Meet the Team

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Libby Babet

Libby is the Founder of AGOGA. She is also the newest trainer for Channel 10’s “The Biggest Loser: Transformed”, Women’s Fitness Magazine’s resident personal trainer and ‘entertrainer’ for the HIT Network. Libby is also the Founder of BUF Girls and Co-Founder of Chief Bar.

Libby has been training at the highest levels of sport since the age of 14 when she first represented Queensland in the Nationals for 200m and 400m. At the height of her competitive running, Libby was the second ranked female 400m runner in Australia.

Other qualifications include Certificates III and IV in Fitness from the Australian Institute of Fitness, Master Trainer, REVIVA First Aid and a range of specialist certifications including Punchfit, MMAXFIT, Nutrition and Postnatal Fitness. Libby’s passion is all things health, fitness and nutrition… and her newest love is surfing!

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Nic Mendoza-Jones

AGOGA’s General Manager and functional strength specialist, Nic is known for his obsessive research (comes from being an ex lawyer) and self-experimentation with innovative and alternative training methods (including kettlebells, Indian clubs and ‘gada’ steel maces). While Nic’s passion for functional training spans many disciplines, his true calling is teaching clients how to reach high levels of strength. Nic’s training philosophy is that strength is a skill; a deliberate practice for your whole life.

Having majored in anatomy during his science studies at university, Nic spent countless hours learning the intricacies of the human body including muscular and functional anatomy. This fuelled his passion for strength training, while also giving him ‘x-ray’ vision, allowing him to see and understand what’s really going on when you do that kettlebell swing.

Nic’s formal qualifications include a Certificate III & IV in Fitness from the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers, Complete Personal Trainer, Level 2 Certified AIK Kettlebell Instructor, Certified BLACKROLL Trainer, Senior First Aid Certification and he is currently looking to further accreditation in kettlebell and clubbell training (watch this space).

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Veronika Larisova

Originally from Czech Republic, Veronika is a Nutritionist and Exercise Physiologist. She’s running mad and regularly competes in ultra-marathons and trail running – her dream is to run marathons around the world! Her experience includes the Gold Coast United soccer team, Gold Coast Hospital, Acceleration Australia and Rehab MX. She is a presenter for Exercise and Sport Science Australia, and a published author with the Australian Journal of Strength and Conditioning. She’s also Co-Founder of natural whole food protein bar Chief Bar.

Her qualifications include Accredited Exercise Physiologist (Exercise and Sport Science Australia), Strength and Conditioning Coach Level 2 (The Australian Strength and Conditioning Association), Sports Coach Level 1 (Sports Medicine Australia), Certificates III and IV in Fitness, Certified Crank It Trainer, MMAXFIT instructor, Climbing Instructor (Artificial Surfaces) and Accredited Cardiac Scientist/Technician.

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