“I strongly believe in the power of movement, breath and meditation to change the quality of your life. As the founder of Beyond Fitness Australia it’s my intention to assist you to move better, feel amazing, and return to daily life with a renewed sense of wellbeing.”

Fiona Leard

Exercise & Sports Scientist Fiona Leard is a former Registered Nurse, with Certifications in Yoga, Pilates and AntiGravity® Fitness, and has always had a passion for health, wellness and enhancing human performance. She enjoys blending yoga, Pilates and AntiGravity® Fitness with the science of sport and exercise, to unlock the full potential of the mind and body, and assist students in fulfilling their life’s goals.

She works one-to-one as a Personal Trainer with numerous clients including athletes, busy professionals and everyday people looking to increase fitness and vitality, or reduce pain and improve function in the body. And currently teaches online Yoga classes and likes to challenge her students whilst having some fun.

Fiona has worked with professional and elite athletes and sports teams since 2004 introducing yoga, Pilates and AntiGravity® to their training programs to boost athletic performance and prolong their competitive careers. She is the author of two books incorporating the yoga and AntiGravity® programs she has used with Professional Footballers with great success. Her books are THE YOGA EDGE: Techniques to Maximize Your Soccer Game (with Foreword by Coach Tony Popovic) & 40 ESSENTIAL SOCCER STRETCHES: Warm-up and Cool-down with Yoga (with Foreword by Coach John Aloisi).

Fiona lectured Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness, Diploma of Fitness, and Yoga Teacher Training programs in Australia for 10yrs. She’s currently the AntiGravity® Instructor Trainer in Sydney teaching new instructors the Fundamentals of AntiGravity Teaching. She is a certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, and completed Yin training with Paul and Suzee Grilley.

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Yoga is becoming increasingly popular among footballers as a training tool to stay fit, strong and healthy. Coaches and players have discovered that by incorporating yoga into their training programs they can reduce recovery time between games and maintain peak performance on the pitch over many seasons. Sport scientist and yoga teacher Fiona Leard gives you three soccer-specific yoga sequences (Power Yoga, Yin Yoga & AntiGravity Yoga) she uses with professional players to enhance their mind and body, and remain competitive for longer. These easy-to-understand programs have been used by some of the best players in the country and are suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
The yoga poses are demonstrated by professional footballers and explained with simple instructions. In the foreword Football Manager and former Socceroo Tony Popovic describes the benefits he’s discovered using yoga in training, and accomplished players John Aloisi, Clint Bolton, Terry McFlynn and Adam Griffiths also share how these yoga programs transformed their game. The Yoga Edge is for recreational and professional players and coaches seeking to unleash their full potential and remain competitive for many years to come.


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Many professional footballers are currently using yoga to maintain their bodies for elite performance. This book gives you the yoga warm-up and cool-down routines used by players to improve flexibility, enhance circulation, increase joint mobility and assist recovery. The stretches have been adapted from The Yoga Edge: Techniques to Maximize Your Soccer Game, and are a simple and effective way to help you perform at your best. In the foreword, Australian football legend John Aloisi shares his experience with yoga and the benefits he gained during his playing career. This must-have soccer-specific stretching book is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.