MEET OUR TEAM

We are all passionate about your fitness & wellbeing

Manuela Berchtold

Owner, Director, Fitness Instructor & PT

Manuela is a 2 time Winter Olympian in the sport of Mogul Skiing. Her strength lies in her ability to relate to people and get them to feel comfortable about themselves and the fitness goals they have. She will go to great lengths to see everyone’s goals are met. Her enthusiasm and motivation will leave you wanting more! Manuela was born for this industry!

Sam Rodrigues

Fitness Instructor & PT

Sam is one of the most caring people you will ever meet, and she will go to great lengths to make you feel fantastic about who you are and what you want to achieve. She is a wonderful asset to the High Country Fitness team.

Emma Frost

Fitness Instructor & PT

Emma has an amazing, genuine love all round of health and fitness. She constantly pushes herself to new heights of physical fitness and in turn inspires others to do so.

Cherrie Power

Fitness Instructor

Cherrie brings with her to the team a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fitness industry including owning and operating her own facility. Her love of health and fitness just continues to grow!

Liz Grochowski

Customer Service

Liz is a qualified fitness instructor and remedial massage therapist.
After many years as a massage therapist she has returned to the fitness industry.
Her main interests and specialties are in injury rehabilitation and older populations.
You will see Liz on the gym floor and at reception, aiming to give you the best
customer service experience possible.

Becky Surman

Fitness Instructor

Becky is a fully qualified personal trainer, originally from the UK.
She has transformed her own life and now aims to inspire others by sharing her
knowledge and love for the fitness industry. Her passions include strength and conditioning training, obstacle races, and pole
dancing.

James Pillidge

Fitness Instructor

James is a fully qualified Personal Trainer and comes from a vast background of
fitness including skiing, mountain biking and rugby.
James has learn’t great discipline and is extremely results driven adopting a “lead-by-example” approach. James has particular interest in Crossfit and Olympic lifting.

Cassie Fortune

Fitness Instructor

Cassie is a qualified fitness instructor, currently completing her personal training
qualification through AIPT here at the High Country Fitness campus. You will see Cassie on the gym floor, teaching our RPM classes and Boot Camp
sessions.

Steven (Rompa) Romppanen

Fitness Instructor

Rompa is a qualified fitness instructor who comes to our team with a variety of skills.
He has a background in Rugby Union, where he also passes his knowledge on
through coaching the local teams. Rompa survived a very serious neck injury in August 2016 and has come out the
other side stronger, fitter, more determined and motivated.

Donna Alexander

Fitness Instructor

Donna is an enthusiastic part of our RPM teaching team.
As a High Country Fitness member for many years, enjoying our group fitness classes especially her love for Les Mills fitness classes, fuelled Donna’s fire to complete the Les Mills RPM Instructor Trainer course in 2016. Watch this space… as we are sure Donna’s teaching rap sheet will not stop at RPM!