Phillip Hartshorn

Author of “The Tips Personal Trainers Don’t Tell You'

philAfter being told he was too skinny to become a Personal Trainer, Phil put his head down; studied hard; trained harder; gained twenty kilograms; and became a Personal Trainer. His clients include television presenters and stunt stars. Phil has now published two books and owns, PBHealth.

Through PBHealth, Phil currently performs freelance work at On Track Weight Loss Retreats where he is a specialist trainer in a results guaranteed weight loss and lifestyle modification program. 

Born in Westmead, NSW, and raised in the Blue Mountains, Phil displayed an exceptional talent in all sports.  At the age of 10, Phil was scouted by former Socceroo coach, Frank Arok, while attending a soccer clinic. He went on to play representative soccer, being selected in the Talented Athlete Program and the Western Sydney Academy of Sport; before playing first grade in the NSW Premier League at the age of 20.

While playing soccer semi-professionally, Phil completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education) and a Cert IV in Fitness (Personal Training).  Upon completion of his university degree Phil followed his dream, taking up the role of a Personal Trainer. Within three months of full-time employment he was promoted to Gym Supervisor, overseeing Personal Trainers, reception staff and the day-to-day operations of the gym.

After four years in this role Phil began working as a Personal Trainer in a ‘Results Guaranteed’ Studio in Coogee, NSW. With a desire to help people by the thousands, and only the ability to help people one at a time as a personal trainer, Phil started to write a book on his experience of gaining muscle for those in a similar position.

Inspired by his friend’s and client’s fat loss transformations, this soon turned into a book for males that also included how to lose body fat the ‘results guaranteed’ way. A second book, written for females, paralleling the Male Edition, was soon on the drawing board and published simultaneously.


Frank Coletta

Co-author of “The Tips Personal Trainers Don’t Tell You'

philFrank was brought up in Mount Pritchard in Sydney’s south-west. His parents are Teresa and Carmine. He has one brother, Charlie and two younger sisters, Sue and Rosie. He has 2 children of his own, a daughter, Simona and son Lucas.

Frank has spent more than 20 years in the media, beginning at FLP, where at age 18, he became the youngest editor of a major sports publication, Australian Soccer Weekly. He was an award-winning journalist at Fairfax Newspapers before moving to the Australian Radio Network (WS-FM), was there when Sky News Australia went to air for the first time and moved to Channel 10 soon after the Sydney Olympics “which, along with covering the 2006 World Cup, has been a career highlight”. You’ll have seen him co-hosting Ten’s Early News, delivering weather reports all over NSW, anchoring other bulletins and reporting for the News Hour At Five.

He loves his Sydney Roosters “almost as much as Lucas loves them” and can also be seen as the host of TVN’s popular sport show The Right Odds. He was recently awarded The Mamma Lena Medal by Australia’s Italian community for excellence in his chosen field of journalism.
He played semi-professional soccer in the New South Wales state league divisions for Mount Pritchard and Prairiewood United.

When asked, who is the one person he’d like to meet? His response was “the person who finds the cure to Cystic Fibrosis and the person who invents the 30-hour day, in that order”.
Frank adds: “there are very few things in this world that I can control but my fitness is definitely one, so I do...” and “...it’s a shame there was nothing like this book available when I was a teenager working out at the gym because I was one of those, just like Phil, who suffered injuries, particularly my back, by not having a program and proper guidance.”