Education & Experience
Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness
Professional Figure Skater (1998 - 2006)
3 x 1st Place titles in Nationals
1 x 2nd Place in Balkan Countries
4th Place in International Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation (2018)
CrossFit Fundamentals (2018)
Weightlifting Seminar by Olympian Athlete Sonny Webster (2018)
My Training style
Functional Movement Training. It doesn’t just strengthen one muscle group at a time. Instead, this kind of training works several muscle groups at once. As a result, you build strength holistically, forcing your body to function as a single unit. Because you’re using several muscle groups at once, coordination and neuromuscular control are also improved. Basically, functional movement training is all about training “movements, not muscles.” It mirrors how humans were meant to move, and helps to make us move even better. Of course, muscles come after with the right type of stimulus.
My fitness philosophy
In real life, as in sports, the capability will take you only so far, and in the meantime, you are going to have to do things that are difficult, scary, and uncomfortable - with your work, with your dreams, and with your personal life. You’re only one decision away from being better. Make the decision now.
My Favourite Workout
Anything that supports functional movement and training, too diverse to choose just one!
"I’m Liu and I turn 28 this year. I can’t ever recall being less than 90kg in my teenage years, and it wasn’t until I hit my heaviest weight (123kg) last year when I knew I couldn’t ignore my health any longer. In late February 19, at 110kgs, I was fortunate enough to meet Ilena and have been training with her ever since. Her genuine interest in my overall lifestyle (nutrition, fitness and wellbeing), specialised knowledge in weight training & fitness and warm professional demeanour have made an everlasting impact. Thanks to Ilena’s support I’m not only losing weight on the scale but getting incredible gains and confidence, I’m loving myself more enough to take my health seriously and unexpectedly smashing my personal best records. It’s onwards and upwards from here!"
"Ilena has taught me so much in a short amount of time. She's helped improve my mobility, strength and motivation to stick to a plan. It's only early days, but I'm already seeing and feeling the difference. Beyond being an awesome trainer, Ilena makes working out fun. I would happily recommend her to my friends."
"Ilena has been my trainer for the past three months and already I have seen an improvement in not only my strength and fitness but also in my confidence. Ilena is positive, hardworking and gets the most out of me in every session. I work irregular hours and Ilena has been incredibly supportive and understanding on how to best accommodate workouts and nutrition into my lifestyle. I find Ilena to be very knowledgeable and adapts exercises to my specific abilities whilst keeping me engaged and motivated. The workouts are dynamic and challenging and have allowed me to progress towards my fitness goals. Ilena is always more than happy to help at any time and never fails to answer any of my questions. I would highly recommend Ilena to anyone who is looking to achieve their fitness goals."