Tell us about yourself?
I’m a 31-year-old mother of 2 young kids & I’m a martial arts fitness instructor teaching mixed kickboxing fitness classes at Bukido Taijutsu.
What was your turning point/what prompted your desire to change your life?
I have always trained in martial arts and fitness classes. After the birth of my 2nd child and gaining 23kg, I decided I needed a goal to get me focused and motivated. I had been following IFBB & INBA Facebook pages and seeing the competitions & the girls on stage. This inspired me to look into the sport. I then decided that I would like to give it a go. When I have a goal to work towards I always do well. In Dec 2012, I decided that I would like to start competing in the fitness industry. It was from this moment that I took a different approach to my training and actually started more weight training.
What results have you achieved since being a member at Jetts?
Since being a member at Jetts I have gained more muscle, especially since my very first competition in 2013. I wanted to get back to stage this year being more conditioned, stronger and healthier. I achieved this & I was 4 kg heavier too!
Why Jetts, what do you love about your club?
I like that Jetts is open 24/7 so I can get in there early and be home before the kids wake up! I’m usually at the gym at 4:30/5:00am each morning, and it has great equipment. It’s also motivating seeing all the other members who are training hard too!
How many times do you hit the gym per week? What type of training do you do?
I usually go 5 to 6 days a week. Lately it’s been 5 days. My body has needed the recovery. I do 5 days split weight training and 3 days of 40 min HIIT training.
Who is your motivation?
I love seeing the changes I make by pushing myself to new limits.
What do you think has been the key to your success so far?
I think consistency, dedication and persistence is the key, not only to my training but also to my diet. You won’t get the results you want if you are not fuelling your body with the nutrition it needs.
What exercise do you think has helped you out the most/what’s your favourite?
I would say my favourite machine is the leg press and hack squat machine. I love training legs, and it’s good to have a big variety to choose from. My favourite exercise is probably sumo squats and shoulder raises.
What’s your plan of attack now?
I’m going to keep training and working on my weaker areas. I’m incorporating more running and sprints into my training now to help lean down my legs for my next comp.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Passion changes everything.
What advice would you give to others that what to change their life?
I believe the hardest thing about changing your life is taking that first step towards something new, different and getting out of your comfort zone. Challenging and pushing yourself on a daily basis is just the beginning to achieving something great. Never be afraid of what you can accomplish and never give up!