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 had 40 weekly 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 to have 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 through exercise, we support and encourage each other, we see each others highs and lows, this is a place where women find their confidence again, it’s whānau .”
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.
Kristen | COACH
"F.e.a.r has two meanings forget everything and run or face everything and rise, the choice is yours"
From a young age, I have been involved in different artistic forms of body development, from ballet, tap dancing, jazz, and aerobics they all formed a fundamental pillar of my functional movement training.
After 16 years I decided on a change that not only challenged my physical and mental well-being but helped me pass on my knowledge to people to watch them flourish around health and fitness.
After finishing studying at Otago Polytechnic in 2018 and being in the fitness industry, since then I thrive on passing on my knowledge to clients and actively still learning to keep up with the latest styles and trends that are rapidly changing throughout the fitness industry.
I have worked with a diverse range of clients tailoring their one-on-one sessions to them and their individual goals.
3 words that describe me: Variety, Creativity, and Vivaciousness
I feel really honored to be working with Tash and her passionate team and am proud to keep portraying #teamtash's vision of empowering women through exercise.
Nicole / COACH
Nic is training to become a Qualified Personal Trainer and Group fitness instructor here at #TeamTash Training.
In 2019 I reached a point in my life where I had to do something for myself and my family. I was unfit and overweight which really effected how I saw myself, - and my confidence suffered as a result.
I remember feeling so ashamed of myself that I would not even go clothes shopping, - I would look for any excuse to avoid going out to functions without friends/family/work colleagues. This was no way to live my life and not the kind of role model I wanted for my son.
Things had to change and I knew I was the only one that could do that.
It took a huge amount of courage but I joined a local gym sweating my pits off on the cardio equipment most days! I educated myself about good nutrition and I started to feel better, I started to feel proud of myself, my confidence came back and I felt worth while again.
Fast forward to now, -I don’t want women to ever feel like I did, every women deserves to live their best life! Along my journey I have developed a genuine passion for encouraging and inspiring women to become the fittest and healthiest versions of themselves.
There is no better feeling supporting women achieving their goals.
I am so proud of the amazing #TeamTash community of supportive women, their values align perfectly with mine, so I know this is the place I need to be.
Lara / COACH
Lara is passionate about movement. She believes it is essential for both heart and soul. Having played netball as a teenager and elite roller derby as an adult, Lara understands the web of complex emotions and psychology behind sport and exercise, and has a huge desire to empower women to harness this mind/body connection for self-improvement.
‘I’ve always been a runner - or a jogger! - as well as participating in team sports. I also believe that exercise literally saved my life; it got me through chemotherapy and other treatments after a breast cancer diagnosis. I was acutely aware of the connection between brain and body throughout that time, and ran every day. Some people thought I was mad; I felt it was mad not to.”
Lara has a natural inclination to lead - she was a teacher for seven years, motivating teenagers in the secondary sector and has also been a Postie, biking 16kms a day, six days a week for five years. She is also a parent to two children; one adult and the other near-teenage.
‘I feel really lucky to have the opportunity to work with women in movement; it’s a passion of mine to help build self-esteem and belief. If we learn how to back ourselves, have fun, and truly believe in the power of our bodies - all types of bodies - we are unstoppable.’