The APF Team

Andrew Pethyon
CEO, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor & Online Coach.

Andrew is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of APF Health and Fitness Pty Ltd, APF Recruitment Agency, APF Strength and Conditioning and APF Massage Therapy, where he has had the ability to transform hundreds of individuals just like you, by improving their strength, body composition, well-being, and education, through the use of evidence-based practises.

After 9 years of elite level and semi-professional football (soccer), playing against the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday, Andrew has built the discipline and understanding required to successfully achieve any goal.

Working in the fitness industry for over 5 years, Andrew's wealth of knowledge coupled with his experience 'in the trenches' has led him to become one of Sydney’s most sought out trainers.

His role extends far beyond working with his beloved clients, to now mentoring aspiring personal trainers, holding workshops and seminars, and growing APF Strength and Conditioning to reach and transform endless amounts of lives.

Here's a little bit more about Andrew:


- Certificate III In Fitness
- Certificate IV In Fitness
- ASCA Level 1 Strength and Conditioning
- Sports Trainer Level 1
- Provide First Aid & CPR
- Advanced Periodisation Techniques
- Fundamentals of Kettlebell Training
- Olympic Weight Lifting Techniques
- Online Marketing For Personal Trainers
- Pregnancy & Exercise
- Running Training for Personal Trainers
- Supplement & FAD Diet Facts
- Suspension Training
- ASADA Anti-Doping Level 1 Course

- Bachelor of Health Science (Sport and Exercise Science)
- Sports Trainer Level 2
- ASCA Level 2 Strength and Conditioning



Vanessa Hooper
COO, Head of Sales, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor & Online Coach.

Vanessa is the Chief Operations Officer and Head of Sales at the APF Recruitment Agency, where she has the ability to work directly with all APF Trainers, while performing executive duties which assist in the growth and expansion of APF.

Vanessa's passion for helping individuals is like no other. One of her main concerns throughout the APF Recruitment Agency is helping Personal Trainers achieve a level of success that is not only financially extraordinary, but mentally and emotionally beneficial. 

Her love for the fitness industry goes further than the horizons of weight loss and muscle gain, but delves deep into the core of concepts of mental health and wellbeing, making her a priceless addition to the APF team. 

Vanessa's role throughout the APF Recruitment Agency is to provide our Trainers with the utmost care and consideration. Her goals are to support all APF Trainers physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally because she first-hand understands the pressure and stress Personal Trainers experience on a day to day basis, as well as the lack of support.

 Learn more about Vanessa:

- Certificate III In Fitness
- Certificate IV In Fitness
- ASCA Level 1 Strength and Conditioning
- Provide First Aid & CPR

- Certificate IV in Nutrition



Mitchell Cognetta
Remedial Massage Therapist.

Mitchell is a qualified Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist and is a member of Massage and Myotherapy Australia. His sporting background and passion for Rugby League has given him plenty of experience in trigger point therapy, deep tissue and pre/post event sports massage.

Mitchell has previously worked with the Macarthur Bulls in the A-League and while working alongside the teams medical staff, he gained a wealth of knowledge and experience by working on professional athletes.

His aim is to release areas of tension and increase muscle range of motion to help improve the body's overall well being and performance output.

Learn more about Mitchell:

- Diploma of Remedial Massage
- Diploma of Sports Massage
- Diploma of Swedish Massage
- Qualified in First Aid and CPR
- Qualified in Rigid Taping
- Qualified in Kinesiology Taping
- Registered Member of Massage and Myotherapy Australia