Matthew Pow

Sport and exercise are an absolutely essential part of life to me.  Without it, life just doesn’t feel the same. I strongly believe that exercise makes you a better, self-motivated and driven person.  Both Mum and Dad were actively involved in sport and encouraged all five of their children to play sport. Thinking about it how Mum managed to get us to training and games on time every day simply amazes me and I owe a lot to my parents for their support and encouragement.

Growing up in Rockhampton, Central Queensland, I quickly developed a keen interest in sport and in particular rugby league. I remember for several years in primary school jumping out of bed, quickly making a Devon sandwich and racing to school by 7 so we could get stuck into a game of footy. A lot has changed since then but my passion and enthusiasm for exercise still remains.

In high school, my family had shifted to Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast and the beach was a big change from Rocky. During this time, I found success as a 400m runner. Although I made state finals in consecutive years, running was never really a focus as it took the back seat to Rugby League. Team sport and individual sports are worlds apart and the group atmosphere and relationships you build through team sport are second to none. This I think is what has drawn me to Coyne SIPC and Crossfit Caesar, being relatively new to the sport of Crossfit I have recognised the same community feel and experienced the encouragement that fellow members provide!

In my senior high school years, I was fortunate enough to represent Queensland in Rugby League. I was also lucky enough to play the State of Origin curtain raiser in 1999 in the first year the Olympic stadium was used for the event. Playing before the record breaking and predominately hostile crowd of 110 000 is still one the greatest and most surreal experiences of my life.

Following high school, I spent 6 seasons contracted to the Penrith Panthers.  I was a consistent player but I probably never had that “X factor” to crack the big time. What I did develop in during this time was mental toughness and experience that you can only gain from training at an elite level with some of the best all round athletes in the country.  At Penrith, I also graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science (Exercise & Sport Science).

Since 2006, I have lived here on the Gold Coast playing and coaching rugby league for the Tweed Heads Seagulls in the QRL state league and working as a teacher at Nerang SHS. I even played rugby league with Joseph and then trained under him in the early days of Coyne Conditioning!

My strengths are in the conditioning, exercise technique and mental toughness.  We will definitely get clients and patients fitter and tougher with less injuries through our training methods and the unique conditioning it offers.

Formal Education

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise & Sport Science)
  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)

Strength & Conditioning Professional Qualifications

  • Australian Strength & Conditioning Association Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Certificate III & IV Fitness