Our Coaches

The Boutagy Fitness Institute is one of the most respected exercise physiology facilities in the country. From time to time we have positions vacant for the right coaches. To apply or for more information, please contact our administration at [email protected]

Dr Tony Boutagy

Tony has completed a PhD in exercise and sports science at Charles Darwin University in Australia and is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with ESSA. Having conducted over 50,000 training sessions in his career that has spanned 25 years, Tony is regarded as one of the premier personal trainers in the country.

Tony has been involved in education for over two decades, having held various educational positions at several universities in exercise science, physiotherapy and personal training. His Internship programs have been running for over 15 years and he presented his approaches to training and nutrition every year at the country's largest fitness conference FILEX for 17 straight years.

Having written strength workouts for elite athletes in 24 different sports, Tony is actively involved in strength & conditioning and providing educational seminars & resources for allied health professionals.

He has been an Adjunct Associate Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast, a lecturer at the Australian Fitness Network, AIF, the Australian Catholic University (Schools of Exercise Science and Physiotherapy), NetFit New Zealand and New Zealand Weightlifting.

He currently is an editorial board member for The University of the Sunshine Coast's Fitness Research department and an editor for the Journal of Fitness Research, a member of the Australian Institute of Fitness Personal Training Advisory Panel and sits on an expert advisory panel for Fitness Australia.

Tony has written hundreds of health and fitness related articles and was the recipient of the 2004 Australian Fitness Industry’s Author of the Year Award. Tony is also a soft tissue practitioner and a certified Active Release Techniques® provider for the Long Nerve Tract, Spine, Upper & Lower Extremities.

He has held professional memberships of the American Society of Nutrition (ASN), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Lipid Association (NLA), the American Nutraceutical Association (ANA), the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA), The National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is currently a member of Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

‚ÄčIn his spare time, Tony enjoys cooking (mainly Thai), playing guitar (mainly classical) and reading (mainly ancient history).

[email protected]

Instagram: @tonyboutagy

Twitter:  @tonyboutagy


Tom Giles

Tom has been working in the industry for over a decade and has been operating his personal training and athletics coaching business in Mosman for over six years. He has coached all ages and goals including; Injury Rehabilitation, Weight Loss, Postural Alignment, Improving Fitness, Strength For Performance and every day life.

Tom works with a lot of youth athletes and is Head Coach at The Mosman Little Athletics Club which he has been coaching with for six seasons. 
Tom has competed nationally in Middle Distance events and Cross Country in New Zealand and since playing in the National Basketball League, continues to play at a high level - now a member of the North Sydney Waratah League Men’s Team.
  • BPhEd Exercise Science and Exercise Prescription and Management 
  • Lecturer at Fitness Institute Australia
  • Cert 3 and 4 in Personal Training
  • Strongfeet Certification
  • Crossfit Level 1
  • Neurokinetic Therapist Level 1
  • Current First Aid
  • Bronze medallion
Instagram @uptospeed_athletic
Phone 0413291526
I find Tom an excellent trainer, he has become an essential part of my life and the reason I feel more energetic and focused for the rest of the week. He is a person that can get the best out of me, one that can judge my stamina and capabilities for every exercise. I love my time with Tom, not much needs to be said but his guidance has resulted in me becoming a much healthier person.
Serge Dansereau
Tom has helped me gain confidence and move forward in my battle to try to improve strength, balance and general fitness.  Our sessions are fun and flexible noting my needs on any particular day
Jane Barnes

Daniel Harris

Work Experience

2005 to Present

Strength and Conditioning/Personal Training working with clients from various sports including; Athletics (100-400m Sprints, Sprint Hurdles, Long and Triple Jump) Rugby Union, Rugby Seven’s, Netball, Women’s AFL, and Mixed Martial Arts.

 2011 - 2013

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Warringah Rats Rugby Union.

2012 - 2014

Strength and Power Consultant for Waratahs Rugby Union.

2013 - 2014

Strength and Conditioning Coach to Sydney Grammar Private School - Under 16 and senior 1st Grade Rugby Union.

