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Uni couple keeping Ipswich in shape

Uni couple and personal trainers Sam Murray and Danielle Mach are a formidable team.
A young couple who found love through their shared love of fitness are on a mission to make Ipswich healthy again.

Sam Murray and Danielle Mach met and started dating through their respective sport and exercise degrees at USQ Ipswich.

The Ipswich couple run their own personal training business from a private studio in Brassall, putting to good use the practical skills and knowledge they gained at USQ.

Sam, who is now undertaking an honours degree in exercise physiology, said they were committed to helping drive down Ipswich’s shocking obesity figures, which rates among the worst in the state.

“Seeing the transformations people make, watching them getting healthier, fitter and more confident in themselves gives us a lot of satisfaction,” he said.

Sam launched Smile and Move Personal Training in 2014, but it wasn’t until he met Danielle in 2017 that the business, like their love for each other, began to blossom.

While the thought of running a business with your partner is scary for some, Sam said their relationship was the backbone of their success.

“Having someone you love who shares the same passion as you has really strengthened our relationship,” he said.

“At home, at uni or at work, we both feel that support we give one and another, but it’s also great to have someone to share ideas and problems with.”

The couple have a client list of more than 50, supporting people of all ages and abilities, including people with disabilities, such as autism, multiple sclerosis and Down syndrome.

Their youngest client is 18 months old while their oldest is 94.

“Through our course work, both Sam and I have developed a strong understanding about the health and fitness of people across their whole lifespan, which is why we can cater for people with all types of needs and goals,” Danielle said.

“Having a private studio also helps because a lot of our clients don’t feel comfortable working out in a gym setting and prefer one-on-one sessions.”

Danielle, who is in the final year of a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, said she appreciated the industry experience she gained through USQ.

She teamed up with the Western Pride Football Club during her first year of study, while Sam has completed internships at the Ipswich Jets Rugby League Club and Brisbane Roar Football Club.

“Hands-on experience is a major part of USQ’s sport and exercise program and embedded throughout the degree,” Danielle said.

“Both Sam and I were fortunate to get placements early in our degrees.

“That interaction with real athletes and clients, and the practical experience we had in the field has translated to the programs and sessions we now run in our business.

“The more we learn, the more we can pass on our knowledge and experience to our clients and give them the best chance to reach their goals.”

Find out more about studying Sport and Exercise at USQ here.

School leavers with OPs from 1-8 who put USQ as their first preference on their QTAC also qualify for automatic scholarships, valued up to $29,000.
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Uni couple Sam Murray and Danielle Mach.