I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and lived there for most of my life, until my husband was given the opportunity of a great career move to New Jersey, USA. We moved across the world with 2 children and 2 dogs. I left my son in South Africa to complete his degree. That was really really tough!!
Before we moved to the US, I worked in Corporate, doing the 9 to 5 routine, however when we landed in the US, I decided to take the opportunity to do something else. I became a Personal Trainer in 2009, however I was not confident in my skills based on the Certification I completed, so I did a second PT Certification and then a Corrective Exercise Certification, Precision Nutrition Levels 1 & 2, and I haven’t stopped learning since then.
We moved from New Jersey to Virginia, where I shadowed some wonderful, very experienced trainers, who taught me so much about the fitness business. I did Personal Training for the big box gyms for a while, as well as teaching Spinning Classes 4 -5 times a week at various studios.
Then we moved again, this time to Rhode Island where I worked for Fitness Together for about a year, as a PT. After my father passed away and my daughter went off to college, I took the plunge and started Fit-Your-Life, working out of my home. Initially I travelled to people’s homes with my bag full of tricks, as I slowly built up my facility at home. Eventually I had to cut the travel down significantly as I had a big pool of clients coming to my home studio. I also taught Kickboxing Fitness classes once a week, which was awesome fun.
Well guess what, we moved again, to Florida, this year. We closed on our house and moved in just as the State put a lockdown in place. So I have been working on creating my new space at my home. It’s up and ready to go as soon as people feel comfortable enough to venture out. As I train out of my home and it’s only 1:1, it’s easy to clean up after each client’s workout. We are wearing masks and at any time the client feels claustrophobic, they can step outside to get a breath of fresh air and then come back in to complete the session.
I try to walk 3 miles every day, we do a long bicycle ride every weekend. I also do yoga once or twice a week and strength training two to three times a week. Once the group classes are back up and running, I will be going to bootcamp twice a week to get an asskicking from someone else. It’s always good to learn from other instructors and get new ideas.
I have three adult children now living their best lives, spread across the US. Instead of enjoying the empty nest, my husband and I now have 3 Jack Russell Terriers to keep us busy……..very very busy. Jesse, Jonty and Toby.