Founder - Rodrigo Berthona Perez


Rodrigo is the founder of Holistic Pro Health Performance on the Gold Coast. His journey in health and fitness industry started in 2001 when he completed Bachelor of Physical Education in Brazil. He worked as a personal trainer for several years and swim/triathlon coach in Brazil until moving to Australia over 10 years ago. He became an accredited fitness trainer in Australia by FISAF (International Federation of Sport Aerobic and Fitness) in 2006 then completed Level 1 High-Performance Sports Coach through C.H.E.K Institute (Corrective High-Performance Exercise Kinesiology). 

Rod is a yoga practitioner and has over 10 years experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (brown belt) and aims to achieve black belt in the near future. He is also passionate about capoeira and surfing, which strongly influenced his coaching style and class design. 

The most important point is to be sure that the right exercises are being performed correctly, reducing total stress on the body. My programs are designed to produce high training strength & conditioning for athletes through to people seeking everyday fitness. I take inspiration from all areas of Health & Fitness knowledge, using a scientifically sound & multidisciplinary corrective exercise program.
— Rodrigo Berthona (Founder)

Rod has always been enthusiastic about working with professional sports athlete, and for that reason he completed an Advanced Diploma of Sports (Support Athlete and Remedial Massage) achieving excellent results with clients in professional competitions, treatment of injuries and lifestyle advise. 

In 2008, he opened his own fitness studio, Holistic Pro Health Performance (HPHP), following many years in the industry. Throughout his career, Rod has continued to develop his professional skills, and has participated in training courses such as:

  • Ido Portal Method

  • DNS level 1, 2, and 3 (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization from Prague School)

  • FMS level 1 (Functional Movement System)

  • Wim Hof Method (breath and ice bath)

  • FMA (Functional Muscle Acceleration - as strength trainer and mentor)

  • (And recently) completed level 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Ginastica Natural

At HPHP, Rod runs various group and individual fitness services for local and international athletes of all abilities. He has had the opportunity to periodically train elite Japanese and Chinese swim squads, coach a number of elite surfing champions from Australia, Brazil & Japan,  as well as reaching out to local sports squads. He can adapt his training programs to meet the sports specific needs of any discipline and works well with other coaches to ensure goals are reached. He also has a great team of people working with him at HPHP. Meet the rest of the team below!