Strength, Movement and Mobility Coach
• Cert 3 and 4 in Fitness
I started my journey later than most, not having any interest in the fitness world until my early 20’s. I had dabbled in gym training and sports but had no real consistency until a friend introduced me to Bodybuilding. From there I fully invested myself into a more aesthetic based style of training until I came across the sport of Powerlifting.
Over the next few years, I mainly stuck to these two disciplines until I noticed the amount of my friends injuring themselves from doing the same training that I was. This made me question the longevity of doing so. I began looking for more sustainable and interactive ways of training and found Jungle Brothers. This shifted my focus to new disciplines such as Calisthenics, Crossfit and Movement.
JB’s diverse training styles and views on health and community resonated with me immediately and encouraged me to take my passion for health and start passing it on to others. I took part in their Coaches Internship and became a qualified coach. I am also about to start studying “Exercise and Sports Science'' at UNE with the intention of further my knowledge and being able to bring a more holistic view of fitness to the industry.
I am still new to this path but have found myself lucky enough to be surrounded by industry changing coaches with a diverse set of skills that have helped me to find my own style and push me to increase and share my knowledge.
I have combined a lot of new age (trendier/progressive) training styles with your more classic strength and conditioning. This has made me more willing to try new and broadened my awareness of both my own body and body mechanics of others.
Look for what works for you. We are all individuals with different needs and preferences. Find something that brings you joy to do even when it's hard and it will be so much easier to stick with it.
It was tough but worth it. I had to start all the way back at the beginning and that took time to accept. I wanted to do the hard stuff straight away and had to remind myself that this was a different thing than what I was used to. When I came to terms with being back at the start and put the time in to learn the basics, I was so much better off for it. I gained better body awareness and mind muscle connection as well as newfound respect for the movements and people doing them plus a whole bag of new sick skills.
Self-discipline, patentees and how to stick to a program.
It was amazing !! I got to see firsthand the amount of love the coaches have for this community they have built and all the members that are a part of it. I also was made aware of all the behind the scenes work that goes into running a gym that you don't think about from the outside. On a personal note it gave me a chance to explore this new world and try my hand at coaching others with the perfect blend of support and freedom and helped me to decide to make this my career.
The transition has been fast but amazing. JB's has been the perfect environment for me to find my own coaching style and I have had so much support from the members and other coaches.
To me, movement simply means any action our body takes. Movement as a culture, refers to the discipline in which we use our body to move in patterns and flows to train eg. Ido Portal, Animal flow & GMB.
It allows me to train with a better awareness of my body and a lower chance of injury, I also am constantly changing and adapting my training which keeps it fresh and lets me train more often focusing on different skills.
There are so many ways to approach health and fitness and coaching it to others well means you need to be constantly learning and improving your own skills.
Finding the balance between what is optimal and what is doable. When I first started training, I gave myself to 100%. Eating the same plain meal all week not going out with friends or my partner to eat and to be honest not enjoying life. It has taken me years to find a balance of what is good for my health and what is good for my soul and I still sometimes need someone to remind me it's ok not to be perfect.