are all calories created equal

Are All Calories Created Equal?

Here at Big 5, we’re often asked whether all calories are created equal. While this question may sound simple, the answer is a little more complicated. Yes, the properties of all calories are equal, at least on paper. However, each …

understanding portion sizes

Understanding Portion Sizes

In order to maintain a healthy weight, you need to do more than just select a balanced mixture of foods. You should also be conscious of your portion sizes, which includes how much you eat at a time. To give …

healthy desert recipes

Healthy Dessert Recipes

Desserts are delicious. In fact, desserts are so delicious they function as a cruel reminder of the harsh injustice of life. Amazing, addictive tastes; undesirable and unsustainable health consequences. False. Whilst desserts are delicious, they don’t have to be bad …

Big Five’s Favourite Squat Exercises

There’s no getting around the fact that squat exercises are a staple of many top-notch exercise routines. A squat workout isn’t mandatory for a fit and healthy lifestyle, and may not need to feature in your exercise routine. But there’s no …

how to loose weight myths busted

How to Lose Weight: Top 5 Myths Busted

With so many proclaimed ‘weight loss’ tricks out there, how is one to separate the fact from the fiction? If you are looking for a quick way to lose weight, then unfortunately you may be disappointed. There is no real …

weight training tips for women

Weight Training: Top Tips for Women

The days of lycra or leotard clad ladies grape-vining across the aerobics studio are slowly receding. With the number of women taking up weight training steadily increasing, most women know that this form of exercise isn’t going to turn them …

healthy smoothie recipes

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

  A healthy smoothie can be a convenient, quick and easy way to give your body the essential nutrients it requires. Not only are they a simple way to help you achieve your daily fruit intake, but they are also …

Johan Palsson

Owner Yarraville

Since leaving the IT industry and entering in to fitness, me and the team have helped hundreds of people improve themselves, which is what it's all about. Exercise is crucial for long term physical and mental health, which is why I started Big 5. Helping the locals become a better version of themselves is my goal.

Gabriel Leutz

Owner Altona North

I have been working in the fitness industry for more than 10 years. I know how much exercise is important for you and all the benefits that it will bring to your life. I have a strong focus on helping people from a rehab perspective to get them moving pain free and improving their fitness level.

Scott Marshall

Manager/Coach Yarraville

I want to help everyday people to be the best version of themselves that they can be! Having been an ex-smoker, 20kg overweight, struggling with back injuries and lacking motivation I know what it takes to get you to the place that you want to be. My story is not unique, I know it’s a familiar one, I can help!

Nat Hastwell

Coach Altona North

I am a caring and passionate personal trainer with over 5 years experience. I have been very fortunate to learn from the best in the industry and enjoy educating my clients on how to incorporate nutrition and mindset to benefit their training.

Tom Hogan

Coach Yarraville

I believe moving is essential for mental and physical wellbeing; I’m here to support you in discovering the best version of yourself in a manner that’s realistic and achievable and sustainable.

Britt Keating

Coach Yarraville/Altona North

There is so much more to health and fitness than big bulging biceps; I want to help people feel mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically strong and empowered, as a whole, through tackling challenges in the gym, working outside of their comfort zone, building on levels of confidence and resilience, which will translate across to all areas of their life. I am very passionate about my vision; to help those lead a life of quality and happiness.

Zac Martin

Coach Yarraville

I started in the industry working with competitive athletes, before moving into helping everyday people change their life. An emphasis on strength and conditioning coupled with the importance on mindset and motivation to further improve the holistic approach to training. I’m Currently completing a bachelor of exercise and sport science and a Bachelor of psychology. Experience through a cadetship with the western bulldogs and guidance from leading exercise scientists in Australia.

Aaron Liedke

Coach Altona North