Iron Asylum Australia, Gold Coast.



Expert Team

Our Trainers

Our extraordinary team of trainers. Each one of them embodies the pinnacle of fitness expertise, ensuring you receive the highest level of guidance and support on your fitness journey. Our trainers are not only highly skilled and knowledgeable, but they are also current competing athletes. They walk the talk and lead by example, constantly pushing their own limits to excel in their respective sports. Their dedication to their craft and their personal pursuit of greatness make them the perfect mentors to guide you towards your goals.

When you choose our trainers, you’re not just signing up for a workout program; you’re investing in guaranteed results. With their proven track record, they have the expertise to design customised training plans that will transform your body and help you achieve your desired outcomes. They understand that no two individuals are the same, which is why they tailor their approach to meet your unique needs and aspirations. But it’s not just their skills and achievements that set them apart. Our trainers are known for their inviting, supportive, and happy demeanour. They create a positive and inclusive environment where you can thrive and feel motivated every step of the way. Their infectious energy and passion for helping others reach their full potential will keep you engaged, inspired, and eager to push your boundaries. Join our community and experience the difference that our exceptional trainers can make in your fitness journey. They will not only transform your body but also empower you to unlock your inner strength and confidence. Discover the joy of working with trainers who are committed to your success and genuinely care about your well-being.

Don’t settle for ordinary. Choose our trainers for an extraordinary fitness experience. Start your journey with us today, and let our skilled, supportive, and results-driven team propel you towards the healthier, happier, and fitter version of yourself.

What to Expect

Why Choose Us

Guaranteed Results

We are committed to delivering guaranteed results for our clients. Our trainers have a proven track record of helping individuals achieve their fitness goals efficiently and effectively. They will design personalised training programs tailored to your specific needs and aspirations, ensuring that you reach your desired outcomes. With our trainers by your side, you can trust that your hard work will translate into tangible, measurable results.

Unparalleled Expertise

Our trainers possess unmatched expertise in the health and fitness industry. With their high-level qualifications and experience as current competing athletes, they bring a wealth of knowledge and practical insights to the table. They understand the intricacies of training, nutrition, and body transformation like no other. Choosing us means tapping into a pool of unrivalled expertise that will elevate your fitness journey to extraordinary heights.

Inviting & Supportive

Our trainers are not only highly skilled but also known for their inviting, supportive, and approachable nature. We believe that a positive and inclusive environment is crucial for success. Our trainers will motivate and encourage you throughout your fitness journey, providing the support and guidance you need to stay on track. You'll feel welcomed and valued as part of our fitness community, fostering a sense of belonging that will keep you inspired and motivated.

Personalised Attention & Care

At our gym, we prioritise individualised attention and care. Our trainers understand that each person is unique, with their own set of goals, challenges, and preferences. They will take the time to understand your specific needs, tailoring their approach to ensure it aligns perfectly with your aspirations. You won't be just another face in the crowd; our trainers will provide the personalised guidance, feedback, and adjustments necessary to help you maximise your potential and achieve remarkable results.

The Iron Asylum Team

Meet the Trainers



Iron Asylum's

Samie Bareham

Qualifications: Cert 3 & 4 Fitness, Advanced Nutrition Lvl 1 Cert, Boxing for Fitness Cert, Active Kids Trainer Cert, First Aid/CPR, Diploma Graphic Design, Batchelor of Psychological Science (Pending 2023 graduation)

Background: Various sports (Netball, Basketball, Baseball, Touch Football), Mum of 2, Group Trainer.

What got you into it? I first started training as an escape and began teaching myself what each movement did and how altering it changed the way I felt each muscle. The more I taught myself, the more I fell in love with the knowledge I had gained and how strong and in control I felt. This led me to study fitness and I became passionate in sharing this with others so they too could feel the way that I felt.

What are you grateful for from it? I am grateful for the amazing, supportive and lifelong friendships I have gained through the fitness industry. This is my chosen family and I choose them EVERY DAY.

What are you proud of? I am proud of the strong and independent person I have become but even more proud of my ability to always be open minded and always learn from others no matter their age, ability or status.

What are you excited about for the future? All of the team here at Iron Asylum and the business itself has grown so much since the beginning and it excites me so much to continue sharing our passions and helping so many people. I’m excited to see everything and everyone continue to grow.

Iron Asylum's

Shane Riley

Current Qualifications:

  • Cert 3&4 in Fitness.
  • Bachelor of Nursing:
  • Emergency Dept Registered nurse.
  • Advanced Life Support/ CPR
  • Former Paramedic in South Africa 2006-2008 

Background: (training/sports etc)

  • 5 years at national level strongman athlete.
  • 2018 u90kg Australia’s strongest man.
  • Specialising in strength and conditioning.
  • Current Australian Log lift record holder at 150kgs.
  • Former Australian Axel press record at 160kgs

What got you into it: Being heavily involved in strength and conditioning training through Strongman for 5 years, whilst maintaining a performance physique, I was always told I could step out on stage because of how I looked. At the time I never considered my transition to bodybuilding, due to my own insecurities. My perception changed after meeting Sam Pearce the founder and owner of Iron Asylum. All I’m going to say is it was the best decision I ever made, and the rest is history.

What are you grateful for from it: The family that we have created between my colleagues and members, the support we offer to our members is unmatched. 



What are you proud of: Being amongst some incredible people, the insane transformation that happened is nothing less than inspiring. Watching people from all walks of life coming together wit a common goal to change their lifestyle for the better motivates me in my goals and dreams. Overcoming those insecurities I once had replacing it with confidence.

What are you excited about for the future: Helping Iron Asylum expand its business, reaching out to more of the community who want a change, to assist in challenging themselves to a healthier productive lifestyle whilst motivating them on there journey to stronger, fitter more positive mind and body. I’m personally excited to myself reach my own goals and dreams to represent Australia overseas in international competitions.



Iron Asylum's

Shae Jorgensen

Name: Shae Jorgensen

Qualifications: Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness, First Aid & CPR.

Background: I first gained interest in fitness when I was 7 years old playing sports. This interest then developed into a passion which led me into the gym when I was 15 and competing in the bikini division in bodybuilding competitions at the age of 23 which then ultimately led me into Personal Training as my chosen career path in 2018. This career path was an obvious choice for me as I have a natural ability to coach and motivate others. I’m very passionate in helping others find happiness in life and feel good about themselves.

Iron Asylum's

Cathy Castles

Hi, I am Cathy and one of Iron Asylum”s staff members, all round guru of many talents.

I am Personal Assistant to IFBB pro Sam Pearce, Administration guru for Iron Asylum, Gym housekeeper and group challenge and one on one trainer.

I fell in love with bodybuilding in 2018 after finding myself bored with life and looking for the next challenge. Stepping into a gym for the first time in 20 years it seemed big and daunting and had no idea what I was doing. This prompted me to engage a personal trainer to show me the techniques required to train correctly. My trainer suggested competing and I thought this would be good for my self confidence so stepped on stage for the first time in May 2018 in WBFF. From there I fell in love with competing and went on to compete for the IFBB pro league Australia gaining my Pro card in May 2023. 

Now working with clients here at IA, training them to gain their confidence, self worth and teach them how to be a healthier version of themselves, gives me the greatest pleasure.. I am not just a trainer but a mentor and I am passionate about guiding each client down the right path to achieve their targets no matter and big or small. I make it my mission that their goals are my priority.



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