Our Team

We have a team of experienced trainers onsite to help you through every stage of your training. Our coaches hold qualifications in personal training, fitness, weightlifting, gymnastics and first aid. Always ready to motivate and offer advice, our team will motivate and train you to get in the greatest shape of your life!

Founder / Coach / Athletic Development & Rehab.

Brock Martin

Education: ASCA L1, CrossFit Level 1, PSE Art of Breath certification, Burgener Strength Olympic Weightlifting L1 & L2, Anatomy Trains in training, The Gymnastics Course L1, Chris Hinshaws Aerobic Capacity & CrossFit Kids.

Brock is the Founder of Crystal Strength & Conditioning, He has 5 years experience coaching in Strength & Conditioning for Multiple different domains. He brings a lot of enthusiasm as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. Brock enjoys working with individuals on their particular athletic goals and will do everything he can to assist in achieving these goals. Brock believes that Strength & Conditioning principles can be applied to any individuals training program and encourages members & Individuals to tune in to their own goals in order to achieve success.

Currently, Brock is working 1-1, with multiple individuals with completely different goals at opposite ends of the spectrum including – Weightlifting, AFL & Endurance Training (for Adventure Sports/Hiking and Triathlon).

Brock also works with certain individuals helping them to their highest level of functionality whether it be from work and sporting injury or traumatic accidents.

Darren Nankivell

Trainee Coach / Member Services / Customer Service Representative

Darren is a Broken Hill local of 23 years, he played a lot of AFL and Cricket growing up and has now found love in soccer and Strength & Conditioning. Darren is responsible for member services and customer enquiries. He has had numerous years of customer service experience in other industries and is excited to take on the new challenges and responsibilities the fitness industry brings.

Education
Biography
Education
  • Certificate III In Fitness
  • ASCA L1
  • Studying Certificate IV In Fitness
Biography

Darren is a Broken Hill local of 23 years, he played a lot of AFL and Cricket growing up and has now found love in soccer and Strength & Conditioning. He has been training on and off for the past 5 years, through bodybuilding but could never get into a consistent routine. But since joining Crystal Strength & Conditioning he loves training more than ever and is seeing more progress in the past year than the previous 4!

Darren is responsible for member services and customer enquiries. He has had numerous years of customer service experience in other industries and is excited to take on the new challenges and responsibilities the fitness industry brings.

Darren has coaching certifications and is aspiring to become a full time Strength & Conditioning coach & Personal Trainer. He currently coaches clients with disabilities & Traumatic Injuries, helping them regain higher levels of functionality and fitness.

Saraiha

Coach

Saraiha Grew up in the Southern Highlands South of Sydney, Saraiha became a coach because she genuinely enjoys helping people. It is reflected in her choice of professions as a First Responder, the journey and the experience is always rewarding.

Education
Biography
Education
  • ASCA L1 coach
  • Cert 3 fitness
  • CF L1
Biography

Saraiha Grew up in the Southern Highlands South of Sydney, Saraiha became a coach because she genuinely enjoys helping people. It is reflected in her choice of professions as a First Responder, the journey and the experience is always rewarding.

As a coach, her favorite things to see are an athlete’s drive, will power and witnessing the exact moment they prove to themselves that they CAN do it.

She takes pride in her athletes’ successes and feels their failures, Saraiha believes her job as a coach is to help athletes understand the value of failure and teach them how to learn from it.

At School Saraiha thrived in cross country, swimming and athletic carnivals. During high school she lost her desire to apply herself to Sports and Training.

At 21 she started back with training cardio boxing, She then spent 3 years at a CrossFit Gym, training quite extensively and obtaining her Coaching qualifications and completing Coach development courses.

Saraiha has been with Crystal Strength & Conditioning for 4 Years, as a strong member of the Community & a staple part of the Coaching and operations of the gym.

Saraiha has also attended the running lab workshop with Tim Bransdon, basics of WIMHOF method breathing & cold exposure & the 98gym Foundations seminar.

Saraiha aspires to be a coach that is capable, knowledgeable, trustworthy, genuine, empathetic and understanding, she aims to lead by example by trusting the program, upskilling, liasing with other coaches, listening to her athletes and keeping an open mind.

Leah Egan

Coach / Member Support

Leah grew up in Adelaide, her first sport was Martial Arts where she trained for 18 years and obtained a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Karate she also trained in Shaolin Kung Fu & Taekwondo. Leah was bullied for several years at high school, Physical Training in martial arts changed her confidence and she was able to remove herself from the toxic environment she was in.

Education
Biography
Education
  • ASCA Level 1
  • CF – L1
  • LesMills/GEL
Biography

Leah grew up in Adelaide, her first sport was Martial Arts where she trained for 18 years and obtained a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Karate she also trained in Shaolin Kung Fu & Taekwondo. Leah was bullied for several years at high school, Physical Training in martial arts changed her confidence and she was able to remove herself from the toxic environment she was in. Leah competed and refereed at state and national tournaments in all martial arts she trained in.

Leah then chased another challenge where she raced stand up jet skis at state and national level for 8 years.

Over the years Leah has spent many hours at gyms, preparing for holiday hikes/trails. She has completed; Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Kinabulu, Machu Picchu & Kokoda just to mention a few.

After having a baby and moving to Broken Hill in 2009. Leah put her focus into Group Fitness Classes (Les Mills). Became an instructor in BodyPump, BodyBalance & Cxworx. In 2015 she began following Crossfit under the guidance of Crystal Strength & Conditioning Founder – Brock Martin, where she trained in Crossfit for 4 years. In that time she Competed at state and national masters CrossFit competitions.

While now Training and Coaching at Crystal Strength & Conditioning she still competes in CrossFit competitions and any big events or Challenges that arise.

Leah has had two knee reconstructions so she understands how injuries can impact on movement, fitness, & more important Mental Health. She is passionate about coaching & encouraging people to move well, become stronger, improve overall general health & wellbeing, whilst feeling comfortable and confident at each training session. Her Favourite part of coaching is seeing members improve and achieve their personal goals.

Ben Hickey

Coach / Personal Trainer

Ben grew up in Queensland he moved around country towns when he was a young boy. His family moved to Rockhampton where he settled for the majority of his life before moving to Broken Hill in 2019. While in Rockhampton Ben found a love for sports and fitness ranging from athletics, rowing, rugby league & union, tennis, swimming, touch football, weight lifting and functional fitness.

Education
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Education
  • ASCA L1
Biography

Ben grew up in Queensland he moved around country towns when he was a young boy. His family moved to Rockhampton where he settled for the majority of his life before moving to Broken Hill in 2019. While in Rockhampton Ben found a love for sports and fitness ranging from athletics, rowing, rugby league & union, tennis, swimming, touch football, weight lifting and functional fitness. Throughout most sports he has made respective representative teams and grown to understand all different aspects of mental and physical traits in teams and individuals.

In 2019 he completed the Australian Strength and Conditioning Level 1 and has been a coach at Crystal Strength & Conditioning since obtaining his certificate and being a part of the Crystal Strength & Conditioning Coach Development Program, he is looking to further his knowledge and education in the industry. He is also a qualified Diesel Mechanic working at an Underground mine in Broken Hill so he knows how to balance full time work with long shifts and a healthy amount of training. He likes seeing people push their limits but enjoys helping others along any journey they choose. He is open and welcomes coaching kids, women and men as groups or as an Individual. Ben has always had a train hard to play hard attitude.

Thomas Rowe

Coach

Growing up in country South Australia, Tom has always held an active lifestyle playing all different sports from an early age whilst predominantly focusing on AFL.

Education
Biography
Education
  • CF L1
Biography

Growing up in country South Australia, Tom has always held an active lifestyle playing all different sports from an early age whilst predominantly focusing on AFL.

Tom gained a passion for strength and conditioning while at University when he picked up CrossFit and after training consistently for 2-3 years and participating in local competitions decided to become a qualified coach by acquiring his Level 1 CrossFit certificate.

Tom now appreciates the structure and benefits of following a quality strength & conditioning program to improve his performance on the field and in any arduous tasks life may throw at him.

The positive effects of functional training and movement is something that Tom loves passing onto others through his energetic and motivating coaching style. Tom thoroughly enjoys coaching people that are wanting to challenge themselves mentally and physically and who enjoy being part of a community that encourages and lifts each other up.

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