Ben Schwartz - Founder

Ben opened Schwartz’s Personal training in July 2000, the same year he earned his Bachelor of Business (Management) degree.

In 2006, Schwartz’s Personal Training became affiliated with the world renowned CrossFit Organisation based in the US. Thus Schwartz’s Personal Training then became Schwartz’s CrossFit Melbourne. 

Ben has been a competitive and committed athlete most of his life. Competing in such sports as football, athletics, martial arts and body-building were he won Teenage Mr. Melbourne in 1994, at the tender age of 16. Which was before he found the light “CROSSFIT”.

Martial arts have always been a particular passion for Ben and he has trained in many of its disciplines, particularly kickboxing/boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, now consumes most of Ben’s martial arts training and he has competed several times at MG tournaments were he has placed as high as second place.

Ben is highly qualified in the theory as well as the practice of fitness.

  • Cert 3 and 4 Qualified
  • CrossFit Certified
  • CrossFit Affiliated
  • Certified Kettlebell Instructor
  • CrossFit Running Certification
  • First Aid Level 2

A big believer in continuous training, Ben travels around the world in order to update his qualifications. He has completed numerous courses and workshops.

Fitness Philosophy

Anyone who trained with or been trained by Ben knows how completely committed he is to fitness, it’s not just his hobby, but truly his way of life and he brings enormous enthusiasm, passion and encouragement to every single training session.

He believes scales and measuring tapes are a waste of time. Instead concentrate on achieving more in your max set of push-ups, chin-ups a faster 2k row, a better Diane or Fran time.

Train to get better and you’ll look and feel great plus reach your peak performance levels, levels that you wouldn’t believe possible before walking in our doors.

Benji loves soup, his all time favourite movie is "Remember the Titans" (Benji can recite most of the quotes from this movie and sometimes they come out when he briefs a workout) and when he has some spare time he loves taking the family on a holiday where there's sun and a pool!

 

Dr Kieran Hogan
 

Kieran has been an athlete his entire life. His sporting life started at a young age with football, cricket and tennis. He has branched out since, trying out a multitude of sports including soccer, rugby, tennis, boxing, rowing, triathlon, and surf lifesaving. He has also coached cricket and rowing teams to success. Through his diverse sporting background as an athlete and coach, Kieran became interested in the all the different training programs and procedures attached to each one. However, it was only when his brother invited him down to a session at Schwartz's Crossfit Melbourne that he found a program that was as instantly rewarding and motivating. He has built a substantial knowledge base regarding training, both for athletic endeavors, increased health and weight loss with his experiences. Kieran loves the challenge of getting clients to realise their potential and forget their limitations.

Kieran has competed at Australian Regionals, and he also competed for the Schwartz's CrossFit Melbourne team at the Reebok CrossFit Games in LA in 2013.

Kieran loves to eat some good old fashioned roast vegetables whilst watching Star Wars, and on his spare time he enjoys a game of golf.

Pacific Regionals 2015 - 21st

Australian Regionals 2014 - 22nd

Australian Regionals 2013 - 12th

Australian Regionals 2012 - 4th

Australian Regionals 2011 - 8th

Qualifications

Certificate 3/4 in Personal Training

Level 1 Accredited CrossFit Trainer

Senior First Aid

Masters of Osteopathy

 

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Martin Kurz

Martin joined the CrossFit Melbourne team in February 2012 and was a former elite Senior International Level gymnast, retiring from the sport due to injury and increasing commitments after 18 years of competitive gymnastics in February 2013.

Martin represented Victoria at the Australian Championships 8 years in a row and was also a member of the first Victorian team to win the Australian Championships in 2009. Given Martin’s significant gymnastics background he is most notably known within the CrossFit community for his ability to improve the gymnastics ability of CrossFitters and regularly presents workshops on the topic throughout Victoria and has guest presented for CrossFit Gymnastics. In addition to Martin’s gymnastics experience he has also completed a number of tertiary qualifications including a Bachelor Degree in Exercise and Sport Science, Honours in Sport Science by conducting high performance research for the St. Kilda Football Club in 2010 followed by a Master’s Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2014. The most recent of Martin’s qualifications has seen him become a muscular skeletal rehabilitative specialist with these sessions available for private health and Medicare rebates from April 2015. In addition to rehabilitative training, Martin is equipped for high performance strength and conditioning practices for all sports and conducts performance assessments including clinical grade Body Composition Analysis, Dual Beam High Accuracy Sprint Timing and Force and Power Production Analysis amongst many other assessments traditionally not available to grassroots competitors.

Martins favourite meal is any pasta dish, all time favourite movie is the Australian classic "Chopper" and on his spare time Martin sings in a band.

Qualifications:

Bachelor Degree of Exercise and Sport Science

Bachelor Degree of Business (Sports Management)

Honours in Exercise and Sport Science

Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Exercise Sport Science Australia Exercise Science Member

Exercise Sport Science Australia Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Medicare and Private Health Rebateable from April 2015

Level 1 Accredited CrossFit Trainer

CrossFit Gymnastics Guest Presenter

Level 2 First Aid + CPR

 

Ian Creighton

Ian began CrossFit in April 2010 after seeing a video of the 2009 CrossFit Games on YouTube. He was immediately hooked. Prior to this Ian had very little sporting or athletic experience having never done anything more than some running and push ups. He quickly became immersed in CrossFit and could not believe the results that it yielded.

