Name Shannan Ponton
A.K.A Cuzzi
Business Personal Training / Presenter
Location Northern Beaches

What’s your favourite place on the Northern Beaches?
The Bermuda Triangle, (Everything good happens within that Triangle) bordered by DY hotel,
Harbord Hilton Hotel and the Manly Wharf Bar

Is there something about you that would surprise people?
I’m a chicken when it comes to the great outdoors – camping is an absolute No No! Minimum 4 stars when on vacation 😉

What’s something everyone should do at least once?
It’s very individual but try to face whatever it is that you are most afraid of

It’s Sunday afternoon, where do we find you?
Watching Manly play at Brookvale oval or the Harbord Devils A grade at Harbord Park

If you were down to your last $50 what would you spend it on?
A case of Great Northern. Drink it down at the office at Manly, and see what I could create


How did your personal training career happen?  How long have you been operating?
Injuries and a passion for training saw me quit footy early on and leave the building industry at 25 to pursue a career in fitness full-time. This led to teaching 25 classes a week (participation based) and a fitness presenting role on TV. I’ve been a professional trainer now for over 30 years.

Best business experience?
The Biggest Loser. The biggest loser enabled me to do what I love doing but on a much grander

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

Best part of your job or most enjoyable part of your job?
Living and working on the Northern Beaches.
Getting paid to do what I love.
Every day is a holiday / and every meal is a banquet

Most stressful part of your job?
Always being motivated and positive, and the expectation irrespective of the day / situation.

Weirdest thing that has ever happened at work?
One of the contestants in the biggest loser once fell on me at training and I needed a shoulder reconstruction.

What’s the best part of working on the Northern Beaches? Why’d you chose to work here?
Spoilt for choice. Lots of areas to be outside and train. Walks – Blue fin point to Shelly Beach. It’s Magic.


What would you rate 10/10?
Drinking a beer at the Wharf Bar on a Sunday afternoon

What is the best advice you’ve received?
Measure twice, cut once.

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this week?
Manly Winning & Harbord Devils Winning

Greatest strength?
Energy. Unquenchable energy.

Greatest weakness?
Taking on too much. Saying Yes to often.

Does anything scare you?

What’s your most treasured possession?
My kids

What’s your idea of absolute happiness?
Family holiday at the beach in Bali

Which two famous people would you choose to be stuck in a lift with?
Lance Armstrong & Robin Williams

What travel experiences is on your bucket list?
African Safari

How do you switch off?
Wim hof breathing

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Beer (Great Northern) & Chicken Burgers from Freshie Chickens

Who’s your personal hero?
Kelly Slater

If you were an animal, what would you be?

How would you like to be remembered?
A life well lived, couldn’t fit anymore in

If we could ask you one more question what would it be and what’s your answer?
How much longer can your old rig keep personal training for?
I will tell you when we get there. Keeping in mind I was told I would be done by 40.