I have been involved in the fitness industry for almost 20 years. Initially a long-distance runner, I became a certified aerobics trainer in 1991. In 1996 I gained an Exercise Specialist diploma from the Cooper Institute in Texas, and worked as a personal trainer at Gurney’s Inn Spa in Montauk, New York.
In 1997, my husband Peter and I opened BodyTech in Mt Eden, Auckland. We were the first fitness centre in New Zealand to provide unsurpassed customer service, fully personalized training, 30-minute supervised training workouts, systemised member counselling and the most high-tech equipment on the market. This combination, along with warm and friendly staff quickly elevated BodyTech to a become leader in the health and fitness industry.
In tandem to my fitness career, I have modelled overseas and in New Zealand since the age of 17. My early years as a photographic/catwalk model took me down the road of ‘unhealthy choices’. But more importantly, it was a journey which ultimately led me to an unwavering commitment to being truly healthy in all areas of my life; physically, emotionally and spiritually. One of my passions today is helping women with self-esteem issues and eating disorders by helping them understand the importance of eating balanced nutritious meals, strength training and self-acceptance so they can reach their full potential. I also work with the charity “A Girl Called Hope”, which helps girls with eating disorders, self-harm, etc.
I love Vitasoy Ricemilk or Oatmilk over my homemade cereal, as they’re low in fat, high in protein, nutritious and full on flavour. But, for my cappuccinos – I MUST have Vitasoy Original soymilk or VitaCafe. For my teenage daughters, I make sure we have a Vitasoy calcium-enriched option from the Vitasoy range to help meet their daily calcium requirement.