Ian has been coaching since 2010 beginning at various gyms in the UK before moving to Melbourne in October 2011 and joining the Schwartz team that November.

Ian prefers Mexican food, his favourite movie is "Dead Man's Shoes" and on his spare time he's quite handy with the guitar!

 

Qualifications & Seminars

Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance

Level 1 Accredited CrossFit Trainer

Certificate 3&4 in personal training.

Crossfit Gymnastis

Crossfit Endurance

Australian Weightlifting level 1

Outlaw Barbell seminar

Wu Chanfu Level 1 seminar

Klokov method seminar

Ido Portal Movement x

Pendlay weightlifting seminar

 

 

Zac Grgurevic

I started lifting and competing in Olympic weightlifting when I was 14. Since the first day I walked into an Olympic weightlifting gym I was hooked on competetive weightlifting and all different forma of strength and conditioning. I first began training people in 2007 when I was still at school. I then had an opportunity to start training my old rugby team in 2008 and local football teams. 

My first exposure to CrossFit was in September 2010. I began having slightly more involvement with CrossFit as I started to train in Melbourne. After setting up and running a small weightlifting club in conjunction with a very close friend I then moved to Melbourne in 2002.

Now I am happy to say I work at one of the largest and best CrossFit gyms in Australia.

After becoming more involved in CrossFit at Schwartz's CrossFit Melbourne, I began to understand much more about strength and conditioning. Most of all, I am now in a position where I can help people to achieve their goals and learn new things along the way from the other amazing coaches at the gym.

Qualifications:

Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting Coach

Level 1 Strength and Conditioning

Level 1 Accredited CrossFit Trainer

Qualifications being studied -

Cert 3 & 4 in Personal Training Small Business Management

Cert 3 & 4 and Dip Massage Therapy and Sports Massage

Level 2 Weighlifting Coach

Level 2 Strength and Conditioning

Nick Karp

Nick has always led an active life. Growing up he shared a passion for all sports and competitively participated in soccer, indoor soccer, tennis and table tennis.  Health and fitness became more of a passion as he grew older and spent several years training at his local "globo" gym, before a friend invited him to come down and do a session at Schwartz's CrossFit Melbourne.  One session a week quickly turned into two, and two into four until his entire training program became CrossFit based.

Whilst continuing his job as a Real Estate Agent the passion for CrossFit grew stronger.  It soon became apparent that this is where his true passion lay, and what he wanted to do be doing for a living.  As exciting as being a Real Estate Agent was, the possibility of becoming a permanent part of the CrossFit community and fully adopting its core values and beliefs meant that a change of career path was imminent.

After training at Schwartz’s CrossFit for approximately 18 months the opportunity to embark on a new career with the Schwartz team was impossible to say to no to, and thus in early 2008 Nick began working at Schwartz’s CrossFit Melbourne.

CrossFit challenges you in ways conventional training simply does not. It is a form of training that provides a broad range of exercises and movements not found in "regular" training.  CrossFit elicits a response in all people, not only the athletic or high performance gym goer. Nick's greatest pleasure comes from seeing people come to him in a state of poor physical, mental and spiritual health, and seeing how CrossFit can help to transform them into a happier, healthier, and stronger, more confident person.

CrossFit works, that's the bottom line. That's why Nick and the whole team are so passionate about it.  We try and pass our enthusiasm and expertise on to you so that you can reach any goal you set yourself! And if you apply yourself, you will!

Qualifications:

Cert 3 & 4 - Fitness

Level 1 Accredited CrossFit Trainer

CrossFit Gymnastics Certification

CrossFit Running Certification

Siobhan Macleod

Siobhan's passion for health and fitness started at a young age when she competed as a championship dancer in the UK.  From there she has progressed in the health and fitness industry, gaining a Diploma in Sports Coaching and Personal Training and pushing the limits in her physical capability.

With a passion to travel and to share her knowledge, Siobhan travelled to the US and spent2 seasons coaching children in summer camp.  Hungry for more Siobhan set her sights on Melbourne, Australia, where she worked as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and corrective exercise therapist.

While working and training in a "globo gym" environment, Siobhan was approached to represent a fitness modelling company who gave her the opportunity to compete in Australia. Through Siobhan's dedication and thirst to succeed, she was asked to represent Australia in the World Universe competition in Austria, where she went on to achieve a top 10 ranking in her category.

Looking for her next challenge Siobhan was invited by a friend to try out a crossfit class at Schwartz's crossfit Melbourne. Siobhan was immediately hooked on the daily fitness challenge and progressions and this became her new motivation, to stay fit and reach her goals.