2017 – Present

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Eastwood Ryde Hawks Premier League Netball Team.

Qualifications/Sporting Background

  • Certificate IV in Fitness Personal Training: Australian Institute of Fitness 
  • Coaching Principles (Level 1) - Australian Sports Commission  
  • Active Release Techniques Practitioner – Upper and Lower Body: activerelease.com
  • PICP – (Poliquin International Certification Program): Level 3 Tasks 1-5: Principles of Nutrition, Designing Nutrition Programs, Energy system knowledge and prescription, prevention and rehabilitation of lower and upper body injuries, supplementation for athletic performance, understanding applied functional training exercises.
  • Level 1 Coach – Athletics - Australian Track and Field Coaches Association 
  • Level 2 Coach – Sprints, Hurdles, and Relays - Australian Track and Field Coaches Association
  • Competed at a National Level in Olympic Weightlifting – Placing 2nd in 2010 National Championship as well as 3rd in 2011 National Championships in the 85kg division.

Mobile: 0410-553-440               

Email: [email protected]

Debra Patal

Debra, Zimbabwean born in 1978, started her career as a personal trainer in New Zealand in 2009 and has helped hundreds of people around the world of all ages and walks of life to achieve long lasting health and fitness results. Debra is passionate about inspiring, motivating and transforming lives through health & fitness.

Whether its full body transformation, weight loss, increased fitness, decreased body fat%, or increased lean muscle mass, Debra can help you achieve your goals using body weight exercises, resistance training, nutritional guidance, goal settings and mindset.


  • Certificate III in Fitness
  • Certificate IV in Personal Trainer
  • Certificate in BFI - GPP Coaching
  • Pre and Post Natal
  • Precision Nutrition Coach

Personal Achievements & Hobbies:

  • 10KM Hill Runs - New Zealand
  • Body Building since 2012 - New Zealand & Australia
  • City to Surf - Australia
  • Half Marathon - New Zealand & Australia
  • Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro - Tanzania
  • Trans Siberian through Russia, China and Mongolia
  • Tough Mudder - New Zealand
  • Triathlons - New Zealand 
  • White Water Rafting - Zimbabwe

Phone: 0467 573 311

Email: [email protected]




Loosing 43.1kg has proved to be a long and sometimes difficult slog towards my goal. It was as a result of Debra's advice that I was able to refocus and make significant weight loss. In spite of my busy schedule, Debra advised me on the importance of restructuring food intake, reducing  carbs, increasing protein and balancing meal content. Her ongoing support and encouragement allowed me to achieve my goals, something I hadn't thought possible. Debra doesn't just give advice, she provides motivation, inspiration and positive reinforcement. It is with a new sense of purpose that I write this testimonial for Debra. I wish her every success and I know that her discipline, determination and dedication will allow her  to achieve any goal she aspires to.

- Helen Mitchinson

Debra is amazing! She is a true professional - very technical, with great attention to detail, always ready to help with advice. I am enjoying every training session with Debra. 
- Maria Kadina 

Michael Dunn

Michael is a personal trainer with over 14 years of experience working with clients and athletes ranging 14-80 years of age. Michael has successfully helped clients achieve goals ranging from; distance running (5km-42km), injury and rehabilitation, sports specific strength & conditioning, body transformation and health & wellbeing. 
Michael’s holistic training philosophy focuses on muscle balance and strength, coupled with stability and flexibility to optimize performance, injury prevention, which ensures continual improvement year in, year out. Strategic goal setting and a personalised nutrition plan is also integrated into all training plans.
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science
  • Certificate IV in Fitness
  • Level 3 Boutagy Fitness Institute (BFI)
  • Level 1 Weight Lifting Coach (Weightlifting Australia)
  • Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Coach (ASCA)
  • Level 1 King Sport Institute Coach (KSI)
Currently Undertaking
  • Bachelor of Psychology 
  • Level 2 King Sport Institute Coach (KSI)
0401 795 414

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