THIS LADY HOLDS A SPECIAL PLACE IN ALL OF OUR HEARTS AND THROUGHOUT OUR BODIES BY RYAN LIVE ONLINE TRAINING TIME, PERHAPS EVEN MORE SO. IN THE GYM, SHE’S NOT ONLY ONE OF OUR HARDEST WORKERS, SHE’S ALSO ONE OF THE FRIENDLIEST AND LET’S BE HONEST, MOST LIKELY TO LAUGH AT RHINO’S JOKES (GOOD, BAD AND UNINTENDED). THROUGHOUT ONLINE LIFE, SHE’S OUR FITNESS MODEL SWEATING IT OUT CENTERSTAGE ON OUR SCREENS AND UNABLE TO ESCAPE OUR EAGLE EYE HEAD COACH. THEN THERE’S THE FACT SHE’S RYAN’S PARTNER AND SO SHE HAS MR DISCIPLINE WATCHING OVER HER TRAINING AND KITCHEN VISITS… SHE WINS BBR’S MEMBER OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL BECAUSE SHE ABSOLUTELY WIPED THE FLOOR EVERY ONE OF THE SIX SESSIONS SHE HAD TO DO (#SOGRATEFULRIGHTNOW), SHE WAS PUTTING IN EXTRA TIME ON THE BIKES POST SESSION AND ACCORDING TO COACH RHINO, STICKING TO THE PLAN WITH HER NUTRITION WITHOUT SKIPPING A BEAT. MISS APRIL, TELL US YOUR WINNING WAYS…
Tell us about your fitness life pre-BBR… I remember you in the early days and already counting you as #goals back then!
I thought I was pretty healthy back then, but I was nowhere near as nourished as I am now. Prior to my injury I was dancing most weekends & worked a whole lot more back then too… I was an avid F45er, I ran, played netball & walked heaps. I had started back up at F45 post-injury, just before hitting BBR up.
What first led you to BBR?
I’d found a love for running and in only a few short months I was doing around 60km per week. I got super fit and lean, and could eat whatever I wanted to, then I got thrown a few nasty lemons. I was homebound and detached from the outside world for 10 to 11 months. It wasn’t a nice time! Eventually, my body and headspace started to improve, and I knew I needed a change in scenery. I owed it to myself to invest in a strength & conditioning coach or group fitness gym to ensure I wouldn’t injure myself again doing star jumps and cartwheels at F45, so I did some research…
What were your first impressions of the gyms and the trainers?
My consult with Coach Ryan was an absolute disaster. Here I was doing back-to-back sessions of F45, six days a week, and I couldn’t even do a RED band straight arm raise, my knees buckled when squatting and I couldn’t do more than three banded X-walks… honestly I was so embarrassed and completely shocked that I signed up that day.
I also thought it wasn’t the prettiest of gyms, but you could tell all of the equipment was high quality, clean and well looked after. Everyone was so welcoming, I also liked how the trainers articulated themselves without sounding like jerks and everyone was actually sweating and not worried about their makeup.
There have been rumours of you stalking the gym and Ryan (may have been spread by Ryan)… would you like to settle the score and share the truth?!
Insert eye roll… I came along at a really busy time for Ryan- or so he tells me, because I made contact with the gym a few weeks before their first Bali retreat. Ryan said to just come in for a trial but I didn’t feel comfortable and wanted to share my history and see the place in person before committing. So, after a few more emails, he finally agreed to a arranging a consult. Once the calendar invite was sent, apparently he turned to Rob and said ‘this guy is going to be hard work’…
Consult day comes and I enter the showgrounds, immediately lost I called him.
“Hey, I’m so sorry but I think I’ve made a wrong turn, help!”
There was silence on the phone and then “Sorry, who is this?”
Apparently he’ll never forget the day I pulled up. It was like slow motion he reckons as he had been stalking me on the ‘gram and at our local watering hole El Grotto for months but it was never the right time.
I had a collage full of photos that inspired me and my goals on the phone, and on there was a photo of BBR and Ryan, that’s why Ryan calls me the stalker…
What challenged you most in the early days at BBR?
I thought that I was a lot fitter and stronger than what I really was, so having to let go of my attachments and drop my ego and pride, and start over was difficult!
How long did it take training with BBR to see the results you were after? Was there a light bulb moment?
I saw results after six or so weeks. I had quite a few ups and downs juggling new food intolerances and body niggles, but i knew I had to trust the process and trainers. Food was a biggie like it is for most – I was totally under eating! I never took a holistic approach to my mind and body either until starting at BBR and I’m super grateful for that!
Light Bulb moment was discovering weights are friends not bulking frenemies…
We all joke it would be good/bad to have Rhino in our kitchens to motivate us when we head for the chocolate or snack cupboard… what’s it actually like living with the head trainer?
Well, I used to have chocolate stashed around the house. I had bought cask wine for ‘cooking’ at one stage and used to sip from the measuring cup, lol!
He is so disciplined and I am sooo not – being surrounded my amazing food and wine makes it a lot harder to say no. But, if you want the results you have to put in the work. Even after three or so weeks of STTFP I’ve noticed greater changes than what I’ve had in previous challenges (currently not working) so that says it all really! #sayno
As BBR has evolved to online classes for now, you’ve taken on the fitness model role for us with total grace and good humour and we love you for it! Can you tell us what it’s like being in front of the camera sweating it out with perfect form every day?
I never really gave it much thought at first because I get sweaty with you guys all the time. But after Day #4 in Week One, Ryan was pulling me up so much and I thought ‘how are we meant to expect you guys to hold form when I’m looking like an amateur?’ So I dropped my weights and really took the time to focus on my form and stability. I actually feel a lot stronger structurally and have been able to identify a lot of areas I need to improve on which is awesome!
Ryan’s thrown me under the bus a few times during class and it resulted in a few heated discussions once the cameras were off. So to ensure WWIII doesn’t start he now shows me the programming prior to publishing incase theres something on there can not do/ don’t like..
He always find a way to push my buttons though- usually its by adding in another round!
We heard you might be doing a little extra too… what are you doing to look so fine?!
Nothing really, I’ve gone from being on my feet all day to nothing so just jumping on the bike erg for 20-30 minutes after class.
Are you chasing some goals right now? If so, can you share what they are?
We’re experimenting with a more ‘flexible dieting’ protocol at the moment to see how my body responds as I’ve had some tummy issues since December… That and rehabbing my knee so I can run again!
Aside from BBR, what are your daily health routines that help you achieve your goals?
Avoiding the naughty isles and only buying food that’s on my plan & I pinch Ryan’s low fat ice-cream every now and then too..
What’s something none of the BBR crew would know about you?
I’ve never seen The Notebook? I can sing ‘head, shoulders knees & toes in my hometowns aboriginal dialect, aaaand performed in a circus called the “Suitcase Circus” that travelled across the Goldfields.
Who gets more attention at home… you or Forrest?!
Forrest 100%… he doesn’t talk back.
1. Fave HIIT/strength/Live exercise? Box jumps and burpees
2. Least fave? Ass bike and rower
3. Fave cafe and your order there? We love Pixel – I get their brekky salad bowl with gluten free toast on the side and an almond flatty with their special milk.
4. Fave cheat meal? You mean ‘meals’… crispy skin salmon, creamy mash, spag bol with cheese.
5. Fave holiday destination? I want to go to Italy and anywhere tropical.