Founder of the Academy, Aidan D'Arcy helps busy Mums and Dads lose fat for the last time. Recently overcoming binge eating and losing 20kg, Aidan's mission is to help others take control of their health by tailoring programs to their lifestyle.
At The Body Transformation Academy, we develop coaching programs around your lifestyle. This will be the key to a sustainable, successful and healthy future. Whether you want to fit into your clothes better, build your strength and confidence - or anything in between; you can expect results and an education that will last a lifetime.
Favourite food: Bake me anything sweet and I’ll be your friend for life.
Favourite exercise: Deadlift
Favourite quote: “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right” - Henry Ford
Ethan has a Bachelor Degree in Exercise and Sport Science which he finished in 2022. He's eager to put his years of study and personal experiences through a range of sports, hobbies and own personal goals with weight loss, performance, hypertrophy and education.
Ethan has a passion for Powerlifting, Bodybuilding, Injury prevention, Quality of life, and overall human performance. He's done a range of sports from Soccer, Rugby (both league and union), basketball, a range of combat sports, dodgeball and even Wrestling.
Ethan's always looking to understand and improve his skill sets to become a world class coach to help our clients achieve their goals.
Favourite Exercise: The Big 3 (Barbell Squat, Bench, Deadlift)
Favourite Food: Moussaka or Chicken Laksa.
Anything else you'd like people to know?: In my down time when i'm not exercising and pushing myself, I tend to enjoy a good Movie or TV show binge, and enjoy a video game competitively with the boys.
Favourite quote: - "Life is scary. Get used to it, There are no magical fixes. It's all up to you. Nothing in this world that's worth having comes easy". - Bob Kelso (Scrubs) -
Vikki brings her Accounts, Payroll and Admin skills & experience to the Academy team. She ensures the cogs are smoothly turning behind the scenes to create a streamlined and world class experience to our members. Vikki’s passion for helping others shines through her caring nature and her positive attitude is perfect for the BTA Team.
Favourite Exercise: Squats
Favourite Food: Chocolate Croissant
Ryan brings over 5 years experience to the Academy. He is a friendly, caring, and goal orientated coach who thrives off collaborating with clients to build long lasting relationships resulting in outstanding life-long transformations. Ryan has a keen interest in adventure sports, new experiences and loves to listen and share stories.
Favourite food: Burgers
Favourite exercise: Bench Press
Holly is dedicated to transforming fitness aspirations into remarkable realities. With a passion for health and wellness, she brings a wealth of knowledge to every training session with a background in bodybuilding and competitive sports such as rugby league.
Her personalised approach goes beyond sets and reps, focusing on creating tailored fitness plans that align with individual goals, abilities, and preferences. Holly aims to motivate and build discipline by guiding clients through challenging workouts while fostering a positive and supportive atmosphere.
Armed with expertise in various exercise modalities, nutrition, and motivational strategies, she empowers clients to achieve their desired results and embrace a healthier lifestyle. Whether you're a fitness novice or an experienced enthusiast, Holly is committed to unlocking your full potential and ensuring every workout is a step toward a stronger, fitter, and more vibrant you.
Favourite Exercise: Bulgarian Split Squats & Sled Push/Pulls
Favourite Food: Mangoes
Favourite Quote: "You do not fail when you are beaten, you fail when you quit."
2022 to present...
In June 2021, after closing the studio for a 3rd time due to government enforced lockdown, it was clear I needed to future proof not just my business, but my client’s results too.
I’ve been coaching clients online all over the world since 2016, so making the move wasn’t a huge shift, but I needed to bolster my program and systems to be the most effective, flexible and convenient transformation program possible.
As of August 2021, 22 out of the 25 transformations (88%) added to my Wall of Transformations (so far in 2021) have been on my online coaching program - The New You.
As of September 2021, 190.6kg have been lost online since January 1, 2021, and that’s only transformations on my wall already. There’s plenty more who have lost 5,10 and even 15kg who are still on their journey through the online coaching program.
You can see, the results from online coaching are phenomenal and highly effective.
Through my online coaching program The New You, I’m with my clients 100% of their week. They have me at the tap of a button. My online clients have what they need, when they need it and how they need it.
It’s more affordable for them. It’s more convenient to their busy lives as there’s no time constraints and it’s more flexible to their location.
Upgrading The Body Transformation Academy's online program in 2021 is a way to lockdown proof the program, my client’s results and protect my family run business.
It’s a win/win move.
We now have clients in every corner of Australia and a thriving community in Belrose.
I’m truly excited and grateful for the next chapter of The Body Transformation Academy and its mission to help clients all over the world lose weight for the LAST time.
“YOUR BODY CAN STAND ALMOST ANYTHING. IT’S YOUR MIND THAT YOU HAVE TO CONVINCE.”
VERY SMART PERSON
How it all began. By Aidan D'Arcy.
Let me paint you a picture. It's April 2011, I'm 18 and I've just been released from Huddersfield Town Football Club at the end of a two year scholarship. Up until this point, I had my heart set on becoming a professional footballer moving all the way from Sydney, Australia to pursue it.
Prior to the release, I'd been recovering from an ankle injury which unfortunately had me out of action for six months. Whilst being injured, nutrition was not an area I focused on and hell, it was never an area I thought I needed to worry about. I was fed by the club, I was fed by my parents, I was spoilt and I had it easy. I became heavier than I'd ever been (10kg) to be exact and to be honest, I really didn't care.
My UK visa had come to an end. I was now at a point where I had no choice but to pack up and move back to Australia, leaving behind my football career.
Where It All Changed
I knew deep down I had to do something and one day, it clicked. I sat down and really thought about my passion.
What got me out of bed every day? What was I really passionate about?
I thought about my drive toward goals. I thought about the discipline and the sacrifice I'd been through to get that scholarship in the UK. I knew I needed more education. I knew sport and being active was my passion so I decided to become qualified in personal training.
Why personal training you might ask? I'll be honest with you. When you ask most personal trainers why they became one they'll say "because I want to change lives". That wasn't why I went for the course. I went for it because I needed to do something and that seemed like the next best thing for me. However, when I say things happen for a reason, this is where my life changed. This is where I grew up, ten fold. This is the start of how I got to where I am today.
Fast forward eight weeks later, on the 1st April 2012, I was a qualified personal trainer. I was ready to train human beings to a healthier lifestyle. It's crazy to think about how powerful that is. I started realising the gym was a great place for me to use my drive and discipline to get what I wanted.
I realised that for so long, my dreams and goals were heavily determined by external sources. Things out of my control. Coach's decisions, injuries, visas, team mates, so many things that no matter how hard I worked, didn't always go my way. I realised that all my energy can be put into situations I have control of.
I control how hard I work. I control how disciplined I am and I control what I eat. It's up to me when I train. It's up to me how I respond to situations and it's up to me to inspire those around me. I'd had a complete paradigm shift. The lightbulb had gone off and I discovered a true passion. Funnily enough, around the same time I had this shift, I had a client come up to me and say:
“I’m now off all blood pressure and cholesterol Medication, I’ve completely reversed the effects of
Just like that, I was hooked. My first client told me I changed her life forever. That’s a feeling I’ll never forget.
Some people say you find your passion. I agree. But I also believe your passion finds you. I didn’t become a personal trainer because I wanted to “change lives” which you hear many coaches say these days.
I literally did it because I ‘needed something to do’. Sounds contradicting right? Believe me, when I impacted my first client in the way I did, I was ignited. My passion, my energy, those feelings, I wanted more.
I guess you could say this was what sparked my ‘why’ and why I continued to get up at 4am every morning to train clients. I could see the impact of living a healthy life had on someone. I already knew the feeling of what it was like to achieve a goal you never thought possible, so if I could help others do the same, that’s something worth getting up in a morning for.
The longer I hung around the fitness industry and the more people I spoke to, the more I realised this industry is broken. The media tells you carbs are good one day, then bad the next. One day eggs are good for you, the next they pile on the cholesterol. So much confusion and food anxiety.
The more clients I worked with, the more holes I found in information. I was fed up. Not with my clients, but at the companies pushing fad diets and gimmicks all in the name of changing a number on the scales.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve suffered through disordered eating and spending nights bingeing on whole pizzas and cookies. I’ve spent hours looking at myself in the mirror and hating what I see. I’ve watched the scales creep up 16kg and feel my clothes get tighter and tighter before jumping on another fad diet to shed those unwanted kilos.
I’ve been puffed walking up stairs, hated my picture being taken and paid lots of money to personal trainers only to find my program had been copied and pasted from a free website online. This industry has knocked me around but I’ve also heard similar stories from clients.
I wanted to help more people and I was sick of hearing people try and fail over and over again. It shouldn’t be that way and I’m on a mission to change it.
D’Arcy Online Coaching Was Born
My mission is simple:
Help working professionals lose fat for the last time by building strong relationships around food and exercise.
How we do this is even simpler:
Look better, feel awesome and move without pain.
We make sure you achieve ALL 3. Not one and not the other. All of them.
I had coached many clients into losing 20-30kgs and by now I had lost 10kg of fat and gained 5kg of muscle. I was really getting into training and helping those around me feel better about themselves too!
I've now competed in 5 x bodybuilding shows – placing first and gaining two third places. These required intense periods of dieting and wild swings in my body weight. Its safe to say ive gained and lost 12kg 4 x times! This built body image issues and eating disorders. I realised what I was doing wasn't sustainable nor healthy. I'm proud to say ive now built sustainable habits around my binge eating. I want to help you do the same – build sustainable habits so it'll be the last time you have to lose body fat.
February 2017 to 2021
Since beginning in Forestville, Sydney as D'Arcy Health Coaching in a small studio setting, over the past 12 months we've transformed the lives (and bodies) of many individuals. We've become known as the best body transformation studio in Forestville and as a result, we've had to upgrade our size and move into a larger space in Belrose, no more than 12 minutes drive from where we were.
Along with this, we've upgraded the face of our brand to reflect the amazing results we've achieved for our clients and are now known as The Body Transformation Academy. We're excited to be embarking on the next phase of our journey and truly cannot wait to continue our mission on being the best body transformation studio on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.
Our Core Values
Inspire - We role model healthy living and lead by example.
Motivate - We find your 'WHY' to propel you into action.
Educate - We constantly upskill ourselves and coach for results that last a lifetime.
Transform - We develop you physically, mentally and emotionally.
Empathy - We listen and guide, but never force.
Trust - We are on time, punctual and we follow through on what we say we'll do.
Overdeliver - We wow each client with exceptional value and customer service.