Zana, also known as A to Z PT, is a force of positive vibes and energy at Ascot Fitness. Her dedication to her clients and passion for the fitness industry are some of the qualities that make her a fantastic personal trainer. We picked her brain about some stuff.

How did you start in the fitness industry?

Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to work somewhere in this field. Having an older brother meant I was introduced to all kinds of sport at a very young age - dodging cricket balls, kicking footys, playing driveway cricket etc. It wasn’t until I reached my last years at secondary school that I really started to cut my way into the field. The idea of PT came from enrolling in my University degree at VU (Bachelor of Exercise Science & Human Movement). I decided that I would do my certificate III and IV in Fitness outside of Uni in my first year so that I could work as a PT gaining more experience while I completed my degree.

Favourite workout?

Has to be between High Intensity Training and running. I have always enjoyed HIIT training not only because it’s fast paced but because you can use any exercise you want. It never gets boring. Running is my go-to stress reliever. I like running really early in the morning or later in the evening. My days are usually quite frantic so it’s a good chance for me to get some time to myself.

Who is our role model and why?

I admire women who put themselves out there and who aren’t afraid to say it how it is. It’s always been very hard for successful young women to make a name for themselves, especially in our industry and in the sporting realm. The principles of fitness and sport have always been inadvertently linked to society’s ideology about gender and the separate roles males and females should play. The past decade has lead way to strong lead females who, through their own achievements in this field, have stepped up and began to pave the way on breaking down some of the barriers females face in our industry - recognition, acceptance, equal pay, stereotypes etc.  I aspire to be like these leading females in fitness and sport and inspire my clients to want more too.  It's great that we are making improvements but we are only just skimming the surface of this drawn out uphill battle. 

What is your greatest achievement? 

Travelling through Europe by myself.

Tell us more about your travel experience in Europe? 

When was travelling in Europe my circumstances changed so I ended up travelling by myself for about 4 weeks. When you’re constantly travelling to so many different places it can be very daunting so it was a huge learning curve for me as I had never travelled alone before. I learnt so many incredible life skills travelling alone and loved having the independence to be wherever I wanted and it definitely helped me grow up- a lot! I think its healthy to spend time alone and explore. I would have no hesitation doing it again. 

Happiest moment of your life

When I was living in San Francisco I ventured to Vancouver for a few days by myself. One day I set off on a hike and wandered off onto a trail and ended up getting a bit lost. Despite my lack of ability to follow directions and inevitably get lost, I kept wandering through the landscape and found this incredible waterfall and a track that led me to the base of it. I took so many incredible photos down there and I just remember thinking, ‘it doesn’t get much better than this’. 

Why were you living in San Francisco?

I did university exchange over there for six months. I think initially I was quite naive to the fact that I would be living in a different country, by myself and not knowing anyone there so the first few weeks were a shock to the system to say the least. After the initial shock of it all San Francisco became home. I lived with amazing people, also internationals who I am still very close with; and Uni was incredible. Americans live and breathe all things sport, athleticism and patriotism. It’s insane! My degree was all about science, sport and politics so this was the best possible place I could have been. I have always been passionate about sport and the ethics that encompass it so being here really solidified that for me. Not only was living there an incredible life experience but the best thing I have ever done from an educational standpoint. 

What do you do for fun?

I will find any excuse to go to the beach. Literally. I spend a lot of time down along the Great Ocean Road through summer and try and get down there as much as possible throughout the year. 

Last thing you do before going to bed?

Set my alarm… all 4 of them.

Favourite food?

I probably would not survive without eating chicken. I eat it every day - with anything. And burgers (just quietly).

What inspires you?

Women who are driven. No bullshit, they do what they say they will do. Goal setters. Big dreamers. We don’t need more of them; we already have plenty of them. They just don’t get the recognition they deserve.

What is something people don’t know about you?

I love photography. If I had an artistic bone in my body I would probably try my hand at it properly. As it so happens, I do not ☹ So I settle for Instagram uploads of sunsets and beaches ☺

What is your guilty pleasure?

Lying in bed all afternoon watching Harry Potter. I’m a closet nerd.

How would you spend your last day on the earth? 

On Fairhaven beach, having a BBQ and a beer with my parents and siblings. 

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For enquiries please contact Zana directly on 0432614051 or at zana@ascotfitness.com.au

You can also follow her on Instagram @a_to_z_pt and on Snapchat AtoZ_PT

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