ABOUT STEFAN

Stefan is recognized as one of Australia's top trainers. He is a natural bodybuilding champion, a global educator, and has over 15 years experience in the fitness industry. He has worked with hundreds of clients all the way up to international level physique competitors, and lectured to over a thousand fitness professionals in over 10 cities across the globe.

PHILOSOPHY

Stefan’s philosophy is very much ingrained in his tagline “Bringing Old School Methods to the New Era”. Bodybuilders from the Golden Era like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Frank Zane displayed the perfect balance of size, symmetry, and proportions. Their physiques looked like statues carved out of stone and they were built with a foundation of basic, heavy, high volume training, and basic whole food nutrition at a time when anabolic steroids were much less prevalent.

The first weight training book Stefan ever picked up was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Encyclopaedia of Bodybuilding after watching Pumping Iron and becoming fascinated with transforming his body. Since then Stefan has worked with hundreds of clients and learned firsthand from many of the world’s top trainers while continually evolving and refining his methods over time.

Eventually this brought him back to his roots of using the classic old school methods and blending it with his personal experience and the latest science has to offer. This led Stefan to develop his own periodization model for natural bodybuilders and physique athletes which he used to win the over 90kg division at the ANB Oceana International in 2016.

To learn more about Stefan's training philosophies read his blog here.

EDUCATION

Stefan is a big believer in education and that one should never stop learning to stay ahead of the curve. In 2010 he completed his Masters in Exercise Physiology with a distinction average from the University of Sydney, however he never completed his clinical hours to become an accredited Exercise Physiologist as he quickly realized that the clinical setting wasn’t for him.

Instead Stefan invested his time and money to pursue learning through reading, courses, private consults, or personal coaching from many of the top minds in the health and fitness industry such as Charles Poliquin, Milos Sarcev, Ben Pakulski, Layne Norton and John Meadows to name a few.

Over the course of his career Stefan has invested over $100,000 in his education and development which eventually led to his passion in educating other personal trainers and developing the bulk of the course content for one of Australia’s leading health and fitness education provider the Clean Health Fitness Institute.


His formal qualifications include:

  • M.S. Exercise Physiology, Sydney University
  • B.S. Exercise & Sport Science, Sydney University
  • PICP Level 2 Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Poliquin Education
  • Biosignature Level 2 Practitioner, Poliquin Education
  • Diploma of Fitness, FIA
  • PICP level 3 & 4, Poliquin Education
  • Master NLP Practitioner, UP! Coach
  • Certified Trigenics Trainer (CTT): Upper Extremities
  • BioPrint Practitioner, Charles Poliquin
  • Functional Diagnostic Medicine, FMU (not completed)
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1, John Berardi (not completed)
  • Metabolic Typing, Healthexcel (not completed)
  • Posturology Level 1, Annette Verpillot (not completed)

His professional development includes:

  • Advanced Fat Loss Methods, Daine McDonald
  • Poliquin Instant Muscle Strengthening Techniques, Poliquin Education
  • Biosignature CE, Poliquin Education
  • SCTS – Training the Female Client, Poliquin Education
  • SCTS – Training the Prepubescent, Poliquin Education
  • Program Design, Poliquin Education
  • Create PT Wealth Business Coaching and Mentoring Internship
  • Hypertrophy Internship, Poliquin Education
  • Fascial Abrasion Technique Tool (FAT-Tool), Poliquin Education
  • Biosignature CE: LAB Analysis, Poliquin Education
  • Industry Rockstar Intensive Business Mastermind Program
  • Hypertrophy Internship, IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski
  • Milos Sarcev Training Camp, Milos Sarcev
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Success Summit
  • Nutritional Seminar, Dr Layne Norton
  • Layne Norton Training Camp, Dr Layne Norton
  • Charles Poliquin Body Composition Seminar
  • Charles Poliquin Hypertrophy Seminar
  • Phil Learney and Ben Coomber 2 Day Fat Loss & Hypertrophy Seminar
  • Charles Poliquin 3 Day BioPrint Seminar
  • Charles Poliquin Advanced Program Design Seminar
  • BioSignature Level 2, James Lavalle
  • John Meadows and Paul Carter Muscle Camp, CHFI Education
  • Poliquin and Klokov Training the Strength Athlete Seminar, CHFI Education
  • Layne Norton and Eric Helms Training and Nutrition Seminar, Two Buff Girls
  • Brocopalypse Seminar (Brad Schoenfield, Alan Aragon, James Krieger, Bret Contreras), Two Buff Girls

CAREER

Stefan’s career in the fitness industry began in late 2002 at the age of 19. Half a year into his computer engineering degree he decided that it wasn’t the right path for him, and he went on to enroll in certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness at the Fitness Institute of Australia. A few months later he started working as a personal trainer at his local gym at Fitness First Carlingford in Sydney Australia.