Siobhan thrives on sharing her coaching knowledge and ensuring people move and challenge themselves daily.  She believes everyone should know how great their bodies are meant to feel and crossfit as a whole, will certainly ensure that.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Sports Coaching
  • Diploma in Personal Training
  • Crossfit Level 1
  • Corrective Exercise Therapist
  • Les Mills Group Fitness Instructor

 

 

  Whether it was skateboarding and tennis as a kid, basketball and rowing through high school or powerlifting and weightlifting later on, I’ve always enjoyed some kind of sport. I’ve been powerlifting since 2009 and weightlifting since 2013. Unfortunately for me, I’m crushingly mediocre at sport; however, years of trying to get better has forced me to analyse everything I do as well as what those around me are doing. This has made me into an excellent coach and a neurotic mess, but mostly an excellent coach. I’ve been in some sort of coaching role since 2008. I coached rowing for four years from 2008 to2012 and have been coaching powerlifters since 2012. I started coaching weightlifting shortly after learning it myself with the help of more experienced coaches, not to mention all the study I have done on weightlifting movements in particular. I think that being in the game for a long time is more important than anything. Anyone can go hard for a session but going hard every session leads to injury and burnout. It takes a disciplined attitude to be able to go in and put the brakes on when you need to then go hard when it’s appropriate. I want people to understand that if you need to smash a pre-workout before every session, you probably need to rethink what you’re doing. You should be doing something that you enjoy and find challenging – but that’s sustainable. Now for the obligatory “personal” things part. Outside of the gym I like to play video games, read Zizek, mess about with computers and listen to all sorts of music. I used to play drums in a band. Good times. My favourite meal is not having to eat a meal because I eat the same thing every day for almost every meal – something I call a “sadness bowl”: frozen vegetables, boiled brown rice and chicken. Sometimes it has some kind of sauce on it. I also drink a lot of milk, mainly because it’s easy and makes me happy when it has chocolate in it. Qualifications -          Masters of Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) -          Bachelors of Science (Psychology) -          Level 1 Weightlifting -          Level 1 Powerlifting -          Level 2 Rowing    

 

Whether it was skateboarding and tennis as a kid, basketball and rowing through high school or powerlifting and weightlifting later on, I’ve always enjoyed some kind of sport. I’ve been powerlifting since 2009 and weightlifting since 2013. Unfortunately for me, I’m crushingly mediocre at sport; however, years of trying to get better has forced me to analyse everything I do as well as what those around me are doing. This has made me into an excellent coach and a neurotic mess, but mostly an excellent coach.

I’ve been in some sort of coaching role since 2008. I coached rowing for four years from 2008 to2012 and have been coaching powerlifters since 2012. I started coaching weightlifting shortly after learning it myself with the help of more experienced coaches, not to mention all the study I have done on weightlifting movements in particular.

I think that being in the game for a long time is more important than anything. Anyone can go hard for a session but going hard every session leads to injury and burnout. It takes a disciplined attitude to be able to go in and put the brakes on when you need to then go hard when it’s appropriate. I want people to understand that if you need to smash a pre-workout before every session, you probably need to rethink what you’re doing. You should be doing something that you enjoy and find challenging – but that’s sustainable.

Now for the obligatory “personal” things part. Outside of the gym I like to play video games, read Zizek, mess about with computers and listen to all sorts of music. I used to play drums in a band. Good times. My favourite meal is not having to eat a meal because I eat the same thing every day for almost every meal – something I call a “sadness bowl”: frozen vegetables, boiled brown rice and chicken. Sometimes it has some kind of sauce on it. I also drink a lot of milk, mainly because it’s easy and makes me happy when it has chocolate in it.

Qualifications

-          Masters of Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning)

-          Bachelors of Science (Psychology)

-          Level 1 Weightlifting

-          Level 1 Powerlifting

-          Level 2 Rowing

 

 

Tom Ahern is a current Crossfit trainer and functional coach. He has competed in club and state representative football and athletics (in the 800m). He turned to Crossfit as a way to improve his strength and fitness during his 2012 football pre-season after a friend recommended they try it together. He soon fell in love with the Crossfit training methodology and decided to make pre-season training, a full year implementation to his lifestyle. His specific Crossfit interests lie with training athletes in Olympic lifting and kettle bell movements as well as aiding injured clients in their last stages of rehab. Additionally, Tom loves the sense of community Crossfit brings with all athletes, irrespective of ability sharing the same goal – to improve their movement and everyday living.

Outside the gym, Tom enjoys watching documentaries, reading and listening to, as well as producing his own podcasts! - A real nerd...

“Crossfit presents a true test to people to push further than they ever thought they could go and this can be applied to every day living which is why I believe it’s so much more than just a sport. Making great friends along the way doesn’t hurt either!”

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Business – Sports Management (Economics Major)
  • Certificate of Mechanics of Weightlifting
  • Certificate of Functional Training 
  • Certificate 3 Outdoor Recreation
  • Certificate 3 and 4 Fitness
  • Certificate 4 Small Business Management
  • Senior First Aid
  • Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
  • Dmitry Klokov Olympic Weightlifting Seminar
  • Victorian Weightlifting Association Level 1