Our Coaches

Richie Wong

Functional Strength CrossFit Coach
Functional Strength Olympic Weightlifting Coach

Richie has had a passion for sport from a young age competing in National level Tae Kwon Do, Interclub Rep Golf, Cricket & Rugby. After completing his high high school education he trained for six years in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and competed in local competitions. In 2009 Richie found Crossfit and began to train. His hunger for the sport and community became so great that in 2010 he became a CrossFit Coach and has coached Crossfit across all different levels and also offers online coaching and programming for Crossfit. Richie has also been a competitive weightlifter since the end of 2012. So Richie understands sport specific Strength, Conditioning & Movement.

Richie coaches Olympic Weightlifting for various ages from youth to masters and various levels from beginners through to International for Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand. He also offers online Olympic Weightlifting programming and virtual coaching.

Richie is experienced in rehabilitation training after injury, surgeries and time away from sport and exercise to safely regain strength and fitness.

Corporate health and well being coach – encouraging staff in the workplace to move safely the way their bodies were designed to move, mobilise to reduce injury in the work place and to increase quality of life. Please get in touch if you are interested in a corporate program.

Richie has 10+ years experience coaching

Level 1 CrossFit Cert
AWF Strength & Power Coach Level 1
Diploma in Fitness Training

Richie Patterson

Olympic Weightlifting and Strength Coach
Functional Strength CrossFit Coach

3 x Olympian (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 ) and Commonwealth Champion (Glasgow 2014) Richie Patterson is one of New Zealand’s most sort after coaches in Olympic Weightlifting and in the field of Strength and Conditioning.

With over 21 years experience as a competitive weightlifter, having broken numerous New Zealand Olympic weightlifting records – Richie brings both experience as an athlete and elite level coach – having developed a coaching methodology learned from numerous coaches worldwide. Richie has taken novice athletes right through to the Commonwealth and Olympic platform.

With a bachelor’s degree in coaching, Richies strength lies in his delivery of teaching – having now coached/delivered to hundreds of athletes/coaches/trainers across New Zealand and Australia – Richie will help you on your way no matter what your current level.

Bachelor of Sport (Coaching)
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
AWF Strength & Power Coach Level 1
21 Years as an athlete/coach

Michaela Modinos

CrossFit Coach

It was in high school that Michaela ventured into her own health and fitness journey that spiraled into what makes up her life today. However it was 6 years ago when she developed a metabolic disorder – PCOS – and this is when her training and nutrition changed from a hobby/passion to “okay how I am I going to use nutrition, mindset and fitness to combat PCOS symptoms and reclaim my health?”

Fast track 6 years later, with all the knowledge acquired and lifestyle adaptions – she has moved from South Africa to NZ, gone on to develop her own Personal Training business and focuses on;

  • Individual functional fitness and corrective exercises.
  • Developing and implementing Corporate Wellness Blocks (seminars, workshops, and on-site training sessions).
  • Going Beyond (Outdoor Bootcamps and Wellness online Platform)
  • Coaching CrossFit and CrossFit Kids (previously at Legacy Strength and Conditioning, and CrossFit Auckland).

Over her time in this industry and through personal experience, she feels lucky enough to have witnessed an overwhelming amount of positivity and barrier-breaking moments, that she undoubtedly believes it’s not just about numbers or what’s written in textbooks. It’s an emotional experience for everyone.. “Working on yourself and your physical being encompasses far more than just the size of your jeans”… It’s the Mind we’re training when we step into each session just as when we wake up each day and step into our lives outside of the gym!”

Seeing how the improvements in strength, fitness, skill, mobility, sense of belonging and the release of those glorious “Happy Hormones” can affect one’s physical and mental health has left her as the one who is always learning and always inspired.  She loves helping people (individually and collectively) uncover their goals and limitless potential and guiding them on their journey to being the best version of themselves despite any adversity!

CrossFit L2 Trainer

CrossFitt Gymnastics Certificate

CrossFit Kids Certificate

Olympic Weightlifting Technique Level 1 – Cert. of Completion

NZQA Level 3 in Personal Training (REPs Registered)

Functional Bodybuilding 101

Precision Nutrition Level 1