I was a bold, active kid with a penchant for mud, sun and adventure. By the time I turned 20, I’d concluded Australia was the place for me, and took off to pursue my studies in Marine Biology. But I was starting from scratch, far from home, surrounded by high-achievers and confined by the continual pressure to do well. Days would pass and I would exist on autopilot, neglecting to consider how I was really feeling and what purpose this was all serving. I began to lose my sense of self and with it went my self-confidence.
Thankfully my love for the outdoors remained intact, and I took up running. Running became a daily ritual, giving me the opportunity to take time out, to reconnect with my thoughts and do something good for my body.
At around the same time I also discovered Iyengar yoga and embraced the calm and focus it created. Iyengar also sparked my fascination with human movement and form; I learned to make fine adjustments to my body's movements to improve balance, composure, flexibility and strength. This newfound level of body awareness was a total revelation; it enabled me to push my own physical limits while remaining injury free, and continues to shape the way I train both myself and my clients today.
As my passion for exercise grew and I regained some self-confidence, I trained to become a Personal Trainer. Simultaneously, I transitioned from an all-out cardio bunny to an avid lifter of weights. The satisfaction and empowerment that came with feeling myself getting stronger was invaluable, and I’ve since become a massive (less so in the physical sense!) advocate for strength training, especially for women.
In more recent times, I’ve become a bit of an obsessive rock climber. For me, climbing ties it all together: The puzzle that comes with figuring out a difficult sequence of moves; the focus and meditative quality of being ‘in the zone’; the precision in the small shifts of balance and muscular tension and of course the strength, endurance and the mental stamina required to keep pushing for something you want desperately to achieve.
My personal experiences have shaped the way I am today, and the approach I use working with my clients. I hope to share some of the things I've learned about movement, form and body awareness with you, as well as impart my enthusiasm for strength training, nutrition and fitness in general, to inspire and support you on your own health journey.
Qualifications and Affiliations
I have a postgraduate degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. I also hold qualifications in Obesity and Weight Management, Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise, Massage Therapy and First Aid. I'm a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).