By late 2010 as Stefan was finishing his Masters degree in Exercise Physiology he transitioned his personal training business across to Sydney’s CBD out of Anytime Fitness on George Street. That year Stefan’s personal training business really took off after attending Charles Poliquins Biosinature and PICP courses.

By early 2011 Stefan books were at maximum capacity. At that point after consulting with several business experts he decided to start up his own personal training business Elite Advantage and hired his first employee. By late 2013 Elite Advantage had 6 employees and was facilitating over 120 personal training sessions per week.

In 2015 Stefan teamed up with Clean Health founder Daine McDonald and co-founded iNutritonPro, a highly sophisticated online platform which enables health and fitness professionals ti create diet plans in minutes. That year Stefan also taught over 45 seminars in 12 cities and 8 countries around the world to over 1000 students, including the BioPrint and iNutritonPro combined seminars alongside mentor and industry icon Charles Poliquin.

In 2016 Stefan lectured to over 130 students alongside his colleague Daine McDonald at the 2016 Filex Convention, the biggest Health & Fitness Expo in the Southern Hemisphere.

In 2017 Stefan teamed up with Dr Daniel Hackett from the University of Sydney and co-created the iNutrition Pro Online Nutrition Certification for Exercise and Sports Professionals.

Currently Stefan works with a strictly limited number of face to face clients out of City Gym in Sydney, and he also works with a limited number of online clients globally. In 2018 Stefan plans on pursuing his PhD from the University of Sydney.

To inquire about working with Stefan click here.

COMPETITION

Stefan first began weight training in 2001 at the age of 17. At that time he was a senior in high school and he was the captain of his basketball team so he was working out in his basement to get stronger. After high school Stefan continued playing basketball for a while and eventually made the state team. However early into the season he was suffering from severe and recurring patella tendinitis and was forced to stop playing.

That’s when Stefan watched pumping iron for the first time and became fascinated with building his body. At that time Stefan hadn’t really considered bodybuilding as a sport. When he saw the power, determination, artistry, and grace that these bodybuilders possessed he was instantly hooked.

Stefan began reading everything relating to bodybuilding he could get his hands on and quickly began to transform his body. Shortly after he was able to start translating these results onto his clients and quickly developed a reputation as one if the top trainers in his gym.

In 2012 Stefan decided to enter his first natural bodybuilding competition at the INBA Nationals under the guidance of Canadian contest prep coach Francine Savard and placed 3rd.

Since then Stefan has competed in numerous shows under the guidance of some of the top contest prep coaches in the world including IFBB Pro Milos Sarcev, IFBB Pro Larry Vinette, and world renowned strength coach Charles Poliquin.

In 2014 and 2015 Stefan tried his luck in the IFBB Men's Physique division, including the first ever Arnold Classic Contest held in Australia, but didn't get a placing either time.

So in 2016 Stefan returned to bodybuilding after a 2 year absence. This time he did his own prep entirely based on everything he had learned over the last several years and he went on to win the over 90kg division at the ANB Oceana International in Sydney, which qualified him to compete at the ANB Universe International in the Philippines 3 weeks later, where he placed second.


His bodybuilding competition history includes:

  • 2012 INBA NSW Men’s Novice Division – 4th Place
  • 2012 INBA NSW Men’s Open Tall Class Division – 3rd Place
  • 2012 ANB Nationals Men’s Novice Division – 3rd Place
  • 2013 INBA Sydney Men’s Open Tall Class Division – 3rd Place
  • 2016 ANB Oceana International Men’s Open Over 90kg Division – 1st Place
  • 2016 ANB Universe International Men’s Open Over 90kg Division – 2nd Place
  • 2018 ANB NSW State Championships Men's Open Over 90kg Division – 1st Place

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