Meet the Team

Altitude Fitness Armidale (AFA) & Vera Vidya Yoga Studio would like to introduce our remarkable team. What a privilege to have so much knowledge, skill and experience in one local small business.

Ali Flynn
Founder and Director

Ali established AFA in 2009 to empower men and women to achieve a lifetime of fitness, health and self-worth. Ali has a long list of experience and qualifications, ranging from 10 years in counselling and therapy to training in Pilates, Boxing, Pre and Post Natal Fitness, Strength and Conditioning, Biomechanics, Mobility Functional Training and Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Ali acts as a Fitness Coach, Leader and Mentor for every person that enters the world of AFA. She is extremely hands on, designing every workout and class with 100% dedication and expertise. This means that you’ll never do the same program twice and she is constantly striving to improve the results and your experience with AFA.

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Tilly Brauer
PT & Class Instructor

Tilly has worked in the fitness industry for the last 10 years, between having 3 children. She has a Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness and particularly loves training in strength, high intensity interval training and pre and post natal training. Tilly is passionate about being active and living a balanced and healthy lifestyle. She has also spent over 12 years in AgriBusiness in finance and operations.

Willow Noakes
Class instructor

Willow is a machine. She has worked in the fitness industry for over 10 years and specialises in cardio and whole body fitness. She has a passion for helping clients attain an avenue they enjoy and find challenging. She is tough but caring.

Hayden Freeman
Ironman Coach & Class Instructor

Born and bred right here in Armidale, Hayden has been racing in triathlons  since the age of 15 which has lead him to all parts of this state chasing his passion. he has been lucky enough to have trained to be in elite squads around the North West area and has represented NIAS at the Academy Games.

Leisa Hunt
Class instructor

Client turned trainer. Leisa's journey at AFA started in a beginners class, having never been to a gym or run 5 kms. Since then she has completed in so many events from half marathons to two half Ironman's. 

Her passion lies in strength. Leisa is currently studying her Australian Strength and Conditioning L1 Coaching course. So if you have any questions on strength training she is your woman. 


Brittany Freeman
Swimming Coach

Brittany has been a swimming coach for over 6 years. Starting swimming at 2 years old, Brittany went on to compete at state levels all throughout high school. She is passionate about teaching people from all walks of life about swimming. Her training philosophy is; to never give up even when it gets hard, encouragement is key and always make sure you have fun.


Alfie is our youngest team member, joining us from his pack in July, 2018. He has come to the AFA team to help educate clients and staff on running techniques, wilderness survival and plyometric training. Alfie is much loved in the community and will be seen out and about at numerous sporting events…you may even catch a glimpse of him down the street.