MEET THE TEAM
LagreeFIT is owned and managed by Mosman locals, Karen Robbins and Leesa Melchert. Teaching and practicing Lagree has played an integral part in enhancing their own health, athletic performance and general wellbeing, and it has also introduced them to an amazing network of connections and friendships. Karen and Leesa are both passionate, not just about delivering a unique and super effective workout that members love and will help them to achieve their goals, but also in building a fabulous Lagree-loving community for years to come.
Leesa has been in the health and fitness industry since 2004 and is certified in a multitude of training modalities. After 20 years of lifting weights, high impact training, and a chronic knee injury, Leesa needed something kinder on her joints but still had a functional strength and conditioning component. The Lagree Method ticks all the boxes.
Teaching style: Leesa’s light hearted humour coupled with her expert knowledge and attention to form, allows members to feel confident and at ease from their very first class.
Fave Lagree move: Mega Pike and Scrambled Egg
Fun fact: Leesa was once a contestant of the Ricki Lake show in NYC.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Psychology majoring in Criminology (qualifying), Cert 3 /4 Personal Trainer, Lagree Level 1 & 2, Mat Pilates, Functional Strength & Conditioning Coach Level 1, Sports Power Coach Level 1, Cert IV Trainer in Special Populations, Pre & Post Natal Certified, Stretch Therapy Teacher, Yin Yoga Teacher 50hrs, Diploma in Massage
Fiona has been in the fitness industry since the 90’s as a PE Teacher and Personal Trainer. She has been practicing Lagree since 2014 and started teaching in 2018. She still finds each workout challenging, which is why she loves and stands by the method.
Teaching style: Fiona’s classes are strong and constantly challenging, but also fun and nurturing at the same time.
Fave Lagree move: Skater, Standing Inner Thighs, Pike – just to name a few!
Fun Fact: Fiona is the proud mum of four beautiful children.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Physical Education, Cert 3 in Fitness, Mat Pilates, Pre & Post Natal certified
Maddie was introduced to Lagree in 2017 as a client. She quickly became hooked due to the total body conditioning method that strengthens the body and promotes lean muscle without bulking up. She loves that she can get an intense workout that was still therapeutic and fun!
Teaching style: Maddie’s new fresh teaching style focuses on correct body positioning and alignment. Her big personality will bring energy to the room and make a workout fly by!
Fave Lagree move: Spider Lunge
Fun fact: Maddie is studying Mining Engineering at uni
Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce (qualifying), Bachelor of Mining Engineering (qualifying), Cert 3/4 Personal Trainer, Mat Pilates, Pre & Post Natal certified
After training as a professional dancer in Liverpool, Amy moved to Australia and became a fully certified PT, Pilates instructor and Lagree Instructor Level 1 and 2. Amy was drawn to Lagree because it’s intense full body movements, which are easy on the joints, combine resistance training with cardio and are suitable for all fitness levels.
Teaching style: You can always count on Amy for a cracking playlist and an infectious energy that will make you fall in love with Lagree in no time!
Fave Lagree move: Back lunge – all the shakes happen with the back lunge…It’s a burner!
Fun fact: If she is not in studio, you will find Amy watching Christmas movies all year round
Qualifications: Diploma in Fitness, Lagree Level 1 & 2, Mat Pilates, Pre & Post Natal certified, Barre instructor
Qualifications: Bachelor in Exercise Science, Cert 3/4 in Fitness, Pre & Post Natal certified
Carly fell in love with the Lagree Method in Hong Kong as a client turned studio and project manager. After opening a Lagree studio in Hong Kong and since returning to Australia, Carly wanted to challenge herself to teach as well. This led her to become a fully certified group fitness instructor and Personal Trainer.
Teaching style: Looking for that full-body burn? Carly hits all the muscles groups and works the whole body in every class! Bringing high energy, she will push you to give your best, leaving you feeling happier and stronger for it!
Fave Lagree move: Single Leg Squat and Single Leg Deadlift
Fun fact: Carly was the youngest member of the Jump Rope Team sponsored by the American Heart Association.
Qualifications: Cert 3/4 in Fitness, Pre & Post Natal certified
Alison has a background in dance, beginning as a child in Jazz & Tap and later studying the street styles of Dance at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She became obsessed with Lagree as a client because of its high intensity, yet low impact workout style
Teaching style: Alison’s passion to see results and help people live their best life in health and confidence will keep you motivated and coming back for more!
Fave Lagree move: Standing Inner Thigh and Reverse Giant Teaser
Fun fact: Alison teaches adult dance classes and has a huge love for R&B music, so watch out for some funky tunes sneaking their way onto her playlist!
Qualifications: Bachelor of Dance (qualifying), Cert 3/4 Personal Trainer
Maya has been practicing Lagree for many years in her home country of USA, and after a break following the birth of her beautiful daughter and a move to Sydney, she is back and Lagree Level 1 certified – ready to go!
Teaching Style: With a background in athletics and having played competitive basketball her whole life, Maya likes to give a tough workout, filled with just enough sarcasm and giggles to break up a hard block.
Fave Lagree Move: Pike all day baby. Well maybe also a Spider lunge!
Fun fact: Maya is studying interior design and hopes to one day choose a paint color she actually likes and will never have to paint her house again!
Certifications: Lagree Level 1, Mat Pilates, Pre & Post Natal certified
Catherine found Lagree in 2019 after years of enduring chronic injury. Through the Lagree method, she was able to heal her injury and is now an avid advocate of sharing this low-impact and highly effective method of functional strength training.
Teaching style: Catherine’s background as a yoga teacher brings about a sense of fluidity, alignment and body awareness to her classes.
Fave Lagree move: Catfish, Twister, Standing Inner Thighs… and her love/hate relationship with Bungee deserves a mention!
Fun fact: If she’s not on a yoga mat or the megaformer, you’ll find Catherine at a live music gig.
After experimenting with many forms of exercise and a passion for holistic health, Jess started an holistic fitness business in 2015. However, she missed the fun and fast pace, so she gave Lagree a try and hasn’t looked back – falling in love with the whole body workout and non stop burn!
Teaching style: With Jess’ personal training experience and years of study, members will feel in safe hands. Jess also encourages clients to think about their bodies to engage mind muscle!
Fave Lagree move: Mega Donkey Kick
Fun fact: Jess is from the UK and has a qualification in wine with more to come!
Qualifications: Cert 3/4 Personal Trainer, Mat Pilates, Pre & Post Natal certified