourne next year, and I know I’ll never find another Crabtree Fitness – I’ll miss you guys terribly! Thanks for everything you’ve done. I could not recommend Jackie and Paul higher, they are truly absolute legends!!photo 2-2 copy


I decided to join the Crabtree Fitness Professionals earlier this year after suffering quite a few years of back pain. My wife had been going for a couple of months and suggested to give it a go. Great decision!
Getting up early a couple of times a week to improve my fitness and core strength has enabled me to do a lot more things with my two girls without discomfort. Increasing my fitness and strength has got me interested in entering some running events with the goal of a few half marathons next year.
I have always kept reasonably fit by playing footy and cricket, but by joining Crabtree Fitness it has taken me to a new level of fitness and training, with an improved quality of 3-2 copy


Over the last few years I had put on weight, I always had a plan to do more exercise, but I couldn’t find the motivation on my own. I joined Crabtree Fitness about a year ago, those first few weeks were tough going, everything hurt!
I have now lost 10kg and I am so much fitter and healthier. I really enjoy our sessions and have met some great people.
I also joined the learn to run group and completed the 6km at Run Ballarat, a huge achievement for me! Thanks Jac and Paul for your ongoing support.


     ELLI ….I can’t thank Jackie and Paul enough for all their help over my time at Crabtree Fitness Professionals, so far. I have learnt so much about taking care of myself.

I have changed a lot, not only physically, but have mentally developed more confidence which is something I really struggled with. They are absolute superstars!photo 1 copy


I have been working out with Crabtree Fitness Professionals for almost 18 months. As a mother of two, it is important to me that I am able to continue to keep up with the kids and show them that being fit and healthy is the way to go.

I maintain an active lifestyle and try to do 10,000 steps a day. I have a very active lifestyle with running and the gym but I have found Crabtree’s style of fitness to be that bit extra that I needed in my exercise regime. I do a boxing and a bootcamp session each week and the ever changing workout style is one I enjoy, with no two sessions never being the same. Sometimes it can be tough going, but a good tough with Jackie and Paul on hand to motivate me through that last little bit.

No matter how hard I tried since having children I was never able to regain my body to a point that I was completely satisfied. The combination of a doing variety of workouts as well as keeping a “Jackie inspired” food diary (which made me cut back on the no so healthy snacking…) has allowed me to drop those last few kilos. I feel fit, healthy, happy and inspired.


BIANCA.……….”My journey to a healthy life began when I stepped on the scales and saw a number I couldn’t have imagined.  An ad in the school newsletter for “Mum’s Bootcamp” was the start I needed.  Just turning up for the first session was one of the toughest moments I have faced.  Six months later the toughest moment I face is choosing what weight to lift!

The nutritional information given at bootcamp has helped me change my eating habits and not only did I lose weight, I increased my energy levels and it has given me more confidence.  My fellow bootcampers tell me I have a glow that can only come from putting the right food in my body.

Finally, the friendships I have made with those who sweat with me, keep me coming back.  The bonds I have formed with these people make working out fun.  What can be better than that? “


NIC…….”Over 12 months ago I wasn’t looking after myself properly or finding time to fit fitness into my busy working mum life. I decided enough was enough and I needed to make changes and improve my health and fitness. So I talked 2 girlfriends into coming along with me to Crabtree Fitness Professionals Bootcamp. We go twice a week and WE LOVE it! I’ve met an amazing group of people who I love working out with. We have lots of laughs, I talk too much and get in trouble 😉 but it’s always lots of fun and is a great way to start the day!

In addition to all this new found exercise and fitness I have been making changes to my diet. Jac is wonderful with advice and information on what to try or changes to make. With her support and suggestions coupled with all the exercise I have lost 12kg since starting with Crabtree Fitness Professionals.

I cannot recommend Crabtree Fitness Professionals enough. I am fitter, stronger, happier, healthier, and more energetic but most importantly I am being a positive role model for my 2 gorgeous young girls.  Whenever people ask me what I have been doing to make such significant changes to my appearance, I proudly tell them where I go and what I do,  all the while blushing because I am still not used to getting comments and compliments on the way I look. If you had of asked me at the beginning of all of this would I see myself in love with exercising I probably would have laughed at you!! Thankyou thankyou thankyou Jac and Paul, I really couldn’t have done it without you!”

LOUELLE……..”As a ‘lazy runner’ for over 10 years I didn’t push myself outside my comfort zone and it showed.  I initially started running with the Crabtree Fitness Social Running Group and then joined their Bootcamp. I started to see improvements within weeks.  My fitness level increased, I saw the shape of my body change and as a result my first love, running, improved.  I recently achieved the ultimate running goal which I would never have thought possible for me, I ran a marathon.”


RODNEY……..”I began my journey with Jackie and Paul two and a half years ago. Before that I had no desire to exercise, let alone get a sweat up. My wife encouraged me to improve my quality of life and join bootcamp. So I did. It wasn’t what I expected, there was no yelling and screaming or forcing you to do things that put you in danger of injury and I certainly didn’t expect it to be such a  friendly and social atmosphere.

Since then I have never looked back. The support and encouragement given by Jackie and Paul has improved my quailty of life ten fold. I am fitter, I am stronger but most of all I am a great role model to my kids. I’m no longer the dad who gets home from work and sits down on the couch with a few cans of Jim.  In fact I hate to admit it but I’m now addicted to exercise.”

AMBER…….”I started with Crabtree Fitness Professionals attending bootcamp in February 2013.  I wasn’t doing this to lose weight, as I didn’t need to.  I did it to get fit, tone up and have more energy to keep up with my family.  I have achieved a lot in these months and now I can fit into clothes that I haven’t been able to for a long time.  My body is a lot more toned now and I even have the start of a 6 pack!!!  I am not feeling as tired anymore and have so much more energy to run around with my kids for much longer. I have also started running – I can now run 6km. I go to the Mum’s bootcamp – Jackie is fantastic and full of support in both nutrition and exercise.  I can also take along my 4 year old – no excuse not to exercise now!!”


MICHELLE…….”I used to be inconsistent with my nutrition and my exercise.  I felt unmotivated, tired and uncomfortable in my clothes. After joining Crabtree Fitness this all changed.  I am now consistent in both my nutrition and exercise.  I now feel energetic, fit, fast and fabulous.”

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