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Emeritus - Master Instructor

Gold Coast, Australia

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As a perpetual bookworm and asthmatic in her childhood, Alisha Smith had zero interest in team sports. That didn’t stop her from holding a years-long grudge at being forced to give up the only sport she’d ever really loved (gymnastics) to take up swimming. Thus, it was a great surprise to everyone, including herself, when she launched a career in fitness 17 years ago. Her early career was full of non-stop intensity training packed with weight training, endurance running, impact athletic training, boxing, and spin classes. She was often injured, hobbling through weekend events and activities crippled by chronic knee pain that would not go away. Through education and exploration, Alisha eventually discovered aerial silk training, which transformed her personal fitness and changed her life, both professionally and personally. She unlocked a new pursuit of more finesse, grace, and strength at every angle.

She eventually became a co-owner of an aerial studio and continued her professional development as a coach and movement practitioner. Alisha’s career has also spanned several fitness leadership roles, including Learning & Development Manager for Australian Fitness Network and Program Development Consultant for FILEX, and now as Co-Founder of the Fuel Women’s Fitness Business Summit. Alisha now consults on fitness education, product development, and strategy, and serves as an Advisory Board member for Fitness Sg/ExPro and Fitness & Wellness Australia.

Alisha’s ongoing commitment to movement studies led her to discover Animal Flow which she credits with changing the way she relates to and inhabits her body today. She played a lead role in the implementation of Animal Flow Australia, taught as an Animal Flow Master Instructor for 6 years, was the inaugural of Animal Flow’s online digital magazine The Flowist, and has been instrumental in the development of Animal Flow as a leader in fitness education around the world. While she is no longer on staff with Animal Flow, she remains a dedicated Flowist and member of the worldwide Animal Flow community.

Qualifications & Certifications

  • Certificate IV in Fitness (Personal Trainer)
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Certificate III in Fitness (Gym Instruction)
  • Certificate III in Fitness (Group Exercise)
  • Be Activated Level 1
  • YogaFit Level 1
  • Indoor Cycling Education Master Trainer (previous)
  • Schwinn Cycling certified
  • Les Mills Body Attack/Body Combat
  • Anatomy Trains BodyReading
  • Animal Flow Master Instructor 2016-2023