mikiko kusuda


Mikiko studied Health Promotion and Sports Science at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and the University of Queensland, Australia, and graduated with a Master's degree in 2017. She was once a Kendo (martial art) nationalist, a competitive tennis and basketball player, and now she has been enjoying the artistic world of dancing.


Mikiko started working as a fitness trainer in 2012 and has taught people between 5 and 90 years old. Since she moved to New Zealand in 2017, Mikiko's waitlist filled up quickly, and was nominated as a finalist of Personal Trainer of the Year by Exercise NZ in 2020 and 2021. She does over 1300 sessions a year, teaching a wide demographic of people from complete beginners to world's leading artists and professionals. People around her can tell that she was born to become a personal trainer from how she loves working with her client as a team and dedicates her life to guide them to achieve their fullest potential.


Mikiko's training style is very unique as she does not make a set programme for a client. Using her anatomy knowledge and observation skills, she analyses her clients' movements and conditions at each session to make the best programme for them for the particular day. Some days, you feel energetic, but other days, your work gets crazy and you don't have enough sleep. If you keep pushing yourself by ignoring those changes, you would end up going over your limit and experience injuries and mental fatigue. Mikiko is excellent at finding the right time to push you hard, but also, it's her role to remind you to pace yourself when it's needed. 

" Forget about 'no pain, no gain'. 

My role is to show people that pushing you hard is not the only way to expand your ability. "

Her outstanding knowledge of anatomy has helped many clients recover from injuries. Some of them have contacted her after seeing a number of physiotherapists and chiropractors, and they found their ways of managing the injuries with her. Each body has different characteristics from others, and even from text books. You will notice her ability to analyse your body in the first consultation when she checks your movements. Also, when you have tightness from training or injuries, she can help you get back on track using her stretching and sports massage techniques.

" 'The harder, the better' doesn't work in fitness.

You need to 'work smart AND hard' to reach your full potential. "


She is passionate about education. She went through an eating disorder because she pushed a wrong idea of fitness into her unique self as she believed that what works for others would work for herself too. She also had knee and lower back injuries from playing sports for many years without learning about her body. She eventually realised that the internet doesn't give her "the" answer, and managed to overcome both the eating disorder and injuries on her own. Although it taught her an important life lesson, she went around and wasted so much energy and time to find what works for her. She wishes that someone was there for her and guided her to take control over her unique body. She doesn't want others to go through the same pain she had experienced. That's why she became a personal trainer to be the person she needed back then. 

"When I didn't get results, I blamed myself for not doing enough. So I tried harder and harder until I broke myself. I needed someone who could tell me that there's better ways."

Nutrition is a big part of her sessions. Through her experiences of body image issues and irregular periods, she gained more knowledge about scientific research and eastern methodology to figure out what's going on in the body and why she could not control it. At her nutrition session, you will discuss your diet and lifestyle, and she will give you a better idea about YOUR healthy diet. This is an essential part of weight control. 

Her motto is "Know what you are doing, and why you are doing it." As well as helping you achieve your fitness/body goals, she will guide you to understand better about your body so you can take care of it on your own. She delivers educational sessions and will bring you a sustainable change that will impact you for the rest of your life.