The Pineapple Team.
Brittany Smith - Co Founder
Brit is the 26-year-old beach babe known for her infectious personality, her down to earth vibe and fun-loving attitude. Brit co-founded Pineapple Fitness with the aim of injecting a little fun and freshness into the fitness industry! She’s happiest when on an adventure in the sunshine, can’t resist a cosmo or an opportunity to dance! Brit’s passion is empowering women to live their best life, to take life with their two hands and make something amazing of it!
Brit is Thump and Punchfit qualified, Level 1 and 2 in Kettlebells, Level 1 Mobility, Cert 3 and 4 in Fitness
Fav Food? Italian or Mexican
Fav Drink? Just give me a cocktail list and I’m a happy gal!
What would you tell your teenage self? You’ll achieve anything you set your mind to so just go for it. Also, you’ll start experiencing anxiety in a couple of years. It won’t kill you like you’ll think it will.
Fav way to train yourself? Heavy weights, sprints and anything team based and competitive! It has to be fun and have lots of variety!
Which one of Pineapple’s four core values means the most to you?
What was your last dress up party costume?: 80’s leotard at our Dress Up FriYay sesh!
What is your fav 90's song?: Anything Destinys Child. I also have a dance routine to pretty much every Spice Girls Song!
Hot Pineapple? (e.g Hamburgers, Pizza etc) Yay or Nay?: Nope! Do not heat Pineapple! Let me repeat that, do not heat Pineapple!
Shelley Lentfer - Co Founder
Shell has always been active but fell in love with a holistic, healthy lifestyle after the birth of her baby Bonnie (who is now 6)! She knew she needing to leave the corporate world and start spreading the love and joy she had found with others. She is a qualified, expert Mums Trainer, but don't think that means she is soft! She has her own personal style which gets results.
Shell has many previous and current pre + post natal clients, she helps keep them moving for an energetic, healthy pregnancy, and rebuilds and restores after birth, she really only does it so she can snuggle all the cute babies! She has used her strategies on herself, and has seen them work time and time again, ensuring that she has the right approach.
Her expertise does not stop there. She is passionate about nutrition and finding simple strategies for busy women and mums with kid approved recipes to make meal prep as easy as possible, and maximise the time you have out of the kitchen!
Shell is positive and strong, she knows and loves that exercise and nutrition are the key building blocks to a robust, content mental state, she is an inspiring coach who is passionate and caring, she also loves a chat! She is happiest when riding her bike, or at the beach, with her friends and family (and Brucie)... or in the kitchen, fermenting, creating, sharing and eating!
What would you tell your younger old self?
Fav way to train yourself?
Which one of Pineapple’s four core values means the most to you?
What was your last dress up party costume?:
What is your fav 90's song?:
Hot Pineapple? (e.g Hamburgers, Pizza etc) Yay or Nay?:
Lawrence Perfitt - Head Coach
Lawrence is our caring, fun, compassionate and down right awesome Londoner who moved to Australia in min 2018 with his family with a desire to be part of a like minded community! He loves being part of something that prides itself on building community as he believe this to be one of the most essential aspects to people achieving their goals. As a dad himself, he particularly wanted to help out mums and parents who struggle to find time to workout. Lawrence is qualified in Punchfit, Strength and Conditioning Level 1, Kettlebells, Spin Instructing as well as his Level 3 and 4 Personal Training Qualifications! He also holds a diploma in music and music tech and is known for his banging playlists!
Fav Food? Persian cuisine, plus anything with rice (rice for life)
Fav Drink? Fav drink is a good IPA or an expensive French red
What would you tell your younger self? I'd tell myself to don't compare yourself to anyone
Fav way to train yourself? Fav way to train is with heavy weights and supersets
Which one of Pineapple’s four core values means the most to you? I would have to pick community as without support and passionate individuals around you it is easy to become discouraged and give up. I come from London where it is a common scenario to not know who your neighbours are, let alone say hello to anyone at the gym. One of the reasons why we wanted a change and a move to Newcastle is so that I could have an impact in a community, get to know those who love the city and help build a strong and safe community for my son to grow up in. Through fitness I believe this to be one of the most powerful ways to build positivity into the community.
What was your last dress up party costume?: The last dress up party I went to was themed as go as anything beginning with G. I went as a Gnome... although I think I looked more like a Smurf!
What is your fav 90's song?: oh man! I could probably fill a library with favourite 90s songs. But, i'm going to pick one....
The Bomb (these sounds fall into my mind) - The Bucket Heads
Hot Pineapple? (e.g Hamburgers, Pizza etc) Yay or Nay?: Soz but it's a nay from me, lets keep that pineapple nice and fresh, and my pizzas full of pepperoni!!!
Isabelle Wening - Coach
With over 8 years of experience, Izzy is a passionate, caring and experienced coach who will put you through your paces in a safe and uplifting way! She has just recently become a mum to a beautiful baby girl, Autumn!
She is Punchfit boxing qualified, has her qualifications in pre and postnatal exercise, sports nutrition certificate, and Cert 3 and 4 in Fitness!
Fav Food? Burritos!
Fav Drink? Margaritas in summer, red wine in winter
What would you tell your younger self? I was 19 when I first came to Australia so I'd just say: Go for it!
Fav way to train yourself? Cardio outdoors and strength indoors with loads of weights
Pick one of our core values that resonate most with you and tell us why?: I think the mindset is the most important part! I love helping women gain the mindset that it’s not about looks at all but about feeling good about yourself no matter what size you are!
What was your last dress up party costume?: 80‘s step aerobic instructor!
What is your fav 90's song?: Wannabe by the Spice Girls
Hot Pineapple? (e.g Hamburgers, Pizza etc) Yay or Nay?: I prefer it fresh but don’t discriminate as I love food in general haha!
Leah Gencheff - Yoga Instructor
AHPRA Registered Occupational Therapist, Yoga / Mindfulness Instructor (variety of specialisations: children, adult, trauma-informed, physical injuries, pre / postnatal, mums and bubs, yin, vinyasa, hot power)
Fav Food? Guacamole and Tortilla Chips or anything SPICY! I so miss green chili smothered burritos from our old barrio in Denver.
Fav Drink? Margarita (salt / rocks!) for a cocktail, but you’ll mostly catch me on the vino (tinto or blanco based on my mood and weather, I don’t discriminate)
What would you tell your younger self? S L O W D O W N, impulsivity isn’t always best.
Fav way to train yourself? OUTSIDE doesn’t matter what…running, hiking, yoga, swimming, biking, just being in nature! When we moved here from the icy tundra I vowed to myself I would never join a “gym” again. Why would ya when you have the option to be outside everyday!? We really are so lucky with where we live.
Pick one of our core values that resonate most with you and tell us why?: COMMUNITY – I love moving outdoors and am motivated to do so. However, after my second babe I really was looking for a bit more motivation and opportunity to connect with other like-minded people. We were new to the area and the minute I did my intro deal I was hooked, not only for the fun workouts, but the P E O P L E, the park, the beach, the kids and the community events made all the difference. The entire philosophy resonates, especially as an OT and Mama of 3 as without a holistic approach we really can’t live life to the fullest.
What was your last dress up party costume?: Frida Kahlo
What is your fav 90's song?: Regulate Warren G
Hot Pineapple? (e.g Hamburgers, Pizza etc) Yay or Nay?: Yay!
Ash Gibson - Babysitting Manager
Ash is our adventurous, empathetic and grounded Babysitting Manager
She holds a diploma in counselling as well as being
Fav Food? Roast pork or any sort of Italian
Fav Drink? Choc milk and Pina Coladas (not together )
What would you tell your younger self? You are so worth loving and make sure you treat yourself like that every single day!
Fav way to train yourself? Out in nature by myself, either walking or beach swimming. Or in a group competitive sport!
Pick one of our core values that resonate most with you and tell us why?: Definitely mindset! You can change worlds with the way you think and everything in life is effected by the mindset you have. Healthy mind and everything else will follow
What was your last dress up party costume?: I’ve only been to one dress up party and i was a wicked fairy
What is your fav 90's song?: oh god where do i start...nirvana the chillis, the fooies, tool guns and roses, the cranberries! Honest to god i can not sit here and pick one
Hot Pineapple? (e.g Hamburgers, Pizza etc) Yay or Nay?: I’m all for hot pineapple!