Frenchs Forest gym


EMP Performance was founded & opened by  best mates of over 10 years Luke Preston & Mel Bteddini in 2020.

With both being high level rugby league players & athletes along with both having a passion in fitness they decided to join forces.

Having planned to officially open their first facility in French's Forest March 2020, they were thrown a spanner with the upcoming covid pandemic.  

EMP sat empty for 2 months during the first lockdown and then had to endure 3 lockdowns in the first 2 years of operation.

It certainly was a test of character for Luke & Mel as coaches & new business owners.

But it's their passion for helping others & staying true to the EMP vision, was what helped them get through & build the ever growing TeamEMP community.


Strength and conditioning gym Frenchs Forest

'Our vision is to create an environment that builds the beliefs & habits to help individuals be the best they can be.'

EMP core values and what we stand by are:


Resilience - The ability to not give up

Culture - A group of people with a common goal 

Results - Achieving what you set out to do

Potential - What could you become if you got out of your own way

Education - Teaching principles that get results

Integrity - Do what you said you were going to do 

Strength and conditioning gym Frenchs Forest


Strength and conditioning gym Frenchs Forest

Our EMP Method signature system is how we guarantee RESULTS!

Your first 90 day journey with us is broken into 4 phases:

Phase 1: The On-boarding phase
Phase 2: The Foundation phase
Phase 3: The Momentum phase
Phase 4: The Progression phase

By the end of your first 90 days we guarantee you will be:

✅Stronger than ever

The fittest you've ever been

✅In the best shape of your life 

What you can expect to receive when you join EMP Performance:​

  • A proven & structured training program that delivers results

  • Small group Strength & Weightlifting classes 

  • Group functional fitness & conditioning classes 

  • On going Nutrition , Training + Mobility education 

  • World class coaching from highly experienced coaches

  • A supportive culture of like minded driven individuals 

  • Long term, sustainable RESULTS

Meet The Team

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Luke Preston

Owner/Head Coach

  • 10+ yrs fitness Industry Experience

  • Master Cert 3 & 4 Qualified Trainer

  • Owned and operated Personal Training Business for over 3 years and has worked with over 100 clients, North Sydney Bears , Manly Sea Eagles and local schools. 

  • ASCA Strength & Conditioning Level 1​

  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach

  • Strength System Level 1 course- The Australian Strength Coach

  • Dmitry Klokov Weightlifting course

  • Crossfit Level 1 coach

  • Top 100 Crossfit athlete

  • Crossfit Regional Team athlete

  • Played rugby league 20+ years

Specializes in Athlete development, Weightlifting, Crossfit, & Nutrition.

Strength and conditioning gym Frenchs Forest

Mel Bteddini 

Owner/Head Coach

  • 11+ yrs fitness industry experience

  • Master Cert 3 & 4 Qualified Trainer

  • Owned and operated personal training business at Fitness First for 6 years and has worked with over 100 clients

  • Strength System Program Design- The Australian Strength Coach

  • Owned and operated 4 cafes 

  • Competed in powerlifting deadlifting 300kg

  • Played Rugby league 15+ years

Specializes in bodybuilding, mindset, powerlifting & nutrition.

Strength and conditioning gym Frenchs Forest

Francesco Nisi
Massage Therapist/Coach

  • - 11 years personal training

  • - Diploma of fitness 

  • - Diploma of remedial massage 

  • - Level 1 - Sports Supplementation 

  • - Experienced in using functional strength training systems for body recomposition. 

  • - Past experience in competitive Powerlifting and Rugby Union.  


Specializes in body transformations, powerlifting & massage 

Specializes in Sports + remedial massage, body transformations.

Strength and conditioning gym Frenchs Forest