Tash Columbus | Owner
Tash is the woman behind the #teamtash Training movement. She’s a mother of two who has battled through her own insecurities and health issues.
“I was tired, over-weight and embarrassed to even go out - I had no confidence or self-belief and I knew I needed to change this. I joined Les Mills in Dunedin and started on my journey to finding myself again, I had no idea it would lead me to where I am today.”
After regaining some of her confidence and self-belief she began studying as a personal trainer via distance learning and in 2014 started working at Les Mills.
“Within a month I was full with clients and I quickly learned what I was best at and who I like to train, this of course was other women. I felt like being able to relate to their own personal struggles made me a better, more supportive trainer.”
In 2015 Tash ran her first free, woman-only bootcamp as a way to give back to the community. This was where the next chapter started. The bootcamp was a huge success and by 2016 she was running 4 bootcamps but was limited by space and facilities. That’s when she found the perfect premises to open her own, dedicated #teamtash Training studio.
“My vision was a studio where women would be proud to come and be part of something much greater than ‘just another bootcamp’. #teamtash is a place where women come together, support and encourage each other, we see each others highs and lows this is a place where women find their confidence again, it’s a family.”
Tash has a loyal following of clients because she puts her heart and soul into what she does. She genuinely loves what she does and the people she works with.
“I could not do this without my clients support and truly from the bottom of my heart I thank you for coming on this journey with me. I still have big plans and I can’t wait to see them unfold.”
Erica | HEAD COACH
My coaching journey began back with my involvement in sport as a student coach coaching younger sports teams in both basketball and volleyball.
As much as I enjoyed being a player in both these sports, I always felt there was something really special about being a coach.
My interest in helping people grow and better themselves as individuals continued to develop when I began down the track of my own fitness journey.
The more I pushed myself out of my comfort zone, the more I not only gained in physical fitness, but in my self-confidence. I also discovered how valuable exercise was for physical and mental wellbeing.
In 2018 I began training as a Group Fitness and Metafit Instructor. After qualifying I found my love for what I was doing had grown so much that I decided to continue further with this, and in 2019 I trained and qualified as a Personal Trainer.
I have worked with clients of a diverse range of goals and needs, working with them to create the best path for them, push their limits and get them where they want to be (and beyond!).
Working with my clients and being a part of their journey is something I’m really privileged to be able to do.
I feel so honoured to be part of the coaching family as Head Coach at #teamtash and love being a part of an amazing community where women are empowered, support each other and have a place to feel confident while working toward their goals.