damien kelly, owner & exercise scientist
From a shy Canberra boy, to leading fitness expert, author, app developer and owner of two fitness studios, Damien Kelly is changing the way people exercise - for the better.
As a young man growing up in Canberra, DK wanted to be a football star but when he shattered his knee, that dream was shattered too.
So, he channelled his passion for sport and fitness into an Exercise Science degree, in which he excelled. When he realised that rehab jobs weren’t for him, he decided to give the gift of quality, science-based fitness to people like us.
He started small and used to drive from Wollongong to Sydney at 4.30am in the morning to train just one client. That soon became 2 clients, then three and so on until Damien was running a thriving outdoor business.
But typical of Damien – he kept thinking – how could he deliver better quality fitness? There was a limit to what he could achieve for his clients outdoors. So, he began to build his studio concept, utilising the best fitness tools he could find. At the same time, his popularity as Sunday paper's Body + Soul Fitness Expert was growing and increasing demand for his expertise was too hard to ignore.
With the spotlight shining bright on his work, in 2008, Damien decided it was time to open his first studio in beautiful beach side Coogee. A natural expansion allowed him to follow suit in the bustling CBD of Bondi Junction a few years later.
Today, Damien brings over twenty years experience in the fitness industry to his two Sydney studios. He is highly regarded within the industry for his unique, meticulously planned whole body programs, which were featured in News Limited publications for over 10 years and read by millions of Australians weekly. His fitness advice has appeared in many other publications including Good Health Magazine, Women's Weekly, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Australia and Australian Parenting. His expertise has also been utilised on Seven's Sunrise Program and A Current Affair.
He is the published author of two books, The Little Book of Big Workouts as well as 30 Days to Super Abs, which have enjoyed international success. What's more, his 30 Days to Body Confidence e-book series has already sold thousands of copies all over the world. Damien's most dedicated followers look forward to joining him in Bali for his fun fitness retreats, which happen twice a year.
Damien is also excited to share that he is currently developing his very own mobile app, so that his famous workouts and unique philsophy can reach even more people.
Outside of the studio, Damien is the proud father of his sports mad little ones Finley and Venus. On the weekends, you can find them perched on the hill at Jubilee Oval supporting their beloved St George Dragons. Damien can be reached via email to email@example.com
jasmine sakr, dk business manager
Sydney born and bred, Jasmine is a multi-talented asset to our dk family. A food coach, personal trainer and business manager, her passion for health and fitness grew while working in the corporate sector and seeing the many health issues people face in daily life. In 2011, Jasmine decided to take a leap and change careers.
Following her studies in both nutrition and fitness, she came in for an interview with Damien on her birthday in 2013. "I was familiar with Damien's work and knew I had to get my foot in the door, even as a part time admin assistant. I told him that he had to give me the job because it was my birthday. Lo and behold, the position was mine! I quickly realised how fortunate I was to land in a fitness studio where there was not only mutual respect amongst the trainers but also genuine care for the clients", reflects Jasmine.
Today, having gained experience working in all aspects of the studio, she is focussed on business management and growth opportunies for everything and anything "dk".
Above all, Jasmine is motivated by helping people reform their wellbeing through not only fitness but also improved nutrition. Our dk clients benefit from her super healthy food ideas, which feature in our signature The 6 Lifestyle Challenge. Her popular recipes and nutrition advice have been published in Damien's 30 Days to Super Abs book as well as his 30 Days to Body Confidence e-book series.
You can keep up-to-date with Jasmine's food and fitness inspiration via her social media channels, named Wholly Health. Get in touch with Jasmine via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
connor cody, dk trainer
Originally from the South of England, Connor recently moved to Sydney to seek new career challenges. And aren't we lucky he landed on our doorstep!
Growing up living and breathing soccer has allowed him to be where he is today. His natural passion and talent for sport and fitness led him to not only play semi-professionally and represent his country but also study Psychology, Business and Sport. He worked at one of the UK's leading health clubs where he honed his natural coaching style and expanded his practical knowledge and experience with clients.
After arriving in Sydney, Connor approached Damien, eager to be part of the dk revolution. "I left the studio after my first meeting with Damien, feeling a buzz like never before. Having spent years in group fitness, I knew the dk philosophy went hand in hand with my own. Nothing else in Sydney that I had seen came close to dk, and I feel so grateful to have this opportunity to work with great clients and take the next step in my career", says Connor.
Outside the studio, Connor is busy getting acquainted with his beautiful Eastern suburbs surroundings. Naturally, he scoped out a local soccer team to join and has started playing with Waverley F.C. - he's even been offered the captaincy role! From afar, he continues to support his beloved Fulham F.C. Get in touch with Connor via email to email@example.com
martyn freestone, dk trainer
Martyn comes from an exceptional background of sport and study, including 20 years of playing semi pro soccer in England, USA & Australia, as well as completing a soccer scholarship at Tennessee Wesleyan University, where he achieved a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science & Sports Management.
"Ever since meeting both the staff and dk members, there's been a really strong sense of togetherness. We are all in this as a team, striving towards our goals as one and it's awesome to be a part of!" he says.
Martyn hails from Nottingham UK, famous for Robin Hood. Since landing in Australia almost 2 years ago, he's fallen in love with this country and it's people. Martyn is a natural with kids too, working and coaching with 6-12 year olds.
natalie baker, dk trainer
In 2016, we welcomed long term member & all round kick ass chick Natalie Baker to your dk training team.
With a background in gymnastics coaching, fitness studies and a few dk championships under her belt, she is ready to train & motivate you to be your fittest!
"My love for all things fitness, plus my belief in the dk philosophy and workouts has driven me to want to pass this on to others." she says. "I feel privileged to be part of this unique training team and cannot wait to share my experience and knowledge of this special place with all our current and future members."