The BLACKROLL® Australia Team
It all started with a simple black roll in Germany. A few smart fitness and medical professionals put their heads together and came up with a simple device with the potential to change training and rehabilitation forever.
Today millions of people from young to old, athletes to pensioners are using myofascial release tools every day, eager to improve their personal level of fitness and performance by training their fascia.
Our team is privileged to bring BLACKROLL with all the extensive scientific background and of course the innovative quality product and training range to Australia.
Learn more about our team who all have their own passions and life adventures. What brings them together though is that they all have seen the potential in BLACKROLL to improve the way they move and more important the huge potential BLACKROLL offers to be that most simple but highly effective tool that they can use to help other people to achieve their goals like improving health, fitness, wellbeing and life in general.
This is who they are:
Chris Heppeler (Director and Certified BLACKROLL Trainer)
Chris has a passion for and skills in many sports. He loves to be active and on the move all the time no matter if out in nature, in the gym or on a pitch playing team sports. In order to keep him going he discovered BLACKROLL as the most simple and effective way to prepare and recover before and after activities. Excited by the concept he made use of his education and business experience and established BLACKROLL Australia.
Chris has a Honours Degree in Business Administration / Sales / Marketing and Logistics and has throughout his professional career accumulated extensive experience in the relevant business procedures to manage and run the business. Besides that he has worked as qualified snowboard instructor, soccer coach and holds a certificate as BLACKROLL trainer
Leigh Whitehead (Head of Training / Master Trainer)
Leigh is a highly qualified personal trainer with over 10 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry, graduating from Australian Institute of Fitness with honors as a Master Trainer. Leigh has divided his time between his role as owner and head coach of several F45 training studios, his own business Sustainable Human Movement and becoming our head of training. Besides following his passions surfing, skating, skiing all things outdoors and playing with his son, his goal in life is to help other people to improve their ability to move and sustainably improve their health, fitness and performance.
Robert Kruschke (Corporate Health Management/ Certified BR Trainer)
Rob was a former officer with the German Armed Forces and he has a degree in Sports Science. In addition he is a certified Corporate Health Manager as well as Surf Instructor. His last occupation was the implementation of comprehensive Corporate Health Management within the German military. In this context he discovered the Blackroll as the perfect tool for fascia and functional training for employees in any corporation and was overwhelmed concerning their positive feedback and results. Consequently he became a certified Blackroll Trainer. After his military service he followed his passion for surfing and realized his idea of BLACKROLL Surf&Roll Workshops in France and the outdoor sports paradise the Canary Islands (Spain). Currently he is in the progress of adding a Masters Degree in Business Administration to his already extensive education and therefore his journey continues at the QUT in Brisbane QLD. Robert is the go to person for all things BLACKROLL in Brisbane, especailly in the field of Corporate and University Services.
Marvin Baumeister (The BLACKROLL go to person in Queensland)
Marvin is a legend in the world of kite surfing and amongst the fastest kite racers in the world, pushing limits every day. His passion for speed has taught him besides kite surfing many other fun things like motor bike racing, snowboarding, SUPing and therefore he always has a reason to keep fit and healthy. BLACKROLL has become an important part of his training schedule and since he is on the road all the time he became our go to man and point of contact especially in the QLD area, but really where ever he turns up in Australia. He can point you in the right direction with your product or training enquiry. In his own business "In The Loop" based in Townsville QLD that includes a board store and the organisation of fitness and adventure activities he is also offering BLACKROLL classes and product sales.
Regan Sargeant (MMA, Combat and Mobility specialist)
Regan studied extensively in a wide range of martial arts disciplines including Chinese Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Muay Thai and MMA since he was 9 years old. He started competing in Chinese Kickboxing Tournaments when he was 16 years old, and transitioned into Muay Thai shortly after. He now focuses his time on grappling for MMA and Self-Defence and all things Mobility. If you have an MMA background or are a fighter of any kind then Regan is able to tailor a suitable BLACKROLL routine, training or even workshop for you.
Nathalie Joachim (Marketing / Certified Trainer)
Nathalie is a former ski racer from Germany who has moved to Australia to pursue her passion for windsurfing and surfing. She is a certified ski, snowboard and windsurf instructor who, with BLACKROLL, found the perfect tools to accompany her favourite action sports and to prevent injuries.
Holding a Honours Degree in e-Business / Marketing she heads the marketing department of Sea to Summit Pty Ltd, a company that imports 30 sport brands to Australia. Balancing a busy office job with all her sports, Nathalie is passionate about educating people on the importance of activation, functional training and recovery.
Ian Wee (Clinical Advisor)
Ian is a clinical expert in the field of Sports Medicine, Clinical Neurophysiology and in the sport of Cycling, Triathlon and Swimming.
Besides his role as Managing director of the Perth Integrated Health Group of companies, Ian also holds several other responsibilities like Director – Sports Medicine Australia, Chairman – Marketing & Membership Committee - WA Association of Occupational Therapists to name just a few. However he makes sure that he also works actively as a physio in his clinics on a regular basis and of course finds some time to spend on his bike, running or swimming.