My name is Anita and I'm here to stand by you every step of the way on your road to wellness.
I am originally from New Zealand, and as a youngster was very fit & active. But when my mum passed away suddenly
at the young age of 39, I fell into a long path of self-destruction. I SPENT 15 YEARS IN AN UNHEALTHY RUT.
One morning I woke up and could not recognize myself in the mirror. 40kg (88 pounds!) over my healthy weight,
I had spiraled into a slew of bad habits, lost my confidence and ambition, and found a new best friend in food.
I was battling chronic joint pain, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and psoriasis, and I knew something had to change.
BUT WHERE DO I START?
Finding a gym felt like the scariest, most daunting activity, but I made myself try. My consult was upsetting (to say the least)
- sterile and impersonal. I felt judged and some of my very honest responses regarding food & drink choices and
consumption levels were scolded at. Wasn't that what I was there for?
I cried all the way home, and went straight to the fridge.
I WILL NOT BE DEFEATED.
I knew I had to be my own cheerleader and went back to the gym the next day. My first Spin class I rushed to the bathroom and threw up half way through the warm up. No-one said anything about pacing myself! So I tried Yoga. It was definitely more my cup of tea.
SO I KEPT GOING.
I studied hard and began taking baby steps towards healthier eating. Slowly I started feeling better, the fog lifted and I was
getting excited about life again. One day, one of the senior instructors approached me and asked if I was interested in becoming a
fitness instructor. "Are you kidding me?” I laughed. She looked me in the eye and sincerely asked me why I didn't think that was possible.
Someone believed in me. A stranger. So why shouldn't I believe in myself? I would love to be a fitness instructor!
Getting to this point was tough, and I knew I wanted to help others have a more positive, nurtured, journey,
believing in them when they could not believe in themselves.
Oddly enough, my first certification was as a Spin Instructor! I was still holding on to a considerable amount of extra weight and smoking
a pack of cigarettes a day. I continued working on my own wellness while pursuing and obtaining various certifications, but I really wanted to reach people on a more one-on-one basis. So I became a Personal Trainer. I gained valuable experience at a large gym company for several years, but still felt there were a lot of missing links.
I decided to go out on my own and build an environment where people felt comfortable. It grew into a warm, motivational and supportive community, driven by a fun and holistic approach to health. We've had a few different iterations over the years, but the supportive,
fun, and sustainable approach has never tired.
So WELCOME! I can't wait to meet you.