Fit and Fabulous at Fifty!
“I started this business because I knew there was a need out there for women to learn how to train properly and become stronger without having that bulky look, reduce their risk of injury and most of all, avoid operations.
I used to have that “blown up shoulders look” from working out at gyms. I always did the Pump classes with all my friends but I had no idea how too many of the wrong types of upper body exercises give you muscles in all the wrong places. This was also causing my neck pain and headaches. There’s not enough focus on the posterior muscles which if they are out of balance we get injured.
Nobody teaches you about how important Pelvic Floor exercises are. We are taught that Core is sit ups and crunches which make things worse.
My expertise specialises in core exercies for women who have had children and I’ve designed a butt workout that is not only great for your pelvic floor but shapes your butt the way you want it to look like a figure champion does!”
Being over weight effects many people through out their lives and I’m no exception. From my early teens I was always the fat kid, even though we were always active playing some sort of sport, swimming or riding our bikes my problem was with food, I LOVE it. I would always over indulge or just constantly snacked through out the day. This led to some bad habits as I became an adult and after having my second child I found myself weighing in at over 90kg. I remember seeing a photo of myself and thinking is that really me?…… can’t be. But reality hit and I had to do something. I joined Weight Watchers and started exercising with a friend. Now I know many have tried companies like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers and lost weight only to put it on again. But for me certain things I learn’t stuck and I have managed to keep the weight off for 7 years now. A lot of these stages, we use in our Weight Loss Challenge.
Writing down what I ate made me realize just how much food I really was consuming. it made me accountable. Having that one biscuit here or there at the end of the day became way too many. Simple things such as serving my meals on a smaller plate to control my portion size was a game changer for me, as I was someone who always cleared my plate.
However, the biggest habit I changed was planning, being organised, knowing what I was going to eat each day and when i was going to exercise. I used to get to the end of the day and think it’s too late to go to the shops or just couldn’t be bothered and throw some frozen chips in the oven. Now i plan my meals so I have plenty of fresh options in the fridge.
After 12 months sticking to these few changes and exercising at least 3-4 times a week, I lost 25kg. I still LOVE food and still have days where I indulge but I make sure I stick to my new habits and that keeps me in control. One of the best things through out this 12 months, besides feeling great and becoming healthier, was I found a new place to exercise.
Top Coach has been one of the main reasons I am able to maintain my weight and health. I love exercising in a group, love the life long friends I have made along the way, and to top it off I have became a trainer. Now I can encourage others to achieve their goals.
So don’t ever give up! Just take one day at a time because things can change if you really want them to. I know because I have been there!
“After contesting for the Australian Heavyweight Boxing title, I retired from boxing but I was broke. I was running boot camps while bouncing in nightclubs on the weekends. I thought I knew everything and there was only one way to train. No pain, no gain. But even though I had good numbers in my boot camps everybody was constantly injured and they became unsustainable.
Then I worked in a gym and the focus shifted to selling memberships and leaving the clients to do their best. I couldn’t see a future in the fitness industry. My profile gave me a following and I became the pied piper of night club promoters. Eventually, I owned three nightclubs and was making obscene amounts of money. I didn’t do any exercise for ten years. But my greatest asset was spiralling out of control. I finally became sick and tired of being “sick and tired.” I reached rock bottom and had to turn my life around. I had to become healthy again. But every time I tried, I got injured. Cat scans, X-rays, Physios, chiropractors, naturopaths, sports massage. You name it. I tried it. But it was always a band aid. I tried different types of training. Different sports, another injury and back to the unhealthy lifestyle. I had more comebacks than Johnny Farnham but I couldn’t break the cycle. Nobody ever told me it was the type of training I was doing that was causing my injuries. Now, at 58, I’m stronger, fitter and healthier than 98% 0f twenty year olds and have the opportunity to show others how to do the same.”
After working in the advertising industry for a number of years and feeling unfulfilled, I decided to change my career to one that aligned with my lifestyle and values.
My love for the outdoors and long distance running lead me to pursue personal training. I really enjoy meeting new people and the supportive and fun environment that group training offers. I am passionate about encouraging people to move their bodies and helping them to discover both the physical and mental health benefits of exercise.
Since moving to Port Stephens, I have been exposed to the wonderful world of trail running and its equally wonderful community. I’ve not always been a runner, and in my sluggish uni days I would have never imagined it would become such an important aspect of my life, providing so much joy, and leading to lifelong friendships.
My greatest running achievement to date was my recent 22km run at UTA in the Blue Mountains. I finished 7th female overall with a time of 2 hours 18 minutes. I was just aiming to finish! Along with my running regime, the consistent weight training at Top Coach has played an important role in improving my running efficiency, significantly increasing my strength, and staying injury free.
You will find me most Saturday mornings down at Fingal Bay parkrun looking to beat my PB of 19:36 and cheering on other parkrunners. It’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends and it’s fantastic to see so many Top Coach members enjoying it too.
My husband James (A past national level 800m runner and Sports Physiotherapist) and I moved to the Port Stephens area in August last year and feel very lucky to have become part of such a wonderful community. Working with all the fantastic people at Top Coach makes my job incredibly rewarding and fun. I aim to motivate and challenge others to live an active life, but am also in turn motivated by all the hard work I see Top Coach members put in every day.