Joseph Coyne AEP CISSN

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Iwas born in the small rural Maori community of Tolaga Bay, NZ. At the age of 14, I was shipped off to Gisborne Boys’ High School’s boarding hostel, which really prepared me for life’s ‘rough breaks’.  This basically means that the I got the stuffing knocked out of me for the first few years of living there. Leaving high school with a mind that simply thought about sport, sport and more sport, I enrolled in the School of Physical Education at Otago University. During my time studying, I did pretty well in the football codes and represented Otago in rugby union, rugby league and touch football. This was also where my real introduction to high performance training began. Living with several Super 14 & international rugby union players and working with a number of NZ Academy of Sport athletes through university, I soaked up as much information as possible about what makes athletes tick.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education & Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) in 2004.  Then I made the big jump across the Tasman to Australia to play semi-professional rugby league. Living with more professional athletes (only this time surfers) helped me identify what produces high performance across different sports and I quickly found a job in personal training and exercise physiology.

Fast forward five years and I had become an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and had helped to produce world champions, Olympians and numerous state, national and professional athletes.  Athletes that have trained with me include Queensland, Australian & Olympian swimmers; NFL players; professional and world champion surf life saving Iron Men; world champion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters; world champion beach sprinters; ITU professional triathletes; international rugby union & Super Rugby players; ASP WQS/WCT male and female professional surfers; Gold Coast, Queensland & Australian representative junior tennis players; competitive bodybuilders & figure models; international representative Touch Football players; members of the Gold Coast Titans Under 20s rugby league team; members of the Gold Coast Titans NRL rugby league team; members of Gold Coast United soccer team and members of Gold Coast Breakers rugby union team.

To complement my work with athletes, I am also one of Gold Coast and Australia’s only Active Release Techniques (ART) practitioners. In fact, I’m the only full body certified ART Accredited Exercise Physiologist in Australia as of writing.  Being ART certified has also helped me rehabilitate injured clients and clinical patients faster than I ever did before.  I also needed to know what I was talking about with nutrition (I did do a year of it at university) so I am also one of the few International Society of Sports Nutrition Certified Sports Nutritionists in Australia.

In the media, I have had my work published and been featured in a number of magazines and websites including Mens’ Fitness, Mens’ Health, ESPN, Who Magazine, Womens’ Health, BSc, UltraFit, Fitness Life and the Gold Coast Bulletin.  I have been on Channel 9 and NBN news with my work with surfers and Surfing Australia.  I also had my own expert column in the multinational Mens’ Fitness magazine for a while where I let people know my thoughts on training and fitness.

Professionally, I have spoken at some of Australia’s & the world’s largest health & fitness, personal training and strength & conditioning conferences.  These include the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association’s International Conference Of Applied Strength & Conditioning, the United Kingdoms Strength & Conditioning Association’s Annual Conference, FILEX and NZ’s GetFitNZ & Fitex national conferences.

Currently, I am the Performance Manager for EXOS & the Chinese Olympic Committee in Beijing, China.  The sports that I am currently  managing including weightlifting, diving, table tennis, and swimming. Back on the Gold Coast, I still direct the Coyne Sports Injury & Performance Clinic in Burleigh Heads. The exercise physiology, nutrition and personal training team that I have put together is the most qualified (both practically and theoretically) you will find throughout Australia. We have a holistic personal training & nutrition approach and cater for people who want to lose body fat, rehabilitate injuries and athletes who want to take their training to the next level.

Away from work, I am happily married to a wonderful wife Daegan and still enjoy surfing, gymnastics, and I want to train more in Brazilian JiuJitsu/MMA and CrossFit.  I have run a number of marathons and obstacle races with the biggest being the 24 hour World’s Toughest Mudder (where I finished 102nd).  I am also finishing my Masters By Research degree in applied sport science research on surfing paddling speed in conjunction with Surfing Australia and Edith Cowan University.

Along the way in my career, I have picked up a few qualifications and completed a substantial amount of professional education, including:

Formal Education

  • Bachelor of Physical Education
  • Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Masters By Research Scholar

Therapy/Rehabilitation Professional Qualifications

  • Certified Full Body Active Release Techniques Practitioner
  • Certified Active Palpation Technique Practitioner
  • Functional Movement Screen Level 1 & 2 Expert
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment Level 1 & 2 Expert

Strength & Conditioning Professional Qualifications

  • Australian Strength & Conditioning Association Level 3 Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Australian Sports Commission State Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach
  • Poliquin International Certification Program Level 4 Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Poliquin Sports Specific Internship
  • Cert IV Master Trainer
  • Crossfit Level One Trainer

Nutrition Professional Qualifications

  • Certified Sports Nutritionist (International Society of Sports Nutrition)
  • Poliquin BioSignature Practitioner including